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Best Dog Travel Bags : Packing for Adventures

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When you travel with your dog whether it’s just a day trip or a weekend away, you need to bring along your pet gear. Finding the right dog travel bag to keep all of your dog stuff together can be quite a challenge.

Dog on a beach with man and dog travel backpack

There are several dog bags on the market specifically designed to help you organise all your dog gear.


We have reviewed lots of dog gear travel bags and narrowed it down to the best on the market according to best quality product, best value and design for 2022. We've also reviewed some essential items to pack so you are prepared for the next adventure.


Note: These bags are not for carrying your dog ! They are designed to carry all their gear and supplies.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Features to Consider

Our Picks of the Best Dog Travel Bags

What Should be in a Dog Travel Bag?

How We Chose



FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Size

Are you looking for a dog travel bag for a day, an overnight stay or a weekend away. We've listed all the dimensions so you can decide which size and style suits your needs.


Style

We feature backpacks, tote bags and shoulder bags in this review so you can select a style that suits your needs.


Compartments

Ideally bags with multiple compartments will work well so you can organise your dog gear into sections. At least two sections so you can store food separately from towels, toys and leads.


Waterproof/water resistant

Let's face it dogs can get very muddy and wet so a bag which is waterproof or water resistant will stand the test of time.


Food storage bags

This is the feature that makes a dog gear bag different from any normal bag. They usually come with watertight bags specifically for carrying your dog’s food.




OUR PICKS OF THE BEST DOG TRAVEL BAGS


1. Best Overall Dog Travel Bag

Teamoy


Cleverly thought out with some great design features, the shoulder style travel bag from Teamoy is our favourite travel bag.

Perfect for a day at the beach, park or a weekend away, this dog travel bag has multiple storage pockets and importantly includes 2 lined food containers.


All your canine supplies can be kept separate and sealed to stop food and treat smells infiltrating the rest of your gear.


It has padded carry handles and an additional adjustable shoulder strap so super easy to carry.


To make feeding on the go easy, it includes 2 silicone collapsible bowls and a foldable dog feeding mat. We think that collapsible dog bowls are a 'must' when travelling, so if the bag you like doesn't offer a collapsible bowl, we feature one later in this article.


This shoulder bag from Teamoy is available in two sizes and two designs - grey or grey dots.


Just add your water bottle, a couple of toys and a spare lead and you're ready to go.


Dimensions - Medium: 20 x 37 x 30 cm | Large: 24 x 40 x 34 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Lots of compartments

+ Lined food storage

+ Comfortable shoulder straps

+ Two size options

Reasons to Avoid

- If you're looking for a backpack style


2. Best Dog Travel Backpack

Mobile Dog Gear - Weekend Backpack


If you prefer a backpack to a shoulder bag, then take a look at this incredibly smart Mobile Dog Gear travel backpack from their patented collection.

Mobile dog gear dog travel backpack

Mobile Dog Gear, formerly known as Overland Dog Gear, design a whole range of travel bags, so no matter how long you are planning to be away from home, they have the a bag for you and your dog.


This unisex backpack really stands out from the crowd due to its quality design features.


It incorporates 2 removable zippable containers specifically designed for storing dog food.


A poo bag dispenser along with collapsible silicone bowls and a placemat store conveniently in the front flap. The main space has a divider to keep food carriers stacked neatly inside.


The comfortable straps are padded and adjustable to fit making this a classy looking dog backpack.


Whereas lots of rivals simply offer a backpack with a few pockets, Mobile Dog Gear takes the design a step further and offers a backpack designed entirely with your dog's travel needs in mind. We think that this is probably the best designed dog travel backpack on the market.


Dimensions - 33 x 18 x 40 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Food storage containers

+ Divided central space

+ Comfortable shoulder straps

+ Collapsible bowl and mat

Reasons to Avoid

- If you're not keen on a backpack design


3. Best Dog Day Travel Tote

Mobile Dog Gear - Day Away Tote


Looking for a day of adventures or one overnight stay ? The second Mobile Dog Gear bag to feature is this 'Day Away' Tote Bag.

Mobile dog gear day away tote

This simple bag really helps you organise all your dog's supplies neatly.


It includes a lined carrier that can hold up to 3 cups of food or treats.


The shoulder straps are padded for comfort and there are an abundance of pockets for toys, bowls and water bottles.


It's incredibly lightweight with a zipped main compartment and a separate smaller zipped front pocket for easy access to keys, phone etc.


Dimensions - 40.5cm x 13 x 28 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ Food storage container

+ Zipped closure

+ Padded shoulder straps

Reasons to Avoid

- Aversion to pink!

- If you're planning a longer trip



4. Best Large Dog Weekend Bag

Ruffwear Haul Bag


Heading out for a weekend? Ruffwear offer this Haul Bag with enough storage space for a few days.

Ruffwear Haul Bag

The Haul Bag is a stylish waterproof dog bag.


The bag has a capacity of a whopping 37L which will let you store a lot of your dog’s gear for travel.


Several interior and exterior pockets along with a wide access zip, let you organise your dog food, bowls, toys and poo bags.


It's a durable and sturdy design as you'd expect from Ruffwear with a removable shoulder strap.


Ruffwear also sell a matching Kibble Kaddie - dog food bag.

Dimensions - 32cm x 42 x 30 cm

Reasons to Buy

+ 37l storage capacity

+ Shoulder strap

+ Matching accessories

Reasons to Avoid

- Maybe too large for a short trip



WHAT SHOULD BE IN A DOG TRAVEL BAG?



1. Feature Packed Dog Water Bottle

Petkit


Regardless of how long your trip is, number one on everyone's list should always be hydration. Nobody wants to share their water bottle with their dog, so to avoid dehydration pack their own water supply.

petkit dog travel water bottle

Obviously, you can simply pack some standard water bottles.


However I’ve found it really helpful if Freddie is able to drink straight from a bottle itself rather than trying to pour it unsuccessfully into his mouth!


There are several dog water bottles available but this one from Petkit has some extra design features.


Not only does it have a large capacity cup, leak proof design and can be used single handed, it also has a filter to purify the water.


Available in several different colours


2. Best for Collapsible Dog Bowl

Bonza


If your dog doesn’t like drinking from a dog water bottle (not all dogs do), then you’ll need something to pour your water into.

collapsible dog bowl

If your travel bag doesn't include a collapsible water bowl then this foldable dog bowl by Bonza certainly won't break the bank.


It's a really handy bit of kit, good quality and folds flat for easy storage.


Other bowls definitely aren't designed to be as sturdy so you run the risk of your dog constantly tipping over the full bowl of water which isn’t ideal!



3. Best Dog Treat Pouch for most Buyers

Kurgo


Treats are not only great for rewards, they can be the perfect distraction when you’re trying to attract your dog’s attention away from something.


However, the last thing you need are warm, smelly dog treats in your pocket all day.

Kurgo Go Stuff-it dog treat pouch

These bright and fun dog treat bags from Kurgo are available in blue or red.


They have a wide mouth opening so you can reach your treats quickly and a drawstring closure to keep those treats fresh.


The treat bag has an adjustable strap with two strong plastic clips, enabling you to clip it to your belt for playtime in the park.


It also features a drawstring closure and an extra zip-pocket.


RECOMMENDED READ Top 10 Dog Treat Bags

If the Kurgo treat bag doesn't take your fancy, take a look at our full review. We explore the best dog treat bags for 2022 including large shoulder bags to carry your poo bags, keys and phone and small belt mounted treat bags.



4. Best Eco-friendly Dog Poo Bags

Earth Rated


Scoop the Poop…. Of course! But not all poo bags are created equal.


If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option then Earth Rated Poo Bags fit the bill.

Earth Rated dog poop bags

Earth Rated is a Canadian company making poo bags with a 100% leak-proof guarantee.


At their core is the idea of giving back to society so they've donated over 6 million poo bags to dog shelters.

For those of you that prefer a bag with handles these may be perfect. Earth Rated poo bags are available in a wide range including scented /un-scented and on rolls without handles if you prefer.


For further information, read our in-depth review of Dog Poo bags. We bought, tested and reviewed the best dog poo bags for 2022. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it ! - Best Dog Poo Bag Review



5. Best Travel Dog Towel

Henry Wag


Even if you don’t expect your four-legged friend to get dirty, they always seem to be drawn to large expanses of muddy water.

Henry Wag dog towel

A dog towel is not only perfect at rubbing them down, but can be useful at wiping your own arms, faces and clothes after the inevitable ‘shake’!


Henry Wag have a whole range of dog drying gloves and towels.


Their microfibre Pet Towel is ideal for day trips as it absorbs more water and dries quicker than a regular towel.


Microfibre towels are also better then standard towels at picking up and holding onto dirt and dust, and even bacteria.


6. Best Cooling Dog Towel

Cool Pup


Dogs can get really hot during the summer months especially as they enjoy tearing around unlike us, our canine friends don't have sweat glands so have a harder time cooling themselves down.

cockapoo in car boot with Cool Pup cooling towel

If it looks like it’s going to be a warm day, a cooling towel can help regulate your dogs temperature.


Simply soak the towel in cold water and wring out any excess water before placing over your pet.


Cheap and light to carry in your dog bag, they’ll give you peace of mind on a hot day.


We recommend this towel from Cool Pup as it's very durable having seen off a couple of summers and lived to tell the tale.


How We Chose


We decided to start off our hunt for the best dog travel bags by analysing top-selling brands and trending bags with rave reviews on retailers like Amazon, Pets at Home, and more. From there, we also considered bags we've tried out ourselves and which features we were looking for.


We then categorised the bags into styles from backpacks and totes to shoulder bags so we could offer a range of different bag styles to suit everyone.


Lastly we explored the best travel products to pack for a day, overnight or weekend away.


Thanks for stopping by and reading our article on Best Dog Travel Bags : Packing for Adventures.

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