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Best Dog Travel Bags : Packing for Adventures

Updated: Mar 10

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When you travel with your dog whether it’s just a day trip, an overnight stay or a full weekend away, you need to bring along your dog 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've reviewed lots of dog travel bags and narrowed it down to the best on the market according to best quality product, best value and design for 2023. 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.


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The most important thing to consider is what you’ll use the bag for. Some dog travel bags are designed for long days out hiking in the country or a day at the beach while others zero in on full weekends away.

Then there are outdoor-specific backpacks aimed at hikers and dog lovers who cover some serious miles. There's the option of tote bags or shoulder bags for those who simply want easier access to their dog gear than a traditional rucksack offers.

Ideally whichever bag you choose should have multiple compartments so you can organise your dog gear into sections. Nobody wants their towels, toys and leads smelling of dog food!

In our search for the best dog travel bag, we’ve reviewed and compared options from trusted brands like Mobile Dog Gear and Ruffwear.

These are our picks for the best dog travel bags for everything from long days out to weekends away hiking and everything in between.

If you are more interested in a bag suitable for a long walk off the beaten track or a lap of the local park, why not take a look at our in-depth test and review of the 4 Best Dog Walking Bags for 2023

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1. Best Dog Travel Bag Overall

Mobile Dog Gear

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 should have a bag for you and your dog.

Mobile dog gear dog travel 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.

This unisex backpack really stands out from the crowd due to its design features. It incorporates 2 removable sealable containers specifically designed for storing you dog's food.

We love the attention to detail this bag offers including a poo bag dispenser along with collapsible silicone bowls and a placemat store conveniently in the front flap.

The main space even has a divider to keep dog 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 bag on the market. If you're looking for something larger, then Mobile Dog Gear offer an Ultimate Week Away backpack too.

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

2. Best Shoulder Dog Travel Bag


Cleverly thought out with some great design features, this shoulder style travel bag from Teamoy is our favourite dog travel bag for a weekend away.

It has multiple storage pockets and importantly includes 2 lined food containers.

We love that all your pups supplies can be kept separate and sealed to stop food and treat smells infiltrating the rest of your gear.

We also like that the design allows easy access to all the contents.

It has well padded carry handles and an additional adjustable shoulder strap. This gives you the option to sling it over your shoulder if you need a spare hand for the dog lead.

To make feeding on the go easy, it includes 2 silicone collapsible bowls and a foldable dog feeding mat. Just add your water bottle, some dog wipes, a couple of toys and a spare lead and you're ready for adventure.

Available in two sizes and two designs - grey or grey dots.

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

3. Best Overnight Dog Bag

Mobile Dog Gear

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 large, zipped main compartment and a separate smaller zipped front pocket for easy access to keys, phone etc.

If the pink is, well, too pink then Mobile Dog Gear offer a slightly larger bag in black.

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

If you're planning a break in the UK, why not checkout our Guide to Choosing a Dog-Friendly Holiday

4. Best Dog Weekend Bag

Ruffwear Haul Bag

Heading out for a weekend and want to include your canine sidekick in all your adventures ? If you're going camping or 'off-grid' then the performance dog gear company, Ruffwear offer this rugged Haul Bag with enough storage space for a few days.

Ruffwear Haul Bag

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

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

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

You could team it up with the matching Kibble Kaddie dog food bag.

We love Ruffwear dog products and this Haul bag is no exception.

Perfect for adventures both big and small it's a stylish waterproof dog 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

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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 it's really helpful if your dog is able to drink straight from a bottle itself rather than trying to pour it unsuccessfully into their mouth.

There are several dog water bottles available on the market but we recently tested the GPS tracker and portable water bottle from Pawfit and can recommend them.

Their portable water bottle has a leak proof design and can be used single handed.

Available in two sizes and a range of colours exclusively on the Pawfit website.

Pawfit have offered Smart Bark customers 10% off

Use the discount code SMARTB at checkout

Dog Travel Bowl

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.

Foldable dog bowl

This foldable dog bowl by The Little Dog Laughed is a really handy piece of canine kit.

Designed with a square base and a circular top, it's incredibly sturdy.

Other bowls on the market such as the silicone collapsible design, 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!

The drawstring top is a clever design addition turning the bowl into a bag. Pop your food in the bag and, voila!, it opens into a dog bowl.

collapsible dog bowl

We were really impressed in testing as it's completely waterproof so can be used equally for dog food and water.

It opens out into a sizeable bowl so would be suitable for large breed dogs.

It's a really handy bit of kit, excellent quality and folds up so you can pop it in your backpack or a large pocket.

Available in a range of three bright colours - pink, orange and blue. We think that the Little Dog Laughed pet travel bowl is the perfect piece of kit for any day out.

Best Dog Treat Pouch : 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.

Kurgo Go Stuff-it dog treat pouch

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

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, letting you to clip to your belt. It also features a drawstring closure and an extra zip-pocket.

We recommend Kurgo's Go Stuff It if you're looking for a well designed treat bag that'll stand up to everyday use.

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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 2023 including large shoulder bags to carry your poo bags, keys and phone and small belt mounted treat bags - Top 10 Dog Treat Bags

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.

Dog Poo Bags : Beco

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

If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option then Beco compostable poop bags fit the bill.

Earth Rated dog poop bags

Beco are renowned for their sustainable product range which as well as being good for your dog is also great for the planet.

We bought and tested this pack of 8 rolls (96 bags) of their compostable bags.

Ultimately, the testers commented that Beco's compostable bags were thick, strong and odour proof so did the job well. They are also easy to separate with 'Tear Here' printed on each bag.

Beco's compostable range also includes packs of 48 (4 rolls) and 60 (5 rolls) and a box of 96 flat-packed bags with handles.

We love that these eco-friendly compostable bags are available in really small quantities so you could try before you commit to buying lots.

Additionally you can purchase the Beco Pocket - poop bag dispenser which also has great eco-friendly credentials and we feature in our round-up of the best dog poo bag dispensers.

Just a word of caution, their non-compostable and compostable packaging looks very similar, so double-check it says compostable on the front.

You might be interested ....

For further information, read our in-depth review of the best dog poo bags. We bought, tested and reviewed the best dog poo bags for 2023. It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it !

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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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