by Katherine Khoo May 06, 2024 5 min read

Going on a travel adventure with your furry kids can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Whether it's a weekend getaway or an overseas trip, having the right accessories can make all the difference in ensuring your dog's comfort and safety. In this guide, we'll explore the top 10 essential dog travel accessories that every pet parent should consider for their canine companion.

10 Essential Dog Travel Accessories

1. Travel-friendly dog carrier

A secure and comfortable crate or carrier is a must-have for any dog owner on the move. It provides a safe space for your pup during car rides or flights, ensuring they stay calm and secure. Look for options that are well-ventilated and appropriately sized for your dog. A crate is a requirement for airline travel. Crates are available from most pet supply stores but when flying, the design and construction of the crate must conform to IATA standards. Here’s the travel crate that has the IATA air travel approval - Stefanplast Gulliver 5 IATA Approved Dog Carrier (Medium, Wheels Excluded). For car travels, it’s highly recommended to get a pet car safety belt or a car seat bed like this Nandog Pet Gear Quilted Micro Plush Light Grey Car Seat Bed equipped with safety hook and seat belt straps.

2. Dog-friendly car seat cover

If you're traveling by car, a durable seat cover is a game-changer. It protects your vehicle from fur, dirt, and accidents, ensuring a stress-free journey for both you and your pup. Our favourite is the Ruffwear Dirtbag™ Car Seat Cover. It’s tear-resistant, waterproof and is made from a comfortable fabric for long travels. One of the features that we love most is the convertible design of this car seat cover. This cover can be installed in a traditional or hammock configuration, fits many vehicles and maintains access to seatbelts.

10 Essential Dog Travel Accessories

3. A multi-purpose dog leash

An invaluable multi-purpose dog leash that enables a hands-free approach is perfect for those juggling luggage or needing to use a smartphone while on the move. Our favourite is the Ruffwear Flat Out™ Patterned & Multi-Use Dog Leash. This adjustable leash can be hand-held or worn around the waist for hands-free leash walking and it’s equally adept for city strolls and adventurous hikes.

4. A dog backpack for hikers

For those adventurous souls hitting the trails, a dog backpack like this K9 Sport Sack Air 2 Backpack Carrier designed for humans to carry their furry companions is a game-changer. It allows you to lend a helping hand when your pup gets tired from walking. This innovative accessory ensures that your dog can still enjoy the adventure, and it strengthens the bond between you and your four-legged friend. It's a win-win for both of you!

5. Portable travel bottles and bowls

Keeping your dog hydrated and well-fed while on the go is crucial. A travel water bottle is a must to keep your pet hydrated and we recommend this Field and Wander 2-in-1 Stainless Steel Travel Bottle For Dogs & Cats. Stainless steel bottles are lightweight, durable and easy to clean. This one comes with a quick-release carabiner so you can clip it onto your bag or leash. For food, the Ruffwear Quencher™ Collapsible Food & Water Dog Bowl is a good choice. It is lightweight, easy to pack, and perfect for providing food breaks during your adventures. These portable water bottles and bowls are a convenient solution for keeping your pup nourished and energized.

6. A travel dog food carrier

On both long-haul road trips to fanciful getaways and quick drives to visit family for the holidays, it’s key to carry and store your dog’s kibble in a safe container. Instead of plastic bags which can be easy to rip during transport, get a proper waterproof doggie bag. There are plenty of options online and some even come with a measuring cup!

10 Essential Dog Travel Accessories

7. Portable dog bed or mat

A familiar sleeping space can help your pup feel at ease in a new environment. A portable, easy-to-clean bed or mat like this Ruffwear Highlands™ Lightweight Portable Pad Dog Bed provides a comfortable resting place during your travels, ensuring your dog gets the quality rest they need at the end of an adventurous day.

8. Poop bags and dispenser

Responsible pet ownership means cleaning up after your dog, even on the go. So, do bring along plenty of disposable poop bags and pet wides for cleaning up. Attaching a dispenser to your leash or bag is a convenient way for keeping public spaces clean and respecting the environment. If you’re looking for a convenient way to carry everything - poop bags, dog treats to your phone, keys, and wallet, consider this Ruffwear Stash Bag Plus™ Poop Bag Dispenser. The Stash Bag Plus™ is the leash accessory that can be attached to waist-worn, cross-body, and hands-free leashes. Unlike a normal waist pouch, this is carefully designed to make a big difference on everyday walks. The bag has internal organization for smaller items and a roll of pick-up bags, large zippered main pocket for essentials like keys, wallet, and most phones, a grippy strike pad under the zipper for starting and opening pick-up bags, and a cinch loop for short hauling pick-up bags to the next garbage can.

9. Interactive toys and chewables

Long travel days or waits can be boring for dogs. Bring along some interactive toys or chewables to keep your pup mentally stimulated and entertained during downtime. The KONG Classic Dog Toy is an excellent option for travel. It doesn't take up much space, is durable, easy to clean and perfect for stuffing with food or treats for longer-lasting play.

10. Pet travel first aid kit

Accidents can happen, and having a compact first aid kit designed for dogs can be a lifesaver. It should include items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, tweezers, and any specific medications your dog may need. You may want to consider getting a first aid kit with items curated for pets like this Suisa Emergency First Aid Kit For Dogs & Cats. This pet first kit includes supplies like nail hemostatic cream, poison absorbent, and pet-friendly insect spray to treat injuries which our pets may possibly encounter at home or during outdoor trips.

10 Essential Dog Travel Accessories

Investing in these 10 essential dog travel accessories can turn your adventure into a memorable bonding experience for you and your furry companion. From safety to comfort and convenience, these items are sure to make your journey a smoother and more enjoyable one. So, pack up, hit the road, and create lasting memories with your four-legged friend by your side!








Katherine Khoo
Katherine is a Pet Nutrition Specialist and GDP’s Pet Wellness Advisor. She is committed to helping pet owners make informed dietary and lifestyle choices in nurturing healthy pets. Katherine is also a practicing Nutritional Therapist (human nutrition) and has been helping hundreds of clients to heal naturally with nutrients.

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