13 Travel Pet Accessories Worthy of Your Dog
Presenting: the very best in travel accessories for pets, an index supplemented with the sage advice of pet travel expert and author of The Dog Lover's Guide to Travel, Kelly E. Carter.
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Among Carter’s words of wisdom: keep a pet passport with all of his or her vaccination records (in case you want/need to use a doggie day care). Also, be sure to have the name and number of local veterinarians on hand, and to pack an extra blanket or sheet to cover hotel furniture. Also, "it's always important to have an extra leash," Carter adds. "It's been amazing how many times I had to stop and get one." A trustworthy carrier is also needed, which brings us to our first pet travel must-have:
Billy Wolf NYC’s Coats and Foldable Bowl
Known for handmade, Americana-influenced canvas dog coats, Billy Wolf NYC also sells worthwhile accessories like a foldable canvas water bowl, travel pouches that look good on humans, and canvas backpack carriers you may want to use everyday—with or without the pooch.
Carter says studies—which, by the way, use the same tests as those for determining the quality of children’s car seats—have proven that the Sleepypod carrier is, quite simply, the best. It’s a round nylon carrier with a removable mesh dome, and comes in a range of colors. Better yet, it works as a safety car seat and a plush pet bed. For plane rides, Sleepypod Air is designed to fit under an airplane seat and fit on top of a rolling suitcase.
Ruffwear’s Approach Pack
Have Fido work for his travel oats with Ruffwear's Approach Pack. The backpack is made of saddlebags adhered to the company’s Web Master Harness frame, which provides stability and weight distribution when the pack is filled. There's also a reflective trim that'll be useful for outdoor, overnight excursions. Also for the adventure traveler, Ruffwear makes flexible, quality traction dog boots. Summit Trex are designed to protect paws from the hot and cold temperatures, abrasive surfaces and snowmelt chemicals.
Tagg’s Pet Tracker
Carter calls Tagg her go-to pet tracking tool. She explains its simplicity: "You go online and set the boundaries are for your dog. It clips onto your dog's collar, and when your dog leaves that boundary you immediately get a text alert." Tagg can also alert you about the temperatures that surround the pet, as well as track activity and rest.
Petmate’s Portable Pet Bowls
Petmate designs a range of dishwasher-safe, collapsible silicone pet bowls, but the Travel Bowl Duo Portable Pet Bowls are particularly great for people on the go. Velcro on the bottom lets them stick to the interior of a nylon carrying case. Other Petmate items to keep in mind for traveling: the new Curvations Pet Tote, an adjustable and padded pet carrier, and the JW Pet Palm Dog Nail Grinder, a cordless nail trimmer with a rotating filing stone.
Royal Animals’ Sweaters
A nice sweater can help keep a pet warm in colder-than-usual climates. Royal Animals offers some fun, cozy options.
For the nervous dog and cats, Carter recommends using Thundershirt, a wrap that “has the same effect as if you were swaddling a baby; it helps calm them down." They also now come with sweater and jacket add-ons. Anxious fliers might want to hunt for the human version of this wrap.
Pet Gear’s Happy Trails Stroller
Whether you have an injured pet or one that is, ahem, of age, a pet stroller can help you get him or her some fresh air and sunshine. Pet Gear just released its Happy Trails Lite No-Zip stroller, an easy-to-assemble stroller with latch system rathr than zippers. The Happy Trails lite can fit a dog up to 25 lbs, but Happy Trails' largest strollers can carry dogs that are up to 70 lbs.
Sturdi Products’ Car Shelter
Sturdi Products offers several great, easy-to-use products. For the campers, there's a pet tent with floor-to-ceiling mesh windows and that can roll up nicely to stow. Road trippers and hotel hoppers would also enjoy the Single Car-Go Shelter, a spacious, durable polyester home for your pet that requires no assembly. After removing from its travel case, it just pops out to its full form.
Dog is Good’s Waste Bags and QR-Code Pet Tags
Dog is Good not only has whimsical waste bags but also pet tags with a QR code, which you can set up to have your pet's info.
LazyBonezz’s Blinged-Out Fare
Pet accessories at LazyBonezz are what to get if you’d like to give your pet some extra sparkle. Stylish offerings include metallic collars and charms and The Leash Bag, which is meant to make carrying treats, wipes or waste bags that much chicer
Sunny-Dog Ink’s First Aid Kit
A final item to keep handy is a pet first aid kit. Carter's select? The one produced by animal safety advocate, Sunny-dog Ink. The kit is loaded with everything your pet could (but hopefully won't) need, like a “germ barrier shield,” a cold compress, and a digital thermometer.