Great travel gear for pets
Three-in-one pet carriers
Traveling is more fun for pet lovers when they can bring their buddies along. While including pets on the journey takes a little more preparation, we’ve got the products you’ll need for a grrrreat trip with your favorite four-legged friends. — Shannon McCarthy
Perambulating with your pet? Maximize your carrying choices with one of these genius shape shifters. Some morph from carriers to car seats to pet beds and back again, while more advanced models fold out into pet strollers similar to baby carriages: Expect a few “poochy-poochy-coos” from passing strangers.
Rolling backpack pet carriers
Ideal for cats and smaller dogs, these creature carriers aren’t quite as versatile as the three-in-one models, but they’re perfect when you want something simpler for jaunts around town with furry friends in tow. Mesh covers can be fastened down for privacy or opened to display your puppy pride.
Folding travel kennels
Bing: Folding travel kennels
A real necessity for pet owners, a travel kennel can be a large metal-gated box that collapses for storage, or a softer-sided structure resembling a mini camping tent. Folding kennels are ideal for long car trips or family vacations, but you may need an airport-friendly version if Fido is scheduled to fly the friendly skies.
Designer pet totes and handbags
Rock the latest in creature couture with carrying cases, totes and pet purses crafted by the same famous names who design handbags for humans. Of course, these models are reinforced to hold dogs and cats, lined in tougher materials and outfitted with treat pockets and – very necessary – sanitary waste bag compartments.
Dog car seats
Bing: Dog car seats
Pooch perches aren’t simply cute conveniences for small to medium-sized dogs: They serve to safely and comfortably restrain your dog and help keep your car’s interior tidy. Most provide leash clips and safety straps, plus a padded or wool-lined interior to increase the creature-comfort quotient.
Sleepypod cat carriers
Bing: Sleepypod cat carriers
Feline transport is typically not pretty, but the Sleepypod is almost purrfect. It’s a genius alternative to one of those typical hard-sided cold plastic kennels that Fluffy dreads. The top zips off, so when it’s not in use as a carrier, your cat can get used to it as a comfy bed.
Hammock seat covers
Bing: Hammock seat covers
Your car will appreciate a little protection from your pooch: Padded or quilted covers for seats and cargo area protect upholstery and provide a comfier ride, and hammock styles keep a wide area of the back seat clean and off limits. These really make a difference after daily trips to the dog park.
Pet barriers for vehicles
When you need to restrict dogs to one area of your car, back-seat barriers are excellent at keeping the darling beasts at bay. Big, gatelike models are best for keeping bowwows in the cargo area, while small mesh and reinforced fabric barriers easily bar small dogs from the front seat.
Retractable pet leashes
Bing: Retractable pet leashes
Taking journeys with pets in tow means rest-stop romps, city walks, hanging out in friends’ backyards and any number of other scenarios where leashing your dog is essential. Bring your old reliable leash, plus a new one for backup. Tops for travel? A compact, rugged, retractable leash works best.
Padded pet harnesses
Bing: Padded pet harnesses
For dogs, padded harnesses and harness vests are more comfortable than standard neck leashes, and they are pretty much the only way to properly leash a cat. They’re offered in myriad designs for any pet’s personality, from utilitarian to dazzlingly decorative. Want to really prettify that pooch? Harness dog dresses are on offer, too.