Bringing the Dog along for the Ride? Grab These Things First

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If you’re planning to take a road trip with your faithful pup, you should know we’ve come a long way since the days of just tossing a pet in the back seat and heading for parts unknown. We now know there are safer ways to travel with your pet—cleaner ways, too. These products will keep dogs calm, happy, and safe on your jaunt, so hopefully they won’t act like they’re going to the vet next time you load them up.

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Dog Travel Bag

This doggie travel bag by Unique Dog features an elevated bowl stand to keep your pup’s head upright while eating. It also has a bowl for water, two food storage containers, and multiple extra pockets.

Portable Dog Water Bottle

This portable and reusable water bottle from Pacific Paws Northwest holds 27 ounces and also works as a bowl. It comes with a wrist strap for easy transport and is BPA- and PVC-free.

Convertible Dog Hammock

This hammock from OKMEE converts to a bench-seat car protector if that works better for you. Maximum open size is 53 by 59 inches. A mesh viewing window allows fresh air to flow to your pet and lets you to see them.

Dog Car Barrier

This compartment separator from High Road keeps your dog in the back seat but with a good view of the front. This gate features a padded steel frame and comes with four adjustable straps.

SUV Cargo Liner

This waterproof liner from iBuddy measures 90 by 52 inches and will keep hair, scratches, liquids, and dirt off your interior. It’s non-slip and takes just one minute to install.

Dog Safety Vest Harness

This safety vest from AutoWT is made from double mesh fabric and is adjustable for size. There are two buckles on the chest piece, which makes it easy to slip on and off.

Calming Aid Soft Chews

If your dog is a nervous traveler, check out these soft chew treats from PetNC that have chamomile and tryptophan (the same chemical in turkey that makes you sleepy) for a calming effect. 

Car Dog Bed

This small seat from PetSafe will accommodate dogs up to 30 pounds and will protect your seats from hair and scratches. It can be used with a seatbelt harness and dog vest tether.

Portable Dog Paw Cleaner

The Mudbuster by Dexas measures about nine by five inches to stick your dog’s paws in before they get back in the car after a pit stop. It’s dishwasher safe.

Pet Carrier


This carrier from K&H folds flat for easy transport, secures safely with any seatbelt, keeps pets from distracting you while you’re driving, and features multiple exits. It’s offered in several sizes.

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