12 Best Pet Carriers to Keep Dogs and Cats Comfortable and Safe in Transit

By Madison Roberts and Madison Flager

12 Best Pet Carriers 2023 for Traveling With Furry Friends

Traveling with a pet requires sorting out a whole lot of logistics—beyond making sure your own packing list has been properly ticked off, you’ll need to factor in the food, toys, and gear your pet will need on the road and wherever you’re headed. But even before that’s been mapped out, you’ll want to find a trustworthy pet carrier. Reliable, comfortable, and sturdy pet carriers to throw over your shoulder or on your back when your hands are full make navigating the airport a more streamlined experience, and keep your pet comfortable while in transit.

Whether you’re traveling with your furry friend on a month-long vacation to another state, heading to a rental house for a week or two, or just setting out on a quick weekend getaway, these airline-approved carriers will keep your pet safe on the go. Scroll down for a dozen great pet carriers for dogs and cats, including a space-age pod that's perfect for naps and an  Arlo Skye carrier that attaches to your favorite carry-on—but first, a few tips to keep in mind while you shop and plan.

What size pet carrier will fit under an airline seat? 

Size requirements vary by airline, so always double check with the one you’re flying for the latest pet guidelines before departure. Here are size and weight specifications for  JetBlue (17" x 12.5" x 8.5"),  American Airlines (18” x 11” x 11” for soft-sided bags, 19” x 13” x 9” for hard-sided kennels), and Delta and  United (both 18” x 11” x 11”). Make sure your pet has room to stand up and turn around while inside.

Does a dog carrier count as a carry-on?

Pet carriers must fit under the seat in front of you. However, they can effect your luggage allotment. On JetBlue, for fares above Blue Basic, a carry-on suitcase, backpack, or duffel is allowed so long as it fits in the overhead compartment. However, on other airlines, like American and Delta, your pet carrier replaces your carry-on bag, and your second item is limited to a personal item.

What type of carrier should I get? 

It depends on what size pet you have and how you travel. A soft side carrier or backpack carrier is easiest to fit under an airplane seat, and may be more comfortable and breathable for your pet. 

Think through your typical (non-pet) travel routine and how you’ll need to adjust it when your personal item is dedicated to your pet. If you often travel with another person, that person can store things you’ll want accessible during the flight in their personal item, but if you’re traveling solo, you’ll probably want to pick a carrier with additional storage for your boarding pass, earphones, and other small essentials. Backpack carriers are best for smaller dogs or cats, though all come with weight guidelines to help you determine whether it'll fit your pet.

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Paravel Cabana Pet Carrier

  • Dimensions: 11"L x 20.5"W x 11"H
  • Weight maximum: 20 pounds

One of the chicest new additions to the pet carrier world is Paravel's latest ideation, which is largely inspired by their wildly popular Cabana Tote (yes, the one that’s sold out seven times). The design team has resized it to fit a pet up to 20 pounds and added comfortable elements like a washable liner and mesh panels for airflow, all while maintaining the sustainability that the brand is known for by constructing it out of 38 upcycled plastic water bottles. It folds down to be completely flat for easy storage, even if you live in a tiny Upper West Side apartment like me. But the best part? The ability to embroider your pet's name or initials on the side of the carrier. Traveling with your pet has never been more fashionable—or sustainable. — Scott Bay, associate editor

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Wild One Travel Carrier

  • Dimensions: 17.5"L x 11"W x 10"H
  • Weight maximum: 16 pounds

Tested by  Traveler  contributor Lauren Dana Ellman, Wild One’s design-friendly pet carrier comes in tan, spruce green, and black, and fits dogs that are 16 pounds and under. “It’s clear this carrier was designed with versatility, durability, and functionality in mind,” Ellman wrote. "There are mesh walls for added breathability, a built-in collar clip, a detachable shoulder strap that pulls double duty as a leash, and a cushion that can be rolled out to use as a plush dog bed or travel mat when you get to your destination.” That interior mat is machine washable, too.

Read a full review   here .

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Sherpa Original Deluxe pet carrier

  • Dimensions (for medium size bag): 17"L x 11"W x 10.5"H

A tried and true favorite, this carrier is just about perfect. The Sherpa Original comes equipped with non-slip shoulder straps for easy carrying, locking zippers, and a store pocket for those very important treats. While the design comes airline-approved, its special spring wire frame allows for the carrier to keep its shape, while still being flexible enough to conform to multiple under-seat dimensions.

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Away pet carrier

  • Dimensions: 18.7"L x 10.8"W x 10.75"H
  • Weight maximum: 18 pounds

It should be no surprise that Away’s pet carrier is just as streamlined and chic as their hit luggage. The bag, which fits pets up to 18 pounds and comes in standard black or an au courant gray-blue, is incredibly thoughtfully designed. Standout features include plush, removable sherpa bedding, plenty of pockets for you to store travel documents, and a side pocket with drainage holes (so you can store your included collapsible water bowl inside). Plus, wide openings on both the side and top for easy access, mesh panels on three sides for maximum ventilation, and a roll-up screen so your pet can see what's going on outside. As for safety: Innovative exterior latches can fasten the carrier to a car seat belt, and an interior safety-collar clip prevents adventurous pets from scampering out as soon as you unzip the carrier, And, of course, it’s designed to strap onto any type of Away luggage, making toting this carrier a breeze, even through a crowded terminal. — Juliet Izon

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Texsens innovative traveler bubble backpack

  • Dimensions: 12.6"L x 11.4"W x 16.5"H

If you’re looking for a bag for road trips or other non-plane travel (it can lay sideways under some airplane seats, but is a little large), this budget-friendly backpack carrier from Amazon is a solid option. Cat mom Becca Guthrie says her pet, Joe, likes to be able to see out from nearly every direction, and she likes that the sides unzip, making it easier to get him inside. It fits dogs up to 15 pounds or cats up to 18 pounds, and comes in a half dozen colors and patterns, with two side pockets to store treats, a leash, or personal items.

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Arlo Skye Pet Carrier

  • Dimensions (for medium size bag): 17.5"L x 11"W x 10"H
  • Weight maximum: 25 pounds

Obsessed with your silver Arlo Skye suitcase? Well, now you can pair it with the brand's very own pet carrier, which manages to be totally practical while still looking chic (not an easy feat). With 360-degree ventilation, your travel buddy will be safe and secure nestled on top of the aluminum or polycarbonate Carry-On or Check-In suitcase, and the carrier includes a memory foam mattress so they'll feel like they're flying first class (even when you're not). When it's not in use, the foldable design makes it easy to pack.

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Mark & Graham Buddy pet carrier

  • Dimensions: 18"L x 11.5"W x 11"H
  • Weight maximum: 50 pounds

If you're the type of shopper who puts a monogram on everything your pet owns, this is the carrier for you. The nylon bag comes in two neutral colors (ivory or navy) that'll match most any travel gear, and can be customized with your pet’s name embroidered on top for an additional $12. Inside, the carrier features a removable fleece lining for comfort, a built-in leash for security, and netted sides that can be rolled down if your pooch gets hot.

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Sleepypod mobile pet bed

  • Dimensions: 17"L x 17"W x 13"H
  • Weight maximum: 15 pounds

Multi-use functionality is key, and this pet carrier triples as a carrier, car seat, and mobile sleep solution. The design is perfect to help your pet cope with long road trips, plus it works as a super-cozy bed once you reach your destination. Ready to hit the road again? Zip the bed up its sides to transform it into a portable carrier.

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Petsfit double sided expandable carrier

  • Dimensions (for large size bag): 19"L x 12"W X 12"H (not expanded)

This carrier is basically the animal world equivalent of a lie-flat seat on an overseas flight. The Petsfit Double Sided Carrier comes in standard, airline-approved sizing with machine-washable fleece bedding, padded shoulder straps, and a side strap for securing to the top of your suitcase handle. In the event that no one takes up the middle seat next to you, it also has two expandable compartments so your pet can stretch its legs out.

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Natuvalle 6-in-1 pet carrier backpack

  • Dimensions (for XXS bag): 14"L x 8.3"W x 8.3"H
  • Weight maximum: 8 pounds

This multi-use 6-in-1 pet carrier is for travelers who love having a ton of options: It can be worn as a backpack, front pack, shoulder bag, hand bag, two-position carrier, or used as a car seat crate. Plus, the flexible frame helps keep its shape no matter which way you're carrying it, leaving your pet with plenty of room to lounge in. It comes in three sizes based on weight, with the largest made for pets up to 19 pounds.

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Mr. Peanut Gold-Series Dog & Cat carrier

  • Dimensions: 18"L x 10.5"W x 11"H

When traveling with a pet, safety is key, and this carry-on pet bag is built with that in mind. It’s designed with self-locking zippers that don’t slide up or down, so you won’t have any worries about chasing your pet down the jetbridge. The bag also includes an ID tag holder, an interior leash attachment, and a safety seat belt in case your flight encounters unexpected rough air. Just as stylish as it is practical, the carrier features a fabric rollaway cover, faux fleece bedding, mesh windows on the top and sides, and an extra pocket. (If you often fly first or business and have slightly more room at your feet, spring for the expandable option .)

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Snoozer Pet Products Roll Around 4-in-1 pet carrier

  • Dimensions (for medium size bag): 14"L x 11"W x 20"H 

Thankfully, there are plenty of pet carriers out there with wheels, too. This one will let you roll through the airport with ease and comes equipped with side storage pockets, as well as a seat-belt loop to keep your pet safe—and the 4-in-1 design means it can also be carried as a backpack. A carry-on that only holds a puppy? Now that's our idea of "packing light."

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The 6 Best Airline-Approved Pet Carriers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We tested 13 carriers on roundtrip domestic flights

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The Winners

How we picked, more we recommend.

We tested 13 airline-approved pet carriers on roundtrip domestic flights with both cats and dogs. After dozens of hours of combined flight time, our testers most appreciated machine washable linings, built-in trolley sleeves, lots of ventilation, and a balance between structure and flexibility that provides the most comfort for their pets. Our favorite has all of these features.

After testing on domestic flights, Away's The Pet Carrier is our favorite airline-ready pet carrier . It's not only attractive but fully featured, with multiple points of entry, a trolley sleeve, lots of ventilation, a waterproof lining, and a machine washable bed. Plus, it's crash test certified. For a more affordable option , check out the Petsfit Expandable Pet Carrier instead. It's got lots of ventilation, and zip-out accordion sections that let you make the carrier a lot bigger—and more comfortable for your cat or dog—when you're not walking around with it.

We also identified four more airline-approved pet carriers that we think are worth your consideration:

  • Best for Small Dogs: Wild One Travel Carrier
  • Best Kennel: Gunner G1 Kennel
  • Best Tote: Love Thy Beast Nylon Pet Travel Carrier
  • Best for Cats: Travel Cat The Transpurrter

The Best Airline-Approved Pet Carrier

Away the pet carrier.

  • Quality 5 /5
  • Comfort 5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5

What We Like: Crash test certified by the Center for Pet Safety; Water-resistant lining; removable and washable bed; trolley sleeve for seatbelt or rolling suitcase attachment

What We Don't Like: Not suitable for pets over 18 pounds

The Away Pet Carrier is sturdy, sleek, versatile, and easy to clean. Plus, it meets the requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) so it’s suitable for in-cabin use on most major airlines (always check with your flight provider). 

During the testing period, our Chihuahua-mix participant was comfortable and secure for the duration of a six-hour flight. The Away carrier's leather and nylon exterior is structured enough to offer protection and stability, but has enough flexibility to squeeze into tight under-seat spaces. We also found it easy to carry by hand or over a shoulder, with double straps similar to a gym bag. 

The Pet Carrier has both internal and external pockets, including a side pocket with a waterproof lining and drainage holes—ideal for a collapsible water bowl. Mesh panels on three sides make for excellent ventilation, and each can also be unzipped for quick access to your pet, or covered with privacy panels to block external stimulation. The interior has a padded, fuzzy bed that is both removable and machine washable.

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The carrier has a weight maximum of 18 pounds, which is lower than others on our list, but keep in mind that some airlines have a 20 pound weight maximum for pet and carrier combined. Airlines may weigh pets with their carriers on the luggage scale, and an 18-pound dog combined with the 4-pound Away travel carrier might lead to travel disruptions, so it's a limit you'll want to be conscious of before traveling.

This bag is more expensive than many of our other favorites, but we found the craftsmanship of this pet carrier to be worth the premium. Away provides a warranty for one year after purchase. It also comes with a dust bag for storage between flights. And to top it all off, this carrier received a five-star crash test rating certification from the Center for Pet Safety .

Available in Jet Black or Coast Blue

An Affordable Alternative

Petsfit expandable pet carrier.

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  • Size 4.5 /5
  • Quality 4.5 /5

What We Like: Plush liner can be unzipped and removed for cleaning; expandable side gives pets more room to spread out; includes external pocket and a loop for wheeled luggage handles

What We Don't Like: Handles are not padded and can become uncomfortable

The wire-framed structure of the Petsfit Expandable Pet Carrier allows for flexibility when placed under an airline seat. While you wait to board, a zippered mesh encasement can be opened up while keeping your pet fully contained. Pets are usually required to stay in their carriers unless you are in a designated pet area of the airport. With this carrier, a zippered mesh encasement can be opened up while giving your pet extra room to stretch while keeping them fully contained.

Our participating dog could not fully stand in the small-sized carrier, but they did have room to move around and get cozy. The carrier comes with a plush pad that can be unzipped and fully removed for cleaning. 

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The carrier has a padded shoulder strap and two unpadded handles. We found the latter to be slightly uncomfortable when holding for a longer duration (e.g. waiting in line to deplane). To give your hands and shoulder a break, there is a loop on one side to slot through the telescopic handlebar of a suitcase.

Available in three sizes and four colors

Testing: We selected 13 bestselling and highly-rated pet carriers for real-world testing. Tests were conducted with both cats and dogs, with testers using the carrier on domestic flights. Our testers primarily tested the products on long, roundtrip flights , many six hours or more. Carriers were also tested on roadtrips, Amtrak travel, in the subway , and a variety of other travel scenarios, with many testers subjecting their carrier to a wide range of activities over several weeks or months. Testing was completed during the peak holiday season, further stress-testing each of the carriers.

Throughout testing, our volunteer testers followed a methodology created by our testing and research team to ensure we received back consistent notes from tester to tester. Testers provided feedback in the following categories: size, design, portability, ease of cleaning, comfort, quality, and value . Equipped with their first-hand observations and scoring feedback, our editors then ranked and categorized our top picks for the perfect pet carrier to suit your travel needs.

Other Carriers We Tested

In addition to our winners and recommended pet travel carriers, we also tested:

Petmate Aspen Pet Porter Dog Kennel : While not as tough as our favorite cargo hold kennel, this more affordable option scored well with our tester, who used it to travel with a 55-pound dog.

Sherpa Original Deluxe Travel Pet Carrier : Our tester cat was able to pry open the zipper and tear this carrier up with her claws—we have some durability concerns. Also, only the smallest two available sizes are suitable as an under seat carry-on.

Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Pet Carrier : This is a high-quality, premium carrier, but its duffle bag design was a little too claustrophobic for our big cat tester, and so at this price point we preferred carriers with a stiffer leather construction.

Arlo Skye The Pet Carrier : We liked the rectangular construction and abundant ventilation, but felt that some of the other premium carriers are an overall better value.

Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier : Another excellent premium option, this carrier earned the same crash test certification from the Center for Pet Safety as our best overall, but it's a little bigger and bulkier, making it a slightly less attractive option for lugging around the airport.

What To Look For

Size Guidelines

Flights have more stringent requirements than other ways of traveling with your pet . The exterior measurements of the carrier you select must fall within the sizing guidelines provided by the airline provider for your flight. A typical limitation is that pet carriers need to be within 18 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 11 inches tall to fly in the cabin. Some airlines also have a maximum weight for your pet plus their carrier, but this varies between airlines, so we recommend using the guidelines provided by the airline you intend to fly with your pet most frequently. Here are the restrictions for some popular airlines:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Southwest Airlines
  • American Airlines

Beyond requirements, the interior of your carrier should be spacious enough for your pet to stand (even temporarily), turn around, lie down, and adopt multiple positions. Commercial calming aids for dogs and cats can help with restlessness and anxiety. Read The Spruce Pets for more travel tips .

Hard-Sided vs. Soft-Sided

The carriers that made our list tend to fall in between hard and soft, offering structured yet flexible coverage for your pet that is just malleable enough to accommodate under the seat dimensions on an airplane. The softest of our selects, the tote-style Love Thy Beast Nylon Pet Carrier, has firm base which is important for your pet to feel steady while being carried. If you dog is too big to fly in cabin, then you definitely need a hard-sided kennel, like our Best for Cargo choice, the Gunner G1 Kennel . 

Easy Carrying

If your pet carrier will be your personal item on a flight, then it's likely you'll also be juggling a piece of carry-on luggage. If you have a piece of wheeled luggage with a standard handle, then look for what's called a "trolley sleeve" when shopping for a carrier. A trolley sleeve is a tight band that attaches to your luggage handle, allowing your carrier to ride on top of your luggage.

While most carriers feature two handles, you may also want to seek out a carrier with a third, cross-body shoulder strap. This can make it easier to tote a carrier through airports, leaving your hands free for additional luggage. Many of our favorite carriers have a removable shoulder strap, which can be left off if you're trying to save a little weight.

Wild One Travel Carrier

The Spruce Pets / Anna Mejorada

  • Size 3.5 /5
  • Comfort 4 /5
  • Portability 4 /5
  • Design 4 /5

What We Like: Versatile design includes a shoulder strap that can be used as a leash; easy to wipe clean; folds flat when not in use; can be personalized with your dog's name

What We Don't Like: Very snug fit under airplane seat; carrier's measurements exceed limits for some airlines

Best for Small Dogs: This versatile pet carrier has an internal padded mat that can be unfolded to expand giving your dog a cozy space to nap once you arrive at your destination. The bag has a cylindrical shape that does not allow for all small dogs to stand up inside when fully zipped up but does offer more space horizontally for them to spread out. Our tester dog, an eight-pound Pomeranian, had space to lay down, put their head up, and get comfortable, but if you’ve got a short-legged friend, like Dachshund , or a very petite pal, like a Chihuahua , then they’ll fit right in. 

The carrier is well made with durable zippers, allowing for flexibility in use and mesh paneling for airflow and to keep your dog in view. To get your dog acclimated to the bag, you can open up one of the sides to let them come in and out as they please, and when you are on the plane, you can unzip just the top to slide in a treat. The shoulder strap can be removed and used as a leash, and there are two additional padded handles for a comfortable and secure grip.

A slotted panel on the back allows you to place it on the handlebars of your suitcase or secure it in a car by passing a seatbelt through. However, unlike our selection for Best Overall, the Away Pet Carrier, this bag has not been crash test certified by the Center for Pet Safety. The carrier is available in black, green, and tan, and folds up flat for storage.

Available in black, tan, and a limited edition spruce color

Gunner G1 Kennel Intermediate

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What We Like: Lifetime warranty, back wheels make the heavy carrier easier to transport; small, medium, and intermediate sizes are 5 Star Crash Test certified by the Center For Pet Safety ; reinforced sides absorb impact and regulate temperature

What We Don't Like: Very heavy and typically requires more than one person to move

Best Kennel: If your dog is too big to fly in the main cabin—which for most airlines is around 20 pounds—then they will have to ride in the cargo section of the airplane. The best option we found is the Gunner G1 Kennel. It’s designed to keep your dog as comfortable as possible, with rotomolded double walls to regulate the temperature and absorb the impact for any bumps that may occur during takeoff, in the air, and when landing. You won’t be able to access your dog during your flight, so it’s important to make sure they are secure prior to boarding.

Your dog will need water in their kennel for the flight, and the recessed floor for this carrier will limit any discomfort they may experience in case of a spill. You can also add an orthopedic bed designed for the kennel or your dog’s favorite blanket.

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The kennels are made in the United States and come with a lifetime warranty. There are four sizes available and all except the largest received a five-star crash test certification from the Center for Pet Safety .

To find the right size for your dog, Gunner offers an online tool that takes into consideration your dog’s weight and measurements with length from nose to base of tail and height from front paws to top of the head. The kennel has rear wheels to help with transport, but we found it necessary to have two adults at a minimum for moving, especially with a dog inside. And in case anyone with hands instead of paws gets stuck inside, the door can be opened from both sides by humans.

Available in four sizes and five colors

Love Thy Beast Nylon Pet Travel Carrier

Love Thy Beast

What We Like: Sturdy base with an easy-to-remove platform; large zipper pocket on one side; smaller zipper pocket also functions as a loop for suitcase handle or seatbelt; lightweight and suitable for daily use

What We Don't Like: Soft sides don't provide much protection.

Best Tote: The Love Thy Beast Nylon Pet Travel Carrier is a soft-sided tote-style bag with two shoulder straps and a sturdy base so your pet can stand confidently. It’s made of nylon and canvas, and the internal panel, which is held in place with hook and loop straps, is easy to take out and wipe clean. It’s also very lightweight and suitable for daily use. 

Our eight-pound canine participant was able to stand up, sit, lay, and turn around inside the bag when fully zipped. The bag is designed to support dogs up to 25 pounds.

The two longer sides of the rectangular-shaped bag are opaque and each features a zippered pocket. One pocket is large enough to stash essentials such as puppy pads , a leash , and a collapsible water bowl . The other pocket is slimmer with dual zippers so it can also be used as a loop for a seatbelt or suitcase handlebars. The top and shorter sides are made from a durable mesh so you and your pet can keep an eye on each other.

We found that the mesh made it difficult for other passengers to see our furry traveler, and the bag has less structured protection than other carriers we tested, so be sure to give your aisle mates notice that your pet is inside so they can watch their step.

Available in multiple colors and material s , including waxed canvas and nylon

Travel Cat The Transpurrter Ultimate Calming Convertible Cat Carrier

The Spruce Pets / Morgan Ashley Parker

What We Like: Scratch-resistant mesh and water-resistant interior; full blackout capability to keep pets calm; various straps allow for customized carry

What We Don't Like: Carrier is long, limiting ability to fit under all airline seats; too unwieldy for wear as a cross-body carrier

Best for Cats: With scratch-resistant mesh, the Transpurrter Ultimate Calming Convertible Cat Carrier from Travel Cat is an excellent choice for air travel with a kitty companion ( here are some of our favorite cat carriers for your other travel scenarios). If you have an anxious cat or one that is new to travel, this carrier is designed to offer a calming space with a black interior and a full blackout side panel to block out external stimulation.

The versatile bag can be carried in multiple ways including as a duffle, a backpack, and on top of a suitcase. We found the bag to be easy to carry in all formations except as a crossbody bag. But the weight distribution might feel different for you with your cat inside. 

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A leash tether is located inside so you can open up one of the panels to let your cat poke their head out. This is both adorable and very convenient for layovers, giving your cat the opportunity to see where they are without worrying that they will escape. To further foil any spur-of-the-moment urges to bolt from the bag, the zippers snap closed to prevent your cat from pawing it open. 

The carrier features external pockets for essentials, is easy to spot clean, and has an internal mat that can be removed and machine washed. 

Available in Dark Charcoal, Heather Grey, and Heather Grey & Teal

There is no standard among airlines so you have to check the guidelines with your flight provider for each flight. All of the carriers on our list have been approved by at least one major airline provider based in the United States, including Delta, United Airlines, American Airlines, Southwest, or Jetblue, but each has its own pet policy.

Some airlines have a maximum weight of 20 pounds, which typically includes both your pet and their carrier. But each flight provider has their own pet policy.

It’s important to give your dog or cat as much space as possible but you can offer a few comforts. A small treat or toy to reinforce good behavior, and a small blanket can make the interior a little cozier. Introduce your pet to the carrier at least a few days before your flight to help them get accustomed to the space. 

Introduce your pet to the carrier at least a few days before your flight to help them get accustomed to the space. Place a treat inside so they build a positive association with the carrier. Before you board, make sure your pet has the opportunity to pee–no one likes to be contained with a full bladder. Try to remain calm and upbeat, pets pick up on the emotions of their humans very quickly, so if you are relaxed, they are more likely to be relaxed. If anxiety is a reoccurring issue for your pet, speak with your veterinarian about the appropriate options for your cat or dog.

Why Trust The Spruce Pets?

This story was written by Anna Mejorada , a writer for The Spruce Pets, who shares her home with a happy pomeranian named Gidget. From NYC, Anna and Gidget have flown to various locations including Aruba, Nantucket, and San Francisco. Before researching and writing about pet products for a living, Anna embarked on a self-mandated, ongoing quest to find the optimal items for her dog. She is now delightfully devoted to helping humans discover and select the most favorable products for their pets.

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14 best travel carriers for dogs, according to editor reviews

The size, material and safety certifications can all determine which travel carrier is right for your dog.

We all want our dogs by our side as much as possible, and that might include them tagging along on vacations and holiday trips. But traveling with a pet usually involves a range of safety considerations, including gathering the right health paperwork , keeping treats and water on hand and making sure they’re comfortable. Since most airlines and other transportation methods will require taking your dog in some kind of enclosure, the pet carrier you choose is crucial in keeping your dog safe and comfortable. 

We spoke to veterinarians, vet technicians and travel safety experts about what to look for in a travel carrier for your dog and how to shop for one that’ll keep them safe. We also compiled a list of carriers either tested by NBC Select staff or recommended by our experts to consider.

SKIP AHEAD Best dog travel carriers | How to shop for a dog travel carrier | How to help your dog feel calm in a travel carrier

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How we picked the best dog travel carriers

When shopping for the best travel carrier for your dog, our experts recommend considering the following factors:

  • Size: Pick a carrier that’s big enough for your pet to comfortably stand, sit, lie down and turn around in. The carrier should be as long as the tip of the dog’s nose to the base of the tail, says veterinarian Dr. Kristen L. Nelson . Carriers will usually come in a variety of sizes to fit different breed types (though keep in mind that airline-approved carriers have very specific dimension requirements that will usually only fit small dogs under 20 pounds, according to our experts). 
  • Materials and build: Carriers are usually soft-sided and made of polyester or nylon, which are easy to clean and water- and tear-resistant, according to our experts. Choose one with mesh sides to provide a good amount of ventilation. Most importantly, you should opt for a carrier that can stand up on its own and not collapse around your pet or deform easily, says Dr. Christina Carlo , a veterinarian and medical director at VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital. Hard plastic carriers are usually designed for airplane cargo holds, but they’re a safe and durable option for car rides, too, says Carlo.
  • Airline requirements: Commercial airlines will usually have certain dimension requirements for carriers that go in the plane’s cabin (with the passenger) and crates that travel in the cargo area of the plane. Most airlines like United Airlines , Jetblue and American Airlines have varying dimension requirements, so be sure to visit their site before traveling. 
  • Crash testing: Look for carriers and crates that have undergone independent crash testing by the Center for Pet Safety (CPS), which gives your pet the best possible chance of survival if a crash occurs, says Dr. Wendy Hauser , a veterinarian and special advisor to ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.

Best dog travel carriers of 2024

Below are the best dog travel carriers based on experts’ guidance and NBC Select staff experience. We also include top-rated options and key factors to consider, including the carrier’s material, weight capacity and dimensions. 

Best overall travel carrier: Away The Pet Carrier

Away Pet Carrier

Away Pet Carrier

  • CPS certified
  • Mesh sides and top
  • Removable and washable bedding
  • Recommended for smaller dogs

This Away travel carrier, an NBC Select Pet Award for best overall travel carrier, is designed for both car and airline travel. It has zip openings on the top and front with see-through mesh to help your pet see out of the carrier (if you prefer to avoid this, there’s a piece of fabric that rolls down to cover their view).

Dog sitting in blue travel carrier

I use this carrier to fly with my 16-pound havanese and bichon frise mix, Bella, because it’s sturdy and makes her feel safe and supported thanks to its durable nylon and leather construction. The mesh gives her enough visibility to know what’s going on outside and helps me keep tabs on her, too. It also comes with machine-washable bedding on the inside that’s soft to the touch, and multiple pockets that keep my belongings and pet essentials accessible during the whole flight. If you’re traveling by car, the carrier has latches on one side that securely fasten to a car’s seat belt system. The Away carrier comes in black and blue colors and you can also personalize it with your initials for an additional $35.

Pet weight: Up to 18 lbs | Dimensions (LxWxH): 18.7 x 10.8 x 10.75 in. | Material: Water-resistant nylon

Best airline-approved carrier: Sherpa Pet Carrier

Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier

Sherpa Original Deluxe Pet Carrier

  • More affordable option
  • Very well ventilated
  • Removable and washable liner
  • Recommended for smaller pets

Another NBC Select Pet Awards winner, this Sherpa carrier is a favorite of CPS founder Lindsey Wolko, who has used it for years to travel with her own pets. She specifically recommends it for air travel because it fits under the passenger seat (it meets the dimensions for most airlines, but always check your specific airline’s requirements before traveling) and has a large zip pocket to store pet supplies like water bowls, leashes and treats. However, it’s not the best pick for car travel because you can’t strap it in using your vehicle’s seat belt system — you’re better off placing it on the floor behind the driver’s seat for safety and to avoid the stitching or zippers to fail, says Wolko. 

Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog sitting in black travel carrier

NBC Select manager of editorial operations Shari Uyehara uses this carrier to fly with her 20-pound cavalier King Charles spaniel, Loki, and says it’s a great affordable option. Loki can comfortably shift positions during the flight, and the carrier itself is structured enough to maintain its shape while under the seat, says Uyehara. The sides are made of see-through mesh that allows your pet to easily see out of it. Available in medium and large sizes, the carrier also has shorter top handles and a longer shoulder strap to fit your carrying preferences. 

Pet weight: Up to 16 lbs | Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 10.5 in. (medium size) | Material: Polyester and mesh

Best hard-sided carrier: Gunner Kennel G1

Gunner Kennel G1

Gunner Kennel G1

  • Can't be used as carry-on

This crate earned a 5-star safety rating from the CPS in both the crate and carrier class (the only product to earn a dual certification), and it’s a favorite among our experts. The crate has a thick exterior layer for impact protection, which keeps your pet safe if there’s a crash or a fall, according to the brand. Its reversible door design with an aluminum frame lets you open the crate from either side, and won’t pop open in the middle of a flight, according to the brand. It comes in four sizes — small, medium, intermediate and large — and Gunner offers a size guide that gives recommendations based on your dog’s weight and length.

Pet weight: Up to 30 lbs for small, up to 45 lbs for medium, up to 75 lbs for intermediate and up to 110 lbs for large size | Dimensions: 24.5 x 18.625 x 19 in. (small), 29.5 x 20.5 x 23.5 in. (medium), 34 x 23 x 28.5 in. (intermediate), 40.25 x 28 x 33.25 in. (large) | Material: Reinforced aluminum frame

Best soft-sided carrier: EliteField Soft-Sided Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

EliteField Soft-Sided Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

EliteField Soft-Sided Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

At just over two pounds, this is the most lightweight soft-sided pet carrier on our list. It comes recommended by Dr. Amber Karwacki , a veterinarian and partner doctor at Heart + Paw in Callowhill, Pennsylvania, because it has mesh panels on both sides and the front to let air in and prevent your pet from overheating, according to the brand. It also comes with removable and machine-washable bedding and has a back sleeve that attaches to your suitcase, as well as loops that latch onto your car’s seat belt system. The polyester and synthetic build is water-resistant and available in six colors to fit your personal style. 

Pet weight: Up to 18 lbs | Dimensions: 19 x 10 x 13 in. | Material: Polyester

Best tote carrier: Wild One Everyday Carrier

Wild One Everyday Carrier

Wild One Everyday Carrier

  • Remains open

If you’re looking for a tote to carry your dog around town or on the train, consider this Wild One carrier. This NBC Select staff-favorite option has a small dip in its design, which allows your dog to peek their head out while you carry them around. “I love that Loki’s weight remains balanced in the carrier, but he still has room to move around,” says Uyehara, who appreciates its stability. It also includes a safety clip that attaches to your dog’s harness, ensuring they won’t jump out at a bad time, according to Karwacki (but be sure to never connect this clip to their collar since it poses a choking hazard). It also comes with carrying straps of two different lengths — one for carrying it like a shoulder bag, and shorter straps to carry it by hand. There is a machine-washable mat on the inside and three exterior pockets to hold all your pet’s essentials like bags, treats and toys.

Pet weight: Up to 20 lbs | Dimensions: 21.5 x 7.5 x 14.25 in. | Material: Recycled polyester outer, cotton interior

Cavalier King Charles spaniel dog sitting in a tote carrier on an orange chair

Best collapsible carrier: Roverlund Out-Of-Office Pet Carrier

Roverlund Pet Carrier

Roverlund Pet Carrier

An NBC Select Pet Awards winner, the small version of this Roverlund carrier is an airline-approved option for both dogs and cats because it’s less than 18 inches long. The straps are all ropes, which our staff found to be more comfortable and supportive than other carrier straps made from typical polyester or fabric. The interior lining is machine-washable and you can also shop the larger version of this carrier for dogs up to 25 pounds.

Pet weight: Up to 20 lbs | Dimensions: 17 x 11 x 10.5 in. (small size) | Material: Water-resistant polyester, mountain climbing rope

Best backpack carrier: Apollo Walker Pet Carrier Backpack

Apollo Walker Pet Carrier Backpack

Apollo Walker Pet Carrier Backpack

  • Adjustable straps
  • Pet can see outside

This highly rated backpack carrier, which has a 4.6-star average rating from over 4,900 reviews on Amazon, has shoulder straps and two separate straps that buckle around your sternum and waist to help evenly distribute the weight of your pet, according to the brand. It has mesh panels on all sides to let your pet see out and comes with removable fleece bedding to keep them comfortable while creating a sturdy base that can hold their weight, according to Apollo. It also comes with a clip that attaches to your pet’s harness to prevent them from escaping or falling out.

Pet weight: N/A | Dimensions: 12.6 x 11.4 x 16.8 in. | Material: Polyester

Best expandable carrier: Midwest Duffy Dog & Cat Carrier

MidWest Duffy Dog & Cat Carrier

MidWest Duffy Dog & Cat Carrier

  • No removable bedding
  • Not as ventilated as others

This Midwest Duffy carrier comes recommended by Karwacki because it’s expandable — the mesh sides open up to give your pet more room to move around and stretch their legs. It has two zippered side openings, as well as one on top to make taking your dog in and out easier, according to the brand. It also folds completely flat, so you can store it away when it’s not in use. It comes in three colors and sizes small, medium and large. 

Pet weight: Up to 15 lbs | Dimensions: 16.3 x 10.1 x 9.3 in. (small), 18.3 x 11.3 x 11.1 in. (medium) and 19.3 x 12.2 x 12.2 in. (large) | Material: Polyester

Best for medium-sized dogs: Arlo Skye The Pet Carrier

Arlo Skye The Pet Carrier

Arlo Skye The Pet Carrier

  • No mesh top

This Arlo Skye pet carrier has mesh panels on all sides, making it a well-ventilated option for your pup. It comes with memory foam bedding on the inside that’s both removable and machine-washable, as well as a foldable design you can pack easily in your suitcase or travel bag, according to the brand. It has dual openings on both ends and a back trolley sleeve to place it over your carry-on . The carrier is also highly rated with a 4.9-star average rating from over 60 reviews at Arlo Skye. 

Pet weight: Up to 25 lbs | Dimensions: 17.5 x 11 x 10 in. | Material: Poly-mesh and nylon

Best for small dogs: Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed

The Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is an expert-recommended and CPS-certified option that has breathable mesh and a machine-washable interior — it’s built for plane travel for dogs under 15 pounds. Nelson recommends the Sleepypod because it’s easy to carry and gives the pet privacy while traveling since it’s fully enclosed with a mesh panel at the top.

Like several other carriers on this list, the Sleepypod isn’t limited to airline travel: It straps into a vehicle’s seat belt system, so you can comfortably take road trips with your pet. You can also separate the bottom of the carrier to transform it into a bed for your pet, which makes training easier since they can form a positive association with it, says Wolko. The brand’s Sleepypod Atom is another CPS-certified carrier that’s crash-tested for even smaller dogs up to 12 pounds, the lowest weight requirement on this list. 

Pet weight: Up to 15 lbs | Dimensions: 17 in. (D) x 6.5 in. | Material: Polyester

Best lightweight carrier: Molly and Stitch Alpine Dog Carrier

Molly and Stitch Alpine Dog Carrier

Molly and Stitch Alpine Dog Carrier

  • Stylish design
  • Padded and comfortable
  • Machine-washable
  • Not for plane travel

This tote carrier is great for smaller dogs, and its lightweight design is convenient to take anywhere. It's a favorite of NBC Select social commerce editor Sadhana Daruvuri, who says her 2-year-old maltipoo Bandit fits comfortably inside. “This carrier is very high quality, and it was so stylish that I would happily use it as an everyday bag,” says Daruvuri. “Cleaning it is also easy — you can just throw it in the wash, and even after repeated uses, the bag looks brand new.” 

Pet weight: Up to 15 lbs | Dimensions: n/a | Material: n/a

Malitpoo in tote travel carrier

Best carrier with pee pad: Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier

Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier

Diggs Passenger Travel Carrier

  • Includes a bed and pee pad
  • Has multiple pocket
  • Not as much mesh as others

Diggs is an NBC Select Pet Award -winning brand that makes some of our favorite dog crates. The brand’s Passenger Travel Carrier is great for both plane and car travel: It fits many airlines’ size requirements, and it has custom seat belt clips and a buckle strap to place it safely in your car. It also comes with a Diggs Pee Pad that attaches to the included bed — if your dog chooses to use it, you can open the side panel to swap it out without disrupting your pup, according to the brand.

Pet weight: Up to 18 lbs | Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 10.8 | Material: n/a

Best personalizable carrier: Paravel Cabana Pet Carrier

Paravel Cabana Carrier

Paravel Cabana Carrier

  • Personalizable with name
  • Folds flat for easy storage

If you’re looking for a personalized option, this Paravel pet carrier — which is the dog-friendly version of the brand’s original Cabana Tote — lets you monogram your pup’s name or initials in the color of your choosing. It also has a washable fleece interior lining, comes with several pockets for storing treats and other small essentials, and it folds completely flat for easy storage. 

Pet weight: Up to 20 lbs | Dimensions: 11 x 20.5 x 11 in. | Material: Paravel EcoCraft Canvas, vegan leather

Best sling carrier: Tomkas Dog Sling Carrier

Tomkas Dog Sling Carrier

Tomkas Dog Sling Carrier

  • Easy to take on the go
  • Zip pockets for small items
  • Requires physical strength

Designed for small dogs up to 10 pounds, this sling carrier crosses over your body so you can take your dog around town hands-free. The base has a built-in drawstring that adjusts the size of the opening to fit different sized dogs, and the crossbody strap length is also adjustable to fit your comfort level. The carrier includes a safety buckle inside that connects to your dog’s harness to prevent them from falling out, according to the brand. I purchased this carrier for my dog Bella when she was a puppy, and I was able to comfortably carry her around when she got tired of walking. It held her weight well without tearing or damaging the fabric, and the crossbody strap caused less strain on my back.

Pet weight: Up to 10 lbs | Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 3 in. | Material: Polyester

How to shop for a dog travel carrier

Carriers and crates are the most secure type of enclosure when traveling with your dog because they prevent them from escaping and minimize distraction while you’re traveling (especially while driving), says Wolko. But the right carrier for your dog will depend on what type of trip you’re taking, your method of transportation and their temperament. 

When shopping for the right carrier for your dog, our experts recommend considering the size and fit of the enclosure, whether it’s crash-tested, if it meets airline requirements and more.

Your dog or cat should be able to easily stand up, turn around and lay comfortably in their carrier. That means the length of your carrier from front to back should measure about the same, or one or two inches more than the tip of your dog’s nose to the base of their tail, says Nelson. You should add a few more inches for brachycephalic breeds like pugs, pekingese and French bulldogs, though experts don’t recommend taking these breeds on flights because their shorter noses increase the risk of overheating and oxygen deprivation, says Nelson (some airlines even ban this breed from flying in the cargo hold , according to the American Veterinary Medical Association). To determine the right height of your carrier, make sure it measures the same or larger than the height of your pet from the floor to the top of their shoulders, says Carlo.

Place a mat or bed in the carrier to make the space more comfortable for your pet, says Carlo (though you should avoid this if your dog usually destroys their bedding because they might eat the pieces and cause intestinal obstruction). Putting soft blankets or their favorite toy in the carrier can also help them feel familiar and safe, according to our experts.

Whether your dog can see out of their carrier is a matter of personal preference, though our experts recommend mesh so the outside is visible, which prevents your dog from feeling threatened or confused while they’re traveling, says Wolko. 

Materials and structure

Most carriers are soft-sided and made from materials like polyester, mesh and nylon fabric. Consider whether the carrier has structure, meaning it can stand up on its own and won’t automatically collapse around your pet, according to Carlo. You should also look for carriers that have pockets, so you have room for your pet supplies.

You can take a hard-sided, non-collapsible crate or kennel on an airplane, but they must be able to fit under the passenger’s seat, according to Hauser (this might be harder to do compared to soft-sided carriers since they don’t mold to a different size). Plastic hard-sided crates are usually good for transporting your pet in an airplane cargo hold and the cargo area of a car — they’re considered to be the safest option since they won’t lose their shape and provide impact protection in case of a crash, turbulence or hard fall, according to our experts. However, you should avoid metal wire crates because pets might be able to stick their feet or limbs out, which can be a safety hazard while traveling, says Karwacki.

Safety considerations

For car travel, look for carriers and crates that have undergone crash testing by the Center for Pet Safety, a registered nonprofit and advocacy organization that crash tests car restraints and containment devices. This provides an extra layer of safety when traveling with your pet, our experts say.

“Most carriers on the market only prevent distractions [for the driver], which is important, but in a crash, they may not perform as you would expect them to,” says Wolko. The CPS certification tests carriers as an unaffiliated third party. This is important when considering that many brands subjectively “pass” their carriers if they test them in their own labs, which can ultimately give pet owners a false sense of security, according to Wolko.

Though the CPS does not specifically test carriers and crates for airline travel, you can use most carriers that meet the airline’s size requirements and have ample ventilation, according to Wolko.

A CPS-certified crate usually has backup door latches and locking mechanisms to prevent your pet from escaping, which is especially useful if they travel in the aircraft’s cargo hold. “So, if something tumbles, the kennel is so robust that the pet is not getting out,” says Wolko. Most airlines have certain regulations for what carriers to use when transporting an animal in the cargo area of a plane. The International Air Transport Association, a globally recognized trade association for the world’s airlines, details specific requirements for crates to transport animals in the cargo hold, including construction and adequate ventilation (more on that below).

Frequently Asked Questions

For air travel, always check with your airline to see what type and size of carrier it allows. The approved dimensions of your carrier vary from airline to airline but, in most cases, carriers can’t exceed 11 inches in height, which allows it to fit under the seat in front of the passenger, according to Hauser. Also, the carrier will likely count as your carry-on luggage on most airlines, and in-cabin travel will usually require you to make a reservation or reserve a seat specifically for your dog.

Certain airlines might also have specific pet size and weight requirements for in-cabin travel. Typically, pets must weigh 20 pounds or less, though this varies by airline, and most larger dogs can’t ride in-cabin unless they’re a trained service animal, says Wolko. If your pet exceeds that limit, they’ll need to travel in the cargo area of the plane.

Most airlines will allow trained service dogs on board at no cost. However, some airlines like Delta Air Lines, Southwest, American Airlines and Alaska Air are no longer accepting emotional support animals on board.

Carriers and crates for dogs are usually used interchangeably, but there are a few key differences. The CPS defines crates as enclosures that are secured in the cargo area of a plane or tethered securely to the floor of a vehicle like a van or SUV. They’re usually constructed of thick molded plastic or metal and designed for larger dogs, according to our experts.

Carriers, on the other hand, are usually designed for smaller dogs and made of a soft-sided fabric (though some are constructed of a harder plastic or nylon to prevent them from collapsing on your pet). When traveling in a car, the carrier usually goes in the backseat and is strapped in using the seatbelt system of your vehicle.

Yes, it is generally safe and common to travel with your dog in the cargo hold (also known as the lower deck) of an airplane, which also holds baggage. However, experts recommend only flying your pet in the cargo hold when it’s absolutely necessary because it can be a very stressful experience for them.

“There’s a lot of weird noises, not much light down there — it’d be scary for anyone to go in the [cargo hold], ” says Karwacki. And, most handling risks come before they even board the plane: Dogs usually endure the most force when being transported across the rough, uneven tarmac to get to the plane, says Wolko.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) lists specific requirements for crates, including construction and ventilation, to keep your pet safe when flying in the cargo hold. For example, the trade association specifies that crates must be sturdy and inescapable and adequately ventilated on three sides, with the majority of the ventilation being provided on the upper part of the container.

Most aircraft cargo holds are temperature-controlled and pressurized, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture . Animals can’t be exposed to temperatures above 85 degrees Fahrenheit or below 45 degrees Fahrenheit for more than 4 hours, per the USDA’s website. Most airlines won’t transport dogs altogether if ground temperatures reach those extremes.

How to help your dog feel calm in a travel carrier

Your pet’s comfort level in their carrier can determine how smooth your travels are. Below, we list a few expert tips about how to get your dog adjusted to their carrier and how to keep them comfortable during long trips.

  • Know your dog’s safety and security preferences. Some dogs prefer more open-sided kennels with better airflow and visibility, while others feel safer with the cave-like security of a molded plastic carrier with smaller windows, says Hauser.
  • Make the carrier or crate their “happy spot.” Allowing your pet to build a positive association with their carrier helps them feel calm and safe while traveling, according to our experts. In your home and before traveling, leave the door open so that your pup can explore the enclosure on their own terms, which demystifies it, says Hauser. After some time, it isn’t uncommon to find pets that preferentially sleep in their enclosures,” she says. Once they get acclimated to the crate or carrier at home, you can then graduate to car trips and, later on, plane rides. Start off with brief trips that increase in duration over time.
  • Make the carrier feel familiar. As we mentioned, putting their favorite bed, blankets or toys in the carrier can help make them feel more comfortable.
  • Avoid any safety risks while on the plane. For example, if you’re traveling with your pet in-cabin, never put the carrier in the overhead compartment of the plane with your pet inside because it poses a suffocation risk, says Wolko. Also, feed your pet before you get on the plane — if they choke or get something lodged in their throat while you’re in the air, they likely won’t get help in time, according to Wolko.

Meet our experts

At NBC Select, we work with experts who have specialized knowledge and authority based on relevant training and/or experience. We also take steps to ensure all expert advice and recommendations are made independently and without undisclosed financial conflicts of interest.

  • Dr. Kristen L. Nelson is a veterinarian and author of “Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life.”
  • Dr. Christina Carlo is a veterinarian and medical director at VCA Avondale Veterinary Hospital.
  • Dr. Wendy Hauser is a veterinarian and special advisor to ASPCA Pet Health Insurance.
  • Lindsey Wolko is the founder of the Center for Pet Safety , a registered nonprofit and advocacy organization that crash-tests car restraints and containment devices for pets.
  • Dr. Amber Karwacki is a veterinarian and partner doctor at Heart + Paw in Callowhill, Pennsylvania.

Why trust NBC Select?

Mili Godio is an updates editor at NBC Select who covers a variety of pet topics, including dog food , beds , treats and toys . For this article, Godio spoke to five veterinarians and pet safety experts about the best carriers for your dog and how to safely travel with them. She also compiled experts' recommendations for the best travel carriers to consider, as well as travel carriers tested and reviewed by NBC Select staff.

Catch up on NBC Select’s in-depth coverage of personal finance , tech and tools , wellness and more, and follow us on Facebook , Instagram , Twitter and TikTok to stay up to date.

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Get Your Dog His Own Luggage With One Of These 6 Travel Bags

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While traveling with your dog can be a ton of fun, it can also be a bit overwhelming — especially if you’re trying to stay organized.

But one tried-and-true trick while traveling with dogs is to give your dog his very own travel bag.

Dog travel bags keep your dog’s stuff all in one place and are usually designed to carry things like food, bowls, toys and anything else your pup might need. That way, you know exactly where everything is when you’re on the go.

But there are a ton of dog travel bag options available online, so how can you find the best one?

The Dodo reached out to Irith Bloom, a certified professional dog trainer and owner of The Sophisticated Dog in Los Angeles, who said the best dog travel bags are ergonomic, lightweight and sturdy — and shared some tips for how to find the best one.

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  • Best dog travel bag for safety: Dog Travel Bag Week Away/Overnight Accessories Organizer
  • Best dog travel bag for flying: Top Dog Travel Bag

Dog travel bag benefits

Travel bags for dogs are designed to hold your pup’s supplies, which makes carrying around items like dog bowls and food a lot easier.

And since dog supplies can get heavy, dog travel bags are usually designed to be super easy to carry.

“They are also usually lightweight and have convenient handles,” Bloom told The Dodo. “This makes them easier to use.”

And some dog travel bags are even airline approved, so you can take them as a carry-on while flying.

“Travel bags may even be specially made to fit under an airplane seat more easily,” Bloom said.

How to find the best dog travel bag

When looking to purchase a dog travel bag, look for one that’s lightweight yet sturdy, has comfortable handles and fits airline carry-on requirements (if you plan to use it for flying). And of course, pick one that you like the look of, which will definitely encourage you to use the bag more frequently.

“Look for features that will work well for you — everything from a color you like to a strap or handle that fits your hand well,” Bloom said. “Finally, consider the weight of the bag and its sturdiness … [these] can be conflicting features, but both are important. You want the bag to be as light as possible so it's easy to carry but also sturdy enough to make it through multiple journeys.”

To find a dog travel bag that’s high quality, pay attention to the details. “Check the hardware — especially the zippers — and examine the fabric and seams. If it looks like the bag would fall apart easily, it’s not a good choice,” Bloom said.

If you know you’ll need to feed your dog on the go — like if you’re camping or on a road trip — look for dog travel bags that come with insulated food storage, dog bowls and a water bottle holder. Some travel bags even come with a built-in mat to catch any spills.

Top-rated dog travel bags

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This dog travel backpack prioritizes comfort. Since most dog travel bags have an arm handle, this travel bag is unique in that it distributes the weight of your dog’s supplies on your back, making it a lot easier to carry. It also comes with a whole bunch of other perks, like separate pouches to hold your dog’s food, two collapsible silicone bowls, a water bottle holder and a built-in poop bag dispenser. You can choose from eight fun colors, so you can find one that matches your own luggage! 

black dog luggage

This all-black dog travel bag is as functional as it is sleek. It has six pockets in total and comes with two separate food pouches that are insulated to keep food fresh. Two stainless steel bowls (which are always good to have) are included in this purchase as well as a built-in food mat for mealtimes on the go. 

dog travel bag

This dog travel backpack includes one large, insulated compartment for your dog’s food that can hold up to 25 cups of kibble at a time. It also has straps if you need to carry a towel, mat or blanket for your dog, which makes it pretty awesome for camping. And this bag is super ergonomic. It comes with comfy leather handles if you don’t want to carry it on your back for long. 

dog travel bag

This bright pink dog travel bag is definitely a statement piece. And it can be really useful, too. It’s super spacious, comes with a ton of compartments and is airline approved. The bag also makes feeding your dog really easy with its two separate insulated food containers, two collapsible silicone bowls and built-in mat. 

dog travel bag

A unique quality about this dog travel bag is that it comes with a checklist to build your own first aid kit as well as a pouch to carry your dog’s medications. The travel bag also comes with a water bottle holder, straps for a blanket or towel, insulated food compartments, two collapsible silicone bowls and lots of pouches. 

dog travel bags

This highly rated dog travel bag is sturdy, stylish and functional. And if you plan on walking through an airport or the like, the back sleeve lets you slip it on top of luggage, so you won’t even have to carry it yourself. It also comes with a ton of compartments, food storage, silicone bowls, a removable divider and a water bottle holder for the ultimate convenience.

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10 Best Travel Bags for Dogs – 2024 Reviews & Top Picks

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By Nicole Cosgrove

Updated on Jan 25, 2024

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Packing smarter can make all the difference when loading up an overflowing trunk or trying to avoid a checked bag at the airport. But while you worry about making all your stuff more manageable, don’t forget that there’s likely a better solution for your canine traveling companion, too. If you’re still relying on a spare backpack or, worse yet, a plastic bag to carry your dog’s gear, you’re ready for the convenience of a dog travel bag.

With a bag designed for your pet, no space goes to waste. You’ll find dozens of clever designs to carry around your dog’s accessories, with many including on-the-go travel bowls to keep your pup content at each stop. You have numerous excellent options to consider and to help you cut straight to the most worthwhile products, follow our reviews of the ten best travel bags for dogs.

A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2024

The 10 best travel bags for dogs, 1. mobile dog gear week away tote pet travel bag – best overall.

Mobile Dog Gear’s Week Away Tote is the ultimate travel bag, adding more unique features than the average carrier while using almost the same amount of space. With the larger option having two food bags capable of carrying up to 30 cups of kibble, it can handle everything from a weekend trip to the lake to a week-long out-of-town vacation.

Jet setters enjoy comprehensive features to facilitate travel with their pets. Like many dog travel bags, it meets most airline carry-on measurements, and the collapsible bowls and placemats fold up into the bag, storing efficiently to make feeding your dog quick and pain-free at every stop.

While the bag generally has a quality build, the only issue many consumers had involved the zippers easily breaking. Otherwise, the design is practical and effective. Several mesh pouches around the outside provide easy access and organization for frequently needed items. The Mobile Dog Gear bag makes the journey with your dog effortless and worry-free, earning our pick for the best overall travel bag for dogs.

  • Large food bag capacity
  • Several mesh storage pockets
  • Includes ID tag
  • Zippers break easily
  • Not water-resistant

2. PetAmi Dog & Cat Travel Bag – Best Value

The PetAmi Dog & Cat Travel Bag is the best travel bag for dogs for the money; it’s a low-priced, high-quality, and fully functional tote for all of your dog’s belongings. The storage pockets aren’t as numerous as those on some alternative bags, and it doesn’t have the plastic mat for the collapsible bowls, but there’s little you’ll miss out on otherwise with this airline-friendly carrier.

Rather than mesh pockets, the PetAmi bag’s exterior storage compartments use the same water-resistant Oxford covering, keeping all your accessories safe when caught in the rain. The only slight knock against the pockets involves the interior mesh pocket, which lacks a zipper and lets loose items fall out when opening the case.

  • Water-resistant outer cover
  • Leak-proof lining
  • Several color options
  • No mat for bowls
  • Inner mesh pocket doesn’t zip

3. Mobile Dog Gear Weekender Backpack – Premium Choice

The stylish and multi-functional Mobile Dog Gear Weekender Backpack keeps all your puppy’s materials easily accessible. Collapsible food bowls accompany a fold-down non-slip feeding mat and two food bags with space for up to five cups each.

With the undersized capacity, this bag is primarily for smaller dogs. But if you have a weekend getaway or camping trip planned, it could be the perfect solution for any pet. Small touches, like the quilted outer cover, dog bone ID tag, and built-in waste bag dispenser pocket at the front of the pack, elevate the design and enhance the comfort.

  • Waste bag dispensing pocket
  • Fashionable quilted cover
  • Small food bag capacity
  • Limited color options

4. Rubyloo Dog Travel Bag – Best for Puppies

Rubyloo’s The Original Doggy Bag™ promises to make travel more fun with its patented design and 100% lifetime warranty backing the well-built traveler. The water-resistant cover comes in five colors (including a cool camo print), has two collapsible bowls, and includes two food carriers that hold eight cups each.

The Rubyloo dog travel bag is comfortable to carry and supplies some of the best storage features to keep your items handy and secure. Alongside the removable primary compartment divider, you get a front pouch with a zippered pocket, a bottle storage side pocket, a mesh rear pocket to hold a couple of frisbees, and a side pocket with a waste bag dispenser.

  • Ample storage compartments
  • Waste bag dispenser
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Only one available size
  • Not ideal for larger dogs

5. Modoker Dog Travel Bag

The Modoker Dog Travel Bag leaves nothing out, ensuring you have the organization, flexibility, and dependable design you need to travel with confidence. Two closable front pockets join a mesh pocket covering the luggage sleeve, an elastic travel bottle side pocket, and a dual-zippered side pocket, letting you quickly retrieve tissues or dog waste bags.

While the water-resistant pack has plenty of features, a few minor issues prevent it from being the perfect travel bag for dogs. The small containers only fit a total of about 10 cups of food. It’s only ideal for short outings and weekend trips unless you have a small dog. The magnetic buttons on the front pocket also have more potential to come undone, so you must be careful about how you pack.

  • Versatile storage compartments
  • Zippered tissue/bag compartment
  • Small food containers
  • Magnetic clasps are less secure
  • Food bowl colors are random

6. Top Dog Pet Gear Dog Travel Bag

Top Dog Pet Gear’s Dog Travel Bag covers all the essentials at an excellent price point. Two food pouches carry 6.5 cups of food a piece, which is a relatively small amount compared to some other listed items. But if you have a small–medium dog, it could suit you perfectly for an entire week.

Everything is here except the bag dispenser and placemat for the bowls. A spacious magnetic front pocket accompanies a mesh back pocket, an elastic banded water bottle side pouch, and a zippered side pocket on the exterior. Inside the bag, the Velcro divider compartment divider and zippered mesh pocket efficiently store toys, grooming accessories, food, and more.

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Ideal size for small–medium dogs
  • No placemat for bowls

7. Teamoy Dog Travel Bag

The Teamoy Dog Travel Bag sets itself apart by adding an extra storage section for dog owners who aren’t enjoying enough organization from the traditional travel bag design. Sitting above the primary storage area is a compartment containing a large, zippered mesh pocket under the lid and three additional mesh pockets, giving you four more places to organize your dog’s leashes, toys, grooming tools, and other small items.

The substantial storage space should make you feel confident bringing dogs of any size on a multi-day excursion. And with the larger bag having containers capable of holding close to 30 cups of food, it provides plenty of room for your dog’s kibble and treats.

  • Extra storage compartment
  • Large food containers
  • Zippers prone to breakage

8. BAGLHER Dog Travel Bag

Quality combines with a hint of fashion in the BAGLHER Dog Travel Bag , featuring a durable, water-resistant Oxford outer cover in 12 unique color and print options. Available in two sizes, it has an ample food storage system for several days of adventures and an efficient arrangement that keeps it from feeling bulky.

While the overall construction quality is stout, the BAGLHER loses a few points for its small bowls, which are unlikely to suit a large dog, and the missing exterior rear pocket. Although it has a luggage sleeve, the bag lacks the wide pocket many packs feature, taking away substantial storage opportunities.

  • Durable build
  • Several unique colors and designs
  • Good food storage capacity
  • Small bowls
  • No rear pocket

9. ARCA PET Travel Backpack

The ARCA PET Travel Backpack is comfortable and classy, a compact, lightweight, and easy-to-carry pack that conveniently organizes your dog’s necessities. A single waterproof container efficiently stores up to 15 cups of food, and 11 unique pockets across the interior and exterior offer separate storage for all kinds of equipment. Although it isn’t as spacious as some other packs, it’s one of the easiest to haul around for a day or two.

  • Several storage compartments
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Relatively small capacity

10. beka. Dog Travel Bag

You won’t have to worry about forgetting a thing with the beka. Dog Travel Bag . Two large food storage containers can hold several days’ worth of food for even the heaviest dogs, and the added compartment up top gives you the extra pockets you need to keep all your pet’s items organized. Although the bowls may be too small for a large dog, the overall construction quality and thoughtful features make this one of the best values of any dog travel bag.

  • Only one size available

Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Travel Bags for Dogs

Dog travel bags generally follow similar formulas to the point that you can expect certain features from nearly any product. Totes have food containers, collapsible bowls, and luggage sleeves, while almost every primary compartment uses a Velcro divider. In many areas, manufacturers try not to tinker with what already works. Still, there are a few ways you can distinguish travel bags and make the best choice for your dog and traveling style.

Keeping all your dog’s toys stored comfortably in your bag is a top goal for any owner. Checking the bag’s dimensions and capacity will ensure you can pack everything you need for a multi-day outing.

Some bags offer their internal storage capacity in liters for you to compare. But you can also glean a certain amount by comparing the bag’s exterior dimensions. Sizing is critical for planning your traveling as well. Although most bags are airline-friendly, the slight variations in sizing could be the difference in whether you can add that extra towel or hair brush.

Food Storage Containers

Food storage containers are water-resistant, lined pouches that typically come with travel bags for dogs. They have handles and wipe down easily with a damp cloth. Although the design doesn’t change much, the capacity will, with some capable of holding enough food for over a week and others only handling less than a weekend’s worth.

The number of cups of food that will fit in each container can vary slightly depending on the kibble size. If you can’t find the capacity for the food bags, you can compare their dimensions to get a rough idea of how much they’ll hold.

Two bowls typically come with the pack, with some including a folding placemat. The collapsible bowls usually consist of BPA-free silicone, compressing in for easy storage in the bag, though you can find some bags with bulkier, non-collapsible bowls made of lightweight stainless steel. Plastic bowls should also have a hook hole for a carabiner. Regardless of whether the pack includes the small carabiners, the hanging loop allows you to store your food bowls on the bag strap hook to free up space inside.

If you have a larger dog, prioritize travel bags with wider bowl sizes. Too many consumers buy a pack without considering their 100-pound dog’s needs in this department and end up with an enormous challenge getting them to eat out of undersized bowls. While small dogs can eat out of almost anything comfortably, a 5-inch-wide dog dish won’t be feasible for a dog with a large snout. The bowl size is one reason Mobile Dog Gear’s bag shines: it has 7-inch-wide square bowls.

Special Features

Dog travel bags can sometimes seem like the same product with different labels. The best travel bags for dogs subscribe to similar tried-and-true versatile features, but with a closer look, you can find notable differences beyond the bag’s size.

  • First aid kit (these usually do not contain the first aid materials)
  • Poop bag/wipe dispenser
  • Feeding placemat
  • Treat pouch

Don’t discount the importance of the color, either. Fitting alongside the rest of your luggage, dog travel bags should ideally be an aesthetic match. If the detailed specs aren’t overly critical to your decision, explore the surprising array of bag colors, patterns, and prints to personalize the look and create your style.

Types of Packs

You have two essential styles of dog travel bags available : a tote or a backpack. Totes generally offer the most capacity, exterior storage pockets, and convenient access to anything you need due to their squat and wide shapes. You will usually have three transporting options: a carrying handle, removable shoulder straps, and a sleeve to fix the bag around the pull-up handle on your rolling luggage. A tote is ideal for multi-day trips and the most convenient for storing in a car’s trunk or on an airplane as a carry-on or personal item.

Backpacks are generally taller than they are wide, meaning you may have to go digging if you leave a toy at the bottom of the bag. Exterior storage pockets are often more limited in size and amount. Still, you’ll get many of the same essential features that totes have, such as the collapsible food bowls.

While totes are superior to backpacks for functional storage, backpacks are the most comfortable and convenient. If you plan to go on hikes or short weekend getaways and want to keep your gear on hand without it being cumbersome, a backpack is the way to go.

With a well-rounded set of features, including ample storage capacity, large bowls, and a sturdy build, the Mobile Dog Gear Week Away travel bag will reliably suit dogs of any size and offer the ultimate travel experience. For those looking for great deals, PetAmi and Top Dog deliver affordable, high-quality designs, while Modoker and BAGLHER supply a slew of colorful packs to help you stay fashionable. Follow our shopping tips and reviews of the best travel bags for dogs to ensure your next trip goes off without a hitch.

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10 Best Dog Travel Bags In 2024: Reviews & Top Picks

Last Updated on April 17, 2024 by Dogster Team

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Below are reviews of 10 of the best dog travel bags that you can buy to help make your next trip with your dog more comfortable and convenient.


  • A Quick Look at Our Favorites in 2024
  • The 10 Best Dog Travel Bags
  • 1. PetAmi Dog Travel Bag – Best Overall

PetAmi Dog Travel Bag

While backpacks tend to offer more comfort and convenience when carrying them, they don’t offer as much space, compartmentalization, or stability as handled tote organizers like the PetAmi Dog Travel Bag .

The PetAmi comes in a good range of colors and designs and has two main compartments within the bag. One holds the two food containers that are included with your purchase, and the other similarly sized compartment can be used to hold blankets, coats, and other larger items. Multiple pockets also provide space for leashes, toys, and more. As well as the food containers, the bag also includes two collapsible bowls. The whole bag has a capacity of 22 liters (6 gallons), which should include enough room to hold food for a few days, but you may need something larger if you’re going away for a week or more.

The reasonable cost, decent size, and convenient and intelligent compartmental design of the bag make this the best available dog travel bag, but the cloth food containers are a challenge to clean, and the mesh pockets tend to leak their contents when you open the top.

  • Compartmental design keeps everything in place
  • Includes two food storage containers and two bowls
  • Plenty of pockets and compartments
  • Food containers are tricky to clean
  • Top pockets could do with being zippered
  • 2. Bundaloo Dog Travel Bag – Best Value

Bundaloo Dog Travel Bag Accessories Supplies Organizer

The Bundaloo Dog Travel Bag has a very similar design to that of the PetAmi above, but it does have a smaller capacity of approximately 16 liters (4 gallons), compared to the 22 of the PetAmi. However, it is very competitively priced, being one of the cheapest options on this list, and it has some good features.

The main section of the bag holds the included food storage containers and can be used for coats or blankets and leashes. There are also multiple pockets and the top pocket of the Bundaloo is zippered so everything stays in place. This bag also includes two collapsible containers.

It is small and is best suited to small breed dogs for day trips or, at a stretch, a weekend away. If you’re traveling any longer than this, you will need to take additional food in separate containers or use Ziplock bags. However, the low cost and the well-laid-out design make the Bundaloo the best dog travel bag for the money.

  • Very competitively priced
  • Plenty of pockets, including a zippered pocket at the top
  • Includes two storage containers and two collapsible bowls
  • 3. Mobile Dog Gear Dog Travel Bag Deluxe – Premium Choice

Mobile Dog Gear, Dog Travel Bag

Backpacks are more convenient for carrying, which makes them ideal for hiking or camping trips, and also if you have a number of bags to carry. The load is spread across the bag and your hands are left free to carry other bags or to hold your dog’s leash. Although they tend to be smaller than handbags, this isn’t true of the Mobile Dog Gear Dog Travel Bag Deluxe . Its 24-liter capacity means it can carry more than the PetAmi and the Bundaloo above. It includes two food carriers and two collapsible bowls, and it also includes a placemat and is made from heavy-duty polyester to prevent damage and prolong its life.

It does have one large pocket, but if you want something with compartments this deluxe bag may not be the best choice. The design won’t be to everybody’s taste, either, plus the Mobile Dog Gear Dog Travel Bag Deluxe is expensive.

  • The backpack is easy to carry
  • Includes two food containers and two collapsible bowls
  • Hardwearing design
  • Only one pocket
  • 4. ARCA PET Travel Bag – Best for Puppies

Travel Bag for Dog Backpack

If you’re traveling with a puppy, you don’t necessarily need as much storage space as you do for an adult dog, but you do still need plenty of space for food and bowls, while also having your hands free to be able to walk or, more likely, carry the puppy.

As such, a backpack design is your best option, and this ARCA PET travel bag , with 18 liters of carrying capacity, has enough room for puppy provisions while also being easy and comfortable to carry around. As well as the main compartment, it has pockets on either side, a double pocket on the back, and a pocket and poop bag or wipe dispenser on the front. It also includes one food storage container and two collapsible bowls.

The pockets are convenient, but because there are so many, they do reduce the amount of space in the main compartment of the bag and because you end up packing the main bag itself, there can be a problem with the stitching of the seams bursting. For a small dog or puppy with limited carrying requirements, though, it is a good quality bag for convenient carrying.

  • Plenty of pockets for organization
  • Includes a poop bag dispenser pocket
  • Lightweight and easy to carry
  • Main compartment feels small
  • Seam stitching can burst if the bag is overfilled
  • 5. Higher Level Airline Approved Dog Travel Bag

Higher Level Airline Approved Dog Travel Bag

Taking your dog on a plane means you will need provisions for the journey, and ideally, these need to be on hand so that you can give your dog food and water when required. An airline travel bag needs to be big enough that it can hold everything you need but not so large or awkwardly shaped that it won’t be allowed on as hand luggage.

The Higher Level Airline Approved Dog Travel Bag measures 16 x 14 inches so it will fit under airline seats and should be accepted by all airlines. It includes two waterproof food containers and two collapsible food bowls. It has a large pocket on the front, pockets on either side, and a poop bag dispenser, which can be very convenient when you take your dog for a toilet break outside the airport.

The bag can also sit conveniently over extended baggage handles so it can be stacked on the trolley or while walking. It is a little more expensive than some of the alternatives, and although it can be worn as a backpack it isn’t comfortable to do so, but it is a well-sized bag that is very well suited for taking on airplanes.

  • Airline-approved bag fits under plane seats
  • Include two food containers and two collapsible bowls
  • Can be stacked and carried with other luggage
  • Not comfortable as a backpack
  • 6. Lekesky Dog Travel Bag

Lekesky Dog Travel Bag Airline Approved

The 25-liter (6-gallon) Lekesky Dog Travel Bag is also airline compliant, fits under airline seats, and can be hooked around luggage handles. It has multiple pockets and side pockets, a poop bag dispenser, and includes two food containers and two collapsible bowls. It can be worn as a backpack and its dimensions mean that it is comfortable to do so. This one also comes with a placemat which can be rolled or folded and stored inside the bag when not in use.

If you opt for the gray design, it costs less than the purple bag, too. It is a sturdy bag, rather than one with collapsible sides, and because it retains its shape it is convenient for storing and moving, but something softer might prove more comfortable on the back.

  • Airline compatible
  • Decent price for the gray backpack
  • Includes food storage containers and collapsible bowls
  • Sturdy design not the most comfortable for carrying on the back
  • 7. Tidify Dog Travel Bag

Dog Travel Bag Airline Approved Travel Set

Dog travel bags need to be portable, so they are easy to carry, while still offering enough room to carry whatever you need. The size of the bag you need will ultimately be determined by how many accessories and items your dog takes away, but also by the amount it eats and the length of time you’re going away for.

The Tidify Dog Travel Bag is large, with a 33-liter (8.5-gallon) capacity, and it offers plenty of pockets so that you can organize the items you take, but it is quite cumbersome. It comes with two food containers and two collapsible bowls, and a large front pocket that opens out to provide a feeding mat. It is also reasonably priced, considering what it includes and the size.

The bag includes a first-aid pouch, but this doesn’t include any first-aid items and is really just a pouch with first-aid written on it and a checklist of items to include.

  • Large capacity
  • Good price for the size
  • First-aid pouch doesn’t include any first-aid items
  • May be too large for some
  • 8. Unique Dog Travel Bag

Travel Bag - Dog Traveling Luggage Set

The Unique Dog Travel Bag is something of a luxury travel bag and does cost a little more than most of the alternatives. However, rather than the silicone folding bowls, it has two stainless steel bowls. It also has an elevated dog bowl stand located in the front pocket, and it comes with a first-aid pouch and two food storage containers.

Although stainless steel bowls are better quality than silicone folding bowls, they are very small, and your dog will likely need multiple bowls. Because they are made of metal and don’t fold, they also take up more room than collapsible bowls. The elevated feeder is a unique touch, but it won’t be suitable for aggressive eaters who will easily topple the bowl and cause a mess.

The product is a good idea and has some good features, but it may be more convenient to replace the metal bowls with collapsible ones and ensure that the bag is full when using the elevated feeder.

  • Stainless steel bowls are sturdier than collapsible silicone ones
  • Elevated feeder is good for some dogs
  • Bowls take up more room
  • Bag can fall over when your dog is eating from the elevated bowls
  • 9. Modoker Dog Travel Bag

Modoker Dog Travel Bag

The Modoker Dog Travel Bag has nearly 30 liters (8 gallons) of capacity and multiple pockets, including one bag dispenser. It also has an internal Velcro divider and includes two food storage containers and two collapsible bowls. The travel bag is a little expensive for its size, although you do get all the accessories you need.

Although the bag is sturdy and seems well built, the Velcro divider is prone to moving around and the magnetic pocket sealer also tends to pop open, especially if the bag is full.

  • Includes food containers and collapsible bowls
  • Magnetic pocket catches are prone to popping open
  • Velcro divider is prone to coming loose
  • 10. The Original Doggy Bag Backpack By Rubyloo

The Original Doggy Bag™ Backpack by Rubyloo

If you enjoy taking your dog on day trips or out hiking with you, you will want a backpack that is lightweight and easy to carry. It doesn’t necessarily need the huge capacity that some of the travel bags offer but you can still benefit from the portability of the bag and the convenience of being able to carry food, treats, and other items.

The Original Doggy Bag Backpack by Rubyroo is a backpack with just 18 liters (4.5 gallons) of capacity so it won’t be suitable for weekends away, even, but the single food bag can be used to carry enough for one or two meals, and the two collapsible bowls can be used for water and food. There’s also a treat bag and the backpack has a poop bag dispenser at the bottom, making it easy to grab and go.

The backpack is comfortable and handy for days out, but it is a little expensive for its size and you will want something larger for anything longer than a day out.

  • Easily accessible poop bag dispenser
  • Includes a treat bag
  • Small capacity only suitable for a day out
  • Expensive for its size
  • Buyer’s Guide: Choosing the Best Dog Travel Bags

A dog travel bag is really just a tote bag or a backpack , but it typically includes multiple pockets and maybe an internal wall or compartment that can be used to enhance organization. In most cases, dog travel bags also include collapsible bowls and dog food storage containers, and you can find some that have features like poop bag dispensers or even an elevated feeding platform. Although many of the bags look similar, there are some important features to consider to ensure that you get a bag that is best suited to your requirements and those of your dog.

Caucasian woman walking outdoors with dog jack russell terrier in a special backpack.

There are many types of dog travel bags and general bags available, but the two most common and beneficial are the tote organizer and the backpack. These offer decent storage while still being easy to transport.

  • Tote Organizer: The tote organizer tends to be square or rectangular and has a large internal compartment that is used to store the majority of provisions and items. The design of the bag means that it is typically carried in the hand using two handles, although some do include a shoulder strap and may also have backpack-type straps. These usually offer the most carrying capacity and are especially convenient for putting the trunk or sliding under the seat of a plane.
  • Backpack: Backpacks are convenient because they can be slung over one shoulder or strapped over both shoulders, spreading the weight and making them easier to carry. However, what they offer in convenience and comfort, they tend to lose in capacity and organization. Best suited to day trips and if you need to keep your hands free, for example, to carry a puppy or to hold a dog leash, these are portable and convenient.
  • Dimensions & Capacity

Whatever style of bag, you will need to consider the dimensions and capacity of the bag to ensure that it will carry everything you need. At the very least, a dog travel bag will usually be used to carry food, leashes, and a toy or two. It may also carry a dog coat, blanket, water bottle, and food bowls, according to your activities and how long you are packing for. Up to 30 liters (8 gallons) can be considered a good size for a weekend, or perhaps a few days for a smaller dog breed, and if you need more space than this, you might need to consider alternative arrangements or having an additional storage bag for extra food and supplies.

The vast majority of dog travel bags include collapsible bowls. These are silicone and they concertina down to a frisbee shape. They take up very little room in the bag, but they can be small and they won’t last forever. If you do find a bag that includes stainless steel bowls , these bowls are stronger but they don’t fold down, so they take up a lot more room in the bag. They also have to be quite small to fit in the bag so they won’t hold too much food.

  • Food Storage Containers

As well as food bowls, many of the bags include food storage containers . These enable you to store dry food, are usually waterproof, and negate the need to use plastic bags and other storage methods. Many of the bags on our list above include two containers, which means that you can fill one for a short trip and use the rest of the space for additional storage or fill both if you are away for a few days.

  • Poop Bag Dispenser

While food bowls and containers are quite commonplace, one feature that is less prevalent is a poop bag dispenser. These take the place of a small pocket. You can put a roll of poop bags inside and then pull a single bag from the dispenser, as needed, so you don’t have to open the bag and search for the roll every time.

woman holding a used dog poop bag

While most of the bags have large central bags that can be used to hold a selection of items, you will usually find at least one external pocket as well. External pockets are handy for keeping items that you need quick access to, like a leash or treats. And, you can even put your car keys in one of the pockets, as long as it has a zipper or other secure fastening.

  • Do You Need a Dog Travel Bag?

A dog travel bag is really just a standard bag with compartments and other storage solutions, as well as the usual inclusion of travel bowls . If you have a decent backpack or another bag that offers enough room, you don’t really need to buy a separate, dedicated dog travel bag. However, in the same way that a lot of new parents have dedicated changing bags, having a go bag for your dog so that it is ready to travel or head out with you whenever you want, is a good idea.

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There are a surprising number of dog travel bags available, including both tote and backpack designs, and with a wide variety of dimensions and volumes. There are those with travel bowls and even one or two with permanent stainless-steel bowls.

Above, we have included reviews of 10 of the best dog travel bowls and found the Petami Dog Travel Bag to offer the best compromise of capacity and portability at a reasonable price. For value hunters, though, it is the Bundaloo Dog Travel Bag that appeals, although it is quite a small bag and may only be suitable for dogs with small appetites.

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How to Select the Best Airline Approved Pet Carrier for Your Dog & 12 of Our Favorites!


April 18, 2024


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Have an upcoming flight with your four-footer? You’re in luck!

Today we’re covering the basics of air travel with your furry friend! We’ll detail how to select an airline approved pet carrier for keeping under the seat in front of you, in the cabin of the airplane.

If you’re looking for info on checking your dog in the cargo hold of the plane, see our post on the best airline approved dog crates for cargo hold air travel .

Bergan Soft-Sided Airline Pet Carrier

How to Pick the Best Airline-Approved Pet Carrier: Features to Look For

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There are several variations of different airline approved pet carriers to choose from. Some differentiating features include:

  • ​ Wheels. Some airline friendly carriers have wheels for easy maneuverability, while others function more as standard dog backpack carriers or pet purse carriers , with handles and shoulder straps. If you have a weak shoulder, you may want to opt for wheels over traditional over-the-shoulder style carriers.
  • Zipper or Velcro. Some carriers have velcro closings, while others use zippers. Velcro can be opened potentially by boisterous pets, but provides faster access. Zippers are more secure, but can be a nuisance.
  • Ventilation. You’ll want to make sure that your airline approved pet carrier has plenty of ventilation for your dog to breath and feel comfortable.
  • Pockets. Pockets are always handy to have on your pet carry on bag. Pockets allow for easy storage of toys, treats, and other supplies. Some airline pet carriers will have more pockets than others.

Best Airline-Approved Dog Carriers

You can check out some of our favorite airline-approved dog carriers below.

Please note that there is no one official airline approved dog carrier, as carrier requirements vary between airlines . However, all of these carriers have been used for air travel and should suit your needs.

Still, we suggest you always double check your specific airline carry-on dimensions with any carrier you consider ordering.

Looking for a carrier you can check in cargo during your flight? See our guide to airline approved dog crates for cargo hold .

1. Bergan Soft-Sided Airline Pet Carrier

Bergan Soft-Sided Airline Pet Carrier

A stylish and discreet duffle-bag style carrier with a fleece lining for comfort.

About: The Bergan Soft-Sided Airline Pet Carrier is a soft, duffle-bag style carrier that allows for discreet transportation of your canine as a carry-on.

It’s a mid-priced carrier, not the cheapest on our list, but not the most expensive either.


  • Removable Fleece Bed . Soft fleece bedding and rigid insert panel helps the carrier hold its shape. Both removable for easy washing.
  • Comfort Your Pet . Exclusive “Pet Connect” zipper opening allows you to comfortably and safely interact with your pet while traveling – an excellent choice for airline approved dog carriers for in cabin travel.
  • Shoulder Strap . Optional shoulder strap included is padded and adjustable.
  • Multiple Zipper Openings . Several zippered mesh panels allow for maximum viewing and ventilation.
  • Multiple Safety Features . This airplane pet carrier has locking zippers, seatbelt loops, and reflective strips.
  • Lead & Phthalate Safe . There are no harmful chemicals for you or your pet.
  • Multiple Colors . This airplane friendly dog carrier comes in Black, Mineral Blue, Rose Wine, and Spinach Green.


  • Small: 14″ X 6″ X 8″; accommodates pets weighing up to 7 pounds
  • Large: 19″ x 10″ x 13″; accommodates pets weighing up to 22 pounds
  • Cozy fleece-lined interior for comfort 
  • Mesh doors provide easy access
  • The extra “pet connect” zipper allows you to touch your pet while inside
  • Some reported the carrier had an unusual smell
  • Several owners complained about its capacity (only the smallest dogs will fit)

2. Prodigen Airline Approved Pet Carrier

Prodigen Airline Approved Pet Carrier

A 3-door, bag-style carrier that's budget-friendly and features a strap for easy toting.

About: The Prodigen Airline Approved Pet Carrier is a feature-packed carrier at an affordable price. We’re especially big fans of the four-sided mesh panels (ventilation is very important for airplane dog carriers), along with several zipper-opening panels.

  • Airplane-Friendly Dimensions.  Customers have confirmed that this carrier is accepted on most major airlines, including American Airline, United, JetBlue, Delta, & others!
  • 3 Door Design.  This carrier has three doors – a top zipper panel door, along with two side zipper panels, which makes it easy to slip a hand inside and comfort your dog when necessary.
  • 4 Mesh Panels.  Four sides of quality, claw-proof mesh panels for superior breathability and ventilation for your dog.
  • Fleece Pad.  Removable fleece mat on the inside bottom to keep your pup cozy. Can be easily removed and washes for cleaning.
  • Pockets.  Includes pockets for storing your pup’s treats, leash, etc.
  • Inside Clip.  There’s a small lead clip inside the carrier which keeps your pup safe and makes sure your dog won’t jump out when you open the carrier.
  • Luggage Strap.  Included luggage strap makes it easy to attach carrier onto your suitcase.
  • Available in Several Colors.  Comes in Grey, Blue, Green, Pink, or Purple!
  • One Size: 17.5″ x 10″ x 11″; accommodates pets weighing up to 14 pounds
  • The 4 breathable mesh panels provide plenty of ventilation 
  • Great quality for the price 
  • Compact design is easy to haul around
  • Some owners reported the carrier has an odor
  • The soft sides don’t provide much structure

3. X-Zone Airline-Approved Pet Carrier

X-Zone Airline-Approved Pet Carrier

An affordable, airline-friendly carrier with two expansion panels for extra room.

About: The X-Zone Expandable Pet Carrier is stylish, reasonably priced carry on dog carrier that can be expanded or retracted through the use of fold-out panels. It can even be collapsed completely for easy storage and transport.

  • Foldable. Lays completely flat when unzipped to save space.
  • Expandable. Sides zips down to provide extra space while sturdy wire frame maintains shape.
  • Zipper Opening . Pet entrance has 2 zippers for easy access.
  • Adjustable Shoulder Strap . Allows for comfortable carrying for you and your pet.
  • ​ Small: 17″ x 11″x 11″ (before expansion); accommodates pets weighing up to 15 pounds
  • Large: 19.7″ x 12″ x 12″ (before expansion); accommodates pets weighing up to 18 pounds
  • Pets love the “porch” that comes with this expandable pet carrier
  • The frame features sturdy wire for stability  
  • Breathable mesh design keeps canines comfy
  • It’s challenging to open the expander when your pet is inside 
  • Some reported the strap was weak

4. Sleepypod Dog Carrier

Sleepypod Dog Carrier

A high-end, all-in-one pet carrier featuring luggage-grade materials and a sleek design.

About: The Sleepypod Under Seat Dog Carrier is the whole package — it functions as an airline carry-on carrier, a car seat, and a dog bed!

  • Flexible Size . The Sleepypod airline approved pet carrier fits pets up to 17 ½ pounds, but is also compressible to fit under different size seats on airlines or fold up when not in use.
  • Sleek Design . Very well designed, giving pets maximum room without sacrificing sturdiness or style.
  • Luggage Grade Fabric . High quality nylon outside with super comfy plush inside for a class A airline approved dog carrier.
  • Easy Access . Both the top and ends open, making it easy to access pets.
  • Multiple Colors . Comes in Dark Chocolate, Glacier Silver, Jet Black, Orange Dream, Strawberry Red, and Robin Egg Blue.
  • Single Size: 22″ x 10.5″ x 10.5″; accommodates pets weighing up to 17.5 pounds
  • Sturdy carrier that’s built to last 
  • Doubles as a car seat and dog bed
  • Pet parents love the luggage attachment insert
  • It is a bit pricey
  • It’s bulkier than many owners want

5. AmazonBasics Soft Travel Carrier

AmazonBasics Soft Travel Carrier

Budget-friendly, all-mesh pet carrier that's suitable for most domestic flights.

About: The AmazonBasics Airline Dog Carrier is an airy, affordable, duffle-style carry-on carrier with abundant mesh windows, providing extra ventilation for your pooch.

  • Airline Approved Cabin Pet Carrier . Suitable for travel on most major domestic airlines.
  • Flexible Frame . Springy wire frame with soft-sided carrier material flexes to fit under various seat dimensions.
  • Straps . Includes both seatbelt and luggage strap for easy carrying and safe travel.
  • Easy Entry . Contains both top and side entry panels as well as full mesh panels for ventilation.
  • Small: 15″ x 10″ x 8.5″; accommodates pets weighing up to 8 pounds
  • Medium:  18″ x 11″ x 10.5″; accommodates pets weighing up to 16 pounds
  • Large: 19″ x 11.8″ x 11.5″; ; accommodates pets weighing up to 22 pounds
  • The mesh panels provide great airflow
  • Embedded fleece pad provides additional comfort 
  • Large model is pretty roomy
  • The thin straps can be hard on your shoulders
  • While roomy, the recommended pet size range appears too large

6. Katziela Pet Carrier

Katziela Luxury Rider Pro

A telescopic handle and a removable wheeled base make this rolling carrier a hit at the airport.

About: Katziela Luxury Pro Rider features a removable wheeled base for easy pet transport while still being airline compliant. It can be converted to a tote or shoulder bag as needed with included handles and a shoulder strap.

  • Ample Mesh Panels . Large mesh panels on the carrier’s top and sides offer plenty of ventilation and visibility.
  • ID Panel . Clearly displays your canine’s information for convenience and safety during travel.
  • Removable Interior Bed . Fleece bed keeps your dog comfortable or can be swapped out for your pet’s preferred bedding.
  • Telescopic Handle . Easily maneuver the carrier around busy terminals with its accessible handle.
  • Storage pockets . Carry leashes, bowls, and more within the generous side storage.
  • Solid Coloring . This airline-approved pup carrier comes in two color options: Black and Gray.
  • One Size: 19″ X 13″ X 15″; accommodates pets weighing up to 22 pounds
  • Removable wheeled base makes for easy transport while still being airline-compliant
  • Offers plenty of ventilation for canines
  • Versatile, allowing for use as a wheeled carrier, tote, or shoulder bag
  • The wheeled base needs to be removed for under-seat storage during flight
  • Some travelers were told the bag was too big for their chosen airline, so triple-check requirements before booking a flight

7. Sturdibag Airplane-Friendly Dog Carrier

Sturdibag Airplane-Friendly Dog Carrier

Lightweight, duffle-style carrier with closable flaps to provide skittish pets with privacy.

About: The Sturdibag Large Airplane-Friendly Carrier is another duffle-style carrier with multiple doors, straps, and windows for your canine’s comfort during flight.

  • Lightweight . Made of very lightweight durable 600 denier polyester with flexible rods that help maintain arch shape.
  • Comfortable Straps . Easy to carry with an adjustable 4-point padded shoulder strap and leather hand grips.
  • Multiple Mesh Panels . Several mesh windows for viewing and ventilation that can be covered as well for privacy or comfort for your pet.
  • Safety Straps . Perfect to strap in airline seats or for car seat belts.
  • Huge Color Selection . This dog carry on bag comes in 11 color options including Hot Pink, Lavender, Evergreen, and more!
  • Small: 10″ X 10″ X 18″; accommodates pets weighing up to 30 pounds
  • Large : 12″ x 12″ x 18″; accommodates pets weighing up to 50 pounds
  • Cushy interior provides plenty of comfort
  • You can choose between 12 different color  
  • Flexible shape makes it suitable for a variety of situations
  • Only features a single door 
  • Only available in one size

One of our readers likes the Sturdibag Airplane-Friendly Dog Carrier so much she felt compelled to reach out to us and share her experiences!

Overall, the bag has worked very well for her 10-pound Yorkie. She explains that it is incredibly roomy, and the vented window and privacy shade are highly appreciated features.

8. PetAmi Airline Approved Dog Carrier

PetAmi Airline Approved Dog Carrier

A sleek canine carrier with crisp lines and heaps of color options for fashion-forward floofs.

About: PetAmi’s Airline Approved Dog Carrier lets your four-footer travel in style with its modern design available in multiple solid prints and playful patterns. Sherpa bedding keeps your canine cozy, while a safety lead prevents pupper escapes during travel.

  • Durable Construction . Made with quality 600D high-grade polyester.
  • Ventilation . Mesh panels offer airflow and visibility for pupper comfort.
  • Storage . Side storage pocket for toting pup accessories.
  • Easy Access . Large top opening allows for quick access to your dog and cleaning as needed.
  • Long Handles . Carry as a stylish handheld tote or sling over your shoulder.
  • Multiple Styles. This airline-approved dog carrier is offered in Black, Chevron Teal, Floral Gray, Heather Charcoal, Heather Gray, Pink, Polka Dot Black, Purple, Stripe Black, and Turquoise.
  • One Size: 17″ x 8″ x 11″; 12-pound weight capacity
  • Available in a variety of fun, fashionable patterns
  • Affordably priced
  • Well-ventilated and durably built according to pet parents
  • Weight limit suits toy breeds only
  • Not as spacious as some other pup carriers

9. Sherpa Original Deluxe Bag

Sherpa Original Deluxe Airline-Approved Dog & Cat Carrier Bag

A Sherpa-lined pet carrier with mesh windows to provide the ultimate canine comfort.

About: Is your canine a cuddle bug? If so, he will probably appreciate this luxurious sherpa-lined carrier. The cozy foldable carrier features breathable mesh panels and a seatbelt strap for use while traveling.  

  • Comfy and easy to clean . Machine-washable Sherpa liner included to keep your companion cozy.
  • Dual access points . Carrier includes both top and side door entry points.
  • Soft, flexible wire frame . This provides a great combination of rigidity for safety and flexibility for tight fits.
  • Extra storage space . A rear pocket for accessories is included in the design.
  • Provides plenty of airflow . This carrier features mesh windows with locking zippers.

Sizing Dimensions: 

  • Small : 15” x 8.5” x 10”; accommodates pets weighing up to 8 pounds
  • Medium : 17” x 11” x 10.5”; accommodates pets weighing up to 16 pounds
  • Large : 19” x 11.75” x 11.5”; accommodates pets weighing up to 22 pounds
  • Super soft for canine comfort
  • Machine washable for easy clean up 
  • Large zipper pocket for holding extra accessories 
  • Some pet parents had trouble with the locking zipper
  • The mesh lining isn’t especially durable

10. Natuvalle 6-in-1 Pet Carrier

Natuvalle 6-in-1 Pet Carrier

A spacious pet carrier that'll accommodate larger pets than many other models.

About: Naturuvalle offers this 6-in-1 pet carrier that can be worn as a backpack, front pack, shoulder bag, or duffle bag for plenty of flexibility. The sturdy bag comes with a fleece insert to keep your best buddy feeling his best. 

  • Incredibly flexible . Can be used in 6 different positions to accommodate your pup’s preferences.
  • Built-in travel features . Comes with included seat belt loops for safety.
  • Tons of airflow . Features 4 breathable mesh panels.
  • Additional safety features . Reflective stitching for nighttime visibility. 
  • Multiple size options . This carrier comes in 4 different sizes to suit a variety of pets.
  • Extra Small : 14” x 8.3” x 8.3”; accommodates pets weighing up to 8 pounds
  • Small : 16.5” x 9” x 11.4”; accommodates pets weighing up to 16 pounds
  • Medium : 18.5” x 10.2” x 11.8”; accommodates pets weighing up to 18 pounds
  • Large : 20.8” x 11” x 14.3”; accommodates pets weighing up to 22 pounds
  • Works in your choice of 6 different configurations
  • Available in 4 different sizes
  • Several owners praised the carrier’s capacity
  • The shoulder strap wasn’t super comfortable for all owners
  • Carrier is a bit too rigid for some situations

11. Mr. Peanut’s Soft Sided Pet Carrier

Mr. Peanut’s Soft Sided Pet Carrier

A stylish, soft-sided pet carrier with mesh panels and a fleece lining for comfort.

About: Mr. Peanut’s soft pet carrier is perfect for puppies with its compact size, waterproof bottom panel and built-in seatbelt. This carrier will keep your precious puppy comfortable with its fleece-lined bedding. 

  • Tons of airflow . Breathable mesh on all sides to provide plenty of ventilation.
  • Leak-resistant bottom . Included waterproof bottom panel insert will stop leaks pronto.
  • Great-looking colors . Bag is available in 5 different stylish color options.
  • Bonus safety features . Comes with built-in seat belts for car travel.
  • Great for tight spaces . This carrier features a flexible, soft-sided design.
  • One Size : 18″ x 10.4″  x 11″; accommodates pets weighing up to 15 pounds
  • Waterproof bottom panel helps prevent leaks and messes
  • Comes with a number of helpful features like the embedded ID tag, stylish exterior, and skid proof bottom
  • Can be attached to luggage for additional convenience
  • Mesh panels won’t stand up to clawing canines
  • The shoulder strap isn’t strong enough for heavy dogs

12. Morpilot Pet Travel Bag

Morpilot Pet Travel Bag

A comfy and collapsible airline-approved pet carrier for small pets with handy travel accessories.

About: If you’re ready to venture out with your best buddy, this carrier and travel accessories from Morpilot is certainly worth exploring. The foldable pet carrier also comes with a foldable water bowl and travel strap for easy pooch transport. 

  • Breathable design . Comes with 3 mesh doors for plenty of ventilation.
  • Cozy interior . Comes with soft pad lining for maximum canine comfort.
  • Safety first . Included inner leash hook to keep your pet secure.
  • Easy to carry . Comes with a compatible shoulder strap and portable water bowl.
  • Stays put . Anti-skid bottom to prevent the bag from sliding around. 
  • Medium : 17.3” x 12.2” x 13.4”; accommodates pets weighing up to 15 pounds
  • Large : 18” x 12.5” x 14”; accommodates pets weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Comes with a collapsible food or water bowl
  • The soft pad insert is removable and machine-washable 
  • Owners loved the carrier’s rigidity
  • Some pet parents reported a faint plastic smell
  • Rigidity makes it challenging to stow underneath a seat

Airline Pet Policy Sizing Requirements & Pricing

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Different airlines have different sizing regulations and prices for jet-setting pets. This can obviously be quite a headache for owners, but we’ll try to help by outlining the policies of some of the major carriers below.

For the full list, check out our guide on t he best pet-friendly airlines for flying with dogs !


​For Hard-Sided Crates: Maximum dimensions for hard-sided kennels are 17.5″ long x 12″ wide x 7.5″ high.

For Soft-Sided Crates:  Maximum dimensions for soft-sided kennels are 18″ long x 11″ wide x 11″ high (46 cm x 28 cm x 28 cm).

Pricing: $125 each way, plus an addition $125 for each stopover of 4 hours or more within the U.S. or stopovers of more than 24 hours outside of the U.S.

Other Details: Pets must be 4 months (16 weeks) or older to fly on United. Pets are not permitted on flights to, from, or through Australia, Hawaii, New Zealand.

Note: Soft-sided pet carriers are allowed to slightly exceed recommended since they are adjustable and be conformed to under-seat space.

For more info, see the United pets travel page .


​For Hard-Sided Crates: Cannot exceed the under seat dimensions of the aircraft – you must find the under-seat dimensions for the aircraft you will be flying with.

For Soft-Sided Crates:  Can be slightly larger than hard-sided kennels if they are made of water-repellant material, are padded, or have nylon mesh ventilation on two or more sides.

Pricing: $125 per kennel

Other Details: Pets must be 4 months (16 weeks) or older to fly on American Airlines within the US. The exception is flying from or to Puerto Rico, in which case pets must be 8 weeks or older.

Carry-on dogs are not permitted in business class or first class due to lack of under-seat storage. They are also not permitted on these aircrafts:

  • Boeing 757-L
  • Boeing 757-EW
  • Boeing 777-200
  • Boeing 777-300
  • Boeing 787-8
  • Boeing 787-9
  • Airbus A330-200
  • Airbus A330-300

International Flights: While pets are allowed on most flights up to 11 hours and 31 minutes, no carry-on pets are permitted when traveling to:

  • Parts of the Caribbean (Barbados, Jamaica)
  • Parts of South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela)
  • Transatlantic flights
  • Transpacific flights
  • Australia (service or assistance pets only – no information available on carry on vs cargo)

There are also additional rules for certain regions:

  • Mexico : Pets are required to meet government regulations on vaccinations

For more info, see the American Airlines pets travel page.


For Hard-Sided Crates: Maximum hard-sided carry on crate dimensions cannot exceed 17″ x 11″ x 7.5″.

For Soft-Sided Crates: Maximum soft-sided crate dimensions cannot exceed 17″ x 11″ x 9.5″.

Pricing: $100 each way

Additional Info:  Option to bring two pets in the main cabin, when adjacent seat is purchased by the same customer. The pet counts as your carry-on allotment – this means you can bring your pet + a personal item, but not a pet + personal item + standard size carry on bag.

Allows option for two pets of same species and similar size ​may travel in a single carrier.

Airbus aircrafts do not allow pets to be kept in first class seating.

For travel to:

  • Hawaii: Dogs or cats may be permitted, but since Hawaii is the only rabies-free state, there are additional rules about traveling to Hawaii with pets in Alaska Airlines ( details here )
  • Nome, Kotzebue: Must have proof of parvovirus and rabies vaccination

For more info, see the Alaska Airlines pet travel page


Sizing Info: Maximum dimensions depend on your flight and the size of the aircraft – you’ll need to contact the reservations desk for exact info.

Pricing: $125 each way (US, Canada, Puerto Rico) / $200 (Virgin Islands, International) / $75 (Brazil).

Delta has recently stopped allowing pets to travel as checked baggage , but they’ve started offering another travel option for pets, called the CarePod .

The CarePod is a specially designed, triple-locking, GPS-equipped crate that comes with a lot of pooch-friendly features. Flying in the CarePod isn’t cheap (it costs approximately $850 one way ), but it may be a good option for some owners.

Additional Info: Your pet counts as your personal item. Pets must be 10 weeks old for domestic travel, 16 weeks old if traveling to other countries.

With Delta, pets are not allowed to travel in cabin to/from the following destinations:

  • Jamaica  
  • New Zealand
  • Republic of Ireland
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom
  • United Arab Emirates

Pets are also not allowed in certain sections of Delta flights:

  • Rows 30-35 in A330-200 aircrafts
  • Rows 30-43 in A330 -300 aircrafts
  • Center seats in 757-200 aircrafts

For more info, see the Delta pets travel page.

Editor’s Note: Delta has recently changed many of their procedures and regulations for owners traveling with pets. For example, they no longer allow pets to fly as cargo on any flights on the Boeing 767 , nor are pets allowed to fly in-cabin in the international business section.


Maximum Dimensions: Maximum carry-on carrier dimensions cannot exceed 17″ long x 12.5″ wide x 8.5″ high and the combined weight of your pet and the carrier can’t be over 20 pounds.

Pricing: $120 each way, only one pet per passenger is permitted.

Additional Info : Pets are not permitted as carry-on for flights to/from: Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, the Cayman Islands, or Trinidad & Tobago. 

For more info, see the JetBlue pets travel page.


Maximum Dimensions: Maximum dimensions for carry on crates are 18.5” long x 8.5” high x 13.5” wide.

Pricing: $95 each way

Additional Info:  Cannot travel as carry on for international flights.

Allows option for two pets of same species and similar size ​may travel in a single carrier. Pet carriers qualify as either: a) a personal item or b) a carry-on item. This means you can bring the pet carrier and a regular-sized carry on bag.

For more info, see the Southwest Airline pet travel page.


Important! NO PETS are permitted to fly in the cabin with Virgin Airlines. Only service dogs are permitted in-cabin, all others must go in cargo.

Maximum Dimensions: Insubstantial information online – contact airline for details.

Pricing:  Cost varies on destination, time of year, and size of carrier. Contact airline carrier for more info.

For more info, see the Virgin Airlines pet travel page.


Maximum Dimensions:  9” high x 16” wide x 19” deep.

Pricing: $100 per segment per carrier

Additional Info:  No more than two pets per carrier are permitted. Each paid traveler may have one carrier each. Only cats and dogs are accepted.

For more info, see the Allegiant Airline pet travel page .


Maximum Dimensions: 18″ long x 14″ wide x 8″ high.

Pricing: $75 each way

Additional Info:  Pets only travel in cabin, no cargo hold options. Pets are allowed on international flights to/from the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old to travel. Soft-sided carrier recommended.

For more info, see the Frontier Airlines pet travel page .


Maximum Dimensions: 18″ x 14″ x 9″, and must be able to fit under the seat. Combined weight of the pet and carrier may not exceed 40 pounds.

Pricing: No information available

Additional Info:  Two pets per container are permitted. Not pets allowed on international flights.

For more info, see the Spirit Airlines pet travel page .

Other Airline & Flight Details to Consider When Traveling With Pets

Flying with your pet can be a complicated endeavor, and there is a lot to think about. Just review the following list of important notes to ensure you’ll be prepared for a problem-free journey with your doggo!

  • Most airlines require that dogs be able to stand up and lie down comfortably in their carry-on travel carrier.
  • Crates must be in good condition and without cracks, breaks, or tears. Airlines may reject carrier if it is not in good condition.
  • Each flight can only allow a certain number of carry-on pets per flight. Often, this number is quite small (often just one to two pets for first and business class seating, and four to five for cabin seating). Because of this, it’s important to book your flight as soon as possible.
  • Pets must stay in carrier for the entire flight .
  • When taking a pet as a carry-on, you may not sit in the exit row or any row where under-seat space is not available in front of you.
  • Most airlines do not allow the transportation of snub-nosed dogs. If you need to get a snub-nosed dog from point A to point B, you may have to opt for a private pet transport service .
  • Pets younger than 8 weeks not allowed to fly. Additional age restrictions may exist depending on airline.
  • Pets cannot fly with unaccompanied minors.
  • The CDC requires that all pets coming to the US are immunized against rabies and must be completed 30 days before arrival.
  • Some airlines allow multiple pets of same species and similar size in one carrier,  while others do not.
  • Crates must be leak-proof and ventilated on at least two sides.
  • Carrier regulations and requirements may vary for a single airline depending on the aircraft and the flight destination.

For more guidance on what you should know when flying with a pooch, be sure to check out our guide on tips to know before flying with your dog .

Dog Carriers for Airplanes FAQ

Still have questions about the kind of carrier you’ll need to travel to your next pet-friendly vacation destination ? We’ve rounded up some of the most common questions below!

What size dog carrier fits under airplane seat?

The exact carrier dimensions required for an airplane animal carrier vary depending on the airline, but on average, you’ll want a carrier that approximately fits the dimensions of 18″(L) x 14″(W) x 9″(H).

What kind of dog carriers are allowed on planes?

Both hard and soft dog carriers are allowed on planes, placed under the seat in front of you where a personal item or carry-on bag might normally go.

However, many airlines have slightly different size dimension requirements for hard-sided crates, usually requiring that hard-sided crates be smaller. Soft-sided crates, on the other hand, can be slightly larger since they have enough flexibility to be pressed down slightly in order to easily fit beneath an airline seat.

While most airlines allow both soft and hard crates, we’d suggest using a soft-sided crate when flying with your dog in the cabin.

Do airlines actually measure pet carriers?

Usually airlines won’t bother to measure your pet carrier, so long as it looks like generally appropriate dimensions and it can fit beneath the seat in front of you.

Can I buy a seat for my dog on an airplane?

While the rules can vary depending on the exact airline, most major airlines will not allow you to buy a seat for your dog. This is because your dog must remain in a crate at all times during the flight — buying an extra seat won’t change this.

However, you could buy two seats, keep your dog crated under the seat in front of you during take off and landing, and then move your crated dog to the seat beside you at cruising altitude.

Can a 25 lb dog fly in cabin?

Probably not. Airlines won’t measure your dog alone, but they will take into account the combined weight of the carrier and dog. A 25 lb dog will likely be too large to fit in an airline-friendly carrier.

How strict are airlines with dog weight?

How strict airlines are on their dimension and weight requirements can really vary depending on the airline and the individual staff member you’re interacting with. However, we’ve heard from many individuals that many airlines are quite relaxed about the guidelines, so long as your dog isn’t way too large or big for the carrier and the space underneath the seat in front of you.

Can I fly on a plane with a puppy?

Yes, but the exact age requirements vary by airline. Most require puppies be at least 10 weeks old in order to fly.

Can I take two dogs on a plane with me?

Many airlines will allow you to take two dogs onto a plane with you. Some require the animals be in two separate crates, while others will allow multiple dogs to be in a single crate, so long as they have enough space to be comfortable.

Do you have any experiences with airline pet carriers you’d like to share? Tell us about your favorites and review your top picks in the comments section!

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Aleceeya Avatar

Do you have a hard carrier suggestions? I am moving with my dog via Alaska Airlines, and last time I moved with her, we used a soft kennel, but she’s 20 lbs and it was sagging on the bottom, and not easy to rest on a large suitcase without stability (so that I can roll her to have both my hands free for my two suitcases and keep my dog and cat on each suitcase). I am just trying to find some that are as close to the size limits/as big as possible. Also, do you know if they literally pull out a tape measure to size it? If it’s .5-1″ larger, will they care?

Bruno Avatar

If you need to go on a transatlantic flight to Spain (or first point of entry in Spain) and need to use American Airlines miles (One World), you can book a flight with Iberia (spanish airline). Iberia allows animals in cabin (however only 1 animal per flight is allowed so best to call the airline and reserve the spot ahead of time).

Ben Team Avatar

Thanks for the tip, Bruno!

Simon Avatar

From American Airlines website January 6/2021. “Dogs must be at least 8 weeks old when traveling within the U.S. and Puerto Rico”. 16 weeks if traveling into the U.S. from high-risk countries.

margaret Avatar

I have been reading your articles with interest, as I may be traveling with a small dog soon. It appears the soft sided carrier I bought many years ago is too big for current standards. It would be helpful if your reviews would list the dimensions of all the carriers in the same order, i.e. either consistently l, w, h or l, h, w. My head is swimming. Otherwise, great info.

Margaret Avatar

I also mean the airlines’ dimension limits, too. Thanks!

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Neehaad Avatar

I’m travelling with my 4 kg cat from Mauritius to Toronto via Paris on Air France, overall 29 hours duration (Mauritius-Paris 12 hours, transit 8 hours, Paris-Toronto 9 hours).

Can you plz help me with soft carrier specific dimensions and other rules applied.

I’m very anxious for him as it will be his first time travelling.

Diana Avatar

Just FYI your website says Alaskan Airlines. It’s Alaska Airlines…no N at the end

Oops! Thanks for the catch, Lisa. It’s fixed now!

Lilnda S Avatar

I am flying Allegiant Airlines soon and was wondering if anyone who mentioned they were going that airlines had any problems with their pet? Having some problems finding a carrier to use and wondering if they are a little lenient With the soft sides as they can squash down to fit under seat. Also can I carry on the dog stroller as my carry on?

Debra salo Avatar

It is so hard to find a flight from Minneapolis to Seattle for cat carrier. Measurements so strict and where can you find one that small? Alaska Airlines measurement is 9.5x11x17. HELP few carrier close by like an inch.

Shannon Avatar

Hi everyone! I’ll be traveling with my Boston Terrier in to France and am hoping everything goes off without a hitch. For those of you who have travelled with your pets in the hold, did the airline carrier weigh the dog and carrier when you checked in? If so, what airline did you travel with? I’m a little nervous because my dog weighs ~18 lbs and the policy states 17 lbs with the carrier (I’m looking into a flight with TAP). Would love to hear about other people’s experiences/tips. Thanks in advance!

Jene Martins- Richards Avatar

Hi! Very good info on your website! Thank you! I wondered if you could help with my situation. I have 2 nine pound Havanese spaded females, named Q-Tip and Chloe.

I am having a hard time finding a wheeled carrier that will handle both of them. I prefer a separation, because Q-tip can be a little mean to her sister, Chloe.

Can you suggest options that are Airline Compliant, as well as any other key pointers, as I have never traveled with pets? Thank you in advance for your consideration and expertise, Anxious Mom – Jené Richards

Hey there, Jené. So glad you found the article helpful (and we love your dogs’ names — especially Q-Tip). Unfortunately, we aren’t aware of a wheeled model that features a divider. You may be able to figure out a DIY solution, but you’ll likely just have to use two separate carriers. Sorry we don’t have a better answer for you! Best of luck!

Lynn Avatar

Love the list but I wish it also listed the weight of the carriers. Some airlines have weight restrictions for the dog/carrier combo. I know how much my dog weighs, how much will it be altogether?

Meg Marrs Avatar

Good thinking Lynn! All these products do have the size in the product links, but we’ll work on adding that information into our review, as I’m sure it would be helpful for our readers to know.

Joanna Bennett Avatar

Can you tell me where to get a carrier with the specifications for Allegiant air lines. 9”high. 16’W.10’D.

Deanna Avatar

Do you have a list of which airlines allow two of the same species in one carrier? I have two 4 lbs Yorkie sand would like to take them onboard in same carrier.

Eduardo Avatar

Im traveling with KLM and im having a very hard time finding a kennel with a hight of max24 the problem is that if is less than 24cm or 9,44″ my dog won’t be confortable, does anyone have traveled in KLM with pets in cabin that can tell me id the are so extract in the measures because i have found kennels with 25cm or 9.8″

Ron Avatar

Can you recommend a pet carrier that Frontier will accept. Our dog is 17” x 10”

Emma williams Avatar

Hi I am traveling to Thailand with KLM the final flight , a 1 hr long, domestic flight is with Bangkok airways. KLM allow pets to travel, in the cabin, therefore in a soft bag, however the later flight with Bangkok airways, only allow for dogs to travel in the hold Can my Maltese travel in hold in a soft bag or is that dangerous and forbidden? Thanks

Oya Avatar

Please I need urgent help first time I’m travel with my cat and to small finch birds united airline told me I need these sizes to have them on the plane with me for the hard bird cage size 17.5inches wide x12inches wide x7.5 inches high and also for my cat I need “18×11″X11 please help me I cand find in the store thank you

Hey there, Oya. We don’t have any recommendations for the bird carrier (birds are a bit outside our focus), but the Sherpa Deluxe Carrier discussed above may work for your cat.

Best of luck!

PATRICIA wyatt Avatar

we have bought a home in florida and also live in another state we decided we wanted to fly home. Well we have a small dog he weights 16.8 lbs . Our problem is Frontier has a ad get a carrier that your dog will be happy with can stand, turn around and lay down then the dimesions 18″x14″x8″ where can i find that size of a carrier. I know our dog will not beable to stand but we have to do something it is costing more for our dog to fly then what we are paying for both me and my husband i ask if i could buy a seat for our dog and was told no then i would beable to find a carrier that he would be comfortable in Help we are flying home in May Thanks

Tina V Avatar

I am also interested in the question about tranquilizers or something to calm an anxious dog. I will be taking my 6lb maltese to Mexico for a month this summer. That is one of my biggest worries. What if he barks and won’t settle? I’m going to visit the vet and ask for their recommendation. The potty business is worrysome too. How far out of the way do I need to go to find a place for him to go? Also, if anyone has taken a dog to Mexico and returned to the US, did you have to do any additional vet checks in Mexico prior to returning?? Uff… so many questions!! Glad that there are so many people here asking questions and providing answers/experiences!!

Inga-Lill Noren Fousing Avatar

Hi, My brother will be traveling with SAS from Chicago nonstop to Stockholm, SAS has very strict rules and restrictions regarding their pet carriers, it’s is almost impossible to find a pet carrier with the measurements SAS gives 16″ x 9.8″ x 9. I’m very nervous over this whole thing and want everything to go smoothly for my brother and his little dog a Chihuahua/dashhound mix around 10lbs, measurements 15×15 from tip of nose to rump not including tail and from ground to tip of his ears. 11×11 from chest to rump with tail added and from ground to his withers. What do i do, i’m a wreak worrying over this, can you please shed some light on this for me. Thank you in advance.

Peggy Yorvey Avatar

Thank you so much for this Q&A I will be flying allegiant next December with my bichonpoo She is very frightened of driving in a car she cries and sounds like Canadian goose. LOL she is very frightened of driving in a car she cries and sounds like Canadian goose lol. First of all what kind of bag do I need to carry her she’s 18 lb. And what in the world can I do to keep her quiet I plan on buying the carry bag two months before our trip and I will be putting her in it every day increasing the time that she goes in and after she settles in for an hour I will start taking her in the car I’m hoping this will help without tranquilizing her I do have to tranquilizer to groom her so I might have to do that. anything help you can give me I would really appreciate I don’t want to be thrown out the window of the airplane ha ha Or would it be better to put her in the cargo hold I really don’t want to do that if I don’t have to. This is an amazing site for beginner travelers with our dogs

Inga-Lill Avatar

Hi, Have you received an answer yet, i’ve also sent a question about air travel with pets.

Patti Avatar

If she’s that frightened, I would highly recommend tranquilizing her. It’s certainly better for her than having an anxiety attack.

Megan Avatar

Hello dear Meg I am traveling with air Canada .my dog is 15ib ,dimensions for Air Canada are 21.5 L ,10.5 H ,15.5 W ! I can not find this size ! I am traveling next week & I am really frustrated! Please kindly advise

I understand your frustration as iäm in the same situation

Tammy Avatar

Has anyone flown on Allegiant with their pet? Having trouble finding a carrier that meets their specs. The Delta deluxe by Sherpa is an inch or two higher but will collapse down. Will that work? It is approved by most airlines but doesn’t specify allegiant.

Hi Tammy, most airlines are a bit more generous about soft carriers – so long as they can squish within a couple of inches to fit under the seat, it should be fine, but it’s best to contact the airline and ask.

Vicki Robinson Avatar

Please HELP! We will be traveling with our cat to Mexico on Volaris airlines and they require a rigid plastic carrier 17.5L x 12W x 7.5H that goes under the seat and I can’t find it anywhere. Do you know where I can find one that size? I called the airlines and they said it had to be that size. Thanks

Hi, Have you looked on Amazon, i’ve seen many pet carriers there that might comply to yoyr needs, try writing pet carrier 17.5L x 12W x 7.5 on Amazons site, maybe that will help. Good luck! 😉

Rebecca Avatar

Hi. Did you end up finding a carrier for Volaris? I am having the same issue. I call the airline and they have NO clue. As far as I can tell, there is no such thing as a 7.5 inch rigid carrier!! I did find and old carrier on EBay that is 8″ and that is the closest I can come. Just wondering what happened with you and your pet 🙂

sausha hansen Avatar

I am trying to find good crate for my girls they’re just under 30lbs and 30”from snout to butt and 23” tall and 10” wide .. we are moving to Hawaii and this is the most stressful part of all of it!!

Monika Smistek Avatar

Hey Meg! Really need help. I’ve been looking for crates for my big dog poodle 14inH 17inL 7inw. And a crate for a year old puppy. Can you help me out? I’m going on Air Canada

Nicola Verdi Avatar

Can you recommend any pet carrier for Turkish Airlines for my needs? My dog is 7.5 kilos and the dimensions for the allowed cabin per carry-on is 23x40x55 cm (width x height x length). The total weight of the bag and dog shd not exceed 8kg, therefore I am looking for a lightweight but strong bag and hope that an extra kilo may be permitted or I may need to out him on a diet:) my dog is a daschund mix so he is quite long:)

jean noordhoff Avatar

how about air canada please… reading max height of 8.5 inches for in cabin. sheesh tell me this is not true. softsided carrier? from toronto to curacao (international flight) airplane 320

Rin7ner Avatar

Okay, got the whole carrier part down. Now let’s talk about the potty situation. Any ideas

Go before and after, if you have a layover then take your dog out there. On-airplane pottying isn’t really an issue with house-trained dogs.

Daisydon Avatar

Hello Would like to konw how to bring my dog from Bangkok to Hanoi vietnam Pls let me know ASAP Thanks

Natalie Avatar

Hello! I need help finding a kennel soft or hard for Alaska Airlines. It cant be bigger than 9.5x11x17 for my 13 pound cat

Cindy Q Avatar

Has anyone found a mesh that is chew-through proof? Our 10 lb minpin/chihuahua does not like to be confined. Taking him on a short 1.5 hour flight and need to make sure he doesn’t chew is way out (which he has in the past). Thank you for any ideas!

Patti Avatar

You might want to talk to your vet about an anti-anxiety medication. I would try it out at home first in case of any bad reaction but a calm dog will help-what a crazy place an airport must be for a dog!

Claire Miller Avatar

Hi there, we are hoping to fly with TAP Portugal but to take a cat in the cabin with you they expect the carrier to be 40cm x 33cm x 17cm – are they for real? I have searched and searched and searched and have yet to find one within these measurements. Does anyone know of any? Thanks!

Regina Avatar

I have flown with my cat in this carrier on Lufthansa, LOT, American Airlines, Austrian, Czech. No one has measured the case. They just weigh it at check in. On some flights it fits under the seat but not on all depending on how they put the lifejackets under the seats.

Thanks for the tip Regina!

I’m looking into flights with TAP — do you recall what brand of carrier you purchased?

Eileen Manthei Avatar

I ha ve an “airline approved carrier on wheels that is 19x14x12 for my 15# Havanese.i have used it for 6 years but on my last Delta flight I couldn’t get it under the seat as the have added electric plug ins in that space and their leg space is now less. Luck lady attendants helped me by moving me up to a comfort seat in one flight and allowing be to have it only partially under the seat on another.


Hi Eileen, I also have a Havanese going on first flight Jed BLue, where did you get the carrier on wheels or brand name? thank you!

Beverly Avatar

I, too, would appreciate any info about traveling with a pet on Allegiant. I am trying to locate a pet carrier for my 18 lb Lhasa/Peke that will fit their requirements of 9″Hx16″Wx19″D. Luckily he is short. He will, hopefully, be flying with me after Christmas.

Mary Avatar

I have used several airlines Allegent Frontier and Spirit. Spirit does not charge for taking your pet with you. Allegent wants the standard bag size. Frontier was very courageous and I was permitted to use the back pack style that she sits against your chest with the pet facing forward. My pet was secure and calm.

Leslie Avatar

I’m really worried my soft sided carrier won’t meet Frontier’s size requirement due to being over 8” in height. I cannot find one 8” anywhere that will fit my 14 lb cat. How strict are they? Would hate to not make the flight. Thanks!

tracy Avatar

I’m having the same problem trying to find a 18x14x8 for a Frontier flight. Any luck??

Robyn Avatar

Hi. Just wanted to mention I have a flight booked on Spirit and they do charge $110 for a pet. They also only allow four per plane, so you need to book in advance. They seem very strict about the dimensions of the carrier too. I searched for hours to find one to hold our 8 pound cat and finally found one! PHEW!


I am going to be flying with my dog for the first time and also had to pay. Can you tell me what your found? Thank you

Kitty Avatar

We’re going to move to Panama in December and are taking our cats with us. What dimensions were the carrier you got for Spirit Airlines and soft or hard case?

Lin Leslie Avatar

Hi, I will be flying with my rabbit for a month visit to New Mexico, via El Paso. I will be flying Frontier as there are only two airlines that I know that allow rabbits in the cabin. Do you know of an airline approved carrier that has chew proof mesh? I’ve bought several carriers, but none that is exactly 18x14x8 (total 40″). If the soft side totals no more than 40″ will they let it slide? Thanks.

Sherry Avatar

You might note that size descriptions are length x height x width ( not length x width x height as with plastic and wire crates.) I bought a couple different carriers before I finally bothered to measure and then did considerable research. Many of the agents who answer the phones on websites have no clue that the description of size dimensions is different for the soft side CARRIERS.

G Avatar

Thanks for this post – so helpful!

I called JetBlue and they did say they allow soft carriers larger than the listed size as long as they can be squeezed into the listed dimensions.

Delta quoted me $150 fee and 13″x13″x8″ for the 757-200 I’m flying for a transcontinental flight which seems kind of crazy. You can see slightly outdated but pretty close numbers by plane type at http://www.flygob.com/images/delta_underseat_2017.pdf

Finally it seems like the underseat storage width can actually vary by seat, with middle seats often being the widest, so the actual width there may be bigger or smaller than the carrier limit depending on how the airline decided on their limits and you may want to make your seating choices accordingly.

Donna N Avatar

How can Alaska Air only allow 7.5 inches tall and expect a cat to stand up and turn around?

Hi Donna – I’d suggest opting for a soft-sided carrier if 7.5 seems way too small, as the soft-sided carriers can be up to 9.5 inches tall.

Riz Campos Avatar

I just found out that INTERJET is the less expensive regarding both human and pet air fair. for humans you have to do your quotation and for pets is just $30.00 flat fee in cabin from the US to MEXICO and in Cargo is also $30.00, flying from Tijuana to Mexico city is just $$550.00 MX pesos around $26.86 Dollars. I am a new customer with INTERJET so far so good. very inexpensive and very reasonable. not like all other airlines that for pet travel they charge and arm and a leg and the pet has to go under as it on the floor paying over $100.00 is ridiculous .

Joyce Avatar

Hi Meg! Thanks for the informative page. I was wondering if you had any recommendations for backpack style carriers for small pets (8lb cat in my case) that I can use for both everyday travels (hiking) as well as flying in cabin? Seeing some on Amazon (ie https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01M0AAEB0/ref=sspa_mw_detail_3?psc= ) but am not sure what to choose since there are so many options! Would love your thoughts. Thank you!

Hey Joyce – we actually have an article all about backpack carriers ! We focus on dogs, but maybe one of those would work well for you and your kitty.

melissa Avatar

When you say “snub-nosed dogs aren’t allowed” does that refer to travel in the cargo? I have a shih tzu and was planning to carry him on in one of the approved bags but is there a chance he’d be turned away at the airport? I have seen people fly with pugs and frenchies and just assumed he’d be fine as long as he is under the seat!

No, many snub nosed breeds are banned from any kind of air travel. It depends on the airline of course, but after the recent issue with a French bulldog suffocating on a United flight, United had since banned snub-nosed dogs from flying, even in the airplane/under the seat.

Melissa Avatar

Nothing here mentions breeds https://www.united.com/ual/en/us/fly/travel/animals/in-cabin.html

Ah, apologies Melissa – you’re right, the rule is just for dogs flying in cargo.

Roza Avatar

Need help! having a hard time finding TSA approved carrier for my french bulldog ( 35 lbs, he is muscular).. Please help

Viana Zucchet Avatar

Also interested for Frenchie

Maria Avatar

Hello Meg, just wanted to ask if dog carriers are more advisable than kennels in an international flight (in cabin). Hoping for any feedback. Planning to travel with my pet in cabin, international flight

Hi Maria – while hard or soft carriers are usually allowed by most airlines, I’d opt for soft as they can be easier to adjust and fit under the seat in front of you. My best suggestion is practice with whatever carrier you plan to use prior to the actual trip – try car rides, train rides, etc.

Staci Avatar

According to Spirit website, only soft carriers are allowed.

Pat Avatar

Elizabeth, I am looking for a 9h x 16w x19 d carrier for my 13 pound miniature schnauzer. Can you please tell me where I can find a carrier of such size? I have searched everywhere. Thanks Pat

Deb Harris Avatar

Pat I am in the same boat. Found only 1 carrier with a 9″ measurement & only if you laid it on its side. I have sent an email to Allegiant but they have not answered me. I think they have given these measurements as a way to curtail travel with our dogs.. No way my 14-15 lb dog can stand in a 9″ high carrier.

Val Avatar

I’m having the same issue wth Allegent airlines requirements . I can’t find the 9″height requirement. I checked their web site and spoke to an agent to get this info. I woner if I could make one?

Elizabeth Avatar

I am a travel nurse and need to head to Texas. I have two 10 pound maltese. How would you recommend traveling with them on a plane?

Hi Elizabeth – you’ll probably need to check with airlines, as some allow for multiple pets in a single carrier, but others do not. With 10lb dogs, you’re probably best off with two carriers, but that will likely mean purchasing an additional seat as well.

Joules Avatar

We’ll be moving soon and taking our two maltese with us. I just need to clarify because I read about many owners traveling with dogs that are much taller than 9.5 inches. As long as the dog can stand up and turn around in front of the agent and then the kennel can be squished down to fit under the seat for take off and landing the kennel is good to go? My Malte’s are both around 7 lb’s and 14 inches in height.

Hey Joules – I think your best bet will be to contact the airline. They’ll be able to tell you exactly, without a doubt, what they allow on their airline.

rojin Avatar

hello how i can contact you? i need a carried i wanna buy

Hi Rojin – we don’t sell carriers, we just review the ones we deem best for airplane travel. You can find all these products on Amazon (see links in the article) and can order from there. Good luck!

Darlene C. Samuels Avatar

I want to travel with my two (2) chihuahuas in one carrier. Can you tell me which size carrier is airline approved that fits under the seat?

Denise Avatar

Hi Darlene! I was wondering what type of dog carrier you bought. I have the same situation.

Diane Avatar

I have a 12 yr old welsh terrier. She weighs 18 lb and is 18 inches when standing. I am wondering if she just misses the mark for traveling in cabin for a short flight.

Chelsie Avatar

Hello!! I’m taking my 16 pound terrier mix to Mexico on Alaskan they say the requirements are : 17″ x 11″ x 9.5″ But I cannot find anything that is big enough for him to turn around in. does anyone know of anything that would work? I’m desperate :(. They said dogs under 20 pounds could travel under the seat but I don’t see how with those dimensions! 🙁

Maybe you could try the Petsfit Expandable (medium) – that way you can expand for more space to keep him comfy.

Danéa Avatar

About a year late, but I’m in the same boat, I was wondering if you managed to find something that works?

I have a chihuahua/Pomeranian who is only 8lbs BUT thanks to her kangourou legs, she stands at 15.5 inches tall (foot to the top of her head) I really don’t want to put in her cargo, has anyone had success travelling with a tall small dog, in a soft carrier in cabin?

Siri Berberette Avatar

Hi Meg, i am moving cross country 3 1/2 hour flight on Southwest my 20 pound Sheltis has to go with me there is so much conflicting information I first bought the Sturdibag Large …way to cramped for my girl…bought the Petagon Large a tight fit but looks uncomfortable then I got the Sturdibag Extra Large bingo !!! Looks great and comfy shes small but tall reviews have yes and no’s for the Extra Large Sturdibag . I cant miss my flight ..I cant leave my little girl can anyone give advice ? I’m stressed !!

Hey Siri, Well Southwest’s website ( https://www.southwest.com/html/generated/help/faqs/pets_faq.html ) says that carry on carriers must have a max length of 18.5 inches and height of 8.5 inches. The Sturdibag XL is 20 inches long and 16 inches high, so that may be an issue. However, the carrier is flexible, so the ability to squish the carrier to the right size may mean it’s fine. It looks like plenty of owners have had success taking this carrier on airlines as a carry on. Honestly I think your best bet will be to contact Southwest airlines. That way they’ll be able to give you definite information and put you at ease! Good luck, let us know how it goes!

Laurie Avatar

Thank you this is exactly what I needed as far as information for pet travel! I can not thank you enough!

Happy to help!

Shannon Avatar

Hey Meg –

I’m traveling on Delta Airlines with my 6-7 pound chorkie (chihuahua/yorkie mix) and the maximum dimensions they gave me were 18x12x11 (LxWxH). I see on your list for the sturdi bag you have only one size but on their website I see a small. Would you still recommend the small? It’s dimensions are 18x10x10.

M. Boughnou Avatar

Hi Meg Really need help…been searching for a pet carrier for days now that meet Delta’s requirements given to me. They are 14x12x7. I have 2 Boston Terriers traveling. Thank you for your time.

Looks like the small Bergan or the small Sherpa could work. The Sherpa is 15″ instead of 14″ but I think you could squish it and it’d work fine.

gay rifkin Avatar

HI Meg Thanks for the site. Maybe you can help me. I am having a difficult time finding a rolling carrier for my 12 pound go for Southwest Airlines. The Measurements they allow approx. 17 to 18 L 10 H and 12 W (these are the max measurements as they confuse you with 3 or 4 different ones} I can no longer carry my dog as my shoulder is not what it used to be. thanks in advance.

Hi Gay – it actually looks like the Snoozer Roll Around 4-in-1 carrier should work for you (#5) and fits the dimensions you specified. Good luck on your trip!

June Avatar

Just curious; did you purchase the Snoozer Roll Around 4-in-1 carrier for your pet and was he/she comfortable. I’m looking for a rolling carrier for my dog to travel SW.

Thanks in advance June

Olivia Avatar

My Corgi/Chihuahua dog weighs 7.25kg. The maximum weight for a dog + carrier in the cabin is 8.5kg. Is there a lightweight carrier that would fit these dimensions? He’d be terrified in the Hold, so need to take him in the cabin. There are so many restrictions for dog travel. I wish the laws would be modernised.

Hey Olivia – not off the top of my head. You’ll have to check out the weights listed in the product description. I’ll work on adding that info here for the future!

Anwar Avatar

Can you recommend any pet carrier bag for Turkish Airlines? Here is the size of allowed cages/bags for pets in the cabin is 23x40x55 cm (width x height x length) for them. All carry on cages/bags must not exceed a total weight of 8kg. We have a cat less then 8 kg and planning to fly with him from Dhaka to Toronto (about 20 hours flight time with 2 hours layover in Istanbul).

The Sleepypod might work as it can actually be compressed to smaller dimensions that I believe meet your requirement. The Petsfit Expandable carrier should work as well. In fact, many of the carriers on the list will work – I’d suggest combing through the product pages for more info. Good luck!

Bonnie Kahn Avatar

Hi Meg, We will be flying on Allegiant Air, and their dimensions for an in cabin pet carrier are 9 x 16 x 19. Which seems pretty small. We have a 15 lb. toy fox terrier mix that is a little tall. Allegiant also says on line that the animal must be able to stand up and turn around in the carrier. That is not going to happen with these dimensions. Should I call Allegiant or have you heard anything more about this problem?

Thank you, Bonnie

Hi Bonnie – I’ve never heard of Allegiant Air, so afraid I can’t help much. I’d definitely recommend giving them a call and getting more info – those dimensions sound like they’d be tough for any dog! Would love to know what they say- let me know how it goes! Good luck.

Kathy Avatar

I am wondering how things went with Allegiant Air, as I may be traveling using that airline with my dog, too. Can you update us, Bonnie?

I still haven’t traveled with our dog on Allegiant Air. It might happen in the future as we are retired now and don’t want to drive down to Florida every time we go. Have you tried it yet?

Kilgore Avatar

Did you ever fly with allegiant with your dog? I’m looking to fly with them in a few months and I’m having trouble finding a carrier that will suit my 6 month old beagle’s needs. Thank you.

Have same question about Allegiant. Have searched many sites & only found 1 carrier that had a 9″ measurement for up to 15 lbs. & that was only if you laid it on its side. I didn’t see on their site where they had to be able to stand. I sent them an email asking for clarifications but they have not answered. I recommend you call because they don’t seem to answer emails. I was wondering if the height can be more than 9″ if a soft flexible carrier since it can smash down to fit under the seat. Please give us an answer if you find anything out & I will do the same. Thanks.

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Ms. Harris: Per your comment from Feb.2019 did you fly with your pet on Allegiant? If so what was your experience with a carrier. I also just emailed Allegiant as they don’t pickup the phone on there customer service line said it may take up to 60 days to reply ;/ Well see. I have family flying on Allegiant in July and trying to clarify a carrier, because honestly there are no carriers that meet there sizing for Large pets up to the 20 lbs. need. Any further comment of any experiences you have had or know of will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance E.H.

Hi, I’m traveling with Allegiant in a few months and wanted to take the pup. Has anyone found a carrier or gotten clarification from Allegiant?

Jay Avatar

Allegiant air requirement is 19 by 16 by 9 has anyone found a carrier this size for my 18 lb miniature Schnauzer?

Kimberly Eckley Avatar

According to Allegiants website a carrier on bag can be 15 high x 7 wide x 16d. But a pet carrier should be only 9 high x 16 wide by 19 deep. That makes no sense to me. So I’m not sure they are going to restrict a pet carrier because it is 12 high x 12 wide x 18deep. I think It will all depend on if you can fit it under the seat!! I am traveling with my new puppy in Nov, so I hope I am right because I got the largest carrier i could find. The x-zone expandable (noted above) I’m sure if he is going to be about 120 pounds full grown, he will be at least 20 pounds at 8 weeks !

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Traveling with your dog or cat can get overwhelming for both of you. On top of many pets having travel anxiety or getting motion sickness, they also get bored, have to use the bathroom, and get hungry and thirsty on the road. Whether you're traveling by car, plane, boat, or train (or even just going for a hike), you'll want to stock up on the top pet travel accessories to make you and your furry friend's experience a heck of a lot more enjoyable.

To get expert recommendations and tips for traveling with a pet, we spoke with Dr. Gina Rendon, medical director at Williamsburg Vet Clinic in Brooklyn, New York, and Dr. Catriona Love, medical director at Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital in Seattle, Washington. They shared important safety and logistical tips for traveling with your pet.

We also took recommendations from Travel + Leisure editors, did extensive research, and reviewed 131 products across seven different tests including ones for dog car seats, cat carriers, GPS collars, and more. Before you take your next trip with your pet, check out these travel accessories that will make vacations with the whole family run smoothly.

Best Airline-approved Dog Backpack Carrier

Mr. peanut's aspen series airline approved backpack pet carrier.

  • Performance 5 /5
  • Quality 5 /5
  • Comfort 4.5 /5

Your pet will get great ventilation and views with mesh windows on all four sides.

The narrow width/height may not provide enough space for some dogs.

If you need an airline-approved pet carrier , this petite backpack-style dog carrier makes traveling hands-free with your dog a breeze. The thoughtful details stood out during testing, including several built-in pockets for storing treats, your phone, or waste bags. We also found the side water bottle pocket and laptop sleeve convenient. The interior is fleece-lined for your dog’s comfort, and there is a leash tether for security. Mesh on all four sides gives your pup a breathable space with all-sides peekability — two factors that can help comfort anxious travelers. This backpack is slim enough to fit under even the narrowest of under-seat space on a plane, but with only seven inches of interior floor width (as stated by the manufacturer, it’s made for smaller dogs). The padded backpack straps are easily adjustable, and you can also belt in the backpack with the handy seat belt attachment. 

Best Dog Car Seat

Away the pet carrier.

  • Comfort 5 /5
  • Portability 5 /5
  • Design 5 /5

It looks as good as it performs — and it has pet safety certification.

Minimal mesh paneling may be claustrophobic for some pets.

The Away Pet Carrier is a generous glow-up from the traditional pet carrier. Clean lines give this carrier a modern profile and silhouette, while the all-black color gives it an edge against the competition. We love this carrier not just for its looks, but also how it performs. Details like a water-resistant lining, removable plush bedding with a reinforced bottom, a retractable privacy screen, and loads of pockets and storage areas keep pets and pet parents happy. This carrier is also one of four pet carriers certified by the Center for Pet Safety for use in the backseat of your car. We tested this on a 12-hour car ride with a 6-pound dog who does not typically like car rides, and the dog seemed comfortable and secure, sleeping for almost the entire ride. It’s worth noting that there is limited mesh paneling (only on the top and one side), which may cause some pets to get claustrophobic and/or limit breathability in some situations. 

Best Car Seat Cover for Dogs

Urpower dog car seat cover.

  • Ease of Setup 5 /5
  • Functionality 5 /5
  • Ease of Cleaning 5 /5

It is easy to install and has high sides for full protection of your car and pet.

It’s got fixed measurements, so be sure it’ll line up correctly with your car’s backseat space. 

Road tripping with your pet? Polyester and 600D PVC material keep this hammock-style cover sturdy, durable, and waterproof — and your backseat spotless. We thought installation was painless, but take note if the fixed measurements and anchor strap placement fits with your car before buying. We love the high all-sides protection this cover provides so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up any shedding or mess from the floor, doors, or seatbacks — or your pet crawling up into the front seat. Cleaning the cover is as easy as wiping it down with a damp cloth. A purposeful design includes slots for accessing seat belt bases so you can clip in your pet for the ride, a nonslip rubber backing for stability when on the move, and a storage pocket with a Velcro closure for pet essentials. It comes in seven neutral color options, including a multi-colored paw print pattern and two black variations with orange accents.

Best Portable Pet Bowl

Maxbone go portable bowls.


It’s a stylish silicone pet bowl that you can roll up and toss into your bag. 

The bowl size may be more of a snack size for larger pets.

This roll-up, two-in-one silicone pet bowl set is our favorite way to feed our pets on the road and gives us one less thing to keep track of while in transit. Each set comes with two bowls approximately five by two inches that are connected to a larger flat mat measuring 15.4 by 9.3 inches. The bowls are more like walled wells, and each holds around two-and-a-half cups. We tried this out with a dog who loves to splash, but the built-in placement and the way the bowls are attached mat them virtually spill proof (anytime the dog did scoop out food or spill water, the silicone mat would catch it). We also found the soft silicone veasy to clean with soap and water, and we love how quickly it dries — two big pluses when you’re on the move. The fact that you can easily roll up the mat and stick these bowls into your pet’s carrier or a tote also scores big in our books. Plus, the geometric design of the bowls adds an element of style to a product that is usually bland. These Maxbone Go! Portable Bowls are also available in contemporary colors like mint, pale yellow, peach, and sand. 

Best Dog Food Storage

Iris airtight food storage container.

  • Design 4.5 /5
  • Performance 2 /5
  • Durability 5 /5
  • Easy to Clean 5 /5

Both containers have easy-to-load, flip-top lids that snap shut. 

The larger sizes may not be suitable for all types of trips.

This double-decker food storage container is an ideal way to keep your dog’s kibble fresh while on the road. We were big fans of the top-loading, flip-top lids and how well they stayed sealed shut when put to the test. Cleaning just takes a little bit of soap and water, though you’ll want to make sure the inside is completely dry before closing the lid to avoid mildew from moisture. The 35-pound capacity is great for longer trips or multiple dogs, and the wheely bottoms mean no heavy lifting. We also like that there’s an included scoop. While it may not be small enough to take on the plane, the top container can easily fit into the backseat or trunk of a car. 

Best Cat Carrier

Maskeyon airline approved pet carrier.

  • Portability 4 /5

All sides can expand, but it still folds flat for easy storage. 

The 19.5-inch length won’t be able to fly on several airlines.

Whether you’re heading to Vermont or the vet’s office, this expandable cat carrier is a smart way to give your cat a little extra space to lounge while you wait. We love that each side has an accordion-style, scratch-proof mesh expansion window, giving maximum configuration customization options. We transported a cat to the vet with all of the flaps folded in and then laid her out on a bench with some flaps unzipped when we got to the waiting room for extra space. Three exterior pockets keep travel essentials handy, and you have three zippered access and loading points, including from the top. This carrier can hold up to 20 pounds of cat, and you can carry it via built-in handles or a detachable shoulder strap. A soft-lined interior panel keeps kitty comfy, and it’s removable and machine-washable. The exterior is waterproof and wipes clean. The Maskeyon Airline Approved Pet Carrier is somewhat of a misnomer, though — its length exceeds several soft pet carrier requirements on a handful of airlines, including Delta, American Airlines, and United. 

Best Dog Crate

Petmate pet kennel.

  • Performance 4.5 /5
  • Quality 4.5 /5

The metal grate is secure but super simple to open and close.

The small plastic handle makes it challenging to balance weight, especially if your dog is moving around inside.

This old-school dog crate carrier is a hardside option for transporting your pup. Assembly is quick and requires no tools, and there’s a small plastic carry handle. We like this carrier because it’s lightweight but sturdy and kept our pet secure during transport. It’s a bare-bones crate, but there’s enough room to put down a cushion or add your pup’s favorite toy. You can load dogs through the front gate or the top gate, both of which have a simple and easy pinch-and-lock feature. This crate is designed to hold up to 15 pounds of pup, but be warned that it can be difficult to balance weight sometimes since the plastic handle is small and placed at the center of the top. 

Best Grooming Wipes

Floof renewing wipes.

They are biodegradable and don’t have a strong scent.

Don’t use these around your dog’s eyes or inside their ears — everywhere else is fair game.

These biodegradable, hypoallergenic cleansing wipes are a go-to grab that can function as a quick way to get rid of dirt and bacteria between baths or simply after a walk. Made from bamboo and other natural ingredients like soothing aloe and chamomile, these wipes are as good for the environment as they are for your pet. They are gentle enough to use from nose to tail (just avoid eyes and inside the ears), and we love that we don’t have to worry about dogs getting sick if they happen to lick an area that’s just been wiped. One of our editors keeps a pack stashed in their dog’s carrier to clean his paws after walks or to give a light, impromptu, all-over bath anytime on the go. Wipes come in 30-sheet packs with a plastic snap closure to seal in moisture, and they’re small enough to tuck into the pocket of your pet carrier for easy access.

Best GPS Collar

Link link smart pet wearable.

  • Accuracy 5 /5
  • Design 4 /5

It also works as a behavioral training device. 

It requires a subscription to use.

Think of the Link Smart Pet Wearable Tracker as the Fitbit for dogs. This wearable takes GPS to the next level by also adding health and activity monitoring and behavioral training capabilities via sounds and vibrations. Plus, it works by transmitting location through Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and mobile signals for the most accurate location information. You need to download an app, and we found it easy to set up and navigate. We were impressed by how accurate the tracking was through Google Maps, pinpointing not only the dog’s exact address, but also the specific area of the house she was moving through. This will be incredibly useful for travel or hiking with dogs. Owners will get alerts when their dog has moved beyond boundaries, and they can also set up temperature alerts, turn on the built-in flashlight through the app, and do real-time checks on health symptoms. There’s even a step counter. The catch? You’ll need a subscription for this wearable to work. Subscriptions have three options; monthly, yearly, and two-year. This wearable comes with two attachment options and a wall charger. 

Best Dog Seat Belt

Kurgo direct to seat belt tether for dogs.

It puts the bulk of the pull against your dog's body, not their neck.

It is not compatible with certain models of trucks.

Unlike many dog seat belts, the Kurgo Direct to Seat Belt Swivel Tether for Dogs clips directly into your car's seat belt fastener versus looping around the headrest. This tether is designed to attach to a dog harness instead of a collar, centering the pull of the tether on your dog's torso rather than their neck. The swivel-head carabiner harness attachment also allows your pet to move around without getting tangled. While this car seat tether works with most cars, it is incompatible with the seat belt fasteners in Ford F-series trucks.

Best Cooling Jacket

Ruffwear swamp cooler dog harness.

It also fits medium or large cats.

You can’t put this in the dryer.

A top pet travel tip from Dr. Rendon is to "be mindful and plan for the temperatures of the places to which you are traveling" and prepare accordingly. Bring coats and booties if it's cold and cooling mats or vests if it's hot. The Ruffwear Swamp Cooler Dog Cooling Harness functions as an evaporative cooling vest and lightweight harness that stays wet to keep your pet up to six times cooler in high temps. Triple-layer cooling panels — wicking outer layer, absorbing middle layer, and an inner dry layer — are located along the chest, stomach, and back. A padded, quick-grab handle allows you to assist your pet easily when needed. Plus, the simple and intuitive side-buckle design makes it a snap to get on and off. The harness's aluminum V-ring clips and reinforced loops can hold up to the demands of rugged outdoor adventures. Bonus? The XXS size was a perfect fit for my medium-size, heat-intolerant (and harness-trained) cat. When it's time to clean, it calls for the gentle cycle and air dry only.

Best Heating Mat

K&h pet products heated thermo-kitty bed.

The heat level adjusts to your pet's body temperature.

It's too small for medium-to-large dogs.

To continue on the theme of preparing for the weather, you can keep your cat or small dog toasty with the K&H Thermo-Kitty Mat. The insertable dual thermostat heater is designed to warm up only when your pet lays on top. From there, it adjusts the heat level to your pet's internal temperature so it's always just right. This is a great travel pet accessory to take camping, on car rides in cold temperatures, or for accommodations without central heating. This bed is big enough for any size cat and small dogs.

Best Dog Boots

Ruffwear grip trex dog boots.

They provide great grip and heat protection.

The low-ankle design may cause paws to get wet in snow.

Ruffwear Grip Trex Dog Boots are high-quality, rubber-soled dog boots that protect your pet's paws on rugged terrain, hot rocks and sidewalks, and frosty or salted paths. Some owners even use these boots indoors on slippery hardwood floors thanks to the heavily textured Vibram outsoles. The actual shoes are made from mesh, giving your dog's paws a bit of breathing room in hot climates. The gusset design makes it easy to take these shoes off and on. While these shoes work well on salted pavement and in freezing temperatures (with socks), the short-rise design isn't ideal for walks in more than an inch or so of snow.

Best Water Bottle

Kalimdor dog water bottle.

The handy design and size also works for cats.

Some pets may not be comfortable drinking out of this unfamiliar shape.

Heat, stress, and anxiety may cause your pet to become thirstier and more dehydrated than usual. For trips with her small chihuahua, Dr. Love prefers the Kalimdor Portable Dog Water Bottle because of its small size and leak-proof design. This one-handed, two-in-one design has a plastic bottle base that can store up to 19 ounces of water (most bottles only hold up to 16 ounces). The scooped-out top functions as a water bowl that holds up to 2.8 ounces of water. Liquid is released directly into the drinking area by unlocking a switch and pushing a button. You can recollect any unused water in the storage bottle instead of tossing it out. The compact design makes it easy to carry in a travel bag or backpack, or you can loop it around your wrist. Our one note is that we wish this had a built-in filter.

Best Portable Litter Box

Travel cat porta pawty.

You don't have to toss out the litter at every stop.

The collapsible design translates to weak sides.

Finding a decent travel litter box is one of the biggest challenges of traveling with a cat. The Travel Cat Porta-Pawty Travel Litter Box solves multiple problems, including wasting litter. The zippered top and built-in side handle enables you to scoop and go, reusing the same lot of litter along multiple stops. Its construction also helps to block odors, which makes stays at pet-friendly hotels more comfortable for everyone involved. The top-flap design and standard litter box dimensions (19 by 14 by 5 inches) give your cat sufficient room to do their business. The seamless, leak-proof interior is a cinch to clean, and when you're not using the bag, it collapses, folds, and snaps into a rectangle that measures 9.75 by 8.5 by 4 inches. Litter helps the collapsible walls of this box stay up and sturdy, so don't hold back when filling it up.

Best Calming Supplement

Vetoquinol zylkene behavior.

It has a natural, non-sedative calming effect.

It may not be enough to calm some pets.

According to Dr. Rendon, "Zylkene calming supplements are derived from milk protein and recommended by behaviorists." They can be used for cats or dogs and are a good option for owners who want to try over-the-counter remedies before getting a sedating prescription like Gabapentin or Trazodone from their vet. This supplement's active ingredient, alpha-casozepine, has natural calming properties. Although it's derived from cow's milk, it is lactose-free. The dosage is administered according to weight and can be given in its original capsule form or as a powder mixed into food by opening the capsules. Dr. Rendon recommends starting the supplements a few days before travel. Every pet is different, and Zylkene may not be effective on some animals.

Best First-aid Kit

Adventure medical kits me & my dog.

It's a first-aid kit for both you and your dog.

It only covers four days of basic medical needs.

Love hiking with your dog or running on the beach together? Or do you just want to be prepared for everyday outing accidents? This first-aid kit is a two-in-one medical kit you can keep in your car or toss in your backpack before an outdoor adventure. It comes with two separate pouches of medical supplies — one for you and one for your dog — that can cover basic first-aid needs like splinter and tick removal, wound irrigation, cuts and scrapes, and more. There are enough supplies in each kit to last one person and one dog up to four days. Even though it comes with how-to medical guides, it's not meant for severe injuries.

We combed through results from seven different pet product tests to find some of the recommendations in this roundup, specifically looking for the most travel-friendly options. We tested over 130 pet products, including dog food storage containers, dog backpack carriers, dog car seats, car seat covers, cat carriers, dog crates, and GPS collars. Some staple attributes we tested for in each category included design, performance, value, and ease of use. For carriers, crates, and backpacks, we introduced the products to our pets, carried them around in the carrier, crate, or backpack for 10-15 minutes, and noted how comfortable the item was for both ourselves and our pets. We also did a test run through all the features and cleaning. For dog car seats, we drove around with our dogs in the car seat for a week and then cleaned the car seat, again noting how comfortable we both seemed and the ease of cleaning. All tested products were put through real-world testing scenarios in order to accurately assess their overall performance and value for readers and their pets. We also included T+L editor recommendations that they personally use for their own pets for portable pet bowls and grooming wipes.

Check airline and FAA requirements ahead of travel

Nearly every airline has its own rules for flying with a pet. Check with your airline well ahead of your flight to confirm if your animal will be able to fly on the plane. Many airlines accept service animals but limit the qualifications to certain breeds and type of service. Additionally, short-nosed breeds of cats and dogs such as pugs and Persians are often not allowed to fly in cargo due to breathing concerns . Most flights only allow for a maximum number of in-cabin pets per flight or will only fly with pets in the cargo during certain months. It's wise to make a reservation for your pet well in advance to secure them a spot on board.

Consider microchipping your pet

If your pet isn't already microchipped, your upcoming trip may be just the right excuse to get it done. This is to help others identify your pet and locate the owner in case your pet escapes or runs away during travel. Collars also provide this information but can easily slip off in different circumstances. Microchipping your pet is added protection that you'll be reunited if they get lost and may be required for international trips.

Map out walk and bathroom breaks ahead of time

When planning your trips and travel time, be sure to pencil-in some time for your pet to use the bathroom — and find out where they can relieve themselves. In some (but not all) airports, there are dedicated pet relief areas with fake grass where dog owners can take their pets to use the bathroom. Options for cat owners are far fewer, which is why having a portable litter box on hand is so, well, handy.

Frequently Asked Questions

According to Dr. Rendon, one of the most important things you can do when traveling with your pet is to check each state or country's travel requirements well in advance of your trip. "You should contact your veterinarian or check the APHIS Pet Travel website for specific requirements," she says. "You may need a health certificate issued by a USDA-accredited veterinarian and approved by an APHIS veterinary officer in order to travel internationally. Your airline may also have specific requirements. Don't wait until the day before you travel to obtain the necessary paperwork!"

You must book a reservation for your pet in advance — some airlines allow you to do it online or through their app, while others will require a phone call.

"If you need to travel with your pet and they are too big to fly in the cabin with you (typically larger than 20 pounds), then cargo is a totally acceptable way to bring them," Dr. Love says. "It is always better to have them in the cabin with you because you can be with them, but that isn't always an option."

Both vets agree that the biggest downside to flying your pet in the cargo is that you're unable to monitor them or give them any anti-nausea or calming medicine as needed. Keep in mind that the cargo area is not temperature controlled and you should avoid flying your pets in very hot or very cold months.

One of the easiest ways to keep your pets safe while traveling is to keep them calm. "Don't wait until the day of travel to introduce your animal to a carrier or crate," suggests Dr. Rendon. "Place a familiar blanket or one of your worn T-shirts in the carrier with your animal so it smells like home. Carriers should be lined with a towel and covered with a disposable wee-wee pad that can be changed if an animal soils the pad mid-trip." She also recommends limiting the size of the meal you feed your pet before traveling in case of nausea. 

Dr. Love recommends exercising your pet before travel so they are more relaxed or having someone sit in the backseat with them.

The cost of flying with a pet depends on the airline, where you are flying to, and whether you're flying your pet cargo or traveling with them inside the cabin. For example, Delta charges $95 for domestic flights with a carry-on pet, $75 for flights from the U.S. to Brazil, and $200 for other international flights, and you must contact the airline directly to determine cargo fees. United Airlines charges $125 each way for a carry-on pet for domestic flights. American Airlines charges $125 for a carry-on pet within and between the U.S. and Canada, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean (based on each country's entry policy). 

Different airlines have restrictions on the age and breed of pets they allow to travel in the cabin. If your trip includes a voluntary stopover or connection of more than four hours, additional fees may apply for each connection segment. Check with your desired airline for specific pricing and restrictions.

Deciding how long your pet should ride in the car with you will be up to your individual pet. Some dogs may get antsy and need to go on their regularly scheduled walks, burn off energy, and use the bathroom. Monitor your pet during the car ride and check for signs of anxiety.

Why Trust Travel + Leisure

For this article, Katherine Alex Beaven got expert insight and tips from veterinarians and researched dozens of pet travel accessories for cats and dogs. She also combed through results from seven different tests for various pet products and personal recommendations from T+L editors, choosing the best options for travel.

In compiling our list of best pet travel accessories, we also spoke to practicing veterinarians Gina Rendon , medical director and lead veterinarian at Williamsburg Vet Clinic in Brooklyn, New York, and Catriona Love , medical director at Mercer Street Veterinary Hospital in Seattle, Washington.

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The Best Suitcases of 2024

The best suitcases are durable, easy to carry, and keep your gear safe. Here are our favorites.

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The best suitcases can help transform the quirks of travel to a more enjoyable experience. Without a relaible suitcase, your clothes get wrinkled, your gear gets scrambled, and more and more time goes down the drain as you pack and repack endlessly. The best vacations, weekend getaways, or day trips only seem to go so well with the best luggage on hand. 

But selecting the best luggage can amount to taking on the internet itself. There is a huge array of options, from wheeled suitcases to weekender bags, travel duffels, and backpacks. To choose one is to untangle this knot, relating characteristics of a suitcase to your travel needs and guesstimating durability, comfort, and more. 

GearJunkie’s suitcase testers brought 30+ combined years of experience in travel-oriented lifestyles to this roundup. Interests and focuses vary widely among the team: CrossFit, water sports, running, adventure racing, rock climbing, tradeshows and conferences, and general pleasure travel have all caused us to act on airline app alerts. 

You can head straight to our comprehensive  buyer’s guide  and  FAQ  at the bottom of the article. Our  comparison chart  can also help you make a decision. Otherwise, read our complete gear guide below.

  • Best Overall Suitcase: Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel
  • Best Budget Suitcase: NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack
  • Best Wheeled Duffel: 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L
  • Best Weekender Bag: P eak Design Travel Duffel 35
  • Best Travel Duffel: J ack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 Liter Duffel Bag
  • Best Travel Backpack: R ab Depot 28L Daypack
  • Best Commuter Backpack: Thule Subterra 2 27L Backpack

Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel 30”

  • Dimensions 29” x 16” x 12”
  • Weight 8 lbs., 11 oz.
  • Sizes Carry-on, Carry-on (convertible), Medium checked, Large checked (30”)
  • Material 600D polyester
  • Features Offroad wheels, reinforced corners and seams, skid plate, removable inner divider

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  • Dimensions: 29” x 16” x 12”
  • Weight: 8 lbs., 11 oz.
  • Sizes: Carry-on, Carry-on (convertible), Medium checked, Large checked (30”)
  • Material: 600D polyester
  • Features: Offroad wheels, Reinforced corners and seams, Skid plate, Removable inner divider

For the vast majority of us, life detours away from feckless airport floors and paved roads. Our testers haven’t found a better bag for all kinds of travel than the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel 30” ($429). 

The XE gains off-road chops from its lugged rubber wheels, metal axles, and skid plate. Robust, water-resistant fabric comes with reinforced corners and seams to counteract scuffs, grit, and grime. Four carry handles — top, bottom, left, right — help make it easy to grab and go no matter what. MOLLE-style webbing, quick-access pockets, and a hideaway mesh front stuff pocket provide packing options. 

With all that, though, the suitcase doesn’t lack the cultivation most travelers require. Inside, there’s a laptop pocket plus zippered mesh compartments for bath supplies, cords, trimmers, and any other odds and ends. A removable mesh divider with pockets bisects the main compartment, adding structured storage. Adjustable stay straps in an H-shaped design help clothing stay neat and folded.

A zippered expansion panel adds up to 15L of extra room. Security-oriented travelers will also find zippers that not only lock, but lock to an anchored point near the middle of the suitcase. 

During our testing, we appreciated the durability of the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel 30” . Even when stuffed to the brim, there was no concern of the bag bursting or breaking in any way. Plus, the carry handles on every side made it easy to toss into an overhead compartment or drag out of a pickup truck.

Four sizes are available, from a smaller, four-wheeled carry-on to a large 30” checked bag.  

NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack

  • Dimensions 19” x 11” x 11”
  • Weight 3 lbs., 1 oz.
  • Material Proprietary PET, EVA
  • Features Shoe compartment, tech pocket, duffel zip

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  • Ideal for city or off-road travel
  • Very durable
  • Made from recycled material
  • Excellent price for what you get
  • Water bottle pockets are too small

While NEMO’s promises of sustainable, high-performance materials will attract some, the NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack ’s ($130) real distinction comes from its cross-activity design. It’s a full-on digital nomad pack with multiple compartments, including the now-familiar work compartment — as well as one the company built for running or hiking shoes. 

Functionality revolves around a center-zip, duffel-style opening up front that holds clothes for a weekend trip. Two zippered pockets inside help keep small items put. Outside mesh pockets can hold (very) small water bottles or an umbrella. The compartment NEMO designed for shoes zips open behind the main pocket — from the bottom of the pack. 

Finally, the tech compartment includes mesh and segmented pockets for the usual array of cords, earbuds, notebooks, pens, etc. The laptop pocket is also mesh, which is an unusual choice. In practice, the storage compartments are an excellent blend. We were able to store electronics and delicate items in the tech compartment, as well as our clothes and other gear in the duffel-like area on the bag’s posterior. 

The only issue that we had during testing was that the mesh water bottle pockets were puzzlingly slim. They’ll fit disposable water bottles, but we ended up just throwing our Nalgene’s in the pack itself. It’s a small problem, but an irritating one. 

In all, the NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack seeks to bridge a gap many of us are already in: the one between the professional and outdoor worlds. And at $130, it offers more backpack per buck than any other suitcase on this list.

5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L

  • Dimensions 28.75” x 16” x 13”
  • Weight 14 lbs.
  • Material 1050D nylon, 1680D ballistic nylon
  • Features 150 lb. capacity, interior frame rails, rollaway top divider, Velcro patch attachments

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  • Plenty of external pockets

If 5.11 Tactical built a tank, this would be it. The 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L ($285) is a beast in all regards. Some of our testers could easily climb into it and travel for free as checked baggage — we’ve lived in comparably-sized vehicles. 

The duffel can swallow over 5,500 cubic inches worth of gear, and its wheels support a robust 150 pounds. (Watch that weight at the ticketing counter.) The retracting handle, a potential weak point, was more than up to the task. We loaded up the Mission to the brim, and the handle didn’t even bend when fully extended. 

Skid rails add support on the base, and fiberglass rods help keep the sides stiff as the payload piles up. 5.11 specs 1680D ballistic nylon to weather the brunt of long-range missions.

But the Mission Ready 3.0 isn’t all bulk and burl. Multiple exterior pockets help users keep track of cords, handheld devices, and anything else you might need on hand. And a rollaway divider between the top loader pocket and main compartment can help you keep a clean outfit or suit separated. 

You can even customize the 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L , with exterior Velcro attachment points for patches or nameplates. There’s a clear vinyl pocket for important documents up top, and even a clear business card holder in one corner. 

Peak Design Travel Duffel 35

  • Dimensions 22" x 14" x 10"
  • Weight 2 lbs.
  • Sizes 35L, 65L
  • Material 600D nylon canvas shell, 900D bottom liner
  • Features Configurable backpack/hand/duffel carry, main compartment frame, water-resistant zippers, companion packing cube/camera bag inserts

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  • Excellent organization
  • Plenty of camera-specific features
  • Multiple carry options
  • Main compartment wants to close on its own

Peak Design looks to help travelers look suave and savvy from the airport to the gym and the glampsite with its Peak Design Travel Duffel 35 ($140). 600D nylon canvas creates a handsome shell, with a DWR treatment to keep sensitive gear safe inside. Leather accents set off the aesthetic, and reinforced stress points and Hypalon (UV-resistant poly rubber) zip pulls add durability. 

But as a talking point, Peak Design’s cultivated aesthetic is as well-known as it is tired out — actually, the Travel Duffel stands out in the details.

A padded shoulder strap and handles reconfigure on webbing loops for hand, shoulder/crossbody, or backpack carry. With C-shaped metal hooks, the straps don’t have moving parts as weak points, like buckles or carabiner gates. 

Overall, there’s plenty of attention paid to durability, with a 900D waterproof base and sewn webbing carry handles that inspired our tester’s confidence. Frame rails sewn into the sides keep the shape consistent. However, the stiffness didn’t allow the bag to stay open. This made it a bit of a pain to load.

Four exterior pockets with water-resistant zippers include several mesh pockets to keep the essentials in order. A charming “luggage tag holder” hides inside one pocket with a Velcro closure. Modest interior mesh pockets provide room for small devices, notebooks, or a few toiletries. The high-viz gray lining was exactly that: bright threads glinted even in low light.

Modularity is also a relatively strong trait of the Peak Design Travel Duffel 35 ($140). The hand straps work as a pass-through for a roller bag handle, and Peak Design makes a padded divider rig (sold separately) to turn it into a camera bag.  

Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 Liter Duffel Bag

  • Dimensions 22.5” x 12.5” x 12”
  • Weight 1 lb., 12 oz.
  • Material 600D poly
  • Features Removable straps, exterior compression, Inner mesh pockets

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  • Easy to load/stuff
  • Tough zippers
  • Awkward to carry when heavy
  • Backpack carry created pressure points

Months of testing in contexts as disparate as international air travel, jungle hiking, and after-work crag sessions made the Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 Liter Duffel Bag ($160) stand out in stark relief for our tester — in both its strong and weak points. 

The Traveltopia fulfilled every bit of the workhorse requirement of a duffel. Our tester found it very easy to pack, stuff, and generally cram with gear of any kind in any configuration. Unlike many duffels that aim for cross-category function, the Traveltopia’s panels have relatively classic shapes. With straight lines, no pleats or frame components, and recognizable backpack-style straps, it’s as straightforward as a duffel gets. 

For our tester, that was both a strength and a weakness. 

Because the shaping is relaxed rather than aggressive, the opening stayed open easily while our guy simply chucked gear in. This was extremely useful during last-minute packing, races against check-out time, and other rushed packing tasks. The zippers held up to a few bulging loads, and the coarse-woven bottom panel never sustained a scuff.

Amid the chaos, pockets provided just enough order to make sense of it all. The narrow exterior pocket was exactly right for a passport or phone. Four equally-sized inner mesh pockets trimmed with elastic kept valuables separated, and the length-of-the-bag mesh pocket on the other side swallowed the rest. (Note: there is no laptop pocket or padded area.)

However, heavy loads tended to get awkward. Even though the compression straps (one top, one bottom) worked well to tighten down the contents, the Traveltopia could still feel like a pig to carry. A key shortfall was the carabiner-style strap clip in the backpack configuration. Each one landed right on the pointy part on top of our tester’s shoulders. Jack Wolfskin confirmed designers were aware of the problem, and that a later design of the Traveltopia would feature a solution.

Wolfskin could perhaps improve the carry even more with fancy design tricks — but that’s not what this bag is about, and it shouldn’t be. The Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 Liter Duffel Bag ’s main strength is its status as a standby duffel. Huck stuff in, zip, shoulder, and go.

Rab Depot 28L Daypack

  • Dimensions 21.5” x 12.5” x 9”
  • Weight 2 lbs., 8 oz.
  • Sizes 28L, 22L, 18L
  • Material 50% recycled ballistic nylon
  • Features Top drop-in pocket, pleated front panel, exterior compression, water-resistant laptop pocket

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  • Easy to organize
  • Comfortable all-day carry
  • Tough shell
  • No side carry or roller bag handle
  • Can become top-heavy

Full disclosure: our tester made the Rab Depot 28L Daypack ($150) do a lot of things it’s not designed to do. Weeks of travel in sweltering southeast Asia tested the Depot 28’s ability to deny ingress from sand, its back panel’s sweat wicking qualities, and the limits of its versatility and capacity.

In every metric, it exceeded expectations. Only a couple of shortfalls keep the Depot 28 from being our tester’s all-time go-to in a travel backpack. 

The Depot 28 made strong impressions right away, with a boxy shape at the top of the front panel that made overloading seem unlikely. Four zippers surround the top carry handle, promising plenty of chances to keep key gear separated. The tech pocket unzips all the way to the pack base on one side — which our tester wished the main compartment did. However, the roomy interior largely offset the complaint. 

We found the high-visibility burnt orange (gold?) lining could be admittedly loud, but didn’t let anything hide in the pack’s depths. And with a spacious drop-in pocket at the top, we didn’t tend to get stuck rooting around for the essentials. The rolltop, “water resistant” laptop pocket seemed like overkill — but on the other hand, if you’re in a rainy environment, why not? Plenty of padding kept our tester’s computer safe. 

The multiple tested contexts highlighted the Depot 28’s unexpected strong points. Improbably, the back panel stayed comfortable and refused to saturate even on 90°F hikes that felt like walking underwater. The zippers denied sand and grit on beach hangs, keeping laptops and chargers functional for impromptu work sessions. The coarse front panel stood up to it all, and no loose stitches resulted. 

Shortfalls include the lack of a side carry or roller bag carry handle. While the Rab Depot 28L Daypack proved comfortable to wear under many conditions, our tester eventually yearned to unburden himself of it. Another unfortunate design quality was the pack’s tendency to slouch.

We tended to load it heavily at the top, thanks to the robust and easy-access storage there. Unless it was full, the pack then wanted to develop a dent in the middle. Compression straps helped, but didn’t fully resolve, the dysmorphology. 

But this was more of an aesthetic gripe than a functional issue. With the rest of the Depot 28’s merits, our tester found it easy to dismiss. 

Thule Subterra 2 27L Backpack

  • Dimensions 20” x 13” x 9.5”
  • Weight 2 lbs., 13 oz.
  • Material Nylon, polyester
  • Features Clamshell or top load, included packing cube

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  • Plenty of storage options
  • Comes with integrated packing cube
  • Thin shoulder straps get uncomfortable when fully loaded

It’s hard for us to deny an in-house design ingenuity award to the Thule Subterra 2 27L Backpack ($160). The pack is a Rubik’s cube of lids, clamshell and bucket openings, expandable and removable compartments, and carefully placed pockets. But it’s one you can solve. 

A rear clamshell zipper reveals the tech pocket and main compartment, which contains a packing cube. Many will find the tech panel, with its various pockets and sleeves, familiar. Remove the packing cube to expand it and pack its various mesh compartments with clothes, toiletries, small gear, etc. Either that or load the front compartment conventionally. 

That’s one way to load the Subterra 2. You can also top-load it with the flip-up lid. Notably, the packing cube also attaches to the pack lining with snaps, becoming another top-access compartment. 

Which is handy, because the interior storage compartment is cavernous. When we first opened the bag, it looked like a roller bag, albeit without wheels. While it’s spacious, we could easily see ourselves looking for smaller items in it. 

The cube and the pack both expand to add room. (According to Thule, the expansion adds 6 L of space for a total of 32.) Diagonally zippered side pockets follow the contained aesthetic. A small, discreet zippered sleeve behind the back panel fits a passport just right.

Our type-A tester loved this pack during multiple flights and cross-country road trips. The ability to separate items and keep everything organized was a huge plus. 

The Thule Subterra 2 27L Backpack ’s streamlined nature was also a big plus. It never took up too much space in an overhead compartment or car trunk. Plus, its smooth exterior prevented it from getting snagged or caught on airplane seats, jostling crowds, or other bags.

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How We Tested the Best Suitcases

Travel amounts to a second full-time job for most gear testers, and GearJunkie’s team is no different. Our frequent fliers packed their suitcases for everything from day commutes to weekend junkets to weeks-long international adventures. Needs came from a wide variety of travel tasks: remote work at beachside bars, multi-stop airport connections, rock climbing, road trips, and casual city outings.

Key factors were capacity and comfort, versatility of use, and the suitcase’s ability to help the tester stay organized. Our testers made notes on style but paid the most attention to what each suitcase most helped them accomplish. Bulky, heavy-duty suitcases work best for cramming with mounds of gear and clothing in a race against check-out time; low-profile suitcases with plenty of pockets and compartments can make for smooth day trips. 

Our testers paid special attention to how each suitcase performed in differentiated environments. The best wheeled carry-on luggage might still roll if we took it between international airports and sandy beach towns. A duffel bag can make a great high-volume gear bag, but cramp your style (and shoulders) if you’re facing a long walk.  

We mostly used suitcases for their intended purpose, but did allow for some crossover use. The Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 duffel, for instance, did duty as a general gear cache, a carry-on for weekend getaways, and even a crag pack.

Why You Should Trust Us

Each tester involved in this article travels frequently for professional and recreational reasons. Since the mid-2000s, testers have crisscrossed the United States and the planet to pursue stories, sporting events, trade shows and conventions, lifestyles, and adventures. 

Lead tester Sam Anderson has lived out of suitcases for months of his life — between extensive rock climbing travel, long-distance relationships, and friends and family scattered across the U.S. Sam has learned on the job, stuffing bags with equipment as varied as burly trad racks, cameras and laptops, and dress clothes for weddings. 

His packing lists need to be precise and complete — and so does the way he configures his bags. Choosing the right bag is also key. Sam has pitted his suitcases against desert dust at Red Bull Rampage, torrential rain in Yosemite National Park, and too many delayed flights to count. 

Our testers and writers at GearJunkie have also tested and reviewed all sorts of travel luggage, from the best duffel bags and travel backpacks to the best carry-on luggage .

Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Suitcase

Suitcase size.

To size a suitcase, you should start with what you know you need to bring with you. Try concentrating your needs and wants in the gear department, then consider the suitcase when you’re done. 

For most people, volume doesn’t mean anything — if you know what 35 L worth of clothing looks like, you (like us) may need help. Instead, focus on dimensions. 

Carry-on luggage size limits, generally, are the following:

  • U.S.: 22” x 14” x 9”
  • International: 21.5” x 15.5” x 9” (though it varies more).

Most roller bags like the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel 30” are designed specifically for air travel, so they follow these general guidelines. But not all luggage does. 

If you’re not traveling on an airline and you don’t have to care, we recommend focusing on weight and details like handles and reinforcement. You might frequently find yourself yanking, shoving, and carrying your luggage from here to there. You don’t want it to be any more awkward than it has to be. 

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Fully loaded, the biggest bag on this list, the 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L , weighed more than some of our testers. You don’t want to have to shoulder one of those bad boys in a busy foreign bus station or boat ramp.

Roller Bag or No? 

There’s no denying it, roller bags have become the international standard. Trying to calculate the number of roller bags sold each year would take precious years off the life of anyone trying to count. 

And they’re great for some things — and awful for others. 

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Conventional roller bags with cheap plastic casters do just fine on light duty from the jetway to the rideshare trunk. But if you take one on a potholed rural street, a beach, or a hiking trail, you’re risking a busted wheel and a very uncomfortable carry. 

If you tend to get into the nitty-gritty while traveling, try roller bags like the 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L , with its lugged wheels that support 150 pounds.


More and more, luggage designers appear to be asking one worthy and overdue question: why not put a handle on every surface of this thing? And even: why not make it a sturdy one?

Gone are the days when a suitcase or backpack should only have one handle on the top. Most suitcase builders now include a side carry handle attached to otherwise unused space. Some even put a carry handle on the top, bottom, left, and right side of the rig — like the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel 30” .

Suitcase Materials

If you’re worried about airlines damaging your luggage, stop now: SITA reported as recently as 2019 that baggage handlers damage less than 1/1,000th of bags. 

That doesn’t mean it’s not important to consider what your suitcase is made of. A lot depends on what you will do with the luggage. Hard-sided suitcases don’t suffer snags or rips like soft-sided units do, but they can also crack if they end up at the bottom of a heavy pile. 

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The best soft bags are made with durable external materials like Cordura or nylon. The NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack is made with durable recycled PET, and the Peak Design Travel Duffel 35 is made with 600-denier nylon. Both have held up very well to rough travel. But even if they don’t abrade, soft bags can be crushed. So don’t keep your Fabergé eggs in there.

Durability in a suitcase often comes down to choosing the right unit for the use cases involved. For suitcases that will live a rough-and-tumble life, pay attention to areas that absorb a lot of abuse: corners and bottom panels. A kick plate, between the wheels on a roller bag, usually isn’t a bad thing. And reinforced corners and stitching can also help. 

There’s also no getting around the fact that any suitcase, duffel, or backpack is only as good as its zipper. Try to reduce the strain on your bags’ zippers by avoiding overloading.


How organized do you need to be? Entries in this article range from techy backpacks with dedicated shoe compartments to straight-up duffels with a few pockets, like the Jack Wolfskin Traveltopia 45 Liter Duffel Bag . 

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The reality of the matter is, sometimes you don’t need to keep it all that tight. In those instances, a main compartment and a pocket or two is plenty to stay happy. For the most businesslike travelers, highly compartmentalized units like the Thule Subterra 2 27L Backpack can feel more appropriate. 

As we mentioned in the previous section, hard-sided and soft-sided suitcases resist different types of damage better. Insofar as durability requires retention of quality over time, it’s important to consider what kind of hazards your suitcase will face. 

Hard-sided cases can slip past snarls and snags easily. And they can, arguably, protect what’s inside better. Hard-sided cases can’t give way and squeeze a tube of hair gel or lotion until it pops open. But they can also crack, and when that happens, you’re left in a predicament. 

Soft-sided suitcases can stretch and flex more easily among other bags and gear. But you could also get a nasty tear on a sharp corner, exposed nail, etc. Also note that hard cases can resist water better than soft cases, depending on the zipper.

Carry-on size limits actually vary by airline, so there’s no real standard. A good starting place is to go by general TSA standards:

  • International: 21.5” x 15.5” x 9” (though it varies more)

First we should answer, do suitcase locks work against what? Lost or delayed luggage amounted to about six bags out of 1,000 in 2022. The San Francisco Standard attributed these losses to luggage theft , but suggested plenty of ways to protect yourself from luggage loss. 

While you can purchase TSA-approved suitcase locks, you can take plenty of other steps to protect your gear. First of all, the Standard suggested, place a smart tracker like a Tractive GPS tracker in your bag. Developed to help locate lost dogs, Tractive links to a satellite array and thus has no range limit (unlike Apple Airtag). Open your app and, bingo!

Also consider keeping all your valuables in your carry-on or personal item. In this case, the importance of any lock diminishes.

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The Best Carry-On Luggage of 2024

Carry-on luggage comes in a variety of styles, from the hardshell classics to soft-sided, duffel bags. Whether you value features like external pockets or 360-spinner wheels, internal compression, or TSA-approved locks, we’ve got you covered with our wide selection of the best carry-on luggage of 2023.

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Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).

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8 Best Vacuums for Pet Hair, Tested by Experts

Including a top-tested upright vacuum and a cordless Dyson for hardwood floors.

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A house may not be a home without a pet, but a home with a pet often means a home covered in pet hair. To keep your pet’s shedding from impacting the air, floors and cushions in your home, we found the vacuums best suited to tackle this particular problem, whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit or other furry friend.

Our top picks:

  • Best Overall: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus
  • Best Value: Hoover WindTunnel Tangle Guard Bagless Upright
  • Best Bagged: Kenmore Floorcare Upright Bagged Vacuum
  • Best Cordless: Dyson V12 Detect Slim Cordless
  • Best Handheld Vacuum: BLACK+DECKER Furbuster Cordless Handheld Vacuum for Pets

Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Lightweight Vacuum

Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus Lightweight Vacuum

Like many other models from the brand, Bissell's Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus did not disappoint our testers — in fact, it's one of the best Bissell vacuums we've ever tested in our Lab. It earned good scores for its ease of use and powerful suction, but our favorite feature is the mess-free dust cup. Its easy-to-empty, hands-free design has a hair spooling system inside the canister that makes it easier to empty. The floor nozzle also contains a tangle-free brush roll that prevents pet hair from clogging the bristles.

"This vacuum's combination of features and tools was ideal for picking up the hair of both small and large pets," said one impressed tester. Not to mention it is fully sealed to keep allergens out of the air. When comparing this model to other upright vacuums we tested in our Lab, we rated it favorably for its weight, but some online reviewers say they found the Pet Hair Eraser Turbo too heavy and had trouble lifting it, especially on stairs.

Hoover WindTunnel Tangle Guard Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

WindTunnel Tangle Guard Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner

This pick from Hoover earned a spot in our Best Cleaning and Organizing Awards due to its strong suction, tangle-preventing brush roll and affordable price tag. It's a bagless vacuum with a larger dust bin that can hold up to 1.5 liters of debris which is especially nice since pet hair takes up lots of space. The tangle guard prevents hair up to 16 inches long from getting caught, a claim that held up during our testing. "It did a great job picking up the long hair and threads we put down without getting them tangled in the brush roll," said one expert tester.

We also like that the vacuum has LED headlights that make it easy to see into crevices and corners so you don't miss a spot — pet owners know hair tends to lurk everywhere . A crevice tool, a dusting brush and a turbo tool all come included for even more cleaning prowess. While it does have a cord, it extends up to 30 feet so it's unlikely to limit your cleaning ability. Unfortunately, there's no automatic cord rewind so putting everything back into place can be a bit cumbersome.

Kenmore Floorcare Upright Bagged Vacuum

Floorcare Upright Bagged Vacuum

Pet hair is an annoyance for most pet owners, but if you or someone in your family happens to be allergic, it can also be a serious health issue. This upright Kenmore has all the extras to keep pet hair where it belongs: inside the vacuum. Certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA), this vacuum has a HEPA filter and passed AAFA tests for low emissions, both while vacuuming and changing the bag.

We like the power of this vacuum's motor, plus note great features including a large-capacity dust cup, ample hose storage and the variety of tools it comes with. We especially like the air-powered hand tool with a rotating brush, which makes it easier to remove stubborn pet hair from upholstery, bedding and stairs. On the downside, the height of the vacuum has to be manually adjusted so you can push it across all carpet styles. And, at 19 pounds, it's on the heavier side so it may not be the easiest to lug up and down the stairs.

Dyson V12 Detect Slim Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

V12 Detect Slim Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

We think Dyson's Detect vacuums are some of the coolest, most innovative machines out there. The bare-floor roller attachment is equipped with a unique laser that shines an angled beam of light directly in front of the vacuum to spot any pet hair, dust bunnies or dirt in its path — even spots you can't easily see in normal light. Our testers were truly amazed by what they could see with the laser beam vs. what they saw with their naked eye. While you're vacuuming, the colorful display even shows the amount and size of the particles it's sucking up. It also shows stats like run time and power level, plus gives maintenance alerts. We appreciate the push button on/off switch for continuous operation too.

As is the case with all Dyson vacuums we've tested, it boasts unbeatable suction and stellar filtration, and it's equipped with useful attachments, including a cone-shaped tool that picks up pet hair and spirals it into the bin to prevent tangling. Despite its prowess, the vacuum weighs only about 5 pounds, making it highly portable, easy to maneuver and less burdensome to store. Unfortunately, the run time leaves something to be desired, and the vacuum doesn't come with a backup battery.

Kenmore Pet-Friendly Pop-N-Go Bagged Canister

Pet-Friendly Pop-N-Go Bagged Canister

For those who prefer a bagged vacuum that keeps pet hair and dander sealed after cleaning , there's the Pet-Friendly Pop-N-Go canister vacuum from Kenmore, a Cleaning and Organizing Award -winner. To clean hardwood floors, you can attach the bare floor brush hands-free using a foot pedal — though one tester found that the compartment doesn't open all the way each time, so you may have to nudge it a bit to get the brush out. We found its Pet PowerMate tool to be great for cleaning hair from upholstered furniture and carpets, and it can be stored along with all other tools right on the vacuum.

In our Lab tests, it proved to have powerful suction, picking up dry oats from our test carpets and hard flooring easily. One of our consumer testers used this vacuum right after another model and found that it picked up debris that the first vacuum missed. “The suction was phenomenal,” our tester said. We also found it easy to maneuver and transition from carpet to hard floors, thanks to its large wheels.

Keep in mind that this vacuum clocks in at over 20 pounds, so it'll take two hands to carry up or down stairs, though it is possible to clean stairs without having to pick it up thanks to its 10.5-foot telescoping wand, long hose and retractable cord.

BLACK+DECKER Furbuster Cordless Handheld Vacuum for Pets

Furbuster Cordless Handheld Vacuum for Pets

This cordless handheld vacuum from Black+Decker is a great affordable vacuum for pet hair that's especially nice for cleaning up the car. It has a motorized pet brush tool that uses rubber bristles to lift pet hair off upholstery, car seats and carpets .

The only other tool included is an extendable crevice tool for cleaning hard-to-reach areas. Like many of the best handheld vacuums , it has a long runtime of up to 32 minutes, but it takes four hours to charge and does not have a removable battery. Its filter is washable and the dust cup empties with the push of a button, allowing for easy maintenance.

This vacuum’s powerful suction and large battery indicator were one tester’s favorite features. They said, "While a small device will never be as powerful as a full-size model, this little vacuum's suction was impressive."

Miele Boost CX1 Cat & Dog

Boost CX1 Cat & Dog

This Miele canister vacuum model comes with a turbo brush floorhead specially designed for picking up dirt and hair from low- to medium-pile carpets. We are always impressed by the design and performance of Miele vacuums in our tests, and this canister vacuum was no exception, picking up dry oats from carpets, hardwood flooring and tiles without leaving anything behind. Thanks to its small size, it can be easily stored and carried from room to room, and its 32-foot operating radius is great for cleaning large areas. There's even a spot on the canister body to park the hose so it stays upright during storage.

This Boost CX1 model also includes a universal floor head for pet hair pickup on bare floors. This Miele canister vacuum is one of our most expensive picks, but it offers four suction power options that make it gentle enough to clean curtains and strong enough to clean carpets. We think the cost is justified as you'll be able to tackle messes from floor to ceiling with just one device.

One of our consumer testers said, "It worked well on all surfaces, but really impressed with the power it had on the area rug." It impressed our expert testers too, earning it a Cleaning and Organizing Award .

eufy BoostIQ RoboVac 11S MAX

BoostIQ RoboVac 11S MAX

The RoboVac 11S Max comes equipped with high-end features all for under $150 — which is why we named it the best value robot vacuum . At under 3 inches tall, the easy-to-use robot vacuum can get to hard-to-reach areas under furniture where dust, hair and other dirt can build up without you realizing. It has great suction power ideal for sucking up pet hair, as well as an auto-increase suction feature that that allows the vacuum to deep clean. Large wheels help the vacuum navigate carpets and door ledges, while built-in sensors help it avoid falling down your stairs or bumping into objects.

Like other robot vacuums, one of the chief complaints is that the dust bin fills up quickly — especially in a home with a lot of pet hair. Overall, though, we think it's hard to beat the value of this vacuum, especially considering it largely takes the task off your hands.

How we test vacuums for pet hair

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In the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, we test dozens of vacuum cleaners throughout the year. In the last nine months alone, we tested 23 new stick vacuums and 21 new robot vacuums for a total of 44 new models tested.

Each vacuum model we evaluate is tested exactly the same way, according to ASTM standards. As a member of ASTM International's F11 Vacuum Cleaner Committee , our Cleaning Lab's executive director helps to develop the standards used across the industry to assess a vacuum’s performance, ease of use, durability and more.

In the Cleaning Lab, we assess how well vacuums pick up dirt and debris from carpets, hardwood, tile and linoleum flooring. Perhaps most importantly, every vacuum we evaluate gets tested on faux "pet hair,” a.k.a. fine rayon fibers that we apply to test carpeting in a uniform way . After a specified number of passes, we determine the percentage of pet hair pickup.

expert cleaning pet hair from an orange carper with a white and silver stick vacuum

In addition to performance testing, each vacuum must also undergo ease-of-use evaluations that include assessing the weight, battery runtime, maneuverability and ease of emptying and using the controls of the devices. Models that are tested in consideration for our annual Cleaning and Organizing Awards are also sent to consumer testers who rate and provide feedback on the vacuum’s maneuverability, ease of use and more. Our picks are the vacuums that performed best on in-Lab pet hair tests, plus ones with features perfectly suited to tackle stubborn fur.

What is the difference between a pet hair vacuum and a regular vacuum?

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What differentiates pet hair vacuums from other vacuums is their focus on picking up different types of debris and the technology they employ to do it. When testing to make sure vacuums can accommodate homes with pet hair, we make sure that brush rolls and attachments can handle long hair without inconveniences like tangling. Pet hair vacuums offer larger bins so they don't fill up quickly and often come with extra attachments for removing pet hair from furniture. They may also feature HEPA filters which better trap allergens to keep dander and dust from reentering the air after you vacuum.

What to look for when shopping for the best pet hair vacuums

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To help any vacuum do a better job at removing pet hair, we recommend giving fur-covered carpets and couches a spritz of an anti-static spray, like Static Guard , before vacuuming to help strands come up easier. Then, there are a few features to look for in a vacuum for pet hair:

✔️ Bagged vs. bagless : Dust cups or bags are essential considerations for the inevitable and frequent dumping that happens as you vacuum up after your pet. Bagged vacuums are best for keeping pet hair, dust and debris out of the air when emptying the vacuum, making them ideal for homes with allergy sufferers. Bagless vacuums are often sealed to prevent debris from escaping and going back into the air of your home as you clean, but they have to be emptied directly into the trash bin which can allow dust to escape. Bagless models are great for homes that don't want to re-up on bags. Make sure that the dust cup is sizable and easy to empty, or that the bag is easily disposed of for the easiest post-cleaning cleanup.

✔️ Filter type: Filters not only keep the dust from recirculating back into the air but can actually help neutralize pet smells in your home. Look for models with multi-layer filtration that can trap more debris than a single-layer filter can. Models with pre-filters and whole machine filtration also offer multiple levels of filtration at different parts of the vacuum to further prevent dust and debris from re-entering your home's air. And if allergies are a concern, HEPA filters are the most effective, since they trap 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria and any airborne particles with a minimum size of 0.3 microns (nanoparticles).

✔️ Type of flooring: Many vacuum cleaners come with attachments specifically designed for cleaning different types of flooring. Models with soft brushes or brushes that can be turned off are the best option for hardwood flooring as they are less likely to cause scratches than brushes with harder bristles. For thick carpets, rotating brush rolls with stiff bristles help get into the individual fibers of the carpet to get more dirt and debris out.

✔️ Corded vs. cordless: With a corded vacuum, you’ll never have to worry about running out of battery power, but cordless vacuums are easier to take from room to room or use in a car. When deciding between a corded and cordless model, ask yourself the following: Do you plan to tote it around the house and outside, or are you more likely to use it for long stretches of time? If you're leaning toward a cordless model, look for ones that include a second battery for a longer run time.

✔️ Size and weight: Portability is also an important factor when shopping for a vacuum cleaner. If you’re frequently vacuuming small amounts of pet hair, you may want a handheld or stick vacuum that’s compact and lightweight for quick detail work. If you find yourself vacuuming large areas often, you’ll want a corded canister or upright vacuum that never runs out of power. Keep in mind that heavier vacuums will be harder to carry up and down stairs if you have multiple levels to clean in your home.

✔️ Pet tools & features: Pet hair-nabbing features are crucial, like rubber trim and raised “fingers” on floor nozzles or attachments that help zap static and break the bonds so fur comes up more easily. Tangle-free brush rolls also put an end to clipping long strands of hair (from pets or humans!) that get twisted around the brush.

Is a vacuum with a HEPA filter worth it?

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Yes, vacuums with HEPA filters are especially great for homes with allergy sufferers as they trap 99.97% of microscopic airborne allergens . Vacuums with “HEPA-like” filters are less expensive but often are only able to trap airborne particles as small as 0.5 microns, which makes a big difference when it comes to reducing debris like pet dander. Sealed vacuums that don’t allow any particles to escape from side vents or any other part of the vacuum are helpful for allergies, as are bagged vacuums that minimize the release of dust when emptying.

How to keep pet hair under control

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Gary Richter M.S., D.V.M., a holistic veterinarian, walked us through some ways to mitigate your pet’s shedding and even told us how he keeps his living spaces from being overtaken by fur. First and foremost, address the source of the problem by making sure you’re brushing your pet regularly. “The most important tool to have on hand, in most cases, is a brush,” says Richter. “You can even utilize brushing gloves with bristles built right into the palm so that excess fur can be removed by petting your furry companion.”

And while he says that pets tend to shed all year round due to the regulated temperatures indoors, you can also manage their shedding by making sure you’re taking care of their coat in terms of nutrition. A properly balanced high-quality diet can actually reduce excess shedding. Consult with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet's diet.

Finally, Richter suggests regular vacuuming, of course. We suggest vacuuming daily if you have a particularly furry dog or cat. Setting up a robot vacuum on a daily schedule can help suck up pet hair with little effort on your part.

Other Pet Hair Cleaning Guides

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Why trust Good Housekeeping?

Carolyn Forté has tested and reviewed hundreds of vacuum cleaners, carpet cleaners, mops and other major (and minor) home appliances for over 40 years. She oversees all testing done in the Cleaning Lab and continually tests new products, including cleaning products made for tackling pet messes like floor cleaners formulated to remove pet odors and carpet cleaning machines that remove dried-on urine stains. She is an active member of the ASTM Committee on vacuum cleaners and chairman of the consumer information sub-committee.

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Carolyn Forté brings more than 40 years of experience as a consumer products expert to her role as executive director of the Good Housekeeping Institute 's Home Care and Cleaning Lab. Using deep analytical testing and writing expertise in appliances, cleaning, textiles and organizational products, she produces cleaning and home care advice for GH, has authored numerous books and bookazines for the brand and partners with the American Cleaning Institute to co-produce the Discover Cleaning Summits. She holds a bachelor's degree in family and consumer sciences from Queens College, City University of New York.

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A Guide to Keeping Pets Calm

Memorial Day, kicks of the summer celebrations and that means fireworks. Here's how to keep your pet calm and happy.

Memorial Day sets the stage for all the neighborhood barbecues and outdoor gatherings for the rest of the summer. Along with deliciously grilled food , outdoor activities  and ice-cold drinks straight out of the cooler , there are the nighttime fireworks displays.

While we may love the look of firecrackers bursting in the sky, our furry friends typically aren't the biggest fans. If you have a dog or cat that hides and shakes on a night with fireworks, besides going to your vet for a prescription medication to keep the anxiety at bay, there are a few other options to help them feel calm.

Whether it's a vest that tightly wraps around them to keep them less anxious or a hemp-infused treat made to help them mellow out, there are several options for your pets to help during nights that end with fireworks. Below, we've rounded up the best items and treats that will have your fuzzy companion chilled out and relaxed.

Calming Pet Clothing

Thundershirt dog anxiety jacket.

Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Jacket

Like swaddling an infant, the Thundershirt works in the same way by applying constant pressure to your dog's torso which many find soothing.

Thundershirt Classic Cat Anxiety Jacket

Thundershirt Classic Cat Anxiety Jacket

Cats can also try the soothing pressure of a thunderjacket — if they'll let you put it on.

Tcllka 3-Pack Calming Collar for Cats

Tcllka 3-Pack Calming Collar for Cats

Infused with a calming cat pheromone, some cats may find anxiety relief with these collars.

Calming Collar for Dogs 4 Pcs Anxiety Relief

Calming Collar for Dogs 4 Pcs Anxiety Relief

Similar to the cat collar, this collar uses a dog pheromone to help your canine feel more calm.

Calming Pet Treats

Naturvet hemp quiet moments plus hemp seed for cats.

NaturVet Hemp Quiet Moments Plus Hemp Seed for Cats

Hemp seed and melatonin are used in these calming cat treats.

Premium Care Hemp Calming Chews for Dogs

Premium Care Hemp Calming Chews for Dogs

These calming dog chews made with ingredients like ginger root, chamomile, valerian root, and l-tryptophan, have a 30-day risk free trial to guarantee if your pup likes them.

Pet Naturals of Vermont - Calming, Behavioral Support Supplement

Pet Naturals of Vermont - Calming, Behavioral Support Supplement

Safe for both dogs and cats, these calming treats use Thiamine, L-Theanine, and Colostrum Calming Complex. The treats also have a tasty chicken liver flavor so you won't have to trick your pet into eating them.

Solid Gold Calming Chews for Dogs

Solid Gold Calming Chews for Dogs

One of Amazon's highest rated calming treats, with over 600 5-star ratings, these bone-shaped bites use a blend of melatonin, chamomile, valerian root and more.

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements Calming Care

Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Supplements Calming Care

Purina has a calming supplement for both dogs and cats that you can add to their food. 

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Bocce's Bakery Calming Supplement for Dogs

Bocce's Bakery Calming Supplement for Dogs

Baked with chamomile, lemon balm, L-Theanine and melatonin, these banana and honey flavored treats don't use any artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Calming Pet Essentials

Pets purist max potency hemp oil for dogs & cats.

Pets Purist Max Potency Hemp Oil for Dogs & Cats

Some owners have found success with this hemp oil made for both cats and dogs that's said to relax pets and reduce stress.

FELIWAY Optimum Cat, Enhanced Calming Pheromone Diffuser

FELIWAY Optimum Cat, Enhanced Calming Pheromone Diffuser

This diffuser is made with a cat pheromone that can help reduce the signs of stress in some cats like scratching, spraying and fear reactions. When you plug it in, it should fill the room with a calming scent for your feline for up to one month.

Bedsure Calming Dog Bed

Bedsure Calming Dog Bed

The doughnut shape of this dog bed can help your pup feel more secure. It comes in a variety of sizes and colors.

Bodiseint Modern Soft Pet Bed for Cats

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Cats can also feel cuddled and warm in their own cozy and fluffy bed.

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Call the pup-arazzi.

Sixteen dogs looked quite fetching in their high-end designer wear on Monday for the inaugural Pet Gala, reimagining the best looks from this year’s Met Gala .

And while Zendaya and Jennifer Lopez might have stolen the show as co-hosts of the Met Gala, Kimba and Daffodil stole everyone’s hearts.

Daffodil, a Pomeranian as Jennifer Lopez

Inspired by the stars who walked the carpet at the Met earlier this month, pet couturier Anthony Rubio created looks for fashionable canines, including his own dog, Kimba the Chihuahua. Taking cues from Zendaya’s dramatic Maison Margiela gown, Kimba’s train was longer than her tail as she strutted the dog-walk at the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.

LaLa, a Pomeranian as Nicki Minaj

Livie, a Morkie, had a supermodel moment as she channeled Gigi Hadid in her yellow rose-adorned dress. Both Livie and Hadid have been modeling for about 10 years, but the tiny ball of fluff knew how to work the red carpet just as well as the 29-year-old runway model.

The Morkie had plenty of tricks that elicited a round of a-paws from guests, including posing on a wall on her hind legs and standing on a table to show off the length of her gown.

Livie, a Morkie, as Gigi Hadid

Her ensemble was just one of the 16 canine versions of outfits Rubio crafted to “emulate and celebrate” fashion’s biggest night out. Of course, Rubio had to wait until every celeb walked the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art before getting to work.

“Are you kidding?” he told The Post. “This was, like, break out the popcorn, sit down in front of that set and get your notepad ready. As they came out, I was, like, ‘I want that one, I want this one.'”

As someone who “lives, eats and drinks fashion,” Rubio knew exactly which designs he wanted to re-create as he watched the star-studded event.

Miley-Jo, a Chorkie, as Cardi B

“I picked the best of the best to put on the dogs and show that the magnificence of these garments had to be translated,” Rubio said.

One outfit in particular that Rubio was “so excited” for was his redesign of J.Lo’s gown. He explained that many people didn’t even know that the pattern of the garment was meant to mimic the wings of a monarch butterfly, which he wanted to make sure was highlighted when Daffodil the Pomeranian modeled the outfit.

But it was a “race against time” for Rubio, who was putting garments together until the last minute.

Layla, a Shichon, as Sarah Jessica Parker

“Each is a couture piece, and a lot of them are hand-sewn, so I’ve been, like, morning, noon and night, going into the wee hours, putting these garments together with all my blood, sweat and tears, and all my love because I want these pieces to be instantly recognizable,” he shared.

But sometimes it can be ruff creating couture for canines, according to Rubio, who called it “no easy chore.”

“Everything you see on the dog is usually either face front or on their back, so you don’t get that view that you get with the people,” Rubio explained. “So, I have to, of course, tinker around and tweak things so that you see the imagination that went into the garments.”

Saya, a Pocket Pitbull, as Shakira

And he isn’t out to be biting stars or those who dress them.

“We’re not making fun,” he said. “We’re celebrating these designers, and I would never want any of them ever to feel insulted that I’m putting it on a dog.”

This year, Rubio also thought bigger: After a test Pet Gala event last year for the press only, 2024’s event was open to the public and had about 150 guests. Tickets for the event cost $300 and included a sit-down dinner for patrons.

Ted Gram, a Poodle, as Bad Bunny

The designs retailed between $450 and $1,200, which all of the model pups’ owners already purchased.

While Rubio has long been an advocate for animal rescue, pet adoption and pet population control, raising more than $4 million for a range of organizations, the profits from the Pet Gala are benefiting the Museum of the Dog — just like the Met Gala benefits the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“A lot of people don’t know enough about this museum. I think it’s a really fabulous idea to have it at a museum dedicated to dogs so we’re celebrating our pets,” he said of the AKC, which just held the Westminster Dog Show and owns the Museum of the Dog.

Bastian, a Terrier, as Rita Ora

“Having borne witness to the stunning fashions of the Met Gala for decades, it was instantly clear that the AKC Museum of the Dog is the only suitable home for Anthony Rubio’s Pet Gala,” Christopher Bromson, CEO and executive director of the AKC Museum of the Dog, said in a statement.

The next thing Rubio is hoping to manifest? Going to the actual Met Gala — with his dog.

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A dangerous hurricane season is coming soon: Start to plan now with a preparedness kit

The 2024 Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be one of the most active on record, with as many as 33 named storms expected . So this year, it's more important than ever to be prepared for an emergency should a storm approach.

In addition to hurricanes, with threats from wildfires, tornadoes, earthquakes, and man-made disasters like chemical spills or explosions, no one is immune to these types of disasters.

Will you be ready if a hurricane or other danger threatens your home and family? Depending on the type of disaster you're facing, you may need to shelter-in-place to stay safe. Other situations may require you to evacuate your home.

Here are some tips to help you prepare your 'go-bag' if disaster strikes and you're forced to flee:

Gathering your go-bag supplies

A go-bag is usually a small, lightweight backpack you can grab in a moment's notice on your way out the door. It should include personal items, toiletries, food, and water.

This is how you set up your kit:

What type of bag?

Pick something small, portable, and lightweight. A lightweight suitcase with wheels might work as well, but remember, you could be running while carrying this bag!

Essential items for cleanliness and lung protection:

Basic electronics:

Use your electronics only when necessary. Keep your phone handy in case you need to report a life-threatening emergency. Try to avoid phone use to keep lines available for emergency responders.

Personal items:

Layer clothes that can be easily added or removed, depending on temperature. It's best to be prepared for all types of weather. Include toiletry items, backup eyeglasses, bug spray, matches, a pocket knife or multipurpose tool, and a first-aid kit including any prescription drugs.

Have emergency cash and change on hand in case of a widespread power outage in which credit cards won't work. And don't forget keys to your house and vehicles.

Water and food:

Bottled water is a must. You should have at least a day's worth of food and water, enough for each person. Nonperishable foods, such as granola or energy bars, are good since they are small and compact.

Copies of important paperwork:

Keep photocopies of important household paperwork such as proof of address, driver's license, insurance, adoption papers, or naturalization certificates. Include copies of your Social Security cards, medical records, and credit card information. They should be stored in a waterproof bag.

Be sure to check out the  Red Cross Emergency Library  for safety checklists and more information.

Sheltering-in-place supplies

If sheltering in place, your emergency kit should include supplies that will last up to two weeks. Dried and canned food, water, prescription medications, a first-aid kit, household cleaning and disinfectant supplies, and personal hygiene items should be on hand. Supplies can be kept in a large plastic container and stored in a designated place for easy access.

Pick a safe place with few windows and doors to shelter in. Stay inside your shelter location until officials say the danger has passed.

If you have a portable generator for power outages, never run it inside your house or connected garage. Always keep it outside. Carbon monoxide – a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas – is dangerous and kills more than 150 people a year.

Making disaster plans for your pet, too

Pets should never be left behind during an emergency. They are likely to get lost, injured, or worse. Creating a pet emergency kit ahead of time will help.

Have a pet carrier for each pet, with your pet's name and contact information printed on the carrier. Have at least two weeks' worth of food and water, litter for cats, and poop bags for dogs.

Make sure to have copies of pets' medical records, which include vaccination status for rabies and other diseases. It's a good idea to practice an evacuation including your pets so everyone knows what to do.

Precautions when traveling during an evacuation

If circumstances require you to leave your home, try to keep calm. Unplug major electrical equipment such as televisions and small appliances. Do not unplug your refrigerator or freezer unless there is a flood risk. And don't forget to secure your home by locking all the doors and windows.

Pack go-bags for each family member in advance and don't forget your pets. Stay alert and don't drive aggressively. Follow all traffic signs and resist the urge to speed – a car accident will only delay your evacuation. 

Helping children cope in an emergency situation

According to Amy Rolph, in consultation with FEMA, start by talking with your kids about the type of disaster that is likely to happen in your area and why it’s important to have a plan for staying safe. Answer their questions honestly, but keep details age-appropriate. 

Younger kids might have questions about what causes natural disasters, and you can research the answers together. FEMA’s  Ready.gov/kids  website can help you navigate this conversation and find kid-appropriate information about  what type of natural disasters  you should prepare for based on where you live. 

Staying safe in a public shelter

If a disaster does require you to evacuate your home, identify places you could go to in an emergency, such as a friend’s house in another town, a motel, or a public shelter. 

If you decide on a public shelter, find out if it's open and has space available. Be sure to check if they accept pets, as needed. 

At a shelter, maintain at least 6 feet of space between you and those who aren’t in your immediate family. Avoid touching surfaces such as handrails as much as possible. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizers after touching surfaces. Try to keep your living space clean. 

Learn more by visiting:  http://www.disasterassistance.gov/.

SOURCE American Red Cross; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Ready.gov; Belfor Property Restoration

CONTRIBUTING Anna Kaufman, Javier Zarracina and Shawn J. Sullivan.

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(Gray News) – Some dog food sold at Walmart is being voluntarily recalled in some states due to the potential presence of loose pieces of metal in the bag.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recall only impacts 315 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food in the 44 lb. bag size.

The dog food was sold by Walmart in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.

A press release states the affected dog food has a Best By Date of March 4, 2025, and Lot Code 410B2TXT02.

There have been no reports of any pet injuries or illnesses so far, according to the FDA.

“If you believe your pet has consumed the affected product, you should monitor for unusual behavior and contact a veterinarian in the event of any concerns,” the recall states.

Contact Mars Petcare US consumer care to initiate a return or with any questions at 1-800-525-5273 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Central Standard Time (CST) Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (CST) Saturday and Sunday or visit https://www.pedigree.com/update .

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Man arrested after newly adopted dog found decapitated

A man was arrested after his newly adopted bulldog mix was found decapitated and floating in a plastic bag off the coast of a west-central Florida park, authorities said.

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According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office online booking records, Domingo Rodriguez, 66, of St. Petersburg, was arrested on May 15 and charged with cruelty to animals and improper disposal of a dead animal.

An investigation began May 14, when a decapitated dog was discovered in a bag floating among mangroves at about 6:45 p.m. EDT on the east beach of Fort DeSoto, a park located on an island west of Tampa Bay and south of St. Petersburg, the sheriff’s office said in a news release .

Pinellas County Animal Services officers scanned the dog for a microchip, the Tampa Bay Times reported. Officers discovered that the animal was a bulldog mix named Dexter, that Rodriguez had adopted from the agency on May 10, according to the newspaper.

Deputies interviewed Rodriguez, who admitted to adopting the dog and told them he must have run away on the evening of May 10, the sheriff’s office said .

Officials said that Rodriguez had offered “several inconsistent statements” but admitted traveling to Fort DeSoto Park.

Surveillance cameras captured Rodriguez driving his pickup truck in the area of Fort DeSoto Park on Saturday where the dog was discovered with a cooler in the back of the vehicle, the Times reported.

Rodriguez’s wife told deputies that Dexter was alive when she went to bed Friday night, according to the newspaper. When she woke up on Saturday, both her husband and the dog were not at home.

Rodriguez was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail, online booking records show. He posted bail of $5,150 later on May 15, the Times reported.

An investigation is ongoing, the sheriff’s office said .

Domingo Rodriguez is facing an animal cruelty charge in the death of his adopted bulldog mix, Dexter.

The Winners and Losers After a Major Review of Royal Warrants

King Charles and Queen Camilla have announced which companies they have awarded their warrants to.

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Buckingham Palace has announced that the warrants held by Charles when he was Prince of Wales have been reviewed and that 145 of the businesses will continue to hold warrants from him as King. Of those, seven have also been given a second warrant from Camilla in her new position as a warrant-granter.

However, not all of the companies Charles endorsed as a Prince have stayed on his list. And companies that were previously endorsed only by Queen Elizabeth are still waiting to find out in a separate review what will happen with those warrants.

The businesses that Buckingham Palace chose to highlight in its announcement this week included Camel Valley vineyard in Cornwall. They produce English sparkling wines and have received warrants from both the King and the Queen. Small Welsh knitwear manufacturer Corgi Hosiery, specialist calligrapher London Scribes, tree-growers Barcham Trees, and first aid supplier Wallace Cameron International were all cited by the Palace as having the King’s warrant.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, recognized by both the monarch and his wife is Mayfair grocery store Fortnum & Mason . "To receive a Royal Warrant in 2024 requires a rigorous focus on acting for a sustainable future, supporting the country’s rural and farming communities and protecting the arts and heritage crafts,” their CEO Tom Athron said, touching on the idea that this criteria has become increasingly vital in the new reign.

Indeed, a report in the Mail on Sunday this weekend cited co-owner of Aberdeenshire butcher HM Sheridan, John Sinclair, who had lost his warrant from Charles. He is waiting to find out what will happen with the warrant he has from Queen Elizabeth. “Maybe it's because we're not fully organic,” he was quoted by the newspaper as saying after expressing his disappointment. The newspaper also reported that car manufacturers Vauxhall has lost its warrant and so has gas supplier Calor.

The full list of the 145 companies is on the website of the Royal Warrant Holders Association . It includes British fashion brands Burberry and Barbour as well as jewelers Cartier and car manufacturers Jaguar Land Rover. Photographer Hugo Burnand, who took the official coronation images , also retains his warrant.

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The dog that skyrocketed to internet fame and became the face of the cryptocurrency dogecoin has died.

The Shiba Inu named Kabosu passed away in Japan at 18 years old, a number of outlets reported. The dog's owner, Atsuko Sato, said in a post that Kabosu died in her sleep. The account for dogecoin on X also said she had died, calling her an inspiration.

Sato, a 62-year-old kindergarten teacher in Japan, adopted the dog from an animal shelter in 2008, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Sato posted pictures of Kabosu, and her cats, online regularly. It was a picture of Kabosu, her head tilted in a seemingly quizzical fashion, that captured the attention of early adapters of cryptocurrency and she became a meme almost overnight.

A developer named Billy Markus actually harnessed the image in an effort to mock many of the cryptocurrencies being traded at the time. Markus co-created dogecoin using the Kabosu meme. The dog's image was transposed onto a gold coin as the emblem for dogecoin in 2013, according to the Journal.

Kabuso's image was soon being shared by traders, celebrities and even members of Congress.

Dogecoin, which is pronounced dohj-coin, has flirted with mild levels of popularity over the years. On April 20, 2021 there was "Doge Day." Supporters of dogecoin were trying to help it shed its image as a joke cryptocurrency and get it seen as a way to make fast and easy transactions, though it is not accepted widely as for payment in any circle.

A year later billionaire Elon Musk suggested that Twitter consider providing a way for users to pay for subscription memberships with dogecoin.

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Customers like the space, quality and ease of use of the pet carrier. For example, they mention it holds everything they need for a trip, it's convenient for little day trips and that the collapsible bowls are of good quality. Customers are also impressed with the size, saying it fits neatly in a small space. They appreciate the cute color and the high quality material.

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Customers like the quality of the animal carrier. They say it's made of good quality, solid, and put together well. The 2 bowls included are handy, and the collapsible bowels are of goodquality. Some customers also mention that the product is just as advertised, and has not broken after using it a couple times. Overall, most are satisfied with the quality and functionality of the product.

"...I use this all the time and the material has held up great . Highly recommend." Read more

"...I love the spaciousness and versatility. High quality material and a cute color? Count me in!" Read more

"...There are several extra useful pockets as well and straps are good quality ...." Read more

"...I'm pleased to report that the bag has held up admirably ; overall, I'm quite satisfied with its performance!" Read more

Customers like the space in the animal carrier. They mention it holds everything they need for their best friend. They appreciate the spaciousness and versatility. Some say the food bags are large enough to carry a couple days of food, while others say they have plenty of room for treats, toys, bones, and a blanket. Customers also appreciate the perfectly size containers and collapsible bowls. They say it can carry not only their food but those just in case items you may need.

"...It holds roughly four to six cups in each bag and has plenty of space for dog leashes and collars, etc...." Read more

"...Second is all the pockets and zippered pockets . So one of my dogs has dry eye. I have to put two drops in every day. Now, I have a place to put them...." Read more

"This bag has a permanent spot in my passenger seat! I love the spaciousness and versatility. High quality material and a cute color? Count me in!" Read more

"This bag was able to hold a ton of belly wraps (dog diapers in zip lock bags), blanket, dog food and dog bowls for my 2 miniature poodles...." Read more

Customers find the animal carrier convenient for little day trips, with a shoulder strap for easy carry. They say it's a great way to pack for traveling with your pet. Customers also say it keeps things organized and easy to reach.

"...Everything zips up nicely and it has a shoulder strap for easy carry . I use this all the time and the material has held up great. Highly recommend." Read more

"...The portable bags for kibble work well . I used one for kibble and put an ice pack in the other with the dogs "cold food"...." Read more

"...recommend it to others because of the space, layout, and overall convenience it adds if you're someone who travels with pets." Read more

" Great for traveling with your dog !" Read more

Customers like the size of the animal carrier. For example, they say it's compact for packing and storing, and can fit a very small dog. Some mention the food bags aren't huge. Overall, most are satisfied with the size and functionality of the product.

"...So the food bowls, they're nice and well built. They DO FIT in the bag full , which is awesome...." Read more

"...It is a great size for small dogs and all their travel needs...." Read more

"...This has allowed me to easily take care of her needs, it’s small enough to not get in the way but large enough to carry what we need to keep her..." Read more

"...This makes it so easy to pack their food , toys, treats and have it all in one place." Read more

Customers like the appearance of the animal carrier. They say it looks very nice, has a cute color, and is appealing. Some say the features of the bag make it comfortable going on.

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"...I love how the bag is laid out . It's not incredibly sturdy, but it doesn't need to be. My biggest concern is how the zippers will do over time...." Read more

"...The grey is distinguished , like a business suit. It is all washable surfaces everywhere!..." Read more

Customers find the animal carrier extremely useful and functional. They say it's a great multifunctional piece and works well for their needs.

"...use for the included mat, but every other component has proven incredibly practical ...." Read more

"...This has allowed me to easily take care of her needs , it’s small enough to not get in the way but large enough to carry what we need to keep her..." Read more

"...a 3 week road trip and two camping trips thus far, and its been working like a charm ...." Read more

"... It works perfectly well . It’s not super substantial, but it’s big enough, neutral, lightweight, holds the right things, and convenient...." Read more

Customers like the organization of the animal carrier. They say it's a great multifunctional organizer that helps them stay organized. They also appreciate the removable center divider that helps keep all the pet items together. Customers also say it makes organizing and traveling with pets much easier.

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"...'d buy this bag again and recommend it to others because of the space, layout , and overall convenience it adds if you're someone who travels with..." Read more

"...The dual carrying options —strap and handle—have both seen regular use...." Read more

"...bag itself is a nice size and the center divider (removable) helped us stay organized . We didn't use the food containers, though...." Read more

Customers like the collapsible bowls in the animal carrier. They say they are a great addition and make traveling with their pets easier. Some appreciate the collable food containers.

"...Comes with two bags to hold dog food and an additional two plastic collapsible trays for water ...." Read more

"...The collapsible bowls have proven invaluable for mealtime or providing water during our camping adventures...." Read more

"...has small zipper containers for food and treats, and it even has collapsible bowls . That way they don’t have to bring their bowls...." Read more

" 2 collapsible bowls , 2 food storage containers, and the bag has enough storage for all other dog essentials for where ever your travel takes you." Read more

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    Dog Travel Bag- Dog Bags for Traveling, Pet Travel Bag Dog Travel Backpack Diaper Bag for Supplies, Small Dog Puppy Travel Bag Dog Travel Kit Overnight Bag Dog Luggage Bag Dog Suitcase-Grey. 9. $2299 ($22.99/Count) Typical: $25.99. FREE delivery Mon, May 13 on $35 of items shipped by Amazon.

  2. Amazon.com: Dog Suitcases

    Dog Travel Bag- Dog Bags for Traveling, Pet Travel Bag Dog Travel Backpack Diaper Bag for Supplies, Small Dog Puppy Travel Bag Dog Travel Kit Overnight Bag Dog Luggage Bag Dog Suitcase-Grey. 9. $2299 ($22.99/Count) Typical: $25.99. FREE delivery Tue, Apr 30 on $35 of items shipped by Amazon.

  3. 12 Best Pet Carriers 2023 for Traveling With Furry Friends

    Natuvalle 6-in-1 pet carrier backpack. Dimensions (for XXS bag): 14"L x 8.3"W x 8.3"H. Weight maximum: 8 pounds. This multi-use 6-in-1 pet carrier is for travelers who love having a ton of options ...

  4. The Best Airline-approved Pet Carriers of 2024, Tested and ...

    This gold standard doesn't come cheap. The Gunner G1 Kennel is a superlative hard-sided kennel with a five-star crash safety rating from the Center for Pet Safety. There have been multiple ...

  5. Amazon.com: Travel Cases For Dogs

    Unique Dog Travel Bag - Dog Traveling Luggage Set for Dogs Accessories - Include Pet First Aid Bag with Case Tags, Elevated Bowl Stand, 2X Food Storage Containers, 2X Dog Stainless Steel Bowls. 4.6 out of 5 stars 690. 50+ bought in past month. $39.99 $ 39. 99 ($39.99 $39.99 /Count)

  6. The 6 Best Airline-Approved Pet Carriers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

    We also identified four more airline-approved pet carriers that we think are worth your consideration: Best for Small Dogs: Wild One Travel Carrier. Best Kennel: Gunner G1 Kennel. Best Tote: Love Thy Beast Nylon Pet Travel Carrier. Best for Cats: Travel Cat The Transpurrter.

  7. 10 Best Dog Travel Bags in 2024

    The Top Dog Travel Bag is by far one of the best travel bags for dogs. Rated five stars on Amazon, this bag measures 15" x 7" x 14" and can hold up to 26 cups of food in lined storage containers. It includes a magnetic front pocket sleeve, a water bottle holder, a zippered side pocket, an internal zippered mesh pocket, and a removable ...

  8. Traveling with Dogs: Best Dog Carriers, Backpacks, Dog Car Seats

    Amazon. K&H Pet Products Bucket Booster Dog Car Seat with Dog Seat Belt for Car, Washable Small Dog Car Seat, Sturdy Dog Booster Seats for Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, 2 Safety Leashes, Large Gray/Cream. More Info. +. $150.91 from Amazon. The Bottom Line on Dog Car Seats.

  9. 14 Best Dog Carriers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed by Editors

    Shop the best dog travel carriers and crates for planes, cars and trains. Browse airline-approved and everyday carriers from Away, Sherpa, Wild One and more.

  10. Best Dog Travel Bags To Help You Stay Organized

    Best dog travel backpack overall: PetAmi Dog Travel Bag Backpack. Best all-black dog travel bag: Vumdua Dog Travel Bag. Best dog travel bag with food storage: Ruff Dog Travel Bag for Supplies. Best statement dog travel bag: POPPYPETS Dog Travel Bag. Best dog travel bag for safety: Dog Travel Bag Week Away/Overnight Accessories Organizer.

  11. 10 Best Travel Bags for Dogs

    The 10 Best Travel Bags for Dogs. 1. Mobile Dog Gear Week Away Tote Pet Travel Bag - Best Overall. Check Price on Chewy. Check Price on Amazon. Size: Small (12" L x 6" W x 11" H), medium-large (15" L x 7" W x 14" H) Colors: Black, royal blue, pink, paw & bone print.

  12. 10 Best Dog Travel Bags In 2024: Reviews & Top Picks

    16.5 x 7.9 x 11.8 inches. Collapsible bowls: 2. The 25-liter (6-gallon) Lekesky Dog Travel Bag is also airline compliant, fits under airline seats, and can be hooked around luggage handles. It has ...

  13. 12 Best Airline Approved Pet Carriers (For In-Cabin Flights)

    The Sleepypod airline approved pet carrier fits pets up to 17 ½ pounds, but is also compressible to fit under different size seats on airlines or fold up when not in use. Sleek Design. Very well designed, giving pets maximum room without sacrificing sturdiness or style. Luggage Grade Fabric.

  14. Dog Carriers, Backpacks, Travel Bags & Totes

    Whether your dog is always on the move, has a lot of stuff to travel with, or you just like to keep them with you all the time, the solution is a dog backpack or dog travel bag. There are backpacks designed to allow you to carry your dog around on your back but also backpacks for your dog to wear to help carry their stuff.

  15. The 17 Best Pet Travel Essentials and Vet-approved Travel Tips

    Mr. Peanut's Aspen Series Airline Approved Backpack Pet Carrier at Amazon ($109) Jump to Review. Best Dog Car Seat: Away The Pet Carrier at Awaytravel.com ($225) Jump to Review. Best Car Seat ...

  16. Amazon.com: Travel Bag For Dogs

    Uross Dog Travel Bag- Dog Bags for Traveling, Pet Travel Bag Dog Travel Backpack Diaper Bag for Supplies, Small Dog Puppy Travel Bag Dog Travel Kit Overnight Bag Dog Luggage Bag Dog Suitcase-Grey. 4.7 out of 5 stars. 9. $22.99 $ 22. 99 ($22.99 $22.99 /Count) FREE delivery Thu, May 30 on $35 of items shipped by Amazon.

  17. The Best Suitcases of 2024

    Best Overall Suitcase: Eagle Creek Gear Warrior XE 2-Wheel. Best Budget Suitcase: NEMO Vantage 30 Adventure Backpack. Best Wheeled Duffel: 5.11 Tactical Mission Ready 3.0 90L. Best Weekender Bag ...

  18. The Best Vacuums for Pet Hair 2024

    Best Overall: Bissell Pet Hair Eraser Turbo Plus. Best Value: Hoover WindTunnel Tangle Guard Bagless Upright. Best Bagged: Kenmore Floorcare Upright Bagged Vacuum. Best Cordless: Dyson V12 Detect ...

  19. Memorial Day 2024: A Guide to Keeping Your Dog or Cat Calm and Happy

    These calming dog chews made with ingredients like ginger root, chamomile, valerian root, and l-tryptophan, have a 30-day risk free trial to guarantee if your pup likes them. $26 Shop Now

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    Travel Like a CEO with Hotel Suites and Executive Accommodations in Elektrostal. High-End, Quality Stays for Crucial Business Travel with BedroomVillas™

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  22. Haute dog couture: Pet Gala channels Zendaya, Gigi Hadid and more with

    Call the pup-arazzi. Sixteen dogs looked quite fetching in their high-end designer wear on Monday for the inaugural Pet Gala, reimagining the best looks from the 2024 Met Gala. And while Zendaya ...

  23. Amazon.com: Pet Travel Bag

    Travel Bag - Dog Traveling Luggage Set for Dogs Accessories - Include Pet First Aid Bag with Case Tags, Elevated Bowl Stand, 2X Food Storage Containers, 2X Dog Stainless Steel Bowls. 693. $3999 ($39.99/Count) FREE delivery Mon, Apr 29. Only 20 left in stock - order soon.

  24. Hurricane preparedness kit: How to build the ultimate go-bag

    Creating a pet emergency kit ahead of time will help. Have a pet carrier for each pet, with your pet's name and contact information printed on the carrier. Have at least two weeks' worth of food ...

  25. Dog food sold at Walmart recalled for loose metal pieces

    According to the Food and Drug Administration, the recall only impacts 315 bags of Pedigree Adult Complete Nutrition Grilled Steak & Vegetable Flavor Dry Dog Food in the 44 lb. bag size. The dog food was sold by Walmart in Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. A press release states the affected dog food has a Best By Date of March 4, 2025 ...

  26. Man arrested after newly adopted dog found decapitated

    An investigation began May 14, when a decapitated dog was discovered in a bag floating among mangroves at about 6:45 p.m. EDT on the east beach of Fort DeSoto, a park located on an island west of ...

  27. Royal Warrant Review 2024: The Winners and Losers

    Buckingham Palace has announced that the warrants held by Charles when he was Prince of Wales have been reviewed and that 145 of the businesses will continue to hold warrants from him as King. Of ...

  28. Mobile Dog Gear, Week Away Dog Travel Bag for Medium and Large Dogs

    Rolling Week Away Tote . Whether going out for a few hours, the weekend, or on a longer trip, we've got the perfect travel bags for your dog! This dog luggage bag features: large main compartment, divider for food carriers, zippered inside pocket, zippered front pocket, adjustable padded shoulder strap, 2 sturdy luggage wheels, mesh pocket in front compartment and on sides, locking ...

  29. Kabosu, dog that became popular internet meme and face of dogecoin

    The dog that skyrocketed to internet fame and became the face of the cryptocurrency dogecoin has died. The Shiba Inu named Kabosu passed away in Japan at 18 years old, a number of outlets reported ...

  30. Pet Supplies : Airline Approved Pet Travel Bag, Weekend Dog Travel Set

    Unique Dog Travel Bag - Dog Traveling Luggage Set for Dogs Accessories - Include Pet First Aid Bag with Case Tags, Elevated Bowl Stand, 2X Food Storage Containers, 2X Dog Stainless Steel Bowls. 4.6 out of 5 stars 693