Best pet travel carriers for the pet on the move
When traveling with your pet, a safe and secure pet travel carrier in which your pet feels at ease is a must. We've taken the headache out of finding the right pet travel bag by rounding up some of the best ones around. Not only will they give the dog next door a major case of pet travel envy, but they'll help put your mind at ease knowing your pet is comfortable on the journey, too.
From plush Sherpa pet carriers and a sporty backpack to an easy wheeled option and more, here are our favorite pet travel bags:
If your pup is a classic guy or gal, the Bark-n-Bag Barkwell Classic Pet Carrier in Plaid is just the travel bag for you. The plaid pattern is perfect for fall and beyond, and the sturdy construction ensures it'll be around for years to come. Able to accommodate pets up to 22 pounds, this chic carrier has padded handles and an adjustable shoulder strap so you'll be just as comfortable as your pet. (petco.com, $48 and up)
Sometimes it's best to just blend in, and the Incognito from SturdiBag helps your pet to do exactly that. Available in a variety of pretty patterns, you won't be able to tell this discreet pet carrier apart from a regular bag. It also has privacy flaps for times when you don't want anyone to know who is inside. (sturdiproducts.com, $33)
Too much luggage and not enough shoulder space for another bag? If you'd rather transport your four-legged companion on wheels, we have just the pet carrier for you. Perfect for air travel, the Sherpa Ultimate Bag on Wheels carrier is all you need when you'd rather wheel your pet along. With mesh ventilation on all sides and a cushy Sherpa faux lambskin liner, your pet will feel extra special cruising through the airport in style. We give it two paws up! (republicofpaws.com, $128)
Lightweight and easy to set up and collapse, the Pop Tote by Sherpa is all you need to get your pet from point A to B. Suitable for pets up to 14 pounds and available in pink and gray, the Pop Tote collapses into a flat carrying case and is perfect to keep in the car or for the pet owner who doesn't have a ton of extra space. (sherpapet.com, $72)
If a fashionable tote bag is more your style, have a look at the Bark-n-Bag Monaco Pet Tote in Leopard Print for furry travelers up to eight pounds. Functional enough to keep your pet secure and with enough wild style to turn a head or two, this tote will have your pet's tail wagging all trip long. (petco.com, $56)
The luxe life
For the pampered pet in your life who lives to travel, look no further than the lightweight Jaraden SoHo Dog Carrier — one of the most gorgeous pet carriers around. While it might be a bit of a splurge, it's hard to not spoil your fur baby from time to time. This luxury carrier with a padded interior and loads of pockets is for the pet who knows that looking good along the way is just as important as getting to the destination. (puplife.com, $209)
This Sherpa Sport Wheels Carrier is a bag and backpack in one that accommodates pets up to 16 pounds who like the sportier things in life. With features such as reflective trim, front and side entry and a collapsible handle, there's no better option for the portable pet who enjoys sporty activities like hiking and spending time outdoors. (republicofpaws.com, $128)
This comfy Canvas Messenger Pouch Dog Carrier by Wagwear is ideal for the calm pup who just goes with the flow. Perfect for jaunts around the city or wherever the day may lead you, your pup can take in his surroundings by your side with this unique pet travel bag. (olivegreendog.com, $98)
For a safe and convenient way to transport your little traveler in the car, the Sherpa To Go Folding Car Seat is a pet travel must-have. Complete with a leash tether to keep your pet secure, this pincheck patterned car seat has an extra thick center cushion making it ideal for the pet who likes to keep an eye on what's going on outside. (sherpapet.com, $106)
Room for a friend
For the lucky pair of pets who are on the move, invest in Sturdibag's Divided pet carrier. Built for two with an optional divider, this flex-height pet carrier is the perfect solution for times when separating your pets is not an option. (sturdiproducts.com, $110)
Once you've decided on the right pet travel carrier for your needs, be sure to "prep your pet for travel," says Cristen Underwood, Quaker Pet Group's director of marketing. "Be sure it has ample time to adjust to its carrier and practice traveling with your pet in the carrier on short trips prior to the big day." Happy travels!