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Packing For Your Pooch!

GPF rating = 3 paws

You may think packing to take your pet on vacation involves throwing some food, bowls, and a toy or two in the car. Well, it’s not that easy! There’s a lot stuff your pet needs when you’re on the road … just ask Ty. Getting it all together and keeping it organized can be quite a challenge!

A while back we met Debra of @doggybaggage on Twitter. She runs a family owned business – you guessed it, Doggy Baggage – that designs and produces a line of dog luggage. It seemed like a no-brainer that we should road test it since Ty and Buster are always on the go!

Debra sent us a Large Tote (priced at $49.95) and a Pooch Pouch (priced at $14.95) to check out.

Large Tote

Pooch Pouch

Both pieces of luggage are made from a sturdy cotton canvas that feels like they would hold up really well to ruff travel wear and tear. They come in several classy color schemes and look really sharp – our pieces were bright red with a gray dog bone print. I would not be ashamed to walk into a Ritz Carlton carrying this luggage – in fact, it looks a little nicer than my own!

But the real test is: Will our dogs’ stuff fit? So I pulled out the duffel bag we use to hold their things and tested the capacity of the Doggy Baggage. Here’s what we typically keep in our boys’ (somewhat ratty-looking) bag:

Ty & Buster's travel essentials

  • Medication
  • Thermometer
  • Nail Clipper
  • FURminator
  • Doggy Insect Repellant with Sunscreen
  • Food Bowls
  • Collapsing Water Bowls
  • Extra Leashes and Collars
  • A Picnic Blanket – Ty can’t be expected to lay in the dirt, you know!
  • Wet Wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Extra Poop Bags
  • Buster’s Backpack
  • A Long-Lead for Hiking
  • An Old Towel
  • Toys

Much to my delight, everything fit in the Large Tote! The expanding pockets on the sides are very convenient and hold pawlenty. The Pooch Pouch is great for those “absolutely must not lose” items that always seem to end up on the bottom of the bag, like vaccination records and medication.

Packed dog bag

Overall, we like the baggage and can see how pups concerned with their image would drool over it! My only issue with the Large Tote is that it has one snap at the top rather than a zipper. On our adventures, our dog bag gets tipped, dropped, and tossed on a regular basis. Having a secure closure is important to prevent the contents from spilling out.

If we were in the market for dog luggage at this price point, we would likely opt for the slightly larger Duffel Bag for $10 more.

Doggy Duffel

Giveaway!

And now for the really exciting news! We’ve filled the Doggy Baggage with our winnings from the scavenger hunt in Saratoga Springs, NY and a few other goodies. And we are giving it all away – RIGHT NOW – on our Facebook page.

To enter, post a picture of your pet(s) and tell us what he or she will be packing in the Doggy Baggage if they win. The winner will be randomly drawn from all entries received by 11 pm EST Sunday, August 22.


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  • Since we travel so much 300+ days a year, Pippi has her own “suitcase”, then we know she is taken care of. She also has a dish in the truck so that we don't forget a food bowl in the cab.

    • Very cool! Sounds like you travel A LOT with your pet. We recently started a blog post series about people like you. Our goal is to inspire our readers to take their pets on vacations and holidays, too. On the right column of our blog, you'll see a category “People Who Travel With Pets” – let me know if you are interested!

  • michelechollow says:

    What a fun contest. I just posted it on my FB page, and all those goodies look great. I have the FURminator and love it.

  • Nice bag! The collars in the front pouch are even nicer:)

  • For the Love of Paws says:

    Great article and tips about traveling with pets. I too write a pet blog and am passionate about the welfare of animals. I posted a couple of articles about pet friendly travel… check them out.

    http://fortheloveofpaws.com/2010/08/05/dog-frie
    http://fortheloveofpaws.com/2010/07/13/review-o

    Thanks again, keep up the good work!
    For the Love of Paws
    http://www.fortheloveofpaws.com

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