The Best Car Travel Gear for Dogs: Dog Seatbelts, Car Seats, Harnesses, Hammocks · The Wildest

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The Best Car Travel Gear for Dogs

All the essentials you need to hit the road with your copilot, from pet seatbelts to dog goggles

by Liza Darwin
31 October 2023
Dog seat-belted in a car
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Whether you’re planning a trip to the beach with your dog or a weekend getaway, you’ll need the right gear for a car ride. A squirming dog in the backseat is more than distracting for the driver – it’s super-dangerous, too. “Car safety should be top of mind, so while a dog’s tongue slapping against their face in the wind is the picture of pure joy, keeping your pup contained in the car is a safer bet,” says certified dog behaviourist Lindsay Hamrick.

Dog seatbelts, travel harnesses, backseat hammocks and canine car seats are all good ways to contain your pet. Keep reading for our top picks, plus other essentials for hitting the road with your dog. The only thing left to do is decide on a destination.

Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)

the travel bag in purple

Just when we thought that Wild One had brought the practicality of pet parenthood to its peak, it has introduced a new product that adds a hands-free element to walks, trips to the park and rides in the car. Made from 100 percent recycled materials, this treat pouch is the perfect place to stow all your goodies – especially if you have a stubborn pup who won’t set paw in the car without a little negotiation. It’ll make the reward of getting to your final destination all the sweeter when everyone arrives without a scratch.

blue water bottle

If you’re looking to keep your pup hydrated during any excursion, look no further than Springer’s portable growler bottle. It’s as easy as squeezing the stylish bottle and releasing your pup’s water into the top, which doubles as a no-spill bowl.

Once your dog has lapped up their share of hydration, the excess water drains back into the bottle, making it a perfect purchase for the eco-conscious dog parent who is looking to cut back on their waste. Plus, it’s 100 percent leak-tight, made from BPA-free plastic, and includes a carabiner that allows for the bottle to easily clip on to your bum bag for a hands-free experience.

Liza Darwin

Liza Darwin

Liza Darwin is a writer and brand strategist. She has contributed to NYLON, Refinery29, Vogue, The Guardian, Vice, and Elle, and co-founded the news platform Clover Letter. She lives in Brooklyn with her two dogs, Montie and Hopper, and cat, Tiger.  

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