27 /06/16

Portable pooches: a guide to pet carrier bags


inally, it seems that summer has arrived – just in time for the tennis and other sporting events! Where the practicalities of getting your Pomeranian to a picnic in Peckham used to be tricky, but thanks to some clever folks and awesome technology, travel is much easier thanks to some seriously stylish pet carrier bags.

To make sure your four-legged friend never gets FOMO, here’s a round-up of the classiest accessories for carting your pet around:

Letting the cat out of the bag

Dog bags come in all shapes and sizes, and finding the right one for your pooch is dependent on what exactly you want to use it for – and of course, making sure it matches your outfit. It’s also important to make sure that they’re well-ventilated – nobody enjoys a sweaty arm in their face on the bus, but riding in a hot box must be ten times worse.  

My other ride’s a Gucci

Bark n Bag make a range of different styles and sizes, from classic tote-style carriers to larger, sturdier carriers for longer journeys. They’re far from the only brand on the market; even Louis Vuitton has gotten in on the act. Tote-style carriers are perfect for riding on buses or trains, but make sure you remember there’s a dog in there before you fill it with shopping.

"I think we're going to need more sausages..."

Larger carriers can be suitable for car trips, trains, or even air journeys. Some companies, like Sherpapet, make carriers expressly designed to fit the requirements of airline pet travel, allowing your dog to hit the beach when you do.

Faster, human!

Prefer to be on wheels when you’re rolling out the door? There are options for that as well. Trixie has a few offerings, including this sturdy-looking handlebar box which works just as well as a carry bag. With cycling bags, safety is paramount; many bike bags feature an integrated short leash for that extra bit of security. For people with larger dogs – and a bit more leg power – there are various trailers which you can tow, to provide your dog with the ultimate in style and comfort on a longer cruise.

Front-Box, from Trixie

And... relax

When you’ve finally made it to your destination, things like folding water bowls and picnic blankets for short-haired dogs can come in handy. Many short-haired dogs are susceptible to bruising on hard surfaces, so padding in the form of a blanket or other nesting material is a good idea. There are even small tents for dogs, like this offering from Khyam, so your pet can enjoy that festival vibe. With so many options, there’s no excuse not to show off your dog around town, from Wimbledon to Watford.