The Best Car Travel Gear for Dogs
All the essentials you need to hit the road with your copilot, from dog seatbelts to crash-tested carriers.
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It’s officially road trip season, and no one is more excited to go for a car ride than your dog. Whether you’re planning a cross-country adventure or a weekend getaway, you’ll need the right gear. 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 behaviorist Lindsay Hamrick, CPDT-KA. “And don’t forget your dog’s ID — make sure their ID tag is up to date with your contact info and consider getting them microchipped so you can be contacted if they get lost and are brought to an animal shelter.”
Dog seatbelts, travel harnesses, backseat hammocks, and canine car seats are all good ways to contain your pet. Keep reading for our top picks — including crash-tested gear certified by the Center for Pet Safety — plus other essentials for hitting the road with your dog. The only thing left to do is decide where to go.
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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.