Of course you want to include your furry family members in the holiday festivities. But how do you pick the perfect gift for traveling dogs and cats? We have 20 ideas that are sure to please!


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There’s nothing traveling pets love more than taking a vacation with you! And some new pet travel gear, along with a promise to hit the road soon, is the gift every dog and cat is really hoping to find under the tree.

But choosing the right travel gear for them can be ruff! Finding a special gift to make your travels more enjoyable requires some creativity and a fair amount of research.

We traveled full-time with our dogs for more than a decade, and we learned a few things along the way. So, today we’re sharing our gift ideas for traveling dogs and cats (and their owners).

Visit our Amazon store to learn about more products we rely on to make traveling with pets easier, safer, and more fun!

Bridle dog looking off into the distance with red rock formation in the background near Moab, UT


Gifts For Traveling Dogs And Cats

Go Bag

Built for pet travel, Sleepypod’s Go Bag makes it easy to organize all your pet and human travel essentials. And it can comfortably be worn cross-body, keeping your hands free for the leash!

With the included zippered storage cubes, insulated food pouch, and gusseted side pockets, all of your pet’s most important gear will be within reach. And the exterior utility ring, exterior zippered pocket, padded main compartment, and an interior lanyard for keys keep you from hunting at the bottom of the bag for your items.

Haul Bag

For longer trips, Ruffwear’s Haul Bag makes a great gift for traveling dogs and cats. It’s waterproof and durable enough to stand up to all of your adventures.

With an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap, you can carry it over your shoulder, cross-body, or with the handle. Plus it has plenty of room for your pet’s food, bowls, leashes, toys, waste bags, and more!

Back Seat Cover For The Car

Keeping your car’s upholstery clean and scratch-free will make everyone happy. This back seat cover for your car can be easily moved between vehicles or stowed away to accommodate human passengers.


Crash-Tested Car Safety Harness

Nothing is more important than keeping your pets safe while you’re traveling together! That’s why Sleepypod’s crash-tested Clickit Sport car harness is the perfect gift for traveling dogs.

This harness is simple to use, with no anchor belt needed. Just put the harness on your dog, slip the seatbelt through the built-in loops, snap the seatbelt into the receptacle, and you’re ready to go!

READ OUR REVIEWS ⇒ Best Crash-Tested Harnesses for Traveling Dogs

Brindle dog in a car buckled in with a red Sleepypod crash-tested harness

Crash-Tested Carriers For Small Pets

The beauty of Sleepypod’s crash-tested mobile pet bed is its versatility. The secret is in the adjustable dome top, which can be opened, closed, or removed entirely. And because of it’s crash-tested design, you’ll know your pet is safe while you’re traveling!

READ OUR REVIEWS ⇒ Crash-Tested Crates and Carriers To Keep Pets Safe

Pet Sleeping Bag

Every traveling pet needs a place to curl up, and what could be more comfy than his own sleeping bag? Made of a polyester outer shell and fleece lining, your pet will love it! And it’s easy to roll up and pack when he’s not using it.


RiteFit Harness For Cats And Small Dogs

For cats and small dogs on the go, a well-fitted, comfortable harness is absolutely essential! That’s what makes the Puppia RiteFit Harness a perfect gift for traveling cats and dogs.

Featuring polyester mesh construction for comfort, it provides added safety with an adjustable chest belt and loop-and-hook straps at the neck for a more secure fit.

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No-Pull Harness For Dogs

Every dog on the go wants to look his best, and a spiffy new walking harness will do the trick. And with the no-pull features, the 2 Hounds Design Freedom Harness is a gift for you both!

The patented control loop on the back of the harness, which tightens gently around your dog’s chest to discourage pulling, makes walks together even more enjoyable.

READ OUR REVIEWS ⇒ We Tested 12 No-Pull Dog Harnesses To See Which Ones Work

Brindle puppy in a red harness in front of a flower garden

Flat Out Dog Leash

Available in a variety of fashionable colors, Ruffwear’s Flat Out leash makes a great gift for traveling dogs and cats. This leash can be held in your hand or worn around your waist, and has a heavy-duty swivel clip that can be operated with gloves on.

But the best feature for pets on the go is that the padded handle has an integrated buckle. So you can safely connect your pup to a chair at the coffee shop, a bench in the park , or a stool at “yappy hour.”

Brindle dog on the outdoor patio at pet friendly Belle Joli Tasting Room in Deadwood, SD


Cat Or Small Dog Backpack

If you love taking your furry little buddy out, but her short legs make it hard to keep up, try this backpack for cats and small dogs — up to 20 pounds!

Constructed of rip-stop fabric and mesh, the pet backpack provides excellent ventilation. And with safety features like a safety leash, car seat belt connection point and self-blocking zippers, your furry travel companion will be safe. But their favorite part about this backpack is the expandable catio!

Orange cat in a cat travel backpack

Pet Stroller

If your pet is too big for a backpack, or you don’t want to carry one for extended periods of time, a pet stroller could change your life!

Whether your pet has mobility or other health challenges, or just prefers to ride rather than walk, a stroller could be the best gift ever. When our dog, Ty, lost his vision we got a stroller for him, and it allowed us to do so much more together! Whether your pet is small or large, there’s a perfect stroller out there for you.

Five dog stroller sitting side by side

READ OUR REVIEWS ⇒ Best Dog Stroller for Medium Sized Dogs

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Orthopedic Pet Bed

Nothing says love like a cushy orthopedic pet bed. These stylish, practical designs are good for both dogs or cats.

Made from quilted polyester fabric, the removable dog bed cover is completely machine washable and will look great for years.

White and grey Husky dog with arthritis laying on an outdoor dog bed with an orange toy


Pet Treat Pouch

Whether you’re training your pet to pose for photos, or just behave politely in new situations, the job will be easier with a treat pouch!

Timing is key when rewarding your pets, and a treat pouch keeps rewards handy … and your pockets crumb-free!

Healthy, Tasty Treats

You’ll want to stock your new treat pouch with something delicious! These cat and dog treats are 100% freeze dried, raw, organic pumpkin, so they’re as healthy as they are tempting.

Freeze-drying maintains the freshness, and the treats contain no artificial ingredients, additives and fillers. Made with the strictest food safety standards, these are treats you can feel good about.

A Better Treat brand organic pumpkin treats for traveling dogs and cats

DIY Pet Zip Line

Homemade gifts show you care! This DIY Pet Zip Line is a great way to keep your cat or dog safe, while allowing him some freedom in your campsite, at the park, or in your backyard.

The materials to make the zip line will cost around $25 and you should be able to complete it in less than an hour.

Brindle dog sitting in a campground on a zip line


Pet Jacket

For those chilly morning and evening walks, a pet jacket will help keep your cat or dog comfortable. This polar fleece lined jacket is windproof and breathable, and goes on easily with velcro closures.

Traveling dog in a yellow pet jacket

Expedition Parka

For walks on those truly cold winter days, your dog or cat will appreciate the Expedition Parka. It’s quick and easy to put on and take off, with just one buckle around the waist. And with its adjustable back length, belt, and collar, you’ll get the perfect fit.

This parka comes in several fantastic colors and has a waterproof coating. Plus, the high-visibility 3M reflectors make your pet easier to see at night.

Jet Stream Dog Cooling Vest

Plan to travel south this winter to enjoy the warmer weather? When the temperatures climb, your pup will enjoy the cooling action of the Jet Stream cooling vest!

Pouring water on the vest allows your dog to benefit from the cooling effects of evaporation, helping to prevent overheating.


Light-weight Dog Booties

For a light bootie that will protect your pal’s paws from salty sidewalks in winter and hot pavement in summer, try these dog boots.

Made from a single layer of rubber, your pup will hardly know he’s wearing them! And with 3 sets to a package, there’s no need to whine if one gets lost.

Protective Dog Boots For Hiking Or Snow

With these protective dog boots, your pooch can take on any terrain confidently!

Ankle cord locks make these boots easy to put on and keep them in place, and outsoles give them durability and added traction. These boots even have reflective strips and light-up soles to make your pup easy to spot at night.

Cool Whip the dog wearing Kurgo's Step-N-Strobe Dog Boots

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Buster the German Shepherd Dog playing with a ball wearing purple dog boots


The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip

Up your game with The Ultimate Pet Friendly Road Trip: A Guide to the #1 Pet Friendly Destination in 48 States and Washington DC. Packed with practical tips and advice, along with more than 200 full-color photos, is just what you need to begin planning your next pet friendly road trip!

What do you think? Would the traveling cats and dogs on your list be happy with these gifts? We certainly hope we’ve helped you narrow things down.

And don’t forget … the gift your pet loves most of all is spending time with you!

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