These Dog Travel Crates Are Sturdy and Comfortable
Flying with a dog can be a stressful experience, for you and for them. Because of this, choosing the right in-cabin dog carrier is important. The choice can either make or break the trip.
But nobody's needs are the same. Thankfully, the dog carrier market has responded by designing a wide variety of products for every type of need and style. These are the 15 best dog travel crates available today.
A Carrier That Transforms Into a Comfy Bed
Part carrier, part bed, the SleepyPod Mobile Pet Bed makes traveling with a dog (or cat) so much easier. You can put the mesh top on to make it a carrier for the plane or car.
The mesh windows have zippers, so you can open them up to allow your pet to poke their head out without risking them getting out and wandering around the plane. Then, when you get to your destination, you can take the top off to make for a comfortable bed.
The product also has velcro attachments for seat belts, so you can feel at ease in the car.
What People Say About the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed
"Excellent quality and sturdy yet comfortable interior, my small dog loves this - I use it day to day as a regular pet bed and then attach the 'lid' for travel - I love that this can also be used as a bed so it’s familiar to my dog. She doesn’t mind the top being put on and I love that you can open the mesh too. I found this easy to set up in the car and it’s very secure - it is expensive but will last for years and most importantly this is crash tested so you have reassurance that it is safe." —L1234
Add the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed to your luggage set.
A Compact Carrier That Fits Under the Plane Seat
For dogs that you're planning to take with you in cabin, the Morpilot is a great option for a carrier.
It has a soft bed cushion that's fully removable and machine washable. For your comfort, it also has a strap that attaches to your suitcase's handle.
This way, you won't have to carry your dog throughout the airport.
What People Say About the Morpilot Pet Travel Carrier Bag
"This has a comfortable strap and looks like a gym bag with pockets on each side. I was really impressed that it came with a little bowl and a removable and washable bed which has a removable waterproof inside for those "how are you this tiny with a bladder this big?!?" moments." —Misty G
Add the Morpilot Pet Travel Carrier Bag to your luggage set.
A Crate for Pet Parents With Back Problems
If the thought of carrying your dog at the airport already has your back hurting, you need the Kristine Pet Crate ASAP.
This rolling pet bag works the same as your luggage, except it is designed to keep your dog comfortable and safe.
It also works for other contexts like train travel or any time you need to do more walking than your dog is willing to do.
What People Say About the Kristine Pet Crate
"My pet is normally afraid of everything. When I put her in this, she was so relaxed and comfortable and felt very safe and secure. I truly recommend it." —Maryanne
Add the Kristine Pet Crate to your luggage set.
A Carrier That Turns Into a Palace (Not Literally)
The EliteField Expandable Carrier is compact for when you're in transit and in the plane. But while you're waiting at the gate or once you arrive at the hotel, you can expand it on both sides.
Your dog will be so happy to not be constrained to a tiny carrier and have room to stretch and change positions.
What People Say About the EliteField Expandable
"Juniper felt right at home in this carrier. It's her first one and I'm hoping it'll ease her mind on car rides. She gets pretty anxious usually and wants to hide in a tight spot. This is so dark and cozy she can't stay out of it. I think she feels secure!" —rissa
Add the EliteField Expandable Pet Carrier to your luggage set.
A Carrier That Expands on One Side
If you want a carrier that can expand while you're on the plane, consider this one by Mr. Peanut's. Because it opens on one side, you can give your dog more space during the flight.
Granted, it might mean less leg space for you, but we'll let you make the choice.
What People Say About Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier
"The best part, for me, was all the zippers. It allowed me to pop my hand in and pet them while I was driving which helped soothe them... and me, let's be honest." —Jenna
Add Mr. Peanut's Gold Series Expandable Carrier to your luggage set.
A Carrier For Fashionistas
The Wild One Travel Carrier is for people that have an Away luggage set because they care about looking good at the airport.
The cream color dog carrier is fashion-forward but also extremely functional and comfortable. It straps onto your luggage handle, has mesh windows with zippers, and most importantly, it turns into a comfortable bed.
This way, you won't have to pack a bed for your dog while you travel.
What People Say About the Wild One Travel Carrier
"My little pomeranian pup Bear loves this carrier! The quality is great and the color is a head turner. I love that there’s a washable insert and Bear likes to use it as a mini bed when we’re at hotels. Kudos on a brilliant and versatile product." —Gabrielle J.
Add the Wild One Travel Carrier to your luggage set.
A Carrier That's Actually a Backpack
If one-strapped carriers are too uncomfortable for you, try this pet backpack. Having two straps helps distribute the weight more evenly, saving you some back pain.
The comfortable design means that dogs aren't moving around too much as you walk around and can therefore keep calm.
The backpack is also perfect for visits to the vet, riding a bike, hiking and many other scenarios.
What People Say About the PetAmi Pet Carrier Backpack
"Best airport travel bag EVER. I love this backpack. It was perfection going through the airport. Having the double clip straps helped support the weight so my back wasn’t too strained." —Lisa Konecny
Add the PetAmi Pet Carrier Backpack to your luggage set.
A Carrier for Owners Who Only Want the Best for Their Dogs
The Arlo Skye Pet Carrier is a bit expensive, but reviewers seem to think the money is worth it.
One of the carrier's best features is the memory foam mattress, which will probably mean your pet will be even more comfortable than you on the flight. It also has ventilation throughout, so you don't have to worry about overheating.
A strap attaches it to luggage and there's a pocket for storing snacks and other goodies. If you travel semi-regularly with your pet, don't hesitate on making this investment.
What People Say About the Arlo Skye Pet Carrier
"We travel often and my girl was squished into another airline compliant and much less aesthetically pleasing carrier. I am so happy we splurged and made the switch. She is much more comfortable and I am too. The bag is stylish and fits on top of my luggage, another plus that the previous one didn't have." —Morgan M.
Add the Arlo Skye Pet Carrier to your luggage set.
Sleepypod Air Carry Bag
SleepyPod strikes again with a carrier that was specifically designed for airplanes. The bag fits underneath the seat and can be expanded during the flight then made smaller for takeoff and landing.
This means that your pet will be much more comfortable and that you won't have to worry about the bag not fitting well underneath the seat.
What People Say About the Sleepypod Air Carry Bag
"I can NOT recommend this carrier more. Truly. It is AMAZING! I know it's VERY expensive when you see other carriers for $20-40. But TRUST ME. This thing is luxury. Our dog is a cairn terrier mix. Only 11 pounds but very long. She had a hard time fitting in other carriers. This one? No way. Even when we had to fold down the sides on the plane (for take off and landing only), she fit in it fine! There is a fuzzy, furry soft insert on the bottom. The mesh part on the top and on the sides allows her to breathe and the ability to have a suitcase slide through one side of it (so u don't have to carry it) is HEAVENLY. I know it's ridiculous but this thing is beautiful. If you are on the fence, can afford it, trust me, you won't regret it!" —K. Dawn
Add the Sleepypod AI-BLK Air Carry Bag to your luggage set.
Sherpa Carrier Bag
This carrier was made by Delta but can be used for in-cabin on most other airlines.
The fact that it was made by an airline makes users trust it. The carrier has a front that can be zipped down to make a makeshift bed for a small dog.
It also has pockets and a cushy bottom so that your pet can fly in comfort.
What People Say About the Sherpa Carrier Bag
"Carrier is very well constructed, just the right size for smaller breed dogs and cats, easy opening to get in and out of, lots of breathing vents, shoulder strap." —fayebee
Add the Sherpa Carrier Bag to your luggage set.
A Carrier With an Edgy Look
What we like Rovelund Out-Of-Office Carrier is that it doesn't look like every other carrier.
Sure, the form is the same, there's not much to do about that, but the straps are rope-like and come in popping neon colors. This makes it great for travelers that like standing out from the crowd.
It's also very durable, has a soft cushioned bed and includes a dog leash for your convenience.
What People Say About the Rovelund Out-Of-Office Pet Carrier
"I just received the large Out-of-Office Pet Carrier for my 23 lb Boston Terrier, and he absolutely loves it! I was initially concerned about sizing (he is a tall boy) but it is the perfect amount of room for him to comfortably reposition himself and squirm around. He is so content lounging in it around the house. This just took so much stress off my mind - looking forward to our flight now knowing he will feel safe and relaxed in the main cabin with me.
Very impressed with the quality of the product. It is sturdy yet squishy enough to provide equal parts durability and comfort. Highly recommend!" —Alexandra
Add the Rovelund Out-Of-Office Pet Carrier to your luggage set.
A Cute but Functional Carrier
The PetAmi Premium Pet Travel Carrier looks good without compromising functionality.
Both ends open up, allowing for easy access and mesh windows provide ventilation for your dog. The bottom is sherpa-lined for ultimate cushy comfort.
The carrier also includes a collapsible dog water bowl and a special pocket for poop bags.
What People Say About the PetAmi Soft-Sided Carrier
"This sturdy, attractive case is the perfect size for my Yorkie. He chewed through the cheap mesh in his last carrier after only 2-3 uses, so we had to replace it with this better quality case. I love the pocket for his leash and "poop bag" and the collapsible water/food dish is a thoughtful add-on that I haven't had with prior travel cases." —Marie
Add the PetAmi Soft-Sided Carrier to your luggage set.
A Padded Dog Cabin Carrier
This simple but sturdy pet carrier by JESPET is for pet parents looking for an affordable option. The design focuses more on comfort than looks, which is far from a bad thing.
The straps are padded so that you don't end up sore from carrying your furry baby around, and the mesh pockets can be opened to allow them to pop their head out.
The fleece pad is removable for easy cleaning, and there's a safety hook to keep your dog from moving too much in case of turbulence.
What People Say About the Jespet Pet Carrier
"So, this pet carrier is exceptional for its price. It's compact enough for flight and offers enough room for my 10.5 lb Nebelung daughter. She turns around in the carrier. I especially like the side zipper where I can pet her. The strap which may hang on to luggage can also be zipped up as an extra pocket. They seriously thought of us pet parents when constructing this. It has ample pockets for treats, portable water canister, bags, mini towel or whatever else." —Mlle Gia
Add the Jespet Pet Carrier to your luggage set.
A Carrier for Travelers Who Hit the Road as Often as They Do the Sky
Made with industrial-grade nylon yet boasting a washable pad, the Gen7Pets Commuter dog carrier is both comfortable and functional. Your dog won't be in a hard crate for hours, and the mesh windows can help with the feeling of nervousness.
The best part is that the Gen7Pets Commuter crate folds down flat so it won't take space in your hotel or home after the trip is done.
What People Say About the Gen7 Pets Commuter
"I am so impressed with the quality of this carrier! You simply can't go wrong for use during air travel and safe car travel." —Highland Glenn Havanese
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And Finally, a Classic Dog Crate Kernel
Sometimes, the best choice is the classic choice. If you want to keep things straightforward and don't need any thrills, then go for the tried-and-tested travel dog kernel.
This one by Petmate is sturdy but comfortable, making it a great choice for traveling with your dog.
What People Say About the Petmate Ruff Maxx Kennel
"Bought this for our new puppy and I am so excited! Made in the US and it's great quality!" —HollyJ
Add thePetmate RUFF MAXX Kennel to your luggage set.