An outdoor adventure with your beloved pet doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be out for a walk on the leash. There are some pets – perhaps too young, too old, too small or too sick – that need a helping hand getting around The best dog backpacks and carriers can offer a chance for these animals to get some fresh air and sunshine, and travel to their next destination. They are also helpful tools for long distance travel plans. All they have to do is climb aboard, get comfortable and let you carry them in style.
Different Types Of Pet Carriers
There are three different styles of pet carrier in this guide. The first is the sturdier backpack that can be used for long distances. These enclosed bags typically have more features for the comfort and peace of mind of the user. Then there are the more casual pouches worn on the front – a little like you might wear with a baby. Finally, there are the basic slings. Whichever style you choose, make sure to check the dimensions first and choose the correct size. Measure your dog and make sure they will fit.
Pet Backpack Carriers
1. PetAmi Deluxe Pet Carrier Backpack
This is a pet backpack that actually looks like a backpack – that is until you take a closer look at the two entry points and realise who is travelling in this thing. The bag is sold as one for travel and hiking, which means a strong build but also comfortable straps. There is also a chest strap for added security and stability on longer walks.
Then there are all the features designed to make the experience even better for the animal. There is plenty of padding and ventilation in this backpack to keep them comfortable for long periods. This includes a nice sherpa lining that they can snuggle into, but also a reinforced structure to prevent the bag collapsing. A nice extra feature here is the collapsible bowl that you can keep in one of the many pockets. The bag comes in a range of great colours and it's as stylish as it is practical.
2. Petsfit Comfort Dogs Carriers Backpack
This cute little bag is made for the transportation of small dogs up to 13 pounds. To be honest, that is about all you will get in this backpack because there aren’t as many pockets as some of the other models in this guide. Still, there is a lot of attention to detail in the materials used in order to provide the best possible comfort for the animal. There is plenty of padding and lots of mesh for ventilation. Dog owners will also appreciate the use of the safety harness attachment for security.
The backpack should also be comfortable enough for human users, with the padded, adjustable shoulder straps and lightweight. Other nice details with this bag are the handle on the top, the drawstring closure and the neon trim around the pockets and sides.
3. PetAmi Premium Pet Carrier Backpack
Heading back to PetAmi for a moment we have a bag with a different shape and style. This one is less like a college backpack and more like a reliable camping bag with a lot of depth and the big zippered closure on the top. The shape is different and gives pet plenty of room to move around. It is also nice and strong with the blend of breathable mesh and the 600D high grade polyester. A major difference is that pets can only climb in and out through the top.
Otherwise, this model retains many of the features that make the previous PetAmi backpack so appealing. Pets can travel in comfort with all the padding and linings, there is the same collapsible pet bowl and there are the same safety features with the straps and buckles. Furthermore, there is another great range of colours to suit different tastes.
4. K9 Sport Sack AIR
There does seem to be a stronger focus on the needs of the wearer than the animal with this product. The main focus is the design and strength of the straps and chest buckle. There is also the use of two side pockets, a D ring to hook up a collar and velcro panels on the side. The latter is useful because this is also designed to be airline friendly. You can attach tags and documents in case of an emergency during your overseas adventures.
5. MUGENTER Pet Carrier Pet Travel Bag
This affordable backpack is one that definitely looks like it is ready for a big adventure. The use of a camouflage pattern and the generally rugged design means that this should be great for hikers and other adventurous dog owners. There is a solid construction to the bag to give a rectangular shape with the secure lid on the top. There should be plenty of space inside for pets to get comfortable on the walk, and there are also three mesh panels to offer a practically panoramic view of the location.
This bag may be a little more rugged in its look, but there are still plenty of helpful features that dog owners will appreciate. This is another model that comes with its own dog bowl. There are also secure pockets on the sides for valuables and other importable items. Finally, the shoulder straps are adjustable for a better fit.
6. Mr Peanut’s Backpack Pet Carrier
This backpack looks so cute and cosy that we could almost envy any pet that gets to travel inside it. Some bags will offer the bare minimum in padding and soft lining during these trips outside. Here we have a bag that pretty much mimics a dog bed. There is a soft fleece interior and a snug feel with the thick material and zippered closure on the top. That doesn’t mean that this isn’t breathable as there are also mesh panels on the side. The lid also has a roll top cover.
Owners will also like the number of secure pockets includes around the bag for different items. This includes designated spaces for a water bottle and waste bags. This shows that this is a bag that users can depend upon during longer journeys – especially when on flights. This is a model for the more organized pet owner, without a doubt.
7. Whizzotech Pet Carrier Backpack
Moving onto the travel pouch carriers, we have this cute model from Whizzotech. This looks a lot like a product for a human baby rather than a fur baby. There is a lot of attention to detail in the design with the different coloured striped fabrics, the comfortable leg holes and the padding across the product. There is also a whole at the back of the pouch so there is no risk of the dogs tail getting caught or cramped.
This pouch should offer a pretty snug fit thanks to the shape and the velcro elastic closure. Yet, there is also easy access to get the pup in and out with the side zips. Users can also adjust the straps for a more comfortable fit with some simple fixtures. There is also the chance to put this fabric bag in the washing machine – just in case there are any accidents during the journey.
Front Pet Carrier
8. Outward Hound PoochPouch Front Carrier
If the model above was the stylish option for the dog going about town on an afternoon, this more rugged pouch is the one for the outdoors-type that wants to head off into the woods on a weekend. There is a more relaxed shape here with the nylon bag and drawstring closure. There is a no-nonsense feel that is enhanced by the use of the waterproof fabric and safety harness attachment.
This model feels a lot more practical, even it if isn’t as stylised or doesn’t have the same approach with the leg and tail holes. There is a comfortable interior with a breathable mesh on the side. There are also two pockets for essential items – something that was missing with the pouch above. There are also additional straps for the chest and waist to ensure that this stays put at all times.
Pet Sling Carriers
9. Buddytastic Pet Sling Carriers
Now we reach that third category of top rated dog carriers – the pet sling. The main difference with the sling is the ability to stick the pouch over a shoulder a bit like a shoulder bag or satchel. There is a large fabric container and a long, single strap from end to end. Here the strap is adjustable for comfort and has a decent amount of padding. The fabric sling can hold pets up to 13lbs and is made from 100% cotton.
There are some other helpful details with this sling. The design is reversible – either for stylistic or practical reasons – and comes in different colour schemes. There is also a zippered pocket on the side for a phone, keys or loose change. It is pretty simplistic, but the design does the job for small dogs and short distances.
10. FurryFido Reversible Pet Sling Carrier
This sling is the most simplistic design in the whole of this guide. There really isn’t that much to say about the features and design here. We have another reversible, machine washable cotton material with a strong strap over the shoulder. This time it comes in a few different colours, including a pretty sky blue The strap isn’t as adjustable, but some users have to shorten the length by tying knots. There is, however, a little safety collar hook on the sling for extra peace of mind.
Again, that material can hold dogs of around 13 pounds and no more. It would be too uncomfortable to carry larger animals in this manner. Still, many dogs some comfortable enough in what is essentially their version of a hammock. It is a simple, affordable way of getting from A to B.