UPDATED: July 7, 2021
Bringing a doggie diaper bag is important because you never know when your dog may make a mess in a hotel, or friends house, or when they might roll in the mud (or something really stinky. Yikes!)
Having everything you’ll need to address those kind of situations as they arise makes them easy to deal with and gives you peace of mind.
When you put together your own kit and keep it packed, it will help make sure you don’t forget anything important and will make getting out the door easier.
Your hosts will really appreciate your attentiveness and immediate response.
The items in a dog diaper bag may also help you avoid hotel or Airbnb damage fees.
So let’s get started putting together your dog’s travel kit.
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What Kind of Bag to Use
While there are some specialized bags that advertise themselves as dog diaper bags, I’m personally not impressed with any of them.
If you want to go that route though, here are two inexpensive ones that are highly rated:
Personally, I went with a diaper bag made for human children because I liked all of the pockets.
The design of the diaper bag I purchased – the Skip Hop Duo Diaper Bag – has changed a little but I still think it’s a good one.
However, it’s certainly not the cheapest option out there.
Some diaper bags come in a lot of fun prints but I love the adventurous feel of the Lekebaby Diaper Bag Tote in Arrow Print.
If you want a backpack style diaper bag, something like this is a good choice.
Really, any kind of bag will work but I prefer one with more individual pockets to help me organize supplies.
What to Pack in a Dog Diaper Bag
Believe it or not, you’ll bring approximately the same amount of stuff in your doggie diaper bag whether your dog is was small or large.
There is a base list of items every dog owner should bring though.
Once I list what I pack in my dog’s diaper bag, I will touch on some extras you’ll need for special situations like traveling with a puppy or senior dog.
Two disclaimers before we get started though:
1) This is not an exhaustive list of everything I bring with us on trips. This is intended to be a pre-packed “emergency bag” that I can grab to bring with me at a moment’s notice.
2) This dog diaper bag packing list may have to be modified if you will be flying with your dog because of space and liquid restrictions.
For All Dogs
These are the items I pack in my dog’s travel kit.
For first aid/medical:
- Copies of vaccination records
- Small pet first aid kit plus a roll of cohesive bandage (like Vetrap)
- Id tags
For protecting and cleaning up messes on the floors, walls, and upholstery:
- Pet carpet cleaner – two of my favorites are Natures Miracle Advanced Formula Pet Stain & Odor Remover and Biokleen Bac-Out Pet Stain Remover (I sometimes put it in a smaller bottle)
- Glass cleaner (to wipe dog nose of your car window if it gets to be too much, the hotel window or the window of a friend’s house)
- Odor eliminator spray (to spray the dog stink of furniture, dog beds or out of the air) – my favorites are Pure Ayre for Pets and Biokleen Bac-Out Pet Odor Eliminator (these definitely go in a smaller spray bottle)
- Roll of paper towels
- Lint roller
- Dog potty pads – My favorite is Hartz Home Protection Odor Eliminating Pads – to place in the hotel room hall or in front of the door….because if they are going to mark inside, that is where they are going to do it (these absorb an adult dog’s amount of pee)
For cleaning a dirty dog:
- Microfiber bath towel (camping kind)
- SKOUT’S HONOR Probiotic Deodorizer (spray on bath replacement for the potty “accidents” like poop where it shouldn’t be)
- Small bottle of dog wash (currently loving SKOUT’S HONOR Probiotic Pet Shampoo & Conditioner)
- Pet Grooming wipes (brands vary but I like the Nature’s Miracle Ultra-Cleanse Coat Wipes)
Other Random Items
- Two extra rolls of poop bags (in addition to what I normally bring)
- Dog Paws Lotion Bar – or rough, dry or cracked paws/noses (since we ARE going somewhere hot and dry)
- Nail clippers/Dremel (depending on what your dog prefers)
- 2 Dog Toys
- Small, portable AM/FM radio or a rechargeable speaker that accepts a flash drive with pre-loaded music (ie. a separate radio than your phone so you can leave it in the room to drown out outside noises.
- Belly band – if you have a male dog that likes to mark.
Additions for a Puppy Diaper Bag
If you’re packing a diaper bag for your puppy, you’ll manage perfectly if you only bring everything listed above.
However, a couple other things that I brought along when I had a puppy are:
- An extra leash and collar (because puppies might chew theirs up)
- Puppy safe chews to keep your dog occupied (since you can’t walk as much with a puppy to tire them out)
- A used blanket (not a clean one so that your puppy can be comforted by a familiar smell)
Additions For a Senior Dog Diaper Bag
Some senior dogs don’t have any special needs so you may not need to pack anything extra for them.
But some do.
Here are some extra things I packed when I traveled with my senior dog:
- A few extra of any medications – in case you forget them or run out
- Calming Supplements like HempMy Pet CBD or VetriScience Composure – senior dogs are more likely to get anxious in unfamiliar surroundings
- Dog diapers (if your dog is incontinent) – I found these disposable male wraps, and female dog diapers, fit my dogs the best and are the most convenient for travel.
Whew! Just writing that list made me tired. Clearly I like to be prepared for anything.
Surprisingly this stuff doesn’t take up much space – just the space of one small to medium piece of luggage.
I keep this pre-packed dog diaper bag stored in our gear room in the basement.
Once I pack all of the big travel items – ones that vary a lot based on what we’re doing or where we’re going, unlike what I keep in this kit – I keep it stored in the basement so it’s easy to grab and go.
It’s also a great thing to have on hand in case of emergency that causes you have to leave your house quickly.