Travel is good thing for dogs. It gives them a chance to see and smell the sights and sounds of the world, exposes them to new experiences and people, and helps build the bonds that bind you. But it’s also kind of a pain trying to keep up with food and water for your world-traveling canine companion. A pain until now, that is.
We’ve search, sorted, and selected the most sought-after travel dog bowls. We looked at price, customer ratings, features, and ease-of-use and narrowed the list down to the best 13. While that might sound like a lot, there are 1.2 million results for “portable dog bowl” on Google and more than 1,000 on Amazon. You can thank us later.
Here are the “paws” and cons of the best portable dog bowls:
1. Outward Hound Port-A-Bowl Collapsible Travel Dog Food and Water Bowl (Price: $4.34)
If you think dog products should be durable, fun, and engaging, then the Outward Hound Port-A-Bowl is the travel food and water container for you. This lightweight and collapsible container system folds up and fits easily in a purse or backpack pocket. Available in 24-ounce and 48-ounce capacities, the Outward Hound collapsible travel dog food and water bowl set is perfect for dogs of all sizes – even giant breeds. Pawster.com points out this is a great product to carry if you’re hiking and don’t have room for many extras. BreedingBusiness.com rated the Outward Hound well for its leak minimizing design.
TheCounteReviews.com calls it the best product for those who need a collapsible and highly portable dog bowl. One of the greatest things about the Port-A-Bowl is that it can easily be folded and molded to fit into any space. It is truly a “go anywhere” bowl for those of you who don’t go anywhere without your dog.
- Dries quickly
- Not 100% leak- proof
- May be too large for toy breed puppies
2. Comsun Collapsible Dog Bowl, 2 Count (Price: $5.59)
What could be better than pet products your pet can carry himself? Nothing, that’s what. That’s why the Comsun collapsible dog bowl is a no-brainer. Starting at just more than $5 for a two set, this Comson set is more than affordable, even if your budget is bare bones at best. Made of food-grade silicone, this BPA-free duo or trio of expandable bowls was designed with a small clip so you can toss it on a carabiner and attach it to your dog’s collar. Wiki.EZVid.com points out that these are great for feeding or watering two dogs at once.
BreedingBusiness.com and TheCounteReviews.com love the high-quality, FDA-approved materials. While these might not last for more than two or three years, you’ll easily get your money’s worth. They are lightweight, hand washable, and go where you want to go without adding bulk to your bag.
- Not designed for longevity
- Only available in three colors
3. Sunny Beginnings Travel Pet Bowl for Food and Water (Price: $6.10)
This set of collapsible lined nylon bowls makes it easy to provide for your pet’s most immediate needs on the road or in the great outdoors. Each bowl holds approximately four cups of food or water and folds flat when not in use. They are lightweight and come with an easy-to-use clip so you can store them on your backpack or other travel gear. BreedingBusiness.com loves that they are just the right size with a depth of 2.5-inches.
Sunny Beginnings nylon bowls are, according to EntirelyPomeranian.com, “ideal for traveling” and a convenient option for feeding your active dog. It’s important to note that these are not meant for everyday use; they are not as sturdy as silicone bowls but for the price and ability to store anywhere, they are a bargain that can be used for your occasional outing.
- Easy to clean and dry
- Perfect size for small to medium dog
- Not made for long-term use
- Only available in red
4. Glendan Collapsible Dog Bowl (Price: $5.99)
For the stylish pet on the go, we recommend this set of collapsible, silicone pet travel bowls, which come with a matching carabiner clip. Glendan has thoughtfully added a heart-shaped clip insert, so you can keep your bowls safely attached to your dog crate, leash, or stroller. Glendan believes in their products so much the company offers a no-questions-asked one-year money-back guarantee. These food-grade and eco-friendly bowls are lead free and the perfect accessory for you and your pet.
EntirelyPomeranian.com really likes the ability to keep this bowl handy while TheCounteReviews.com says it’s large enough to hold enough food or water for a hungry dog. With an impressive 7-inch diameter, this flexible silicone dog bowl can hold up to 34 ounces of water. When you’re done, toss it in the dishwasher to be cleaned and disinfected.
- Attractive colors
- Collapses almost perfectly flat
- Material is not chew-proof
- Dog may mistake for toy
5. Healthy Human Stainless Steel Pet Travel Bowl, 2 Count (Price: $14.99)
We’re sitting here scratching our heads wondering why no one thought of this before. Bento boxes have long been the standard for fun and healthy human lunches and now your pets can enjoy a fresh made lunch and drink of water, too. This food-grade stainless steel portable pet travel set features two, three, or four stackable bowls. These are perfect if you like to prepare your dog’s food at home or if they have allergies that might make it dangerous to snack on the go otherwise.
TopDogTips.com loves the fact that these are dishwasher safe and BreedingBusiness.com says the stackable bowls are eco-friendly and free from potentially harmful substances. Our favorite feature: the interlocking carry handle. They are portable, convenient, and look like they cost a fortune but won’t set you back more than a Jackson.
- Allows you to hold multiple types of food
- Great for large dogs
- Not collapsible
- Rubber seal should be cleaned by hand
6. Alfie Pet Collapsible and Expandable Fabric Travel Bowl (Price: $10.99)
Here is a truly innovative pet water and food bowl. The Alfie Pet collapsible food bowl does what a portable product should do: stores itself. Made of durable fabric, this full-sized bowl can hold up to 50 ounces of food or an impressive six cups of water for your small to medium breed dog. TopDogTips.com reports that this handy dandy little bowl stays upright even when accidentally bumped by an enthusiastic eater.
BreedingBusiness.com says its measures less than an inch in width when folded meaning it won’t take up valuable real estate in your suitcase, backpack, or camping gear. A convenient side clip allows you to save even more space and keeps the bowl at-hand by connecting easily to your dog’s leash.
- Clips onto leash or folds for transport
- Waterproof liner
- Must be dried thoroughly before storage
- No lid
7. Ruffwear Bivy Collapsible Dog Bowl ($24.95)
This bowl was literally made for adventure. Featuring a lightweight fabric, the Ruffwear Bivy collapsible dog bowl weighs less than 3 ounces but hold nearly two liters of water for even the most drink-ready pup. Despite looking a little flimsy, this portable dog feeding station is surprisingly durable and its unique tapered shape keeps it from tipping during fervent drinking or eating sessions. After a long and tiring day, your dog will appreciate having his own bowl at the ready.
TopDogTips.com says this bowl is a bit expensive (and we agree), which is why it’s at the midpoint of our list. Wiki.EZVid.com reports that Ruffwear products are ideal for multi-day excursions. Whether you’re camping, hiking, biking, or simply perusing the neighborhood, the Ruffwear Bivy dog bowl goes everywhere your pet’s paws can pass.
- Stable grip design
- Holds ample water for most breeds
- Possibly not dishwasher safe
8. Vittles Vault Pet Food Travel-Tainer ($12.99)
The Vittles Vault is unlike any other product on our list and is actually a 5-piece feeding system built to pack and go. The Vittles Vault features a 4-quart food container, two matching bowls, airtight lid, and fitted connector clip. It’s built of food-grade plastic and transforms from a buffet to a movable feast in seconds. Available in pink and blue, the bowls of this pet feeding system are top rack dishwasher safe. TopDogTips.com accurately describes this set as a “pet food kit.”
BreedingBusiness.com points out that the Vittles Vault is compact and constructed for long-term use. Vittles Vault has thoughtfully designed the system with BPA-free and FDA-approved materials including high density polyethylene and clear polypropylene. This system is great for feeding multiple pets if you’re willing to carry a separate water container.
- Holds lots of food
- Two bowls attached
- Bowls are not collapsible
- Middle container hand-wash only
9. Ray Allen Buddy Bowl (Price: $26.99)
Ingenious. That’s the only way to describe the Ray Allen Buddy Bowl. This three-piece, dishwasher safe water bowl is spill-proof and splash-proof and is hands down the perfect bowl for dogs that tend to get more water on the floor than in their mouth. The secret to this polyethylene product is a hidden funnel nestled between the bowl and the lid. Honestly, you just have to see it for yourself.
The Ray Allen Buddy Bowl features an astounding 64-ounce capacity – that’s half a gallon of fresh, clean water that you can take anywhere. This bowl works just as well on the road as it does at home. Despite its high-volume capacity, it is what TheCounteReviews.com describes as lightweight and compact.
- Dishwasher safe
- Pricey compared to silicone bowls
- May be too large for toy breeds
10. Serene Pet 2-in-1 Collapsible Dog Bowl (Price: $8.99)
The Serene Pet 2-in-1 food and water bowl is a fully adjustable dual chamber feeding system that offers a large diameter opening suitable for medium and large breeds. It is made of an environmentally-friendly, food-grade silicone and includes a handy carabiner so you can attach this go-everywhere pet feeder to your backpack or camping gear.
To quell your worries over germs, the Serene Pet 2-in-1 food and water bowl is dishwasher safe. No adventurous pet owner should be without it through the summer. Serene Pet collapsible bowls are what TheCounteReviews.com calls “perfect for carrying” and are backed by a 60-day money-back guarantee.
- Two bowls in one
- Dishwasher safe
- Bulky for small dogs
- Wide diameter may be cumbersome on small backpacks
11. Bone Dry Lattice Ceramic Pet Bowl (Price: $17.99)
While the Bone Dry ceramic pet bowl set is technically not made for travel, they are durable and feature a non-skid and no-slip silicone base rim to keep your pet’s food and water in place. These bowls work well in the back of your large SUV or motorhome. Made of only the highest quality porcelain ceramic, these designer dinner bowls are dishwasher safe and will match your home’s decor. TheCounteReviews.com says they are small enough to fit in your backpack.
Available in small, medium, and large and in three eye-catching colors, the Bone Dry’s lattice design ceramic pet bowls go from home to the road, allowing your pets to keep something familiar handy no matter where you are.
- Non-slip silicone rim at base
12. Mr. Peanut’s Collapsible Dog Bowls (Price: $9.99)
Mr. Peanut’s may not be a well-known name, but it should be. This set of four lightweight and sturdy travel bowls is ideal for small and medium-sized pets and easily holds 12 ounces of food or water each. Keep one in your backpack, clip one on your dog’s leash, store one in your car, and put one with your camping, boating, or hiking gear so your dog will always have a water bowl no matter where you are. They are dishwasher safe and subject to stringent quality standards.
According to Mr. Peanut himself, the company donates a portion of their gross profits to animal welfare causes so your purchase benefits more than just your pet. TopDogTips.com points out that the design is similar to others but its tried-and-true functionality can’t be questioned. TheCounteReviews.com says it’s perfect for travel and its BPA-free material keeps your dog safe and healthy.
(Information Source Amazon)
- Easy-to-use design
- Bowls may be too small for large breeds
- Similar to other products on the market
13. Bonza Large Collapsible Dog Bowls, Twin Pack (Price: $17.98)
Like previous bowls on the list, Bonza large collapsible dog bowls are not unique in design. They are a standard silicone telescoping bowl with a rigid rim and carabiner clip. What makes them different is the included water bottle holder and convenient storage container. TopDogTips.com says these bowls are essentially two for the price of one. We disagree as they are considerably more expensive than similar products higher on the list.
The Bonza remains a good value, however, and is built of 100% BPA-free silicone that’s been approved by the FDA. Self described as the “ultimate” dog travel bowl, the Bonza does what it’s supposed to when and where you need it.
- Included bottle holder
- Dark blue color is different from others
- May be too large for small breeds or puppies