About a year ago we had to go to India for 2 weeks to attend a close friend’s wedding. It was the longest trip abroad we’d ever taken and also the most time our dog has ever spent away from us. When we came back, his face was massively tear stained and his eyes were completely bloodshot. When we took him home, he slept for about a week. We did not want to put him through that again.
So when we were planning a trip to California for the holidays, we knew we had to take him with us. We also knew that finding the perfect carrier would be the key to a successful 11 hour flight from Seoul to Los Angeles.
Our pup is a maltese weighing in at 3 kg (roughly 6.5 lbs), more than light enough to ride in the cabin. Most airlines have similar strict size and weight restriction. First, the weight of the bag (with your pet inside) can’t exceed 5 kg (11 lbs). Second, the sum of the width, depth and height of the cage must be less than 115 cm and the height must be 21 cm or shorter (up to 25 cm for soft cases). After a lot of research and browsing through a sea of Amazon products, we settled on the Petsfit Expandable Foldable Washable Travel Carrier.
The dimensions of our bag are 18 x 11 x 11 inches, slightly bigger than the allotted amount, but since the bag is made of flexible mesh and nylon, we had no problem storing it under the seat. The fabric also proved to be durable. On the way to LA, our pup was everything we were hoping he wouldn’t be. He barked, bit at the bag, clawed at the mesh and did his best to get out. Unfortunately (or fortunately), the bag didn’t give way and he was more or less secure.
Thankfully, we were able to spend the next two weeks in LA getting him used to his bag. It was big enough for him to turn around, sit up and even sleep on his side. The the inside has a soft pad with a removable/washable sherpa cover which helped him fall asleep comfortably whenever his blanket wasn’t with him. It also has a leash hook inside (for my own peace of mind). The front, top and half of the back of the carrier are all mesh, so he can see me and what’s going on outside at all times.
It’s actually pretty comfortable for me to carry around too. It has 2 handles, a detachable shoulder strap and a slit in the side to slip it though a suitcase handle and I utilized all of these. I also found the bag to be pretty stable and well balanced, so when I used the shoulder strap the bag didn’t tilt vey much. It’s also completely collapsable, which makes it super easy to store when we’re not using it.
One of the coolest features of this bag is the side which unzips and expands into a “porch.” It’s like a fancy little pet glamping tent. I have to admit we didn’t get much use out of it on this trip (since he was just getting used to it), but I have a feeling we will definitely put it to use on our next trip.
After two weeks of traveling around California in his carrier, our pup had completely acclimated to it. He went in on his own, took naps in it, and kept toys in there for safe keeping. On our 13h 30m flight back to Seoul, he slept almost the whole way. It was a complete turnaround from our trip to LA! My only complaint is that it has only one pocket, but other than that, this bag was a total lifesaver. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes to travel with their four legged babies. You won’t regret it.
- Petsfit Expandable Foldable Washable Travel Carrier
- Get it HERE