We love learning about the latest doggy stuff out there because we all want the best for our furry friends! Each week we cover the fun, novel, essential, and new products for dogs in our Pawtivity Picks Series.
This week we are covering portable travel water bowls for outdoor use. We are always on the hunt for something light and compact that’s easy to carry while we are out on an adventure with our dogs. Bowls must be durable, spill-proof, fast drying, easy to clean, and leak-proof for frequent use.
There are a few different types of portable water bowls and bottles. We break down these different types into the following categories: collapsible water bowls, pocket water bowls, no spill water bowls, and water bottles / pouches.
Products Covered: Collapsible Water Bowl, Foldable Water Bowl, Pocket Water Bowl, No Spill Water Bowl, Water Bottles, Water Pouch
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COLLAPSIBLE WATER BOWLS
Collapsible water bowls are the most popular form of travel bowls because they are so easy to use and dry. You also don’t have to carry around a separate water bottle just for your dog, but you will need to carry around a larger supply of water. Here are some of our favorite collapsible water bowls.
Ruffwear Bivy Bowl
Ruffwear is a reputable manufacturer of quality, long-lasting and durable dog products. The Bivy Bowl* really lives up to the company’s reputation.
At just 2.96 ounces, you really can’t ask for another bowl to take with you when you are out on the go. The collapsible nature of the bowl makes it ultra-portable. Even more impressve is the fact the this bowl can hold 1.8 liters or about 60 ounces of water.
There’s a clip on the bowl to attach it to your bag to dry and store. The bottom of the bowl has no-slip rubber. An often overlooked feature is the reflective trim giving you an easier time to find your dog’s bowl in the dark.
One downside to the bowl is the high price. You also can’t pop the bowl into the dishwasher or washer to sanitize it. Ruffwear recommends that you hand wash the bowl instead.
WHY WE LOVE: It’s just one bowl for all your outdoor needs. Do you really want to carry around a clunky heavy bowl or have multiple bowls around? Durable, ultra-portable, and works for multiple dogs. One bowl to rule them all.
Take me to the Ruffwear Bivy Bowl* now.
Kurgo Collaps A Bowl
The Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* is made out of food-grade BPA free silicone. There’s a clip on the bowl that you can use to clip on to your bag. You can also fold and roll the bowl up easily to put into your dog’s backpack. Cleaning is easy with this bowl as you can sanitize the bowl in the dishwasher.
There’s a lot of silicone bowls on the market, but we love the design of this bowl the best and how much you can fill in the bowl. The bowl can carry 24 ounces of water, more than many other silicone bowls. Lips at the side of the bowl also make it easier to carry without getting your fingers wet or dirty.
Kurgo backs up their products with a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects so you get the reassurance that you are getting a quality, well-made product to last.
WHY WE LOVE: Lightweight and collapsible. There’s no need to air-dry this bowl. It’s so easy to wash and dry. It’s best for frequent use out on the trail.
Take me to the Kurgo Collaps A Bowl* now.
Outward Hound Port A Bowl
The Outward Hound Port A Bowl* is a low cost, basic collapsible dog bowl that folds flat onto itself. It also dries fast.
The bowl comes in two sizes. The small can hold up to 24 ounces while the large can hold up to 48 ounces. There is an integrated elastic loop on the bowl, but you’ll have to add your own clip if you want to attach it to something.
Many users have mentioned that the bowl is not very leakproof and gets damp quickly. This isn’t usually a problem for those that use the bowl just for a quick water break.
WHY WE LOVE: For the price, it’s still a great portable option that can be stuffed into your dog’ backpack or your own.
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POCKET WATER BOWLS
Pocket water bowls are great for those that want to carry as little as possible. They are ultra- portable and perfect for those that can’t carry around a heavy load with them. These are bowls designed for backpackers, runners, bikers, and those who are constantly on the move. Here are a few great pocket bowl finds.
Rad Dog Collaspible Pocket Bowl
Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* is probably the smallest, foldable dog bowl we have seen on the market – it fits in the palm of your hand! The bowl is also waterproof and extremely lightweight at less than 1 ounce. The bowl can carry up to 16 ounces of water. We think backpackers, runners, and bikers would love this bowl for their dogs!
While super small, it doesn’t have the most stable base. It’s also pretty easy to lose and not visible for evening or night camping use. You may just have to hold it up for your dog to drink or eat.
WHY WE LOVE: It’s so minimal and best for those that want to carry as little as possible. Who wants to run or bike with a bulky bowl in their pocket or flapping against their bag?
Take me to the Rad Dog’s Collapsible Pocket Bowl* now.
Tuff Mutt Canvas Dog Bowl
Tuff Mutt’s Canvas Dog Bowl* is another great pocket bowl. It’s folds into the size of a cell phone and can hold up to 48 ounces of water.
The bowl is ultra-durable and made out of canvas with a waterproof lining. It also dries and wipes up for easy cleaning. There’s a reflective trim for evening use of the bowl. A portable carrying case comes with the dog bowl for easy storage in your bag or your dog’s backpack.
Tuff Mutt covers this bowl with their lifetime warranty.
WHY WE LOVE: This is the perfect portable option for large dogs or multiple dogs. We also love it for camping.
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NO SPILL WATER BOWLS
No spill water bowls are great for dogs that get water all over the place, for dog sports, use in the car, and for camping. How many times have you put a water bowl down only to get knocked over by your dog or your dog’s leash every time he walks past? Here are a few no spill water bowls that we love.
Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl
Although this isn’t a completely spill proof water bowl, the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* does have a water bowl and food bowl that is connected together so it’s harder for your dog to tip over. It’s also very portable, folding and zipping up into the size of a cd case.
This bowl holds about 37 ounces of water and 47 ounces of food, so it’s a great choice for a long hiking trip or for camping use. The fabric is made of reflective 3M for high visibility.
The only downside is that this bowl is harder to wash after use. It’s also not meant to hold standing water for perhaps more than a few hours, so it may not be the best to use on a long road trip.
A nice feature that we would like to see on the bowl is a cinch top that can be used to hold food as well as expandable sides that can still zip up to a larger size.
WHY WE LOVE: We would still take this with us camping in a heartbeat. It’s perfect for mealtime and is great to stuff into your backpack without it snagging or getting caught on anything else.
Take me to the Dublin Dog Nomad Travel Bowl* now.
The Heininger WaterBoy* isn’t compact by any means, but it’s still a great bowl to use in a moving car, boat or on a camping trip.
The bowl carries up to 3 quarts (96 ounces) of water and is BPA Free.
The bowl lays flat, but fresh water flows into the bowl when your dog drinks.
Some users have claimed that the product is not spill-proof when tipped completely over. Others have had problems getting water to flow into the bowl if not filled up at least halfway and so recommend the product for smaller dogs.
WHY WE LOVE: We would love to take this camping with us just to avoid having repeated spilled water from using an open water bowl. It’s also great for long road trips.
Take me to the Heininger Waterboy* now.
ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl
The ZoeZ Dog Water Bowl* is a spill proof bowl that also keeps water clean and debris-free.
The dog bowl features a cover with a hole in the center that when pressed, reveals water for your dog to drink. The bowl can hold 33.8 ounce of water and can be taken apart for easy washing in the dishwasher.
It may require some human intervention to bring in some water into the dog bowl as you have to press the cover to reveal water.
You may have to train your dog to use the bowl properly. The bowl can actually limit how much your dog drinks at a time, so it may not be suitable for very large dogs.
WHY WE LOVE: This is a great bowl if you have a dog that slurps a lot of water at a time and spills water everywhere. We also like that it can help keep water clean when used outside.
Take me to the ZoeZ Do Water Bowl* now.
WATER BOTTLES / POUCHES
If you are running or biking with your dog, you may want to bring as little as possible. It may make more sense for you to get a water bottle that can be used for both you and your dog, instead of two separate bottles.
Water pouches are the best if you want something slim to put in your own backpack or your dog’s backpack. They also make great secondary water sources that you can use to fill your main water bottle, then fold up for compact storage.
Platypus Platy 2.0L Bottle
The Platypus Platy 2 Liter Bottle* is a lightweight and flexible water bottle that can carry 2 liters or 70 ounces of water. It can fit in most dog backpacks.
The bottle weighs only 1.3 ounces and is BPA-free, BPS-free, and phthalate-free. Food-grade polyethylene liners prevents water from tasting like plastic.
The bottle can be rolled up when empty and can stand up when filled.
Keep in mind that this bottle does not come with insulation, so water may freeze in very cold weather. Some have minimized freezing by pouring boiled water into the bottle. The bottle is also not as durable as regular water bottles and won’t last nearly as long.
WHY WE LOVE: This is a great option for a dog backpack simply because it helps keep bulk to a minimum and make things lighter for your dog to carry. We like that we won’t get plastic tasting water.
Take me to the Playtpus Platy 2.0 Bottle* now.
If you want a bottle that’s a bit more durable, consider the Baiji Bottle* which holds 20 ounces of water.
This bottle is made of food grade silicone, BPA-free, and completely rollable or foldable when empty.
A clip on the bottle is useful for attaching to your bag.
We wish this bottle could carry more water, but it’s slim enough to carry two in our bags without a problem.
Each order on Amazon comes with 2 bottles.
WHY WE LOVE: No more plastic bottles or heavy bottles. If you like the feel of a bottle, but want something light and collapsible this is a great option for any travel use.
Take me to the Baiji Bottle* now.
H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle
Want to get a bottle just for your dog and avoid carrying around an extra bowl? Consider the H2O49 Dog Water Bottle* made of food grade stainless steel and BPA-free plastic lid.
The main feature on this bottle is its twist top lid which can be used as a dog bowl for a quick drink. The bottle holds 25 ounces of water and is completely leak-proof.
A clip loop is included, but you’ll have to attach your own clip to it. The bottle is dishwasher safe.
Even though this bottle is steel, it’s not insulated so it won’t keep water cold.
WHY WE LOVE: Well, the dogs just love lapping water from the lid and many prefer it to bowls that are placed on the ground. Dog approved – how can we argue with that? It’s also very pretty!
Take me to the H2O4K9 Dog Water Bottle* now.
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