What To Put In A Doggie Day (Diaper) Bag?

I remember leaving the house with my new little Angel Baby for the first time. Panic set in as I wondered if I had all the things I could possibly need to take care of him till we got back home.  It turned out that even with diligent preparation I was still caught without what my baby needed! One little trip turned into an unexpected day trip that I hadn't prepared for.  Now, I know that it can happen to anyone at anytime. Always carry a well stocked doggy day (diaper) bag when you go away from home with your precious Angel Baby!

I want to help you feel well prepared so let’s get into the complete list of what to pack in a puppy day (diaper) bag.


Sweater - little ones get cold easily & quickly. Also, a snug sweater calms a nervous or unsure one.

Blanket - this can be used for so many ways. Wrap puppy in, cover, put in purse to lift puppy up, etc..

 Heat Pad

Heat source - keep your baby warm with a snugglesafe heat pad that stays warm up to 10 hours without having to be plugged in. Your baby craves heat especially when it's cold outside.

Pee pee pads - your baby will usually be trained to go potty on a pee pee pad on command wherever you put it by the time your pick him up from me. You can even put the pad on your lap. Be sure to keep some in your bag.


Nutra-cal - A high calorie nutritional suppliment used to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Low blood sugar is caused by using more energy than puppy has (playing too hard, or too long), not eating when food is needed, high stress situation or anything that causes baby to use up energy quickly. It's good to have several tubes of this in varying places.  I use it on my adults too. Sometimes that won't eat or can't eat and need nutrition.  This is what I turn to. It's thick and comes out of the tube like toothpaste.  Put a ribbon on your index finger, open their mouth and quickly put it on the top of their mouth.  They will eat it cuz it tastes good!

Bottle of vanilla Ensure - I have found Ensure to be a lifesaver so many times.  It's an easy, quick meal on the go and they love it. I always keep Ensure on hand!

Brush/comb - ya never know when a photo op will present itself. :)

Kibble - a sandwich bag with some hard kibble is a great treat on the go.

Bowl for water/kibble - I use bottled water. Make sure you always have some available for your little one all the time.

Bottle of water - see above

Dog Treats - if you have a special treat for your baby be sure to have some in the bag.

Chew toy/pig ear - prevent teething while on the go by having something "legal" for him/her to chew on.

Dog Toy - ya, they love to play anywhere.  You'd be surprised how many times for play come up on a simple outing.

Wet paper towel in sandwich bag - This is needed for many reasons, either for them or you.

Leash - be sure your puppy is always leashed when out.  Never forget how many people would love to literally snatch your baby right out of your arms! Keep him tethered to you.

Large & small plastic bags for potty disposal - I keep a few bags to pick up potty messes and a bigger one to throw trash into.

Hand sanitizer - germs are everywhere!

Hand lotion - sanitizer can be rough on hands.

Snacks - keep a pick me up snack in there for you.  What good is anything if you run out of gas?

By being prepared I am also able to save money.  I have what I need for my little one when we are away from the house or caught out for an extended period of time.  A new puppy is much like a new baby.  It is always a great idea to be prepared!

Are Diaper Bags Necessary?

Short answer is yes. Consider it your new mom purse. Unless you plan on carrying all of the non negotiable items I mentioned earlier in your bare hands, you will need a way to transport it all. Life is going to throw a lot your way when it comes to outings with your baby. Now that you're all prepared, go and make sweet memories without worries! 


  1. Sally, For some reason this site popped up in my emails! Don’t know how or why? Sure don’t remember clicking on this when reading through ALL your blogs! Is this information new? At any rate so enjoyed it. Perhaps there is some force that keeps drawing me back......I am on it so much. If it isn't new........ don’t know how I could have missed it. At any rate, kinda like finding a “sequel” to you favorite book! Is there anything you don’t think of? Thank you again for all you wonderful ideas, and for caring so much.
    Joyce Miller, Ashland

  2. Sally, I'm SO glad you made a post about this--I love it! You know I carried my "diaper bag" around with me for such a long time when Tigh was a baby, and now that he's a year old, I'm doing it again with Esprit!--although I have a little more confidence that I know what I'm doing now :P

    There's a backpack by Kurgo (Amazon) that's made specifically for carrying your baby and supplies for adventures--I wouldn't use it for a brand new baby, but once they get a little older and have some experience, it looks great for adventure excursions. I'll be adding it to our supplies in short time--our current backpack is just not cutting it anymore!

    Sometimes I carry a couple extra things since we do so many adventures together (Tigh will be starting CGC soon as well as agility!)...I thought I'd share those things in case someone else has adventure babies too!

    --Waterless-foaming soap, because poo-butt and muddy paws happen: my favorite is Nature's Specialties Plum-Crazy Foaming Facial Wash (Amazon)--it really is a must have for day trips or longer (our trainer/behaviorist recommended it and I LOVE it for our two Angel Babies!)
    --Booties: in case it's cold/wet/muddy
    --Raincoat (let's face it though, these babies are too precious to be out in the wet and mud for very long, even if Esprit loves getting dirty!)
    --Blinky light (like the kind you put on a bicycle)--A suggestion from Dr. Keith to help keep predator birds away. I just attach it to the back of the harness.
    --Extra hair bands/bows--You know baby girl paws them out of her hair and loses them right when you need her to look her cutest!
    --Tiny travel comb or brush: it's nice to have these during peaceful, happy moments on your lap to help them associate grooming with positive feelings.
    --A long line (long leash) for when you're in a *very* safe place and can let your Angel Baby run and play, or teaching them recall etc.
    --A couple extra clips (like small carabiners): they always come in handy for something.

    All the best to you and the Angel Baby family!
    -CD, EP, Tigh & Esprit in Mapleton <3

  3. This is what I did for our Riley. So important, just as it was for our human babies. Always be prepared.

  4. Great information and tips. We'll be building our doggy diaper bag for the ride home as well as any outings we take our litle angel on.
    Ann & David M. Tacoma, WA

  5. Hi Sally,

    Again we love all the items you suggest to help us be better parents. We had never heard of SnuggleSafe microwave heatpad, Nutra-cal, or having a Diaper Bag for a puppy. Three more items we are definitely getting. We were concern about riding in a car for 12 hours to get home after we pick up our Angel Baby. Your blog gives us some answers. Thank you.

    Diana & Bill W. Livermore, CA

  6. Another great list! All of these items will be very helpful when we travel with our Angel Baby.
    Julaine F. - Canby, OR

  7. I had never used a doggy diaper bag before, but after reading the comments it makes really good sense. Even if I don't have it in the car I have all the items needed in one place. I had not thought about waterless foaming soap. What a great idea!
    Thank you,
    Steph - Happy Valley, OR

  8. Sally, thank you very much for organizing such exhaustive list of necessary items. We expect all of them to be handy at any given moment. My husband told me that he might borrow SnuggleSafe microwave heatpad from our puppy from time to time. We are starting to build our own bag.

    Daria K. Seattle, WA

  9. Sally thank you for this information, having all this on hand will make every puppy mom very happy and short on long trips. Connie H., Corvallis, Oregon

  10. I remember with my past babies, my car always had a bottle of water, a small stainless bowel and puppy pads and bags for such emergencies - a to go diaper bag is a great idea - I even have a diaper bag I used with grandkids that will now be repurposed for this! Judi - Reno, NV

  11. This puppy day (diaper) bag is the best thing ever! What a wonderful idea! Another great list of things to have! Having all this on hand will definitely make life so much easier when it is time to leave the house with our new baby! I don’t think I can possibly thank you enough for all your wonderful ideas and extremely informative, helpful suggestions! Ashley Q ~ Lake Oswego, OR

  12. While I always pack a "Britney Bag" when I leave the house, I really like the idea of a pre-packed bag, ready to go that includes items I might need in addition to food, water and a travel bowl that I always bring with me.
    This will be less stressful when I'm ready to run out the door if I have pre-packed items that I don't have to think about if I am in a hurry.
    WOW-- just when I thought you couldn't possibly have any additional suggestions, you come through with another great plan. Thank You Sally. :-)

    Robyn L.
    Cathedral City, CA

  13. Travel tips are great because we are able to take our pup along in our retirement and chose a small breed specifically for this purpose. I like the backpack idea, this is going to e soo much fun.

    John & Brenda V

  14. I believe in the diaper bag. Even as adults I always had a bag in the car with necessities. Can’t go wrong.
    Dayton OR

  15. Great info. Definitely will be my go to check list. Michele G Sun City CA

  16. Gotta be prepared wherever I go! This set seems pretty foolproof. If you carry a purse for your own essential items, then it makes perfect sense to have a day bag for your fur baby too.

    Cathy L
    Seattle, WA

  17. Excellent info! I always like to be prepared for all contingencies, this checklist sounds spot on. Thank you Sally for the effort you put in to be so thorough. Tracy D. Vancouver, WA

  18. Great ideas to organize everything
    Kathy S Central Point