A travel litter box is not simply a litter box. You need some extra items for cleaning it and packing it away at the end of a trip. Here are some accessories you should bring on your trip along with your travel litter box.
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Travel litter box recommendations have been covered in detail in a separate post. If you don’t have a travel litter box yet, head over to: Best Travel Litter Boxes in 2023
A basic, lightweight litter scoop will work best for travel. They will fit inside your bag or suitcase with no problem. You can of course use the same one you use at home, if you prefer.
Amazon Basics Litter Scoop with Holder – Amazon USA / Amazon Canada
Petmate Litter Scoop for Cats, Jumbo Size – Amazon USA / Amazon Canada
Litter mats don’t typically fold down small enough to travel with, so what I do is bring some old towels as litter mats. Most hotels will also provide extra towels you can use as a litter mat. You can use any type of towel, but the ones with a more plush texture will work better at trapping loose litter particles.
You will need to scoop your travel litter box daily to avoid messes and smells. The easiest way to dispose of the waste is to bag it in a poop bag, and then throw into the trash. I recommend eco-friendly poop bags.
Earth Rated Dog Poop Bags – Amazon USA / Amazon Canada
Although optional, I recommend bringing a small dustpan to clean up litter messes before checking out of the hotel room. In my experience, litter will always escape the litter mat no matter how you arrange it, and cleaning up with a dustpan is a good idea. Since you’re traveling, a small and lightweight dustpan will be best.
FRANK Mini Dustpan & Cleaning Brush Set – Canadian Tire
If your trip is on the shorter side, you may want to bring some litter from home. Simply pour as much as you need into a ziplock bag. The advantage of bringing litter is you know your cat will use it, if you have a picky cat. You can also bring some of the used litter from home, which also helps your cat know to use the litter box.
Alternatively, if your trip is on the longer side, or if you don’t want to carry litter while travelling, you can also buy litter when you arrive at the destination. I find this works well for trips when I have to fly and I don’t want to carry a lot of things while traveling. At the end of the trip, I donate the rest of the litter to a local shelter.
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I’ve found that the best way to make sure cat litter isn’t leaking all over your luggage is to use a drybag. Using a plastic bag or ziplock bag is not the best because they can easily puncture and leak. Traditionally, drybags are used for outdoor and water activities to keep water out, but it also works to keep litter in. I personally use a 10L drybag from mountain warehouse, but there are many similar products you could use.
Mountain Warehouse 10L Drybag – Amazon Canada / Mountain Warehouse USA