Upcycled Pet Travel Kit

29 May
While I was reading through your survey responses I discovered that over 60% of you have pets so I thought you might appreciate a pet-themed project for today's edition of Operation Garage Cleanout.

In my hoarded treasure-laden garage I have two bins full of things just waiting for makeovers and in one of those bins, I have had a funny little hard-sided case. It resembles a suitcase but I actually think it may have held camera equipment at one time or another.

As I was brainstorming what I could create with it, a pet travel kit came to mind!

Doggie Bag Pet Travel Kit
This little case is the perfect size to make a travel kit for my little guy. If you have a bigger dog a larger, vintage suitcase would also make a great carrier.

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Supplies needed

Here is the case before. It is different than most suitcases because of its small size and it also has a hinged divider in the center. I forgot to take a picture of that part but you'll see it in a little bit.

vintage carrying case

I decided to line the inside with maps since it is a travel case. I picked up a vintage 1978 Virginia map at the thrift store to use.

vintage Virginia State map

I measured and then sort of did a dry fit.

dry fit the map

Once I was ready to line the case with the map I cut the corners so they would be able to turn around the corners easily. I used Mod-Podge to adhere the map to the case.

cut the corners of the map

Here you can see the little divider inside. It has a little hole for your finger to lift up the divider.

map lined suitcase

I have had this travel-themed wrapping paper forever and I thought it would be fun to cut out a couple of the labels and attach them to the outside of the suitcase.

travel themed wrapping paper

I liked this one.

luggage stickers

And these.

luggage labels

The labels all overlapped on the paper so I couldn't get a whole one but I thought I could use some of the maps to fill in.

map pieces

I attached them with Mod-Podge as well.

luggage travel stickers

faux vintage luggage

The handle of this little case has a clear plastic piece that I was able to pop off to replace what was there with what else... map paper!!

luggage handle

suitcase handle with map paper

I loved the idea of calling this little case a Doggie Bag (my boyfriend's idea) so I hand painted the words on the front. I printed it in the size and font I wanted and then used carbon transfer paper to trace the words onto the case. Then just filled in with white paint.

painting words

Once it was dry I covered the whole thing with a coat of Mod-Podge to seal it.

Doggie Bag pet travel kit

Then I filled it up with my little guy's stuff!

pet travel kit

I found these collapsible bowls at Marshall's but there are some on Amazon here.

collapsible pet food bowls

I found a cheap burlap placemat at Walmart and stenciled dog foot prints on it.

stenciled placemat

pet travel supplies

I used my Dymo label maker to label the treat container.

dog travel supplies

I packed the food and treats...

doggie travel kit

... the placemat rolled up and tied with a ribbbon and the collapsible bowls on one side.

pet travel kit

upcycled pet travel case

And on the other side I packed my dog's leash and collar, some waste bags and a couple of cans of wet food.

packed travel bag for pets

I put a little sticker on the latch to tell which side is the top.

doggie travel suitcase

And I found a little tag that works perfectly for a luggage tag!

luggage tag

I wrote his information on the tag... yes... his name is Pongo Philip... my daughter named him 😝

handmade travel tag

I really love how this little kit turned out, he's all ready to travel now. This will fit perfectly in my trailer when we go camping too!

Pet travel luggage

Upcycled Pet Travel Kit
I realize that most people aren't going to have a little case like mine, I've never seen anything else like it but there are a lot of really cute vintage train cases on Etsy that would make perfect pet travel kits! Here are a few I like:

vintage train cases

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