Gear On The Go

July 05, 2009|By William Hageman | William Hageman,Tribune Newspapers

Name: : Bamboo Pet Silicone Travel Bowl

What it is: : An easily transported collapsible plastic bowl to accommodate pets when traveling.

How it works: : The bowls, which come in 1- and 3-cup sizes in a variety of colors, collapse down to less than a half-inch. That makes them easy to pack or even store in the glove compartment. We tested the 3-cupper on two large German shepherds. The first time they saw it, they gave it the perfunctory sniff test before slurping away. They reported no problems.

The good: : These save a lot of space (the 1-cup version is small enough to fit into a back pocket or purse). They're also dishwasher-safe. As a bonus, they don't have that strong plastic smell.

The bad: : One 3-cup bowl might not be enough if you travel with multiple dogs. A couple of thirsty dogs can consume three cups of water pretty quickly. Better to get each dog its own bowl.

Cost: : $5.99-$9.99

Available from: : bamboopet.com

- William Hageman, Tribune Newspapers

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