As you know, it’s been over a year since Luna and I packed our bags and took off around the world. Since then, we’ve visited 10 countries, stayed in 20 different apartments, hotels, and guest houses, and taken five international flights, two ferries, and over 20 train rides.
That’s a whole lot of travel.
Which is why I was really delighted to find that Luna’s carrier—a Sleepypod Air—has held up magnificently through it all (and is still going strong).
So, after one year of travel, what’s the scoop?
The exterior is still flawless. The shoulder strap has held up perfectly. It’s still the perfect mix between soft- and hard-sided (soft enough to give a little when the seat measurements are off by a quarter inch; hard enough to retain its shape).
In fact, the only flaw after a year of full-time travel is that when Luna and I recently got detained in the London airport (aka. Luna was forced to remain in her carrier for 20 hours – substantially longer than I’ve ever subjected her to such a confined space), she dug a hole in the cushy plush pad at the bottom. (And can you blame her?)
Luckily, said pad is designed to be removable, washable, and replaceable, so I didn’t have to replace the whole carrier. (And the fact that I didn’t have to replace the whole carrier makes both my sense of ecological responsibility and my wallet very happy indeed).
Luna and her Sleepypod Air before we took off around the world.
Luna in her Sleepypod Air after one year of travel
(the only difference being a slight lilt to the right and a new plush pad in the bottom).
I’m still amazed at how well it’s held up to the constant use that our lifestyle demands and how much Luna still loves to retreat into it (seriously, she won’t even come out half the time). And, though I haven’t tried these features yet, I’m also really impressed that it can buckle into the car seatbelt and onto the back of a bike.
In summary, Luna and I totally love this carrier. It’s held up to every challenge and offered Luna a comfortable, safe space to call home no matter where we are in the world. And if I ever do have to replace it? You can bet I’ll be buying another just like it.
If you’re thinking about doing some major puppy-in-tow travel yourself, you should totally go buy one.
[Fun aside: after I wrote this review, I put the carrier on a side table in the apartment. Luna didn’t like not having access to it, so she walked over, gave me a look, and took a perfect, acrobatic flying leap into the open carrier (which was about a foot/foot and a half off the floor). I found this totally hilarious and also think it is a testament to how much she likes the thing.]
A big thanks to Sleepypod, who sent me a free replacement pad/plush to replace the one Luna dug through this March. All of the opinions here are my own and, in fact, I approached Sleepypod about doing a review in exchange for a replacement plush, not the other way around. I believe my exact words were “It will be so easy to write a rave because I’m in love with this carrier.”