Taking long road trips with the dogs is one of my favorite things to do. I always grew up driving halfway across the country from either Florida or Virginia all the way to Missouri at either Thanksgiving or Christmas time each year with mini van packed full of dogs, people, and all our stuff.

Now in my adult life, I’ve taken Luna on several road trips to the Outer Banks, Nashville, Upstate New York, and now all the across the country to California with new brother Ralph. We’ll also be hitting the road again shortly to visit family in Missouri and then again next year for BlogPaws 2017 in Myrtle Beach.

After doing years and years of pet friendly travel, I’ve learned that it’s worth splurging on a few very crucial items that will make your trip easier and better for all participating parties. Today we’re going to talk about a few of those products and stay tuned for a few more next week! Today’s sponsor of Day 5 of the Stocking Stuffer Giveaways is Solvit. (Did you miss Day 4? Find it here!)

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A few years back, we put Solvit’s HoundAbout II to the test on the bike trail near our old apartment. I love bringing Luna along for bike rides, but then again I usually make sure my boyfriend is the one towing her!

But since we had a great experience with our first Solvit product, I was really excited to learn more about what they offered and happy that a lot of the products are designed to tackle problems many pet parents commonly face. Like way too much dog hair stuck to your car’s back seat… and is that a barf stain?

Solvit Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover protects car seats from dirty dogs on car trips

We’ve all been there and learning the magic of a seat cover is absolutely key to surviving pet parenthood without having to buy a new car every month. Sure sometimes seat covers might make it harder for full grown people to ride in the back seat of your car without doing some kind of weird rearranging, but let’s face it – only your dogs ride their anyways, right?

I had tried a traditional seat cover before, so I was interested in trying out Solvit’s Hammock design. I liked that this design would catch more pet hair and prevent it from falling on the floor. It also deters both dogs from crossing into the front seat when they aren’t supposed to. And as an added bonus, you can kind of hide stuff underneath the hammock part, which is great if you need to leave a bag or something in your car for a bit.

Luna and Ralph get ready for a car trip with our Solvit Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover

We decided to try out the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover in Classic Green. It was relatively easy to install by just slipping two adjustable straps over the head rests of the back seats and another two over the front seats. I did wish the straps had a buckle, so you could adjust it first and then attach. I think that would also make it a lot easier to convert from hammock to regular seat if you do happen to have full sized humans riding in your back seat, but overall it wasn’t too challenging.

Luna and Ralph take a road trip on our Solvit Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover

Each seat cover also features two Sta-Put seat anchors, which are essentially small white tubes that you can stick between the gap of the back cushion and seat bottom. They are easy enough to remove, but keep the cover more firmly in place over time. I think these worked really well, but had a bit of difficulty getting the hammock side to lay as flat especially with the dogs in. I think it might be because that side is made out of a slightly different and light material.

The actual seat cover side is made of a much thicker, quilted micro-suede fabric, so it is definitely much more durable. I’d love to see Solvit use this throughout the whole product in future models! Right now, the whole thing is machine washable and treated with Stain-Blok.

Luna can't wait for our next car trip with our new Solvit Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover

If the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover is the perfect option for you, Solvit also offers a Waterproof Hammock, Premium Hammock, and a wide variety of regular bench seat covers that provide similar benefits. On top of the seat covers, Solvit has also launched a line of Car Cuddlers! You can find all their car travel gear here.

Dog snuggles in a Solvit Small Car Cuddler

Solvit’s Car Cuddlers were just released on October 15, so you could be one of the first to have one! They combine seat cover with durable and comfortable dog bed, so it’s perfect for pups who like to be comfortable while on the go.

In the past, we always layered a seat cover, a few towels, and a dog bed on long road trips to make sure Luna was safe and comfortable for long hours in the car. I absolutely love that the car cuddler can do both! Car Cuddlers feature a plush central bed with generous side bolsters and that is all attached to a cover that protects the upper half of the seat.

Luna is ready to hit the road in her Solvit Small Car Cuddler

Car Cuddlers are available in two sizes – Small or single seat and Large or bench seat. Since Ralph and Luna cuddle up when traveling in the car, we got them a small Car Cuddler to share.

Car Cuddlers come in both brown and grey and are constructed out of a micro-suede fabric with a faux sheepskin lining. Just like the Hammock Seat Covers, the Car Cuddlers can be used with any existing harnesses you have for your dog to keep them safe while they are in the car.

There is a bit of assembly required, but it’s not too complicated. You just need to shove a few pillows into their zippered spots. It’s a tight fit, so you might need a friend, but I was able to do it by myself with two dogs awkwardly staring at me. So you can to!

The Solvit Small Car Cuddler comes in a few easy to assemble pieces

Typically I would use the Car Cuddler in our back seat, where Ralph and Luna would be safer and less distracting, but the photos aren’t as good back there! Also please don’t mind those crumbs on my car floor. Well, unless you volunteer to vacuum them right up!

We’ll be bringing our Solvit Car Cuddler along with us on our next road trip to Missouri. It’ll keep the pups comfortable and also give them a defined space in the car, which will surely be crammed full of gifts for good Jessicas! We’ll report back, but I really think they will love it. At least as much as a anyone loves to me crammed in a mini van with three dogs, four humans, and a lot (A LOT) of stuff.

Luna lounges in her Solvit Small Car Cuddler

Don’t forget that all Solvit Products including the Seat Covers and Car Cuddlers come with a limited lifetime warranty. They will replace any product with defects in workmanship or materials.

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TWO lucky Beagles & Bargains readers will receive a Solvit Small Car Cuddler or Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover!

Residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec) are eligible to enter via the Rafflecopter below. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, December 23, 2016. Winners will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.

One (1) winner will be randomly selected to receive one (1) Small Car Cuddler and one (1) winner will be randomly selected to receive one (1) Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover. Approximate retail value is $59.99 (Small Car Cuddler) and $64.99 (Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover).

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Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman

Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • Aaron

    My preference might be the Small Car Cuddler because that size and placement would probably work best, but the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover would also have its uses.

  • sandy weinstein

    i want the small seat car cuddler, i saw this and thinking abt buying this. i love this.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I think I’d go with the small Car Cuddler. I have bucket seats in both front and middle of my vehicle, and a bench seat in the back. I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds, so when I drive one or more of them, I typically have one who will ride “shotgun”. They weigh enough to turn off the airbag, so it makes it a bit safer for them. I also drive rescue transports, and very often I’ll keep one of the dogs up front with me – having something like this would be so much better than trying to cover the seat in blankets and/or towels. All other dogs are crated, but I don’t always have enough room for all the crates (oh, how I miss the Dodge Caravan I used to have – I could handle so many more dogs, cats, etc. than my Mazda 5 does, although I do love it as a vehicle to drive).

  • Ruth Epstein

    I would go for the deluxe hammock seat cover as we always have more than one dog in the car – its a brilliant idea thank you

  • ehnen6

    I need the car cuddler, I can’t keep my Shih-tzu in the back seat. She wants to be up front which is not the safest but she has loves it.

    • beaglesbargains

      If you HAVE to keep your dog in the front seat, please make sure she is restrained and not climbing all over you while you drive. That is so dangerous! I definitely recommend putting dogs in the back. It’s safer for them and for us.

  • Ellen Reardon

    I would like either of them! Apollo doesnt travel too well so I would love to see if these would help

  • Ellie

    we would love the car cuddler! this would be perfect for us!

  • Christine Aiello

    I would love the car cuddler!

  • Terrie

    We have the hammock cover and love it! Really helps protect the car seats from muddy paws when I forget a towel on dog park days.

  • Rachel Davis

    we need the cuddler!

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    We need the Small Car Cuddler. I have a pick up truck and when one rides with me, this would be great.

  • Arabella Brown

    Small car cuddler

  • Shelley P

    I’d love to have the small car cuddler the most 🙂

  • Theresa Spaid

    I like the small car cuddler.

  • Kim Niland

    Car Cuddled because of the bucket seats and it will let my pup sleep on the floor when he wants too. We could keep it in the back seat and still have an open seat for someone.

  • Linda Poplees

    the small car cuddler since my dog likes to sit in the seat next to me.

  • Jamie Williams

    I would prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover sinceni have a big husky.

  • Denise Miller

    A Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover would make my cloth seats last and make things more comfortable for The Pup.

  • Jason Diehl

    the large car cuddler, it would fit perfect in my back seat for car rides

  • Maryann Royster

    I would choose the hammock seat cover. I drive a 2 door sub compact, think slightly larger than a smart car, and that is the car the dogs can ride in. But I would love the hammock so my husband could drive the girls around in his subaru, which has leather seats and therefor a no-no for the dogs.

  • Becky

    Small cuddle is just the right size for my dog.

  • jana rade

    We got the Solvit ramp; it’s fantastic.

  • Carolyn

    No preference for cuddle vs hammock

  • Natalie hartmann

    The deluxe hammock would be best since I travel with 3 dogs

  • LyricInTime2803

    I’d like to try out the cuddler.

  • Molly Pitcher

    I think the cuddler would be best. My dogs use a seat belt so this would be helpful.

  • Virginia Rowell

    I would love the small car cuddler. My little ones love to ride in the passenger side up front.

  • Emily Endrizzi

    I think we would prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover. With 3 dogs we need the bigger of the 2 choices.

  • Chelsea MB

    Both would be wonderful this time of the year!

  • Jennifer

    We could use the Small Car Cuddler. With her always riding in the front seat, this is the one that would help.

  • Danielle Murgia

    I like the small car cuddled. It would be able to be installed in my boyfriend’s truck instead of moving her car seat around.

  • LeAnn Harbert

    I want the hammock cover so it would be big enough for all my dogs.

  • Melissa S

    I would like the small car cuddler the most.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    The small car cuddler would be perfect for my Westie, Fang.

  • Mallory H.

    Small cuddler! Neat padding!

  • Lisa F.

    I would prefer the small car cuddler. Thanks!

  • Seth

    The car cuddler would be great since my pup likes to sit in the front.

  • Dagmar

    deluxe hammock seat cover!

  • Sandra Unangst

    Small car cuddler would be my selection

  • EdyeNicolesMakeup

    My dog is super small so I’d like the car cuddler.

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  • sarah oswald

    I would get more use out of the hammock because it would keep my dog on the seat and not able to fall on the floor.

  • MommyPowers!

    SMALL car cuddles!

  • Lorin Dixon

    I think I’d prefer the small car cuddler

  • SGilbert

    I would like the small cuddler! It would be perfect for my front seat. Awesome giveaway

  • Dianne Messina

    Harley, the 5lb Maltese, would love a Solvit Small Car Cuddler.

  • Patrice Goecken

    Not sure which I would like more!?! For our mini dachshund – the car cuddled! But for our American bully – the hammock! So both!!!

  • Jennifer A

    I’d prefer the car cuddler because it would be like a secured bed in the back seat

  • Kerry Curtiss Swartwood

    I think the car cuddler would work best for Axl. On long road trips I think that would be the most comfortable for him.

  • Amy

    I would prefer the small car cuddler.

  • Christina Sparks

    This would be great Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover, I just leased a vehicle and was looking for something like this to protect the back seats when the dogs are traveling with us, thanks for the review.

  • julie matek

    I would love the small car cuddled because it would be perfect for our dog & I wouldn’t have to keep using throw blankets;)

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  • nickie burke

    I would prefer the small car cuddler.

  • Sandy Klocinski

    I would prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover. It seems to offer a little “hammock” enclosed “safe feel” in the car. My chihuahua slips off the back seat occasionally. Also, it can be adjusted to fit other vehicles.

  • Melody

    Would prefer the small car cuddle. I have a meagle (miniature pincher beagle mix who loves to sit in the front see, he could curl up and relax for car rides. :]

  • Caitlyn

    I have a seat cover, so the cuddler would be great to have too!

  • Brittney House

    I love the cuddler the most. I like how soft and cuddly it is.

  • golden storm

    i would prefer the hammock seat cover

  • rparis

    I would prefer the hammock seat cover because my boy is big.

  • anita leibert

    I would prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover because I have more than one dog that would be riding in my car. This would be so nice to help keep the back seat clean!

  • Amanda Eagan

    The small car cuddle is actually something I’ve never seen before! This would be perfect for trips where I only take one dog- often… because my pug’s scream and refuse to sit in the back seat if it’s only one with me. I have placed a bed on the seat but it slides so this would be fantastic!

  • Heather D

    The Deluxe Hammock Cover would be great. I have a bigger dog and she won’t stay in one place.

  • maria s.

    The small car cuddler would fit my Mimi perfectly. I also like the way it looks, really cute.

  • Danielle

    I prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover because I have a bigger dog and he loves to move from window to window in the backseat.

  • Ange

    I’d love the cuddler- our pup is a car “surfer” so hopefully that would help her settle in

  • Keeley Sullivan

    I would love the deluxe hammock seat cover. I have 2 big dogs and that would be perfect.

  • Cindy Peterson

    The Solvit Car Cuddler would be just the ticket for my sweet little co-pilot.

  • Annamarie Voss

    We bought a new car last summer and realized the seat don’t go flat like our last suv and the dog didn’t like that so we decided to go with a hammock to cover the seats when there up and it has worked so well, I also think it safer for him.

  • Jill Rivera

    I have large dog the deluxe hammock seat cover would work so much better than a small one.

  • susansmoaks

    i have a pretty big dog so the deluxe hammock seat cover would work for us.

  • Lesley F

    I would like the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover as I have 2 big dogs

  • susitravl

    I’d like the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover so I could try to contain the dog hair on one surface.

  • Kayla Klontz

    I think he deluxe one would be best because the doggie doesn’t stay still in th back 🙂

  • Elizabeth H

    The deluxe hammock seat cover please.

  • Megan C

    I love them both but think I would use the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover more. I like for my dogs to sit in the back. Their too cute and will distract me while I am driving.

  • Grace H

    I think the hammock because I have a bigger dog and he’s always loosing his balance in between the seats.

  • Jennifer Reed

    I so want the Small Car Cuddler for my pet companion, Cody.

  • BreanneT

    I would prefer the Deluxe Hammock Seat Cover

  • Richard Hicks

    I like the deluxe hammock cover because it is a wider area for the dog

  • Priscilla Pursell

    I like the deluxe hammock cover because I drive a minivan.

  • Julie

    I’d prefer the Solvit Small Car Cuddler because it would be great for our small dog

  • Laurie Nykaza

    Solvit Small Car Cuddler is perfect for my dog

  • aekz2

    I would prefer the small car cuddler

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