Perhaps one of the reasons I feel so connected to dogs is that I have a very keen sense of smell. Granted, it is not canine sensitive but when I travel the way a place smells is huge part of what makes up my trip memories. The natural beauty of a journey or a destination comes to me best through open windows but my attempts to take in a trip with all of my senses can be spoiled by the smells from within the car. Road trips make for all kinds of bad interior smells, be it the dogs, weeks of dirty travel gear or the car itself (I hate new car off-gassing or the smell of the perfume of person who rented the car before.) My solution has always been to bring along one the baskets of charcoal I use as natural air freshener in the house. It's not a large basket but every inch of packing space counts on a long camping road trip with three dogs and a parrot. So, of course, I was thrilled when I was contacted by one of the creators of the PURGGO Car Air Eco-Purifier. Since I road trip with my basket of charcoal, I already know that a charcoal air freshener can neutralize car smells but PURGGO is designed to do it while being aesthetically pleasing and out of the way. Enamored with the car air freshner idea of PURGGO and that the company is based locally, I still did my best to put PURGGO to the test. The results were nothing more than fresh. And not "fresh" like the dangerous chemical cocktail of a toxic air freshener but an actual clean, neutral smell.
To test the power of PURGGO, Jason and I twice left the dog's car beds, stinky from road trips that included off-leash parks and swimming, in the back of the car. The first time Jason sniffed the car after it sat unopened all week in the sun he exclaimed "oh wow, that stuff [PURGGO] really works!" When I climbed into the car during a downpour and was unable to roll the windows down without flooding the car, I didn't mind because the car didn't smell like dog or have a scent of stale, wet car. PURGGO had truly been neutralizing the air as the car sat waiting for the next Cascadian Nomads road trip to begin. Taking only seconds to install, from the easy tear package to the sliding hanger strings, PURGGO will be the first thing I put into my next rental car. No matter what car I am in, every road trip from now on is going to be full of all of the natural smells I want to enjoy on the journey and not nothing but whiffs of dusty camping gear or whoever rented the car before me.