The Best Car Seats for Traveling Families
Baby and Toddler Travel Car Seat Recommendations
Some children protest riding in their car seat; others sleep soundly in theirs. It’s important to consider the unique personality of your child when deciding whether or not to travel with a car seat. Flying with a car seat for the first time can be intimidating. We are here to help!
Traveling families have four options: travel without a car seat and use public transportation and taxi cabs as needed, check the car seat as luggage until you reach your final destination, gate-check the car seat before boarding the plane, or use a travel car seat while on the airplane. When using a car seat on an airplane, the travel car seat must be FAA-approved and you must have purchased a separate seat for your child.
Safety might be your number one concern when looking at an airplane car seat, while other parents with multiple children need the most lightweight car seat due to practicality. Some families use car seats from rental companies and others simply buy a seat once they reach their destination. When neither of these options works for you, and especially if you travel frequently, it makes sense to purchase a car seat that you use specifically on airplanes and when traveling.
There are accessories to ease the use of car seats on airplanes, like car seat travel carts, which alleviate the need to carry the car seat through the airport separately from the rest of your luggage. You can wheel your child in his or her car seat, akin to a stroller.
Flying with a baby can be hectic enough as it is. Big, bulky car seats like those you use in your vehicle are usually not the best ones to travel with. Excess luggage will leave you frazzled on your journey. We take into consideration safety, light weight, compactness, portability and ease of use when rounding up the best travel car seats.