The safety of your children is one of the most important things to consider while planning a family trip. When it comes to car seats, there are several options available to you. We gathered a list of options that can help you decide how to go about it when traveling.
Taking your car seat
There are pros and cons to taking your car seat. On the positive side, you don’t have to spend the extra money, and you know the car seat hasn’t been in an accident and works correctly. The cons are mainly the hassle of carrying it around yourself. If you have an infant, this might be the best option, because your child can be safe in the car seat and you can install it in the airplane.
Renting a car seat
Unless you’re a member of AAA, which entitles you to the free use of one car seat with every rental through Hertz, renting a car seat is bound to cost you something. Most major companies charge between $10 and $15 per seat per day and cap those fees at a maximum of $60 to $70 per seat per rental. Read about safety tips when renting a car seat here.
Using public transportation
If you’re headed to a city, you might be able to forgo the car seat altogether by planning to use public transportation. Car seats are not required on buses or trains, and for kids, learning a train or subway map is part of the fun.
Uber Car Seat provides uberX vehicles equipped with a car seat. To request Uber Car Seat, tap the ‘car seat’ option after selecting the uberX vehicle type. A $10 surcharge is added to uberX pricing for Uber Car Seat trips. Uber Car Seat provides one forward-facing car seat for a child who is at least:
(a) 12 months old AND
(b) 22 lbs. AND
(c) 31 inches.
Verify in advance that the city you are traveling to provides this Uber service.
When taking your car seat, try using a product such as the Go-Go Babyz Mini Travelmate, which makes transporting much easier.
A bit pricey, but here is another option: Lilly Gold The Sit ‘n’ Stroll