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Do you need to Bring a Car Seat When Traveling? 11 must know pre flying tips

What is the answer to the question: Do you need to bring a car seat when traveling?

The simple answer is yes, but they will not force you to. It is advised in times of turbulence. Bringing a car seat on a trip can increase your child’s safety and comfort, but it needs some planning and preparation.

As I just said, there are no rules requiring the use of a car seat on an airline. However, both the FAA and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest that you bring a car seat for your child on a plane if he or she still uses one in your vehicle.

If you require a car seat when we arrive to your destination, bring it with you and learn how to use it or check it. Here I will provide you with information that will help you to make an educated decision, so you can do whatever makes sense for your family.

Why Do I Need to bring a car seat when traveling?

I’ve traveled without and with a car seat for my kids, so I’m sharing what I know.

The true is airline seatbelts are not designed for little bodies. If your child is in a car seat, he or she will be safer and more comfortable. This is especially true if you are currently using an FAA-approved car seat.

Using a car seat on an airline is important for the safety of little kids specially under two years old. A car seat can help protect young kids from harm in the event of turbulence or other unexpected movements. It can also provide extra support and comfort to a youngster during the trip.

When does my child need a car seat on an airplane?

The age, size, and weight of your child determine whether they require (recommend it) a car seat on a flight.

If your child is under the age of two, the FAA recommends that they travel in an authorized car seat. This is since young children are most comfortable when they are fastened in a car seat that is suitable for their age and weight.

If your kid is older than two, they are not required (recommended) to use a car seat on the plane, although you may opt to do so for their safety and comfort. Remember that some airlines have special rules about how car seats can be used on planes, so check with your airline before you fly.

If you do decide to use a car seat on the plane, make sure it is certified for use on airplanes and that it is installed correctly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Pros And Cons About Bringing a Car Seat Vs Checking it:

As we’ve already said, there are rules about bringing car seats on planes with kids younger than two. Every family is unique. Take in consideration this information and do what makes sense for your family. We didn’t always take the car seat on the plane with us and I am sharing the pros and cons for you to evaluate:


Protection: A car seat is made to keep a kid safe while traveling and putting them in one on an airplane can help keep them safe in case of turbulence or an accident. According to the FAA, a government-approved child safety restraint system or device is the safest place for a child on a flight.

Comfort: A car seat can give your child a place to sit that is familiar and comfortable during the trip. This can help them calm down and maybe even sleep better. It is better for small people than a seat on an airplane that is too big.Knowing that your child is safe in a car seat can give you peace of mind and help relieve some of the stress and worry that can come with flying.

Convenience: Bringing a car seat on board can help you keep your child in one place, which can make the flight easier for both you and your kid. Also, a car seat can help you get around the airport because it can be used as a stroller or a backpack with wheels. This is true if your baby isn’t like mine and wants to nurse all the time!

Protect from damage: when you bring your car seat in the airplane you know where it is during all the fly and if is not damage. A car seat, won’t go missing or be late. If you check it in, it could get thrown around and broken when it is check in.


Bringing your child’s car seat on the plane can give them a safe and comfortable place, but there are a few things to think about:

Car seats can be big and heavy, which can make them hard to take through the airport or put in the plane. Also, some car seats might be too big to fit in some plane seats or in smaller planes.

It can be hard to use a car seat on an airplane because the seats are usually smaller and less roomy than those in a car. It can be uncomfortable to stop the flow of people getting in the airplane waiting for you to install your car seat.

Also, not all car seats can be used on airplanes. Before your flight, you should check with your company and carefully research your choices. On the plane, you can only sit in certain places.

Different countries’ laws about car seats: Some countries don’t let car seats on planes, and your seat might not fit on all planes. Before going, it’s important to find out about this.

Cost: Some flights may charge extra to bring a car seat on board or check it as a special item. In addition you will need to buy an actual seat, not just pay for a baby or little kid.

Installing a car seat on an airplane can make it hard for you to move around, get in and out of your seat, and reach things in the overhead area. Buy a window seat ahead of time. Car seats are usually put by the window, but not always. On a full flight, you might not get one.

Comfort: Depending on how long the flight is and how big the child is, it may be uncomfortable for the child to sit in a car seat for a long time. If you child is not use to be in car seat for long time. Take in consideration the length of your trip.

Tips for when you need to Bring Your Car Seat when traveling on an Airplane:

1. Is it free to bring a car seat when traveling?

Car seats, in most situations, do not count as checked baggage while flying. Most airlines will allow you to bring a child’s car seat without it counting towards your luggage allowance. However, it’s always a good idea to double-check your airline’s regulations on taking car seats on board.

Some airlines may have size and weight limitations on the number of car seats that may be transported on board. In addition, if there is limited room on the aircraft, certain airlines could ask you to check the car seat. Again, it’s important to double-check with your airline before your departure to ensure a seamless journey.

2. Considered the length of your fly when choosing to bring a car seat on a flight

The length of the fly and the age of your kid are important considerations in this decision. If the flight is short or long. I’ll get a car seat because it’s been a long haul to give me a break from carrying him and know it is safe.
You should consider if you are comfortable carrying your infant or a wiggly toddler for the whole of the journey. Car seats are not just for babies but also for toddlers. Toddlers enjoy walking around but having a car seat is more convenient for them.

3. Checking with your airline before bringing a car seat when traveling:

Each airline has its own rules about taking car seats on board, so it’s important to check with your airline before your trip. Some airlines may let you check the car seat as luggage, while others may let you bring it on board and use it during the trip at not extra payment.

Before you fly, make sure your car seats are approved for use on an airplane, and book tickets for the kids. You can choose where to sit with your child before you buy a ticket. Recently, in some companies families can book seats next to each other at no extra cost. Remember when you could choose your seat without having to pay extra? On some airplanes, you can do that for your child.

Take United Airlines as an example. This will help the gate worker get people on the plane faster! And you won’t have to move seats to make room for car seats, which can be awkward.

Southwest does not have reserved seating, so families with young children can board early to find places together. Other airlines let families sit together for free if they call ahead or wait until they get to the airport to ask for it, but this can be upsetting.

4. Choosing the right car seat – The Best FAA Approved Car Seats for Travel

Once you decide to bring a car seat. Not all car seats are approved for use on airplanes, so it’s important to choose a seat that is specifically designed for air travel. Look for seats that are lightweight, compact, and easy to install.

Did you know that a car seat must be FAA approved before you can take it on an airplane? If you’re planning on taking your child who is still of the age and size recommended to be in a car seat (under 2), it’s important that you know which car seats are approved. Additionally, of those approved car seats, you obviously want to choose the best one. 

Now that we’ve answered some commonly asked questions about airline travel and car seats, let’s look at which car seats are best for use on an airplane:

Doona Infant Car Seat

Do you need to bring a car car seat when traveling? Doona

Doona is one of the most iconic names in the world of car seats, and there’s a good reason for that. For years, Doona has been providing some of the safest, most durable car seats in the industry. With that in mind, it’s certainly no wonder that the Doona Infant Car Seat is approved by the FAA.

One of the most appealing aspects of the Doona Infant Car Seats is the fact that they can easily be transformed into a stroller, meaning that you don’t have to worry about dealing with packing a stroller for your trip.

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The Doona is a bit heavier than some of the options that we’re going to look at on our list, but its versatility makes the added bulk worth it. Carrying one heavy item that doubles as a car seat and a stroller is still easier than being forced to carry both items with you through a busy airport.

Cosco Mighty Fit 65 DX Convertible Car Seat

cosco travel car seat

When you realize that this car seat only weighs eight pounds, you may assume that it’s not exactly trustworthy, but that’s not the case. The Cosco Mighty Fit 65 DX Convertible Car Seat is incredibly popular, especially among people who say that they “frequently travel” with their children.

When you combine its light weight with how easy it is to clean the seat, it’s certainly no wonder that people prefer it.

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The only hiccup with the Cosco Mighty Fit is found in the fact that it can be a little difficult to install. However, once you figure out the “inside out” installation technique, you will be able to safely secure your child into his or her seat on a plane in no time.

And the price is unbeatable!

Maxi Cosi Romi Convertible Car Seat


The Cosi Maxi Romi Convertible Car Seat is considered the “cousin” to the Cosco Mighty Fit. Due to the similar fashion in which it’s manufactured, the Maxi Cosi Romi also only weighs around eight pounds, and also comes with a removable cover that is washer and dryer safe.

One of the best aspects of this option is the fact that the straps allow you carry the car seat like a backpack. This is especially convenient when you’re trying to get from one gate to another in a crowded airport.

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While it’s a little pricier than some of the other options that we’re going to discuss, it’s certainly worth it. In addition to the ease at which you can carry the seat, the cupholder makes it possible for your child to keep his or her drink close by. If you’ve ever traveled with a child, you know that anything you can do to make their trip a little easier is worth it. 

Safety 1st Jive 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

 safety car seat for airplane

Yes, we just talked about a car seat that has a cupholder, but this option actually has two of them! The added cupholder on the Safety 1st Jive 2-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is designed to give you somewhere to hold your drink. It’s incredibly impressive how durable this car seat is, especially considering that it still only weighs eight pounds. Its narrow design makes it an even better option for airplane travel.

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This ensures that not only do you have enough room, but if you are in a row with another traveler, you’re not crowding his or her space, either. As is the case with some of the other options on our list, getting this car seat installed can be a little tricky, but once you master the inside out technique, you will be able to secure your child in his or her seat on the plane with ease.

Century Drive On 3-in-1 Car Seat

 Century car seat

Don’t let the fact that the Century Drive on 3-in-1 Car Seat weighs 14 pounds deter you from considering it. Yes, it’s a little heavier than some of the other options on our list, but that’s because this car seat can easily be converted into a booster seat when your child gets a little older. That also makes that price tag (close to $170) a little easier to deal with.

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This is the first seat on our list that comes with some higher end options including a no-rethread harness. That means that when your child grows and the harness needs to be adjusted, you simply squeeze the handle and adjust the height of the headrest.

Additionally, the fact that you can flip this seat around to make it rear facing gives you the ability to let your little one reclines when he or she is ready for a nap during the flight. At 19 inches, it is a little wider than some of the other options, so you will need to raise those arm rests. Overall, the pros far outweigh any of the “cons” on this seat. 

Britax Allegiance Convertible Car Seat

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The Britax Allegiance Convertible Car Seat is one of the heavier options on our list, but it still only weighs 17 pounds. It’s heavy duty, durable nature has led many parents to choose it as their kid’s everyday car seat. The fact that it is FAA approved is simply a bonus and means that you can easily use it during your child’s plane ride.

One of the biggest benefits of this option is found in the locking seatbelt option. This is especially important if you are taking your little one on an international flight, as locking seatbelts don’t exist outside of the United States and Canada. 

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The anchor installation process is a little tricky, but that’s largely because this car seat is approved for children weighing up to 50 pounds. That means that this seat can grow with your child. While the price tag may be a little higher than you are wanting to spend, the fact that you can use this car seat for multiple years, and that its great for vehicles or planes makes it a worthwhile investment.

Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat

 Graco Travel car seat

The Graco Contender 65 Convertible Car Seat has been on the market for years, and it has been heavily relied on by traveling parents over the years. That’s because this seat is lightweight and comes with some of the options that you would probably expect to find in a fancier, more expensive car seat.

One of the biggest reasons that parents like the Graco 65 is the fact that it comes with a closed seatbelt path design, meaning your child won’t have to deal with a bulky airline seatbelt poking them in the back during the flight. A comfortable child is a happy child, and if you’re going to be on a plane for hours with your child, you want him or her to be happy. So does everyone else who will be sitting around you. 

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One of the greatest benefits of this seat is found in the fact that it’s much easier to install than some of the other options. It’s a good idea to ask for a seatbelt extender to make things a little easier when it comes time to take the seat off, though. 

Baby Trend Trooper 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

 babytrend travel car seat

When looking for car seats that will work well on an airplane, many parents want to find something that is narrow, so their child’s seat isn’t reaching into the seats beside them. At only 17 inches in width, the Baby Trend Trooper 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat certainly checks that box.

Being able to spend the flight with your armrests down provides some added comfort that isn’t possible with some of the other options on our list. The deep sides on this seat, combined with its abundance of padding makes it a comfortable option for your child, which is especially important on long flights. 

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The stripe on the harness helps ensure that there are no accidental twists. When you combine all the features with its light weight, it’s certainly on wonder that parents have been choosing the Baby Trend Trooper for their airplane needs for years.

WAYB Pico Travel Car Seat

wayb travel car seat system

This is the smallest car seat on our list, and that’s primarily because it has one of the coolest features of any seat that we’re looking at today: it’s completely foldable! The amount of ease that this adds to the hectic process of getting from Point A to Point B in an airport cannot be overstated. When you can fold up the car seat and get through the airport, your hands are free to carry luggage, hold onto your child, and take care of everything that you must do. 

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The biggest knock on this option comes from the fact that some parents say that it’s not great for long flights, as it’s hard for their children to sleep in it. That’s primarily because of the modern design. However, if you’re planning on a short flight, the light weight, narrow design, and ease of installation make this one of the best options on our list. 

There are two things that really matter when you’re trying to get your child on a plane. First, nothing matters more than his or her safety. That’s why the FAA only allows car seats that are approved on planes. 

The second most important thing is their comfort. Let’s be honest, nobody on the plane wants to listen to a screaming, uncomfortable child for hours. As much as you love your child, you don’t want to hear them cry for hours either. Not only is it not good for them, but it ruins the flight for you and everyone else. That’s why it’s a great idea to opt for one of these car seats. 

Not only do they help keep your child safe during flight, but every option that we mentioned today is also a great option for everyday use in your vehicle. Happy flying to you and your child!

5. Preparing the car seat for travel in an airplane

You can confirm your car seat is certified for airline use and have booked a ticket for our child. Also consult your car seat manual/manufacturer’s website for details on your seat. Every seat is slightly different. 

If you’re bringing the car seat on board, make sure it’s properly labeled and that you have all the necessary parts and accessories, such as the instruction manual, harness, and seat belt.

6. Check if car seat fit in the airplane before booking a flight  

When booking a ticket, you can see what type of aircraft the airline will use for each leg of the journey. By visiting their website’s aircraft, seat maps, and specifications pages. 

Locate the aircraft type mentioned in the booking window, choose your class of service, and check the seat width. 

Delta even provides a “child seat fit guide” to make things easier. The width of the Fit car seat is 16.9 inches.

To bring car seats on board, they must be approved for use in airplanes. This sticker can be found on your vehicle seat. The rules regarding CRS on flights differ by nation, so read up before you go. In the United States, if you purchase a car seat for your child, the car seat is FAA certified, and the youngster fits within the constraints of the car seat, you may carry the seat on the trip. 

7. How to Install a car seat correctly in an airplane seat:

Because installing a car seat on an airplane is different from installing one in a car, it’s important to carefully read the instruction manual and follow the airline’s instructions.

If you have any questions regarding how to install your particular carseat, consult your user’s manual and even your manufacturer. 

Also, Inform the flight attendants that you will be using a car seat when you board the plane.
Insert the car seat into the aircraft seat and fasten it with the seat belt, use the airplane lap belt through the forward-facing belt way and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the car seat is properly and securely fitted. Ask the flight attendants for help if you have any questions or concerns about installing the car seat.

R emember that some airlines may have special rules or limits for installing car seats on flights, so verify with your individual airline before traveling.

8. Car seat travel Bag. How to pack a car seat for check baggage?

A car seat cover or car seat bag can help protect the car seat from damage during travel and can also help keep it clean and free from germs.

If you are checking in a car seat at the airport, a car seat cover can be useful for a few reasons:

Protection: Just like with flying, a car seat cover can help protect your car seat from damage during the check-in process. Baggage handlers may not always be gentle with your car seat, so having a cover can provide an extra layer of protection.

Identification: A car seat cover can help you quickly identify your car seat when it comes off the luggage carousel. Many car seats look similar, so having a distinctive cover can make it easier to spot yours.

Cleanliness: Baggage handling areas can be dirty and dusty, and a car seat cover can help keep your car seat clean during transport.

Privacy: Some parents may prefer to keep their child’s car seat covered for privacy reasons. For example, if your car seat has personal information on it, such as your child’s name, a cover can help keep that information hidden.

Here are some car seat travel bags:

Orange car seat Travel bag

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The little stork Travel bag

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Travel bag Back pack

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9. How can a car seat go through TSA security screen?

If you are traveling with a car seat, you must bring it through TSA screening. Here are the things to keep in mind to ensure that goes as smoothly as possible:

Prepare for security screening by removing the car seat from its bag (if you are bringing one)or cover for security screening and allow additional time for the screening procedure.

Airport security check—Because most car seat does not fit through the x-ray machine, it must be inspected manually. 

Place the car seat on the security belt and place it on the X-ray belt for screening.

Fold the stroller (if you have one)and lay it on the X-ray belt as well.

Notify TSA that you have a car seat: Make sure to notify the TSA agent that you have a car seat so that they are informed and can help you if needed.

Wait for the car seat to be inspected: The car seat will be screened while you and your kid pass through the metal detector or body scanner.

Inspect the vehicle seat: After screening, the TSA agent may need to inspect it further. They may use a portable metal detector to look for concealed things or a swab for explosive materials.

Reassemble the car seat and stroller: Once the car seat has been cleared, reassemble it and any accompanying stroller before proceeding to your gate.

10. Pre boarding or not pre boarding

As part of family boarding, you can pre-board with your family and allow more time to settle in. However some people if they can do the trick of having just one adult set up the car seats alone. While the other parents wait with the kid outside and let them explore and get the energy out.

This depend on your kid age. Usually toddlers love to walk and practice their skill. Other kids love pre boarding because the kids love exploring the plane before the trip even check with the captain that could be so fun for them!

Once in the airpiort also, the gate attendant can help with a window seat assignment so that the seat does not block the escape.

11. Can I put a car seat in the overhead compartment of an airplane?

No, car seats are not allowed in the overhead compartment of airplanes. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), car seats must be secured to a seat on the plane and cannot be placed in the overhead compartment, in an aisle, or in an exit row.

This is because car seats need to be properly secured to protect your child in the event of turbulence or an emergency landing. Additionally, the overhead compartments are not designed to hold the weight of a car seat, which could cause injury to passengers or damage to the plane. Instead, you should check your car seat at the gate or use it as a seat on the plane, as approved by the airline.

Do you need to bring a car seat when traveling? FAQs 

Do 2 year olds need a car seat on a plane?

Most airlines do not require a car seat for children under the age of 2 during a flight, as they are allowed to sit on a parent’s lap. However, some parents may choose to use a car seat on a plane to provide additional safety and comfort for their child, particularly on long-haul flights.

If you do choose to use a car seat on a plane for your 2-year-old child, you will need to purchase a separate seat for your child and ensure that your car seat is approved for use on airplanes. It is important to check with your airline beforehand to confirm their policies and procedures for traveling with a car seat, as these can vary by airline.

While children under the age of 2 are allowed to sit on a parent’s lap during a flight, it is generally recommended that parents purchase a separate seat for their child if possible. Here are some reasons why:

Safety: In the event of turbulence or unexpected situations, a child who is not secured in their own seat may be at risk of injury. In contrast, a child who is secured in a car seat or child restraint system can be better protected.

Comfort: A separate seat provides more space and comfort for both the child and parent. This can be especially important on longer flights.

Convenience: Traveling with a young child can be challenging and having a separate seat can provide more flexibility and ease in managing your child and their belongings during the flight.

Cost: While purchasing a separate seat for a child can be an added expense, some airlines offer discounted rates for children’s seats, and the added safety and comfort benefits may be worth the cost.

It is always important to check with your airline beforehand to confirm their policies and procedures for traveling with young children, as these can vary by airline.

How do you bring the car seat through airport?

Once we arrive to the ariport take the car seats from the car and conected either to stroller or a dolly car seat.

We love our Go gobabyz that is out of stock. However there are other options like this car seat storller. I recomend you for an easy ride.

Also a great option are the dolly you can use it as stroller until the gate. Who needs to buy another light car seat for tirps when they grow so fast.

When our kids was rear facing we used this snap and go stroller to carry the car seat.

Do you bring car seat base when traveling?

If you’re traveling with an infant  you don’t need to bring the base. If you skip the base, simply loop the seatbelt through the vehicle’s or airplane’s conventional belt route, fasten, and tighten.

Cares Airplane Safety Harness

The CARES (Child Aviation Restraint System) airplane safety harness is a special type of safety harness designed for use on airplanes to provide added safety for young children who are too big for a car seat but still need a little extra protection during turbulence. It is an FAA-approved harness that is designed for children who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds and are up to 40 inches tall.

It is designed to work in conjunction with the regular airplane seatbelt, providing an additional layer of protection for young children during the flight. It is lightweight and easy to install, and it can be used on any airplane seat that has a lap belt.The harness is typically a strap or a vest that attaches to the adult seatbelt, providing a secure harness that keeps the child in their seat.

Airplane safety harnesses are often more lightweight and compact than car seats, making them a good option for travel. It’s important to note that not all airlines allow the use of airplane safety harnesses, so be sure to check with your airline before bringing one on board.

Using a CARES harness for children on airplanes is highly recommended by experts in child safety. The harness helps to keep children securely in their seats during the flight, reducing the risk of injury in the event of turbulence or sudden movements.

Type of Cares Airplane Safety Harness

There are several airplane safeties harnesses available on the market, and the best one for your child will depend on their age, weight, and size. Here are some popular options:

Child ariplane Travel harness

Novaco Child airplane harness

Newroutes Harness

To install a CARES harness, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the harness from its storage bag and lay it out flat.
  2. Unfold the lap belt portion of the harness and place it over the airplane seat.
  3. Place the shoulder straps over the back of the airplane seat and adjust them so that they are level with the child’s shoulders.
  4. Secure the lap belt of the airplane seat through the designated loops on the CARES harness.
  5. Adjust the straps of the CARES harness so that they fit snugly but comfortably around the child’s shoulders and across their lap.
  6. Check that the CARES harness is properly installed and adjusted by gently tugging on the straps to make sure that they are secure.

It is important to note that while the CARES harness is easy to install, it is still recommended that you familiarize yourself with the instructions and practice installing it before your actual flight to ensure that you are using it correctly. Additionally, the CARES harness should only be used on a seat that is forward-facing and has a lap belt, and it is not suitable for use during takeoff and landing when children must be properly secured with a regular airplane seatbelt.

Do airlines give you a car seat?

Airlines generally do not provide car seats for passengers, but some airlines may allow passengers to bring a car seat on board the plane and use it in a seat purchased for the child. This option can be more comfortable and safer for young children, but it typically requires booking a separate seat for the child and bringing a car seat that is approved for use on airplanes.

If you do not want to bring your own car seat, some airlines and transportation services may provide car seats for an additional fee (very weird), but availability can be limited, so it is recommended to decide in advance.

Can you travel with a baby without a car seat?

It is generally recommended to travel with a car seat for infants and young children, as it can help keep them safe in the event of a car accident or sudden stop. In many countries, it is also required by law to use a car seat for young children when traveling by car.

If you are traveling with a baby and do not have a car seat, it is important to check the laws and regulations of the country or state you will be visiting to determine if a car seat is required by law. Even if it is not required by law, it is still recommended to use a car seat whenever possible to ensure your kid’s safety.

If you do not have a car seat, some rental car companies and transportation services may provide car seats for an additional fee. Alternatively, you may be able to rent or purchase a car seat at your destination.

It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to traveling with young children.

What do you do with car seats when flying?

When flying with a car seat, there are a few options for what to do with it:

Check it as luggage: Most airlines allow passengers to check a car seat as luggage for no additional fee, and it will be stowed in the plane’s cargo hold. Make sure to label the car seat with your name, address, and phone number, and consider using a protective bag or cover to prevent damage during transport.

Gate-check it: Some airlines allow passengers to bring their car seat to the gate and then gate-check it, which means it will be stowed in the cargo hold but you can pick it up immediately after disembarking. This can be a convenient option if you want to use the car seat on the plane or want to avoid the hassle of checking it at the ticket counter.

Bring it on the plane: If you purchased a separate seat for your child, you can bring the car seat on the plane and install it in the seat. This can be a safer and more comfortable option for young children, but it can also be more expensive and may require advanced booking.

Regardless of which option you choose, make sure to check with your airline beforehand to confirm their policies and procedures for traveling with a car seat. Also, be aware that car seats can be bulky and heavy, so consider using a travel-friendly or lightweight car seat if possible to make it easier to transport.

Does 4-year-old need car seat on plane  


 A 4-year-old child typically does not require a car seat on a plane, as most airlines do not require children over the age of 2 to use a car seat during a flight. However, some parents may choose to use a car seat on a plane to provide additional safety and comfort for their child, particularly on long-haul flights.

If you do choose to use a car seat on a plane for your 4-year-old child, you will need to purchase a separate seat for your child and ensure that your car seat is approved for use on airplanes. It is important to check with your airline beforehand to confirm their policies and procedures for traveling with a car seat, as these can vary by airline.

How to install rear-facing car seat on airplane?

Many parents find that rear-facing car seats are great for their sleeping babies. This is because the angle of the seat allows the baby’s head to stay supported and their airway to remain open, which can help prevent suffocation and other breathing problems. Additionally, rear-facing car seats are designed to absorb impact from crashes, which can help protect your baby in the event of strong turbulences. It’s important to make sure that the car seat is installed correctly and that the baby is properly secured in the seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure maximum safety.

Installing a rear-facing car seat on an airplane can be a bit tricky, as the process varies depending on the specific car seat and airline you’re using. However, here are some general tips that can help:

  1. Check with your airline before your flight to make sure that they allow the use of rear-facing car seats on their planes. Some airlines may have restrictions or require specific types of car seats.
  2. Make sure that your car seat is approved for use on airplanes. Look for a sticker on the seat that indicates it is certified for use on aircraft.
  3. Also check the airplane seat dimensions and compare with your car seat dimensions. Contact the airplane if you have question about the dimensions of the seats.
  4. Before boarding the plane, make sure that your car seat is properly labeled with your name and contact information, as well as any special handling instructions.
  5. When boarding the plane, let the flight attendant know that you will be using a rear-facing car seat and ask for assistance with installation.
  6. Once you’re on the plane, find the seat that you will be using and ask the flight attendant to help you secure the car seat in place. Most airlines have specific guidelines for how car seats should be installed on planes, so be sure to follow their instructions carefully.
  7. Make sure that your child is properly secured in the car seat according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Which Airlines Allow Car Seats on Planes?

In short, all of them! Every major airline allows parents to put their children in car seats on their planes.

Lightweight travel car seat                                                  

Here are many lightweight travel car seats on the market that are designed specifically for families who travel frequently. Here are a few options to consider:

Cosco Scenera NEXT: This is a popular option for families who want a lightweight and affordable car seat that is easy to install and use. It weighs just 7.65 pounds and can be used for children from 5 to 40 pounds.

Graco Tranzitions: This is another lightweight option that weighs just 12 pounds and can be used for children from 22 to 100 pounds. It has a 5-point harness and can be used as a forward-facing booster seat as well.

CARES Harness: This is not a car seat, but rather a harness that attaches to the airplane seat and acts as a restraint system for children. It is lightweight and easy to install, and can be used for children who weigh between 22 and 44 pounds.

Evenflo Tribute LX: This car seat is lightweight and compact, making it a great option for families who are traveling. It weighs just 9.1 pounds and can be used for children from 5 to 40 pounds.

When choosing a travel car seat, it’s important to consider your child’s age, weight, and height to ensure that you choose a seat that is appropriate for their size. Additionally, be sure to read reviews and check the safety ratings before making your purchase.

I hope all this information is helpful for you to make a informed decision about if you Do you need to bring a car seat when traveling?!

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Hello there! Thank you for stopping by. My name is Rocio, and I’m a Latina mother with a wanderlust. I believe that family trips are important in forming well-rounded kids. Even when you have kids, you can still travel, so I help busy parents figure out how. Through my blog, Real world Mami, I want to give you tips that will help you plan epic trips to both well-known and less-known places around the world. Happy Travels!

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