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Car Seat Travel Advice and Road Trip Tips

What’s your car seat travel dilemma: Road trip? Taxi, shuttle, or rental car? Using car seats in other countries? We’ve been there, we’ve done that, and we’ll help you do it with confidence.

Jump to these topics for car seat travel advice and road trip tips:

Using Car Seats on Airplanes

Car Seats in Taxis and Shuttles, Other Countries

Family Road Trip Planning Tips and Advice

Helpful Products and Gear for Road Trips


Tips for Using Car Seats on Airplanes

     –> See also Flying Advice Index

Five Things You Should Know Before Flying with a Car Seat

FAA Approval & Fit – Will your car seat be allowed on the airplane?

What are YOUR rights when using a car seat on airplanes?

What can you do if your child’s car seat doesn’t fit in the airplane seat?

Checking car seats at check in versus checking car seats at the gate


best travel strollers and gear for travel with babies and toddlers

Advice for Using Car Seats in Taxis, Shuttles, and Other Countries

Using car seats in taxis or shuttles – “Do I have to use a car seat in a taxi?” Car seats and taxis – and “the law”

Paris Airport Shuttles – My recommended Paris airport shuttle with car seats and boosters

New York City taxis – New York City taxi services with car seats and boosters

Costa Rica car seat and safety booster laws – Traveler beware: Car seat laws are stricter in Costa Rica than in the United States

Australia car and booster seat laws –  Important tips for using child safety seats (car seats) and boosters during travel in Australia



Tips & Advice for Family Road Trips

Road trip diaper changing tips for car seat travel advice

Road trip diaper changes – Tips for changing diapers on road trips with baby

Road trip with baby – Three easy ways to help keep baby happy in the back seat

Road trip packing – Ten Things You Should Pack for a Road Trip with Kids (Family Travel 411)

Carsickness 1 – Three humble tips to help prevent carsickness on your next family road trip

Carsickness 2 – Ten things you’ll be glad you have in the car just in case…

Before-You-Go Checklist – Road trip emergency checklist, with essential items all parents should have in the car

Fall and winter family road trips – Three favorite family pit stops for road trips in crummy weather

Green travel tips – Five easy ways to “green” your next family road trip

Family road trip sanity savers – Five ways my Take-Along Travels with Baby will help on our next family road trip (and might help yours too!)

Planning pit stops for your family road trip – Think outside the car seat – Every stop with a toddler doesn’t have to be Disneyland

Tales from the road – How a penguin saved my sanity on a 1730-mile road trip with 2 toddlers

For recommendations of family-friendly pit stops for your road trip, see our Destinations page.


Helpful Products and Gear for Road Trips with Babies and Children

Pack This! The Knee-Guard for long car trips with kids

Travel vest feature review – Review of the RideSafer travel vest

Compatible stroller for Paris? Ask Shelly: Which car seat compatible stroller is best for travel to Paris with a baby?

Three kids across the back seat? – How to fit three car seats or boosters across the back seat of your small rental car

Best car seats for travel – The top recommended car seats for travel

Car seat accessories – Recommended car seat accessories to help ease travel with your tot

Pack this! Sanity-saving snack catchers for road trips with toddlers

Pack this! Spill-proof, drip-proof travel paints for little kids

Pack this! Organic baby food pouches for travel by plane, train, or car



Find more help for planning your family road trip in Part 4 of Travels with Baby, and get tips to help keep everyone happy on the road in Take-Along Travels with Baby.


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