Advice for travel with car seats and road trips with young children

 

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

 

Car seat travel questions - car seat laws in the U.S., abroad, on airplanes...

 

Family road trip planning tips and advice

 

Helpful products and gear for car trips with your child

 

Video: Easing Travel with Tots (View from the Bay)

 

Using car seats on airplanes

 

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?

 

FAA-Approved Car Seats and Label Warnings - Be prepared for the car seat police (flying with FAA-approved car seats)

 

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

 

Car seats and travel in taxis or shuttles

 

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

 

Car seats and booster laws

 

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

 

 

 

Road trip tips

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

 

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 car trips with your child

 

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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