Whether renting a car, taking a cab, a tour bus, a plane or traveling with friends and family, it’s still important to make sure you keep your kids safe and comfortable.

Cabs:

  • Check with the cab company to make sure they have properly installed car seats in their vehicles, if you can’t take yours along.
  • Recognize that most cab companies will only offer car seats in a mini-van; confirm before booking.
  • Ask about anchors if you are taking your own car seat with you. Review car seat installation procedures prior to your trip.

Air Travel:

  • Prepare your car seat for airline travel prior to getting to the airport. Most airlines will charge you for extra baggage, and it normally ships as oversize.
  • Check with your airline for policies on cost of sending car seats. Most will not allow you to take the car seat on the plane with you, unless you pay for an extra seat, and even then it may not be allowed.
  • Think about shrink wrapping your car seat, or bagging it, to keep it in good repair during shipping.

Rental Cars:

  • Expect to pay an additional per charge fee for a rental car if you require a car seat as well.
  • Ask about racking systems on top of the car, if extra storage is required for portable cribs, high chairs, etc. There may be an additional charge.

Tour Buses:

  • Just like city transit buses, most touring buses to not provide car seats or anchoring systems for car seats. Make sure you know what to expect before boarding.

Cabs:

  • Expect that all cabs will have up to date and certified car seats available, if at all.
  • Assume that car seats are a legal requirement in all countries. You’re not going to be able to change their policies, but you can plan ahead to make sure your children are as safe as possible.
  • Think that all countries have mandatory seat belt laws. You’ll want to evaluate risk before planning on taking cabs as a primary source of transportation.

Air Travel:

Forget to check the special baggage area for your car seat upon landing.
Presume you’ll be able to keep your baby in the car seat during the flight, if your car seat is even allowed on the plane.

Rental Cars:

  • Assume that all car rental companies will have car seats for you to use. You may have to bring your own along.
  • Simply book the smallest car possible, if you can afford something bigger. With babies and kids, it’s great to have extra personal space as well as storage space.

Tour Buses:

  • Presume that you will be allowed to strap in a booster or any type of car seat. There may be safety, space, and insurance issues.