Save Money When Travelling with a Car Seat

by Liz
(Virginia)

Although there are bags specially designed to hold car seats, I've never used one. I can recommend a cheap alternative.


Through 10 years, and two children, I've always used heavy duty trash bags (get the heaviest you can find). My husband tapes his business card (using heavy duty tape) to the bag. We put in the seat or booster seat, and then either tie a knot in the top or have the check-in people tape the top shut with the tracking label.

We've made 20-25 family travel flights like this (including two international ones) and only had the bag break once. (I still got the car seat back. Just make sure you tape a business card to the bottom of the seat.)

Since they do get roughed up a bit, make sure to bring a second prepared bag (with a business card attached) for the return journey. I usually keep it in the outside pocket of my luggage and then just pull it out at the airport.

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