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Luggage cart to transport car seats at airport?

post #1 of 10
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We're taking both kids plus their convertible car seats to use on the plane. I was thinking about getting those foldable luggage carts to wheel the seats around instead of carrying them. I don't plan on putting them in the seats while on the racks, I'm just thinking it might make things easier. It's only my husband and I and the 2 kids (2 1/2 and 5) I figured there's no way we can each carry one of the seats, hold one to one of the kids plus any carry-ons. I know we can get one of those carts at the airport, but you can only go so far with them. I'm more worried about before and after the gates, especially getting them onto the plane.

Has anyone done this?

TIA!
post #2 of 10
What I do is use the stroller to hold the seats. I had a folding luggage cart but the weight of the seat made it drag and the axle for the wheels bent. I also tried GoGo kids thing that attaches to the carseat so you can pull it but that didn't work. My kids are 2.5 and 7 so I put DD in the monkey harness and then DS and I push the stroller when it is just the kids and I. You can also purchase a strap on amazon that attaches a carseat to your carry for pulling through the airport. I only use an umbrella stroller as I refuse to rent on at Disney at 35 bucks a day.
post #3 of 10
We rented the carts at the airport and those helped. Car seats really are a pain when you're lugging them around the airport. Good luck!
post #4 of 10
I don't suppose you have a booster for the 5 year old you could bring instead? Just asking b/c it wouldn't be as heavy or bulky as the convertable seat. When I took dd's britax, I checked it so I wouldn't have to lug it around.
post #5 of 10
Check with your airline about using a carseat on the airplane. Last I checked, the child has to be in a 5-point harness and the carseat has to have an FAA approved sticker on it. Some airlines list the brands and models of carseats they'll accept.

Will the 2.5-yr old have their own paid seat? If not, you won't be able to put him/her in a carseat because they are considered a 'lap baby'.

If you're committed to bringing two carseats as a carry-on, I recommend that you get at least two rolling carry-on suitcases. Strap the carseats to the suitcases (usually by turning them upside-down over the case then using a strap to secure them together.) That will get you through security. If you're on a lay-over or have a long wait for your flight, consider getting one of the carts at the airport. Many of them take debit cards now so you don't have to worry about change. And they really saved my back! I could load our carry-on stuff onto the cart then allow DD to get on, too. Airports are a lot of walking for little kids so those carts come in really handy.
post #6 of 10
I have seen these at the airport and they are really neat for the convertible seats. Here's the link: Airplanes & Car Seats Part III: Car Seat Carriers The lady I saw told me that she got it online.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by christy'smom View Post

I have seen these at the airport and they are really neat for the convertible seats. Here's the link: Airplanes & Car Seats Part III: Car Seat Carriers The lady I saw told me that she got it online.

I had one of those and had to return it. It does not work with a wide seat. I have a natulias and it said it worked with it and does not. The store employee said it does not work with the britax well either. Also, they are 80 bucks a piece.
post #8 of 10
I would buy the luggage cart and try it before you go. I don't think 2 car seats will fit on one.

You should have paid for a seat for yoru 2.5 year old. the cut off age is 2 and if you get caught you will be buying a full fare ticket. ( I have been asked for a birth certficate before) dd was a large baby.

I don't think you will be able to wheel the car seat a carry one and hold a childs hand .. YOu would have to find a way to put your carry one and the car seat on the luggage cart and each have one.

I would also say thoose luggage carts come in all diffrent ratings weight and size wise I would not skimp on them as the weight will bend the little metal bars.
post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the input ladies!

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Originally Posted by autismmom View Post

I had one of those and had to return it. It does not work with a wide seat. I have a natulias and it said it worked with it and does not. The store employee said it does not work with the britax well either. Also, they are 80 bucks a piece.

That stinks- those are the 2 seats that I have!


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Will the 2.5-yr old have their own paid seat? If not, you won't be able to put him/her in a carseat because they are considered a 'lap baby'.

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Originally Posted by debellafunk View Post


You should have paid for a seat for yoru 2.5 year old. the cut off age is 2 and if you get caught you will be buying a full fare ticket. ( I have been asked for a birth certficate before) dd was a large baby.

I did buy a seat for him. I wouldn't even dream of trying to get away with not paying for a seat, let alone try to put his car seat in a stolen seat!


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Originally Posted by Cookie2 View Post


If you're committed to bringing two carseats as a carry-on, I recommend that you get at least two rolling carry-on suitcases. Strap the carseats to the suitcases (usually by turning them upside-down over the case then using a strap to secure them together.).

I was considering this too, thanks!
post #10 of 10
I thought this was very intresting..

Amazon.com: Traveling Toddler Car Seat Travel Accessory: Baby

I have this and LOVE it and when dd is not in it I toss the back pack in her car seat to push it and hold her hand.

Go Go Babyz

I have a Brtiax Marathon and it fits perfect you have to select what seat you have and They have changed I bought mine well over 3 years ago.
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