Author Topic: Traveling with kids - car rentals and car seats  (Read 17867 times)

MountainFlower

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Re: Traveling with kids - car rentals and car seats
« Reply #50 on: May 31, 2016, 12:38:00 PM »
I apologize if this has already been said.

We bought two of these carseat bags for $16 each. 

http://smile.amazon.com/Jeep-Universal-Shoulder-Included-Airport/dp/B001CWVYMI/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1464372457&sr=8-1&keywords=jeep+carseat+travel+bag

The airlines check carseat bags for free.  The bonus is that you can stuff them with TONS of stuff once the carseat is in. 

They eventually fell apart because they are cheap, but they got us through about 8 trips.  I had to duct tape them in spots between trips.

Nice! I saw those too but was hesitant because of the Amazon ratings... I wonder how much more durable the JL Childress seats are in comparison. Reading some of the reviews, and searching for "Childress" there are some comparisons. Some people seem to think the JL Childress Ultimate isn't worth the money at double the price. Then there are those who suggest just getting the Childress Ultimate because it is more durable. Seems like sort of a toss-up but also a "you get what you pay for" kind of thing.

We have the Childress and its going strong after 7 years and 50-60 trips.  Its duct taped in spots on the bottom, but we've always considered it utilitarian and not fine luggage by any means.

Impressive!  The Jeep ones would not survive that.  So, there's your answer.  If you travel 1-2 times/year, go cheap.  If you travel a lot, go expensive.  You'd be amazed how much extra stuff you can put in these things.   We always stuff them full of shoes and heavy stuff because there's no weight limit.