Strap the car seat to rolling luggage to "tote" toddlers through the airport
I showed my husband the picture of this item because I thought it looked pretty darn smart. Well, two minutes later he had the car seat attached to the rolling carry-on WITHOUT an added purchased strap.
You still use the seat hooks from your car seat - both side clips and the top clip. Put the top car seat hook under the top handle of your luggage & the side ones simply around the sides of the luggage. Buy a $0.50 metal ring from a hardware store & clip the car seat hooks to it & tighten all straps. Voila! [Or VIOLA! -- Ed.]
We tested it with our kiddo in it & she giggled as we wheeled her around the house. Perfect. Now I can easily transport my kid, carry-on luggage & the car seat while I travel with her solo. Super easy to detach and reattach while my child is sitting in the seat buckled in (not running around the airport ;) Luggage must be full (duh) and it helps if your carry on has larger wheels & a longer handle.
This hack is a godsend for those traveling solo. Obviously would work best with toddlers who are relatively un-squirmy and -grabby; I'm thinking about little hands getting bumped in the commotion.
The picture also shows the dad pushing the rolling luggage in front of him, as opposed to pulling it behind him (and assuming that all is well with the kid). But even if you feel funny about strapping your kid to a suitcase, this is still a great hack for toting the empty car seat through the airport.
It's been a while since I had to travel with a car seat (and, let me say, I don't miss it). I put it to you, oh wise Parent Hacks collective: is there anything else I'm missing safety-wise?
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