Family Travel Question:

Q | Should we bring our car seats if we won't use them much?

We're going to London and France with a two- and four-year-old. We usually bring our car seats, but are being picked up by private transport van in London and plan to use public transportation and possibly taxis in London. We will train to Paris. Should we bring our car seats or leave them at home? -Lesley, California

A | Consider a travel vest or convertable car seat/stroller

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Carrying around a car seat, and then storing it in your hotel room can be cumbersome and makes travel days much more stressful.  Some families skip the car seats all together.  (In most cities, but not all, taxicabs and other for-hire vehicles are exempt from laws regarding car seats.  In London or Paris it is doubtful that anyone would require you to use a child safety seat.)  Still, riding with a child on your lap, or having a child use an adult seatbelt is no safer in London than it is at home.

Safe riderYou could consider purchasing two Safe Rider Travel Vests. These vests are small enough to fit in your checked baggage (or a daypack) and weigh just five pounds.  Another option is to bring your own carseats, but use the Go-Go Kidz Travelmate to turn them into strollers on your travel days.

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