Should you wrap it or protect it somehow? I'm travelling with my 4 month old on my lap and will have his buggy, but want to take his car seat as it would be actual madness to go where we're going and not take it.
I'm worried about it being damaged. We're flying KLM and I was told I can take his car seat as his checked luggage. Obviously I will have to use it to take him to the airport in the car, getting a bit wound up by something so simple. (isn't it funny how we fixate on one thing that stresses us!?)
I bought a bag from kiddicare for it. That way I could wrap the seat in a blanket and also use the excess space to full with nappies and wipes. Afaik, there's not a weight restriction on them, so it was fab extra baggage space and protection for the seat.
When at check in it had to go through the I oversize baggage belt so I think was treated a little more carefully!
Theincidental: we once hired a car seat, a respectable well known hire company we used for car hire before.
A nightmare. Despite email confirmation from the specific hire station and a phone call the day before - no seat. Then a seat was offered which was broken and also looked as if it would just fit the legal requirements.
Finally, an hour after starting the disaster, a seat was found. That was in our home country, so no language issues luckily. The airport we arrived was miles from the next train station. Our destination had also no public transport links.
Since then we only once hired a seat again but my in-laws got it the day before and could inspect it before committing.
I will never again hire a seat when I don't know in what condition it is.
We took bin liners but air transat had their own bags. We had to take them to the large luggage section and got them back from a different bit too (with all the ski stuff.) We took 3 car seats (2 for 2 year olds plus a high back booster) and I was surprisingly impressed by how they were treated.