If you travel in a car when you’re on holiday – whether you’re hiring one for an epic road trip or making a quick dash to the airport in a taxi – then if you’ve young children with you, they should be in a car seat.
Renting one can be pricey though. It can add around £5/day to the cost of hiring a car, and hike taxi fares sharply too – for example, we were quoted an extra €12 for a one-way journey from Barcelona airport to the city centre.
There are alternative options – for instance, some airports have stalls like Malaga’s Tots Store where seats can be rented at half the cost. But your best bet may be to take your own.
Many airlines let you check in a car seat and pushchair for free, in addition to your usual luggage allowance – and best of all you know your child will be safe and travel well in it. The rules on precisely what you can take with you vary though, with some airlines insisting you buy a separate seat for your child or reduce your luggage allowance accordingly.
See airlines’ car seat and buggy policies in full
It’s worth noting some car seats can also be used by children on the plane (if you’ve bought them their own seat). The car seat’ll have to meet certain criteria though and it depends on the plane you’re travelling on, so check in advance.child car seats