Christmas crunch-time is still weeks away, yet many of us with kids in car seats are already feeling stress over holiday travel. Obviously we can’t go without safety seats, yet car seat rentals are notoriously dirty and often unsafe. The other option, checking the seats, can leave us with astronomical baggage fees. The best answer is a handful of safe, efficient car seats and booster seats that can either pack away, morph into something else or perform more than one function. Although they can still be pricey, think of each of the items featured below as an investment that allows you to travel smarter and–eventually–cheaper over the years to come.
BubbleBum Inflatable Car Booster Seat, $40, diapers.com
Sit ‘n’ Stroll Combination Car Seat Stroller, $327, wayfair.com
Converts from a car seat to a stroller.
Combi Coccoro Lightweight Car Seat, $250, kohls.com
Just 11 pounds!