Traveling abroad with children
We help you to select the most suitable child restraint system for your trip
Traveling abroad is an enriching experience that provides the opportunity to immerse yourself in new cultures, explore amazing landscapes and create unforgettable memories. However, when traveling with small children, especially those who still need a seat adapted to their weight and height, there are additional challenges. Fortunately, with proper planning and the necessary precautions, it is possible to transform the adventure into an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Whether you intend to hire a car or use public transport, the first step is to select a suitable child restraint system for the journey. It is essential to choose a seat that complies with both local and international safety regulations. Make sure that the seat is compatible with the vehicle restraint systems in the destination country. Some countries have specific regulations, so it is vital to find out before you leave.
In Europe it is quite difficult to find child restraint systems approved to standards other than Regulation 44 or Regulation 129, but if we travel to countries where these restraint systems are not accepted, such as the United States, Australia or China, we should think about where we can purchase or rent a suitable child restraint system. In some countries, airports offer child restraint system rental services, where they are properly tested and very reasonably priced.
For international flights, it is important to talk to the airline in advance to find out their policies and restrictions regarding child restraint systems. Many airlines allow car seats to be carried on board, but it is critical to confirm the specific details and ensure that the seat meets the safety standards.
Some child restraint systems are approved by airlines to be installed in airplanes with a 2-point seat belt. These types of devices, in addition to being approved under Regulation 44 or Regulation 129, have an additional certification issued by TÜV Reinhland or the FAA.
Today, there are options on the market that are designed to take up very little space, which can be folded when not in use, and which can even be taken into the aircraft cabin as luggage, without compromising the safety of the product. Opting for a compact, easy-to-carry travel child seat will make it easier to move around during your trip.
In short, traveling abroad can be an unforgettable experience if you plan for it and approach it with a positive attitude. Choosing the right child seat, logistical planning, efficient packing and attention to safety are critical steps to ensure a pleasant trip for the whole family. With a little preparation, you can savor the wonder of exploring new horizons while your little passengers sit back and enjoy the adventure.