We just got back from our family trip out West. Part of the whole moving to Germany for three years preparations includes getting in some trips to visit important family and friends before we leave. The east coast to west coast trip logs some hefty hours on a plane, and these hours are extraodinarily fun when enjoyed in the company of a toddler. Before embarking on our voyage, I did some research into the best means to travel with a car seat. Little r is too big for the whole "infant on your lap" routine, but he's far too small to sit in a plane seat by himself. Translation: must carry toddler, luggage, AND car seat through the airport. As the good 'ol RIC airport doesn't have any direct flights to Las Vegas, this also meant we needed the means for transporting all this cargo through the terminal during our layovers.
My research led me to the coolest invention EVER.
It's called the Traveling Toddler Car Seat, and it's merely a strap designed to latch a car seat to your roller bag carry on luggage. I bought it on Amazon for about $20 including tax, S&H, and it was worth every penny. I was skeptical at first, but the customer reviews were raving, so I figured it was worth the money just to see if it was "all that". Although it took a couple tries to get it right, in the end it was really a life saver for us. Dealing with a car seat in the airport is a battle in itself, so this little invention made the traveling easy. Little r thought it was pretty cool, too.