As we started on the 1.5 hour drive to the airport, I had an aching feeling that we were forgetting something, but we weren’t heading out to the wilderness so I pushed the feeling aside hoping that I could do without it in the civilized world. Forty-five minutes later Aaron asks “Do we have the car seat bag?” Dooh! I knew we forgot something! We have a Diono Radian RXT car seat, which folds flat but would still be bulky to carry around the airport without a bag or other option and is also quite heavy (~25 lbs).
After quickly discussing possible solutions, we decided to make a quick stop at Home Depot to pick up some rubber bungee to strap the very heavy car seat to one of our carry-on sized bags (which we had planned to check). Did you know that Home Depot opens at 6am? Super convenient.
Home Depot didn’t have rubber bungee (or Aaron couldn’t find them quickly). Instead he picked up a set of Lashing Straps. They worked phenomenally. Probably better than bungee would have worked. The down side was that we had to take the car seat off of the bag at security and then re-attach it to continue to the gate. Luckily, we gave ourselves plenty of time to get through the airport.
To secure them to the carry-on we laid the straps on the ground to make a + sign. Next we laid the suitcase on top of the straps followed by our car seat (folded flat). I think it would still work with a car seat that doesn’t fold flat, but this probably makes it easier. Then we just secured the straps as tightly as possible.