I’m starting to gather all of the details for our upcoming European family trip and wanted to share a tip that could save you a LOT of grief and money if you’re driving with kids overseas: bring your car seats with you.
If your kids are under 5 I know this is a no-brainer, but did you know that in many countries in Europe booster seats are required for kids 12 and younger? Here’s a handy list by country of regulations. If you are aware of any other lists, please share.
No worries if your kid hasn’t used a booster in years: this Graco Backless TurboBooster Seat is only $21 on Amazon and is the one we use for both Deal Kids. Walmart and Target B&M have them for around the same price.
Robin raised a GREAT question about EU compatibility. I’ve done some digging and have (I think) good news: Check out this booster seat on the Graco UK website. It lists “universal compatibility” and looks identical to the one I have in my car (and have posted above). While not 100% conclusive, I don’t think the UK would allow them to represent that statement if the seats weren’t allowed to be used in Europe!
Considering you can pay $20 a week for a single booster seat rental and carseats don’t count against your baggage allowance (well, I can’t vouch for Ryanair, but on legacy carriers they don’t) this is one item I won’t leave home without.
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