The 6 Best Travel Car Seats

The 6 Best Travel Car Seats – Time to Go!

by Adrina Palmer |

Traveling with a baby or child can be tough, as they do not move well – or in the right direction – without help. Thankfully, the world has caught on to the parenting woes of travelers and created a bunch of nifty inventions to help with car travel, air travel, walking, as well as items for the rare train and bus travelers.

With so many options available now, what should you choose? Don’t overthink it! We have the best options available for you. Take a look:

Best Travel Car SeatWhy It Is BestPictureMom Rating
Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car SeatLightweight, 4 to 35 lbs, Up to 32 Inches, Click Connect, Removable Boot♥♥♥♥
Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car SeatHighly Rated, Designed for Travel System, Removable Canopy, Smooth Underside♥♥♥♥
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Nido Car Seat with Load Leg BaseCollision Protection, UPF 50+, Extendable Hood, Designed to Grow with Baby♥♥♥
Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Car SeatSimple, 5 to 50 lbs, Lightweight, Roomy, Integrated Cup Holders♥♥♥
Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat5 to 100 lbs, 3 Position Recline, Harness Holders, Booster Seat Too, Three Across Seating♥♥♥♥
Eddie Bauer XRS 65 Convertible Car Seat5 to 65 lbs, Side Impact Protection, Compact Design, Under 15 lbs♥♥♥

Best Travel Car Seat

Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat

Light, Rear-Facing, & Up To 35 lbs


The Graco SnugRide 35 Infant Car Seat is one of the lightest infant car seat available at just 7.5 lbs. As all moms know, carrying a car seat with a baby in it can wear your arms out. Sure, strong arms are nice and all but there are easier options than a heavy baby and a bulky car seat. The SnugRide is also fabulous because it goes up to 35 lbs and 32 inches.

Attach to the sleek Graco SnugRide Elite Infant Car Seat Frame Stroller for a lightweight and small footprint first set of wheels for your baby. Even better, keep your little one warm without a loose blanket getting in the way with a removable boot, great for autumn and winter babies.

While infant car seats only last a few months, they are amazing for easy portability and this one goes farther than others – up to 35 lbs and up to 32 inches – for a fantastic first car seat. The latch-based installation makes for an easy set up especially with the easy-to-read level indicator for a perfect and snug fit. Finally, buy for the lightweight but love because of the rigorous safety standards. A few customers did complain about the seat being stuck in the base and sometimes difficult to remove.


Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat

Highly Rated & Smaller Size


The Chicco KeyFit 30 Infant Car Seat is a wonderful choice for every day use and even better for the airport. Check the base and connect in the plane with the alternate installation. When you get out to your ride, connect the base with ease using the SuperCinch tightener for a secure fit with little effort. Your baby will love the comfy padded ride.

This car seat comes with all the basics. First, it has a five-point harness but with one-pull tightening. Second, the shell comes with EPS energy absorbing foam for safety, Third, the seat is smooth on the bottom for less wear and tear on your car. Fourth, the canopy protects your babies delicate eyes and is also removable for a full line of sight.

Fifth, Chicco designed the seat for babies as tiny as 4 lbs and all the way up to 30 lbs. Finally, the seat is designed to work with the Chicco Travel System. A lot of thought went into the design, the only issue is the weight is 17 lbs before you put the baby in.


Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Nido Car Seat 

Lightweight and Luxe


The Peg Perego Primo Viaggio Nido Car Seat with Load Leg Base is the Lamborghini or Ferrari of car seats, and like both of these brands, the car seat is Italian. The headrest is what dreams are made of with six different positions. Also, you will not need to re-thread the seat belt when your baby grows.

The Pagoda Hood canopy uses zippers to extend forward to almost completely block sunlight from babies little eyes. As a matter of fact, the UPF 50+ sun protection. The cushions also are made for two stages, the first for infants 4lbs and up for proper neck support and the second for growing babies who just need an alignment. Finally, like the Graco car seat above, this car seat is made for 4-35 lbs and up to 32 inches tall.

If you are not enticed to love this car seat yet, you may fall for the safety features. First, the shell is filled with EPS foam to protect your babies tiny body from impact. The load leg can be adjusted to ten different positions to work in all cars and has an Energy Management Foot to absorb energy by crumpling on impact so your baby won’t crumple.

Next, a built-in anti-rebound bar attached to the base also adds protection in the event of an impact and reduce rotation caused by an accident up to 50% which is a fancy way of saying keep your baby safer. The seat is built for travel with ability to use without the base and at only ten pounds the seat is a breeze to carry. Finally, pair with a stroller with an adapter for the UPPAbaby Stroller.


Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Car Seat

Affordable, Light, & Simple


For the no-frills family look no further than the Cosco Apt 50 Convertible Car Seat. The seat looks so roomy your baby may want to move in and stay until she is ready for preschool. The sparse seat comes in five different colors and no extra padding or excess. Some babies prefer less in the way of their line of sight or just prefer a firm seat and this car seat is for minimalist babies. Although, the car seat does have two integrated cup holders for drinks and snacks.

This convertible car seat offers a rear-facing switched to forward-facing from 5 lbs to 50 lbs, but what you are going to love about this seat is how lightweight it is to carry around an airport. It may be a bit bulky but will still fit in an airplane with ease and the backseat of a car with another car seat. For budget-friendly mamas, this car seat is a dream. The harness has six spots to grow with your child from newborn to toddler as well as 3 buckle locations. If you prefer a car seat with tons of padding save this simplistic and lightweight car seat for travel or for the second car.

The car seat may be sparse but is still built for safety with side impact protection, a hard shell, 5 point harness, and a latch system. Moreover, the seat meets all of the Federal and ASTM Safety Standards. Finally, you will love the car seat for the ease of cleaning. Take the cover off in one fell swoop and toss in the wash and air dry. This no-nonsense seat does not recline in multiple positions though, which may not work for some families.

4.1 Stars, 640 Reviews – Amazon

Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat

Light, Roomy, & 3 Uses


Unlike the Cosco car seat, the Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat is padded everywhere you look for the baby who wants to travel on a cloud. Built to grow with your baby, this car seat will work from 5 lbs to 40 lbs in rear-facing mode, then forward-facing for toddlers from 22 to 65 lbs, and finally from 40 to 100 lbs as a booster seat with belt-positioning. The seat reclines to three different positions. Harness holders make putting a baby in the seat easier. Also, the height of the headrest and harness adjusts in one easy step with the QuickFit Harness, including in the booster mode. A fabulous car seat with lots of thought.

For a car seat, this convertible is rather stylish in nine different colors all with varying shades of black and gray. Even better, the car seat is under 19 lbs which is quite a bit lighter than most of the convertible car seats on the market. Overall, the seat takes up less space than other models including less space in the back seat, which means extra legroom for drivers.

Up to seven extra inches compared to other car seats for the driver! This makes the car seat great for travel too as most plane rides are short on legroom. Also, enjoy integrated cup holders and removable padding for easy cleaning. Lastly, the car seat meets all ASTM, JPMA, and federal standards. A fabulous find to keep kids and mom happy. The only downside is some customers complained the seat is hard to install.


Eddie Bauer XRS 65 Convertible Car Seat

Compact and Simple


The last car seat to meet travel requirements is theEddie Bauer XRS 65 Convertible Car Seat. This seat is lighter than the Safety 1st model at just under 14 1/2 lbs.  This convertible seat does not turn into a booster seat. Start your baby in rear-facing from 5 to 40 lbs and forward-facing from 22-65 lbs. Like most car seats this one includes side impact protection. Also, it adjusts with your baby with an adjustable harness and buckle positions.

With all the necessities, this car seat goes a step further by reducing the size to a compact design. If you have three kids you can buy three of these seats and fit them across your backseat. Also, the seat is LATCH capable so you do not need to try and attach the seat to the car using seat belts. The seat looks so comfortable adults may wish there was a model big enough for them! The only downside seems to be a few customers complaining the seat angles is a bit awkward in rear-facing.

Final Thoughts

Each of the above car seats has quite a few advantages for travel but one stands out among the crowd.

The Safety 1st Grow and Go 3-in-1 Convertible Car Seat offers extra leg room for drivers and a smaller footprint for baby. Because the seat can work from infancy into toddler years and then work as a booster seat means you will save money.

However, remember all car seats must have a built-in harness for airplane travel. Once this seat turns into a booster you cannot take it on the plane. Otherwise, enjoy the legroom and your baby will enjoy the cozy seat.

Adrina Palmer
Christian and Mom Blogger
Adrina Palmer is a stay-at-home-mom to three wonderful children and a wife to an amazing husband. She has a bachelors degree in Religion from Liberty University and works as a blogger, copywriter, and reviewer. Adrina is a Christian hoping to help other stay-at-home moms find the joy and simplicity as a mother and wife. In her free time she enjoys many crafts, writing, spending time with family, and reading. She would love to hear from you!

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