Travelling is great fun for the family especially with kids but travelling with kids requires a little more thought. If you plan to drive, do the kids need carseats, etc. When the bubs were little and we went to places like Thailand, we relied on the baby carrier which is NOT safe at all. Now that the kids are 4 and 5, we usually rent the carseats from the rental agencies. We did this in Australia and England on our last trips and they were fine. We do prefer using the highback boosters as they are safer and we use these at home, but for travelling, we decided to purchase a Trunki Boostapak in case there weren’t carseats available.
The first one we bought was a couple years ago when my daughter was 3.5 and we were heading to Beijing. There are no laws in Hong Kong or China requiring your child to be in a carseat but there are just too many preventable accidents that I think they should be law everywhere. Just last week, I noticed a young child sitting in the front seat with their parent in the car. My daughter was at the right weight minimum and just the right height so we used it while we were there and then for my son, we had the RideSafer vest.
The recommended age for the Trunki Boostapak is 4-12 and the minimum weight requirement is 15kg. Now that my son is also over 15kg, we purchased a second one.
These are great! They are super portable–carries like a backpack and there’s space to carry their essentials in the bag. There’s even a spot to write your child’s name so you don’t need to add extra baggage tags on it. We do when we are travelling though so it’s easy for the kids and us to identify. The boostapaks are a bit heavy to carry though for the young ones for too long, but my 4 and 5 year old can carry for a short distance. On our most recent trip, we travelled to Koh Samui, Thailand and we took both as we would be renting a car in Thailand so we wanted to have booster seats for the car. Sometimes, it’s a bit more difficult in countries like Thailand to have appropriate car restraints for babies and kids. I could pack activity sets for the kids in each bag and also some snacks and a water bottle; however, I carried the bottles in my bag so they wouldn’t be as heavy for the kids to carry. We were also bringing one stroller for the airport so we could hook them onto the stroller when the kids couldn’t carry them anymore.
On arrival, we had transfers arranged to get to our accommodations so I could set up the booster seats right away. These are meant to use with the regular over the shoulder seatbelts and our bus only had the lapbelts. You can change the strap holder to the other side if you need to very easily. There are also handy instructions right on the seat so you can check when you are first getting used to using the seat. Fortunately, our car rental had the right seatbelts for the booster seats and for our trip, the kids were comfortable in them. We were able to use these easily in our car while on holidays and easy to tranport. I believe these are now available online in Canada and are also easy to purchase around Hong Kong. You can even use your Asiamiles points to redeem these booster seats. I know some people travel with their own carseats but they seem a bit bulky especially if you’re the only adult on the trip. Do most of you take your own carseats or do you have other ways? Happy travels!