The first few times we traveled with Cara, we brought her infant carrier and the accompanying base so we could safely transport her at our destination. When she finally outgrew that, we upgraded to two behemoth car seats, one for each car, in the Britax Marathon 70-G3 and the Recaro ProRIDE. Both weigh close to 20 pounds. I knew for sure that I didn’t want to travel with those car seats. The amount of stuff you have to bring for one kid might as well be equal to two adults, so having to schlep around a giant convertible car seat all throughout the airport isn’t very appealing.
Enter the Cosco Scenera car seat. It’s simple, affordable, and lightweight. It’s also hailed by many frequent travelers as the best travel car seat.
The price tag on this travel car seat is approximately $40. We bought ours at Walmart.com for that price, and that’s actually cheaper than Amazon.com. We also used TopCashBack to knock off a few more bucks.
The Scenera can accommodate rear-facing children from 5-35 pounds, and front-facing children from 22-40 pounds. It has the LATCH system attachments and is approved for air travel. The best part? It weighs only about 8 pounds. I can wear a backpack, pull a suitcase with one arm, and carry the Scenera with the other. That’s the majority of our stuff.