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Old 11-28-2012, 12:49 PM   #1
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Too many Car Seats to Carry

We are considering staying off site. One of my concerns is getting our kids (age 5, 3, and 1 at the time of travel) and their carseats from the airport terminal to the rental car. Any tips to handle 3 car seats. We have done 1 or 2, but 3 seems ridiculous especially while managing the kids. Any tips to make it easier?
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We are considering staying off site. One of my concerns is getting our kids (age 5, 3, and 1 at the time of travel) and their carseats from the airport terminal to the rental car. Any tips to handle 3 car seats. We have done 1 or 2, but 3 seems ridiculous especially while managing the kids. Any tips to make it easier?
We only have 2 to lug around, but DH brings bungee cords and attaches them to the stroller.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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With that many I would likely have one driver go and get the car, the other parent stay with the kids (and the luggage) at the main terminal - then just get picked up at the door.

One thing that might help - We bought a car seat travel case years ago - and when dd was in a 5 point harness but ds had converted to booster - we were able to put BOTH in the one case. So you could do this with the 5 year old's and 3 year old's seats. It also had a strap that you could put it on your back (not for long distances).

If not either of these - I would rent one of the wheeled carts while waiting for your checked bags - I don't think it's too much $$$$.
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Rent the smart cart!! Last year we finally started ponying up the $4 to rent the airport carts to lug our stuff around and it makes the airport 1000x easier.
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Triple recommend the smart cart. We were always to cheap to rent one, but that and curb side check in are the best $10 you will spend on your trip. Bring money to tip the rental van driver and he will gladly help you with all your car seats. We also have a backpack car seat bag which can be handy.
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Rent the smart cart!! Last year we finally started ponying up the $4 to rent the airport carts to lug our stuff around and it makes the airport 1000x easier.
YES!

Assuming you are talking MCO, just get the cart. Even though we have rented three times from that airport, we still aren't comfy having one person get the car then try to find the area to pick up the others, and with the one parent having three to watch over while making sure they are in the right spot to be picked up just sounds awfu. Get a cart or two and make your lives easier. The rental cars are outside and across the street, so it's a simple walk, especially if you aren't literally carrying everything.
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This almost brings tears to my eyes. We have always been too cheap to get a smart cart too. It completely makes sense to spend that money to avoid the hassle and save a lot of money staying offsite. The curbside check-in is also genius but something we would usually avoid to save money.

Thanks everyone. If we stay offsite, I'm making my husband promise he'll pay for these things to make it doable.
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Old 11-29-2012, 12:48 AM   #8
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Rent the smart cart!! Last year we finally started ponying up the $4 to rent the airport carts to lug our stuff around and it makes the airport 1000x easier.
Even better. Pay the porter. They have bigger carts and will load on ALL your luggage and take right to car. Those smart carts are not that big, so if you have three kids, luggage and car seats....a lot to maneuver.

I pay the guy $20 and have him bring everything to car.
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:36 AM   #9
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I agree with just paying a Porter. When my family used to travel with many young kids in tow my Dad always sucked it up and paid the porter $20 to take everything to the car. They have those huge carts and will take it all, leaving you to just worry about wrangling the kids. My Dad is quite Scottish and cheap but even he agreed it was worth every penny to have less stress in the airport. It's vacation let someone else do the heavy lifting
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Old 11-29-2012, 08:27 PM   #10
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Where do you usually find or connect with the porter?
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The porters are usually wandering in the baggage claim area at MCO.
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Old 11-29-2012, 10:00 PM   #12
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Are you renting a car? It's been several years since we rented a car but last time we did, there was a built in booster in the back seat. You might ask because then you could use the built in one for your 5 yo.
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Old 11-29-2012, 11:16 PM   #13
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We are renting a car. Here's another question regarding having a rental and a porter.

Do you get the rental car first then pay the porter to take everything there or have the porter take everything with you to the rental car place? I can't imagine them standing around with a line for us to get the rental car. I was thinking I would wait with the kids and luggage, have my husband go get the car, and then find a porter to take everything over once we have the keys to the car. Is that the way to do it?
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At 5, your oldest could be in a booster. Backless booster are relatively small and would lighten the load a bit.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:39 AM   #15
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We are renting a car. Here's another question regarding having a rental and a porter.

Do you get the rental car first then pay the porter to take everything there or have the porter take everything with you to the rental car place? I can't imagine them standing around with a line for us to get the rental car. I was thinking I would wait with the kids and luggage, have my husband go get the car, and then find a porter to take everything over once we have the keys to the car. Is that the way to do it?
Will you be using any of your car seats on the plane? If no, I would still probably gate check the carseat for the 3 year old. I would probably choose the 3 year old since you can contain the 1 year old in a stroller and the 5 yr old is old enough to listen. Send hubby, 3 yr old, 1 carseat (collected plane side) and one piece of carryon to go get in the rental car line. They will go straight to the rental car area. Be sure to register for the program for your rental car company so that you are not waiting around filling out a bunch of paper work. You will stay back with the other two and head to baggage claim. Wave over a porter and just point to your items as they come off the baggage belt. More than likely your hubby will have made it through the car line and will be at the car strapping in car seat #1. If he made through the line super quick he can swing around and pick you up, otherwise have hubby call you with the car space number and have the porter walk you, luggage and 2 kids to the parking lot.

$20 well spent IMHO.
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