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did you put it in any sort of bag or protect it in any way? We'll be taking our first trip in a couple of days and I'm leery about the way baggage is treated! I guess gate-checked items don't get as bumped around??

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We never put ours in a bag when we gate checked them. Just make sure all the straps and buckles are fastened so they don't get snagged on anything.
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I bought one of the travel bags designed for carseats. I like that it protected it a little better, plus it had backpack straps so it was easier to tote the big seat around prior to checking it.

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We never used anything either.

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We did not use anything, but the cover got dirty. (dirt from the belt into the plane.) The blanket cover which we use got dirty when it was still on the car seat and went through the security screening x-ray. I meant to grab a clear trash bag just to keep it clean, but forgot.

Remember to remove any thing that can easily fall off, like the head rest or any blankets/toys on the stroller or car seat.
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I bought one of the travel bags designed for carseats. I like that it protected it a little better, plus it had backpack straps so it was easier to tote the big seat around prior to checking it.
We use one of these everytime we have to check the seat. It has several tears in it (from the airline) so I can't help but think what our seat would look like by now if we hadn't put it in the bag. We bought it at Babies R Us.
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great question, accupucturemomma! We're taking a trip in 2 months and I never would have thought about this. I think I'll get one of those car seat covers bc1995 is talking about! Now that I think about it, it's kinda weird that they don't come with the carseat?!
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We bought a bag for ours when we knew we'd be checking it on a flight. The bag was like $30 and we knew we would use it several times over the coming years. Since we have a Britax Decathlon, we thought $30 was a reasonable price to pay to protect our $280 carseat from being damaged.
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We just flew cross country with my DD at the end of January, and although we didn't gate check the carseat (we bought her a seat for her own comfort and safety), we did gate check our stroller (BIG travel system one, not umbrella one), and I had the same concerns as you did. I've heard about strollers/carseats getting wet, broken, dirty, etc in the cargo hold (gate checked stuff still goes down, just on top for easy access), and I did NOT want that to happen. So I whipped up a cheapo cover out of an underbed storage bag. I think my main concern was just keeping it in good condition for the trip down, because we'd have to use it the entire vacation. But on the way home I left it uncovered and although it had a few scratches and the fabric was a little worn in a couple spots, it came out fine. But I'm still leary of the whole thing.

Another thing you could try is see if there are any open seats and you could just take it on the plane with you.

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Hmmm, those bags seem like a good idea, but we don't have anywhere nearby to buy one before we leave.
As far as asking about an empty seat on the plane--we're flying first class (thanks to my mom and her bajillion million frequent flyer miles)...I wonder if the empty seat would work, as I'm sure they won't let us use an empty first class seat for that!

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I bet that they won't just let you put the carseat in an empty seat and be in first class... I bet you have to gate check it. Maybe if they have a free seat in first class...
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I bought our travel bag from www.go-baby.com ; I love it! I got the Wheelie one, and it makes it MUCH easier to travel with the seat.

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Just a large plastic bag to keep the straps from getting caught (had to be clear so they could see what it was). But I never considered anything else. You could always just take some spare cardboard and duct tape and make a custom contour-like box around it.

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The airlines usually have plastic bags that they put carseats in when you check it in with your baggage. We have told them we plan to gate-check and asked for one and they've had no problem giving us one.
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We used a really large duffel bag when checking it (bought for checking backpacks) but the custom-made one w/back pack straps sounds easier to manage...

Gate-checked bags tend not to get squished, but they can be left sitting on the tarmac for a while.
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did you put it in any sort of bag or protect it in any way? We'll be taking our first trip in a couple of days and I'm leery about the way baggage is treated! I guess gate-checked items don't get as bumped around??
If you don't bring a reusable bag for it, they usually put it in a big plastic (trash-type) bag before they tag it.
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nak

i tried a big plastic bag once, and i had no way to comfortably hold on to the seat to carry it. yes, it mighjt be cheaper, but not any eadsier, imo, especially if you are travelling alone.

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We flew a couple weeks ago and got a carseat bag at Target to gate check it. It worked well. I put my coat in there too. DH got sick of carrying it though and we checked it w/ the bags on the way home.
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