Dh and I are traveling to FL next month with DS (3 yrs old) and DD (10 mos). We are debating whether we should bring our car seats or rent them ($130 for both for the week - steep price!). The airline will check both for free so no cost there.. If we do bring ours I've read that it's preferable to check them at the gate rather than w/ luggage to avoid damage.
I am trying to figure out the logistics of hauling 2 seats thru the airport, security & to the gate (we can't bring the luggage carts thru security). We will have our sit & stand double stroller and probably one small carry on suitcase & diaper bag. Any tips on the best way to go about this? It just seems like a hassle & maybe it's worth paying to rent the seats - but then again you never know what kind of condition they would be in... We could wrap the seats up w/ bubble wrap & put them in large plastic bags on a collapsable wheeled luggage cart until we roll up to the gate... I'm also concerned about the seats getting damaged after we check them at the gate..
Any tips or feedback on other's experiences with the best way to go about this would be appreciated!!!