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Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

We will be in Jerusalem and traveling around Israel for a week next month. Do car rental companies provide car seats or do we need to bring our own? Tips on getting around with a 8 month old baby?

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1. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

You can rent a car seat with the car for extra pay. You can bring your own too. Where will you stay in Jerusalem? Will you have parking?

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2. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

Even though there are times that car rental companies say they will rent you a car seat, based on some experiences others have posted, I suggest you bring your own - you will be sure to have a seat, it's one you know how to work with and you will be sure it is in good condition.

Israel is a very child friendly country - most important is to remember that it is very hot here and the sun can be very strong - make sure you have sunscreen, make sure your child has a hat and drinks - and drinks - and drinks some more. Doesn't much matter what - if your child is nursing then let them nurse often, bottles of water should be readily available all the time - for yourselves too.

In the Old City of Jerusalem a stroller will probably not be the most convenient as there are many stairs and many cobblestones - you will be more comfortable with a baby carrier.

Have fun - you will have an amazing time.

Edited: 6:15 am, April 11, 2013
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3. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

You could stay out of town in a hotel in a nearby kibbutz - Tzuba. You could park there and go to day trip without the hussle of driving in Jerusalem. See http://www.belmont.co.il/en/

Edited: 6:17 am, April 11, 2013
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4. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

It would be best if you organized yourself to rent the car part of the time and maybe stay outside of Jerusalem during that time, since parking in Jerusalem is very difficult. ( as is traffic) As Shoshi asked, where are you staying?

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5. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

There is a new service for those that don't want the extra hassle of bring baby equipment.

http://www.israelwithbaby.com/

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Don't rely on the car seats provided by the car rental companies. They are 'well' used. No one seems happy with them. Either bring your own or rent from a baby equipment company that Bluesman suggested. A really good carry pack with a sunshade for your baby will make getting around easier. Jerusalem is definitely a walking city and with all the hills and crowds in some locations, it is easier to carry a baby than deal with a stroller. Tel Aviv is a very stroller friendly city and if you go there for the day, a stroller is very handy. Bring sunscreen with you, it is very expensive in Israel and you will need a lot of it.

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7. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

I strongly recommend bringing your own car seat. We hired one last year from AVIS Israel and it was so awful, we could not even use it. Yes carrying car seat is extra luggage, but it is worth it.

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8. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

Thanks everyone. This is helpful. We will bring a car seat.

We have rented a vacation rental by owner in Jerusalem and it has parking. We don't plan to have a car the whole time, just for day trips.

One question on transport. We arrive in Tel Aviv at 5 p.m. on a Friday. What is the most convenient way to get to Jerusalem since I believe it is the start of Shabbat?

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9. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

The easiest way from the airport will still be the Nesher sherut - a shared taxi van service. You can find them right outside the terminal - the cost is 62 NIS per person (you can hold your baby on your lap), if you take a seat for your baby you will have to pay a full fare. They leave when the van is full and will take you to your exact address.

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10. Re: Travel with baby--renting a car for daytrips and car seat

I recommend you pay for baby. It seems foolish to bring a car seat from China because the one's the rental agencies provide are of dubious quality and then.... not use it in the sherut. 62 NIS is about 17 dollar American!