Why why why why why oh why did no one tell me about the Car Seat Gate Check Bag until now? Oh, it would have been so handy on those flights where we were promised the airline would block the middle seat for us…and then didn’t. And then we gate checked the car seat. And then it came out on the other side filthy and dripping wet. And then we had to put my daughter in it anyway.

Good times.

It folds up into a teeny little pouch, and is just under $15 at Tots On the Go, which has all kinds of handy items for traveling tykes. Whether you’re used to jetting across the time zones, or just to the grandparents’ pad for a little free child care on weekends. –Liz