The original car seat stroller, the gogo kidzTravelmate, used to be a lonely product in its own category. Now we have the Travelmate Product Family which has five products that conveniently turn your car seat in to an airport stroller, and more. The Travelmate Family now consists of the original Travelmate (QRKIDZ), Mini Travelmate (NMTM), Travelmate Deluxe (TMDX), Travelmate Deluxe Cruizer (TMDC) and the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap (CSLS).
In order to decide which Travelmate is best for you the first question you need to ask is will you be using it with an infant car seat or a toddler car seat? If you will be using it with a toddler car seat any of the five Travelmate products will work as long as your car seat is compatible. If you are going to use the Travelmate with an infant car seat you will have to use the Travelmate Deluxe or Deluxe Cruizer. These are the only two Travelmates that work with both infant and toddler car seats.
Another factor to consider is what you will be using the Travelmate for? If you will only be using it to transport your child and car seat through the airport then any will work but the Travelmate, Mini Travelmate and Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap are designed specifically for that purpose. The Travelmate Deluxe and Deluxe Cruizer, on the other hand, are a bit larger with front and rear wheels and a foot brake so both can also be used as a travel stroller. So, if you do not want to bring your bulky stroller on your trip but will need a stroller then the Travelmate Deluxe or Deluxe Cruizer will be your best choice. In addition, because it can be used as a compact stroller, The Travelmate Deluxe and Deluxe Cruizer are great for quick errands when you don’t want to load up your cumbersome stroller.
A note on the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap: This product is a large strap with a quick-release ratchet buckle system that is used to attach your car seat to your carryon luggage allowing you to transport your child in their car seat while utilizing your luggage as the wheels and handle. So, before you make your purchase please make sure that you will be traveling with a roller carryon, otherwise the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap will be of much use to you.
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