Figuring Out The Best And Worst Strollers To Travel With…
Somewhere out there, there’s this mythical cheapie lightweight $10 stroller that I have yet to find. Which is odd, because I’m a bit of a stroller junkie. Sometimes the word “umbrella” is thrown in there (umberella if you’re Rihanna), but always the words cheap and lightweight.
If you do a bit of a search looking for advice on whether you should bring a stroller with you when traveling (you should) and what kind you should bring, inevitably someone will pipe up and say just to grab a cheapie stroller for ten dollars and it will do the job and you won’t really care if it gets broken or damaged.
I found this hideous, most hated stroller at Zellers, a discount store here in Canada along the lines of Wal-Mart. It was not ten dollars, it was $17 – the cheapest I could find and in this case I got what I paid for.
I bought it to keep in the car *justincase*. And when those *justincase* times popped up, I loathed every second of having to use it. Here’s why:
- It is so very, very awkward. Awkward to fold, awkward to unfold, awkward to push. Just awkward
- Bub is very uncomfortable in it. There is now way he’d sit in it for any great length of time.
- It’s heavy. I thought the whole point of this thing was that it was light?
So given that it’s awkward, Bub’s uncomfortable and it’s heavy, would I bring it to travel with? No way, no how.
The whole point of traveling with a stroller is that it’s more than just a stroller… It’s also a highchair, a bed, and a trolley for your scads of stuff. We’ve traveled with myriad of different strollers, and while some have worked out better than others, I’ve NEVER regretted bringing one with me.
And though I am a stroller snob, I am also cheap, so I’m not all about spending lots of dough on *the* pushchair of the mo’ – I’m about spending money on something of quality that you’ll use constantly and it won’t disappoint.
Coming up, I’ll share my travel with stroller stories. The best and worst. But they won’t include a cheapie $10 umbrella lightweight stroller. Because there isn’t one!