I’m firmly of the belief that you should bring a stroller when you’re traveling with baby – getting around can be one of the more complicated things to do when you’ve got your hands full with an infant or toddler and all of their stuff!
The best travel stroller is one that is easy to push and that you are comfortable folding and unfolding. A lot of other factors often come in to play, but ultimately it depends on your destination and the type of trip you are taking to determine if bringing a stroller is worth it, and if so, what kind? I don’t necessarily believe you have to purchase a 2nd, smaller or umbrella stroller for travel, although if you have the budget for it, you may as well.
If you think you will be doing a great deal of travel while your baby or toddler is little, it may be worth it to splurge on a good full-sized stroller that travels well, rather than two strollers of varying quality.
Best Travel Stroller Options – Full-Size:
While most airlines are amenable to gate checking a stroller in two pieces, the fact that you can fold this full-size stroller in one piece is a big help. We traveled with our UPPAbaby Vista A LOT, and rarely was its size or weight an issue. We became quite used to the ginormous basket, however, so transitioning down to an umbrella stroller was a little tough for us!
Peg Peregos were the stroller and travel system when my daughter was born – second only to the Bugaboo Frog which introduced us to the notion of spending a lot on strollers. Pegs are still reasonably priced, comparably speaking, and if you are planning on doing a lot of traveling but don’t want to purchase two strollers, the Peg Perego P3 might be right for you. It folds like an umbrella, but lays flat for naps and the connectivity with their Primo Viaggio car seat is second to none. Check out our review of travel with the Peg Perego Travel System.
We’re seeing a lot of these around these days, and for good reason. In spite of offering a sweet, comfy, and apparently full-sized ride, it’s incredibly light and the fold mechanism is super-duper easy.
Best Travel Stroller Options – Umbrella:
We went the umbrella stroller route for our first cruise, and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to travel with an umbrella stroller. Granted, by then my kiddos are bigger and also seasoned travelers, but having a light stroller that didn’t take up much room was a lot easier to manouvre through the airport and our various transit routes. Read our review of travel with UPPAbaby G-Luxe to find out more.
The Maclaren is kind of the creme de la creme of the umbrella stroller world, with many of my fellow city dweller moms opting to just babywear until their bundle is big enough to ride in the Maclaren. With prices venturing into the full-size stroller territory, Maclarens are certainly an investment, but a worthwhile one if you plan to do a lot of traveling.
Bumbleride’s aptly-named Flite is 14lbs of functionality and is capable of doing something that most umbrella strollers can’t… With their standard universal car seat adapter, you can use it as a travel system with most infant carrier car seats.
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