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)!
What Is the Best Travel Stroller?
The best travel stroller is one that is lightweight, easy to push, and is easy to fold and unfold. But, a lot of other factors often come into play. 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 second, smaller or umbrella stroller for travel. However, if you have the budget for it, you may as well.
If you think you will be doing a great deal of travel with baby, 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 which introduced us to the notion of spending a lot on strollers. Pegs are still reasonably priced–comparatively speaking–and if you are planning on doing a lot of traveling but don’t want to purchase two strollers, the Peg Perego Booklet might be right for you. It folds like an umbrella, but lays flat for naps. 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. The Baby Jogger City Mini offers a sweet, comfy, and apparently full-sized ride. It’s also 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 were bigger and also seasoned travelers. However, a light stroller that didn’t take up much room made it a lot easier to manoeuvre through the airport and our various transit routes. We loved the G-Luxe. 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. Many of my fellow city-dweller moms opt to just babywear until baby is big enough to ride in the Maclaren. With prices venturing into the full-size stroller territory, they are certainly an investment. But, a Maclaren is a worthwhile splurge if you plan to do a lot of traveling.
I had a giant JOOVY Caboose which served me well on Kindergarten runs when I had a Bub in a car seat and then when he could sit upright and enjoy the ride. I loved the fact that my daughter could stand or kneel or sit down when she was tired. But it was heavy and awkward and I would nevery consider traveling with it in a million years!
However, I love how much JOOVY has expanded their product line, and the New Groove looks like an ideal umbreller stroller for travel that’s on the affordable side to boot. The JOOVY New Groove is just over 15lbs and reclines almost flat for babies and toddlers up to 55lbs. It has a carry strap and a zippered pocket to keep your keys and phone safe.
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