Travelling with little ones is never an easy task… especially with all the kit you need to haul along with you!
That’s why finding the ideal travel stroller is a must, not many parents want to lug their travel systems away with them – they’re heavy, bulky and expensive – what if you lost it or it got damaged!?
There are so many innovative products out there at the moment, all on a quest to make life easier for parents travelling with kids, and we can’t thank them enough!
Things to consider before buying a travel stroller >
- Size and weight
- Your travel needs
- Recline and other features
- Ease of folding
Here’s our round-up of the best travel strollers to take away with you >
GB Pockit Stroller
This stroller is currently the world’s smallest and most compact stroller for travel, so definitely takes the top spot! It only weighs 9.5 lbs and folds down to 11.8 inches x 7 inches x 13.8 inches.
It’s narrow width means it easily passes through narrow door ways and small turnstiles at train stations.
There isn’t a bag included or carry straps, but it’s so small you can easily just pop it into your own tote bag. There’s a small basket at the bottom for small items but this stroller really comes into its own for plane travel due to it’s compact size once folded down.
It is definitely a good contender for the best stroller for airplane travel as it meets cabin baggage sizes, which is a major plus! This wouldn’t be your every day stroller but for travel it has to be a clear winner!
- Can be used as cabin baggage
- It will even fit under the seat.
- Front wheels can be locked to a stationary position or left to swivel
- Did I mention how small it is?
- Only suitable for babies aged 6 months+
- Sun canopy does not offer a great deal of protection
- There is no recline option (unless you purchase the Pockit Plus)
- Too light to hang a bag or shopping over the handles
UPPABaby G-Lite Denny
This is the updated version of the G-Lite – now reclinable and even lighter at only 11lbs! The seat is breathable mesh and the basket is a decent size for an umbrella stroller.
It also has the improvement of a large UPF canopy and additional pop out sun visor – a great benefit when holidaying abroad in the sun!
The price is really reasonable too considering all the functions
- Very light
- Large sun canopy
- Can hold up to 55lbs
- Reasonable price
- A smaller recline than some.
BabyZen YoYo Plus
This is one of the pricier models, but much like the GB Pockit, it’s ideal for plane travel as meets most airline cabin baggage allowance. It’s not as light as the GB Pockit but weighs a very light 13lbs/6.2kg.
It comes complete with a storage bag and shoulder strap so it’s easy to carry on and off the plane, it’s also narrow enough to fit down most airplane aisles so you can literally push your little one all the way to their seat! Plus, it will easily fit into the overhead storage.
The Babyzen can easily be used as your everyday stroller due to its features – multi recline, sun canopy, rain cover and generous basket.
As it’s at the higher end, price wise, of the strollers we’ve included, you’d get your money’s worth by using it daily and for travel.
It’s suitable from 6 months plus, but you can buy a newborn pack as an additional feature. It can be used in parent-facing mode from birth and front facing from 6 months plus (up until approx 18kgs).
- Easy to fold and unfold
- UPF 50+ sun protection canopy
- Shoulder strap and bag
- Fits down airplane aisles
- Can be used as an everyday stroller and for travel
- Quite pricey
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Phil & Teds Go Pushchair
The Phil & Teds Go Pushchair can be used from newborn thanks to its lie-flat recline feature.
With one of the smallest and most compact buggy folds, it effortlessly folds down to a size of only 54 x 44 x 19cm, perfect for smaller car boots or taking on a plane.
It features a full size swing seat with multi recline options for naps on the go, or fully upright for nosey toddlers. It’s also very narrow to fits effortlessly through narrow doorways (great when in Europe) and public transport.
The sun hood is UPF50+ so ideal when abroad.
- Suitable from newborn
- Fully reclines
- Compact when folded
- Very lightweight
- No built in leg rest so older children can dangle
- Quite flimsy if toddler is fidgeting
- Canopy doesn’t fully cover child of sun
Maclaren Techno XT
The Techno is suitable from birth and does recline but not fully flat, but certainly enough for naps on the go. There’s an extendable foot rest for older babies which allows their legs to be fully elevated.
It’s easy to fold away and open, and the side handle makes it easy to lift onto a trolley or pop in the back of the car. The XT is the heaviest of the Maclarens but its benefits outweigh the extra 2kgs.
Its compact enough that most airlines should allow you to take on board to be stored in a cupboard. It comes complete with a rain cover, great if travelling to tropical countries but investing in a mosquito net that fits securely would be an advantage.
The hood has a handy clear window so you can see your child even when it’s fully open, but you would need additional accessories to block out the sun completely, like a Snoozeshade.
If you want to protect your stroller further, it may be a sensible idea to get a pram cover as strollers can get pretty grubby (or even damaged) on the baggage belt at the airport. The covers are machine washable on the XT if needs be.
The handy pockets at the back of the stroller are ideal for keeping water, sun cream and a hat at the ready, and the below basket storage is ample for a few bags of shopping (if the seat isn’t reclined).
One thing which always catches me by surprise is how the pushchair will topple over once to take the baby out if you have shopping bags on the handles, the buggy can also topple over when the baby is in the seat if there is too much weight on the handles.
- Lighter than a travel system.
- Has handy pockets.
- Suitable from birth.
- One handed fold
- Need to buy extra pieces for complete comfort.
- Can tip over if shopping bags are on the handle, with or without baby inside
Mountain Buggy Nano
At only 13lbs, the Nano features a full size padded seat with adjustable leg rest and multi position recline – already ticking a lot of boxes! The can almost lie completely flat making it one of the best reclining strollers for travel.
There is also a newborn cocoon available as an extra if you need it. Like the BabyZen YoYo, this stroller comes with a carry handle and shoulder strap, plus travel bag.
The rain cover is not included and would need to be bought separately.
- The narrow frame is good for narrow streets and doorways.
- Can be pushed one-handed easily.
- Great lie-flat recline
- Fits into overhead storage compartments (if permitted.)
- Cannot be folded with one hand.
- Can be a bit tricky down a set of steps due to the small wheels.
- Rain cover not included
Britax Romer Holiday
Well the clue’s in the name with this one…. suitable from approximately 6 months to 3 years, the Britax Romer Holiday is a great choice of stroller to take away with you. With its compact fold, remarkably slim frame and weighing just 5kg, it’s clear to see this would be the perfect option to take with you wherever you venture.
It comes with a convenient carry strap making it easy to pop over your shoulder when walking across the beach or on and off the plane.
The seat unit features mesh panels keeping little one cool in hot weather, and the hood and sun visor have UPF50+ protection.
- compact fold
- extremely light (only 5kg)
- carry strap
- does not lie-flat
Joie Pact Stroller
This compact stroller is lightweight, packs up small and comes with a handy carry strap. It’s suitable from birth and has a flat reclining seat.
There is an extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy with visor and viewing window – ideal for those sunny holiday strolls and the full size, easy access, shopping basket will make travelling on the go super convenient. Also included is a rain cover and car seat adapters – what great value for money!
- Multi recline positions
- Carry strap
- Suitable from birth
- Compact and easy fold
- Canopy with visor
- Full size, easy access shopping basket
- Doesn’t feel as stable to push as other models
- Upright position may be too reclined for older children
This lightweight, compact stroller is great value considering the amount of features it comes with! Suitable from birth to 3 years, there’s an adjustable calf rest, multi position seat unit, and a weather-shield. It has a handy umbrella fold, and adjustable hood to provide some shade on sunny days.
There’s a shopping basket for your little one’s essentials, and features handy wipe clean material – so no worries if your little monkey drips their holiday ice cream or gets sunscream on the covers!
- adjustable calf rest
- recline feature
- compact umbrella fold
- Slightly slouched in upright position
- Potentially flimsy
- Narrow seat – not ideal for older children
Silver Cross Pop
Suitable from birth, with stacks of cool features, the Silver Cross Pop, is packed full of smart features. The fully extendable UPF50+ hood for maximum sun protection is ideal if heading abroad.
Complete with full lie-flat seat recline and adjustable calf support to keep little legs happy. The pop features one of the widest seats in its class and a taller seat back, making it versatile for older children too.
There is also a generous shopping basket for storage – this pram is an all-round winner and great value for money.
- Extendable UPF50+ hood
- Full lie-flat seat recline
- Adjustable calf support
- Extra wide seat and tall back
- Sturdy pram for larger child
- Good for taller adults to push
- Stiff when putting it up and down – struggle to do one handed
The Joie Brisk features a quick one second, one hand flash fold! Perfect for busy families on the go! It’s suitable from birth to a maximum weight of 15kg. It also has the added ability to be used as a travel system by attaching a Joie baby car seat – very versatile!
There is a one hand recline so little ones can nap in comfort on the go and a multi position leg rest for added comfort. There is a large hood and peep window, big basket, carry handle when folded, and automatic fold lock – all making life a little easier for busy parents.
It also features an anti-scratch frame meaning you don’t need to worry if it gets knocked around on the plane.
- Quick one second fold
- Suitable from birth
- Can be used as a travel system (Joie car seat sold separately)
- One hand recline
- Multi position leg rest
- Carry handle when folded
- Narrow seat unit
- Potentially flimsy
- Hood could be bigger for more shade
Best DOUBLE Strollers for travel
If you’re negotiating ‘double trouble’ on your next trip away, then you’re going to need to choose a suitable double buggy to take away to make life a little easier.
Perhaps you have twins, or simply a baby and a toddler who both require pushing around at the same time, whatever your need, we’ve got it covered for you.
Zoe XL2 Double Lightweight Travel Stroller
This lightweight double stroller makes it ideal for travel – or even everyday use! The canopy cover is super and will really protect little ones from the sun when holidaying abroad.
There’s really decent basket space which is easy accessible and large enough for a baby changing bag plus much more.
Unlike most double strollers, it’s easily steerable with one hand due to its bar handle (not two single grip handles) which allows you to steer and maneuver with ease. For the price, it beats the ‘high end’ strollers for design, style and functionality.
Choose between cup holders or belly bar depending on your child’s age. Smaller babies can recline in comfort with straps on smallest setting and older children can sit comfortable upright.
Joovy Twin Groove Ultra Light
Perfect for twins or a second child on the way. Each seat reclines independently so your baby can snooze in comfort with the bassinet mode, and your toddler can sit up and observe the world around him on your travels.
There’s UPF50 canopies for sun protection and an adjustable footrest making the ride more comfortable for older children.
You’ll find built-in mesh pockets for bottles, sippy cups, snacks or toys within easy reach to the side of your child’s seat, plus additional pockets and cup holders for you on the back of the pram unit.
Going out at night? No problem, the Joovy has safety reflectors that will illuminate at night. When not in use, the Twin Groove Ultralight folds down easily.
It is great for travel weighing less than 26 lbs and includes a carry strap that fits comfortably on your shoulder.
Baby Jogger City Mini Double
Getting around with two little ones has never been easier, thanks to this fab double stroller! Glide around with ease thanks to the handle bar, you’ll even have one hand free which is always a bonus with two little ones!
Plus, it fits through most standard doorways. By simply lifting the straps, the City Mini folds itself into a neat, compact size. The auto-lock will lock the fold for transportation or storage.
Suitable from birth, the seat goes to a near flat recline with a retractable weather shield to make sure that your child is comfortable and safe while you stroll.
Hopefully this lowdown of the best travel strollers has made yet another parental decision that little bit easier for you.
If money isn’t an issue (and you’re going to use it both at home and away) then we’d recommend splashing out on the the BabyZen YoYo Plus.
With its simple folding function, carry strap and good recline, its only downside is really the price tag.
If you’re wanting something a little lighter on the purse strings, then the GB Pockit pushchair is an innovative all-rounder.
It’s the ideal travel companion fitting under the seat of the plane and even passing at hand luggage.