Hooray, you’re having a family vacation! When you have small kids, you’ll probably start wondering whether to take a stroller or not. If you’re having trouble deciding, you can take a look at our pro’s and cons here. But if you’re sure you are going to take one, read on and find out more about the perfect lightweight travel stroller!
TIP: if you are traveling with multiple children, take a look at this extensive post on lightweight double strollers for travel!
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Your regular stroller or a lightweight travel stroller?
But first things first, you don’t have to buy a new stroller specific for traveling at all. Depending on what kind of trip you’re planning and your readiness to take a bulky one, you can perfectly take your normal stroller. This has a big advantage: you and your baby already know it, so it’s easy to handle and it feels a bit like home. You can probably even fold it with your eyes closed.
Unfortunately, there are quite a few disadvantages. It is most likely rather bulky and/or won’t fold up properly. To add to that, it might be a lot more expensive than a lightweight travel stroller, so if for some reason your stroller breaks down (during travels or transport), you will be losing more money.
Think about what kind of vacation you are taking. Will you be flying out to backpack Europe or do a roadtrip closer to home? And in the case of the latter, does your stroller fit in with the other luggage? Are you going to use public transport a lot? Are there a lot of stairs? How big is the place you’re staying in? Most likely it will be worth buying a specific lightweight travel stroller for your own convenience!
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL STROLLER?
Weight: one of the most important features, especially when flying, is the weight. When you’re already dragging down a couple of suitcases or backpacks, the last thing you need is a heavy stroller. You’ll want it to be as light as possible, without of course cutting back in other essential features.
Compactness: another main aspect is its bulkiness. Try fitting a bulky stroller into the bus or your hotel room. Small is the way to go!
Easy to fold/carry: a third undeniably important thing for travel strollers is the way it’s folded and carried. When you’re travelling, you’ll probably have to do ten things at the same time (hold your baby, give tickets to the vendor, put your suitcase in the back of the bus, try to get out of the scorching sun as soon as possible – you get the point). When not in use, you’d rather carry it nicely over your shoulder than having to drag it all the way up the stairs with you.
Umbrella/recline/storage basket: an umbrella obviously has the big advantage of giving shade to your precious baby. However, strollers with an umbrella tend to be heavier and bulkier, so you have to decide which one is the most important thing for you. The same goes for a stroller that reclines and for the storage baskets: they are useful without doubt, but it all adds up in weight. When your baby is still taking naps in the stroller, a reclining seat definitely may come in handy.
THE BEST LIGHTWEIGHT TRAVEL STROLLERS 2019
We’ve selected the best lightweight travel strollers for you based on information found online and reviews on Amazon. We only allow 4,5 or 5 star material and we’ve only considered strollers that had 15 or more reviews.
Besrey Airplane Stroller
Oh boy, don’t we just love this super compact and lightweight travel stroller! It really has it all. For starters, the seat can be reclined, it has a storage basket that can support up to 10 lbs, a big canopy to cover your child from the sun and your baby is secured with a 5-point harness. So far for the good stuff but wait until you hear the great. The stroller folds down to 22″x12″x11″ and with a weight of only 10.8 lbs, you just pick it up and easily fit in the overhead department of planes, trains and buses. The handle bar becomes a carry strap, making it super easy for transportation, while the cover is attached so you can’t lose it. Another big plus is that you can fold it with just one hand.
It can hold children from 6 months up to 36 months and is available in blue, red and grey (there is a small price difference between the colours). It is not the cheapest option, but definitely worth every penny!
Cons: some people have reported that it didn’t feel super sturdy.
Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller
This super cheap travel stroller really gives you a lot of value for money. With the Amazon’s Choice label in the lightweight travel stroller-category, it gets purchased and reviewed by a lot of people, who scored it a wonderful 4,5/5! Your child is secured with a 5-point harness and the seat can be reclined into 4 different positions. Take that, nappy time! Most travel strollers have a rather small basket, but not this one: underneath you find an XL storage pocket, while you have another small compartment at the back of the stroller. A removable canopy is included as well. With its 13 pounds it’s still pretty lightweight.
It’s available in 8 shiny colours (that differ slightly in price), so you’ll definitely find one to your liking! It is suitable for children from newborn to 50 lbs.
For the cons: it is difficult to steer with one hand and you also have to remove the sunscreen before you can fold it.
GP pockit stroller
If space is what you’re worrying about, meet the most compact stroller ever! It folds down to 11,8″ x 7″ x 13,8″ and with a weight of only 9,5 lbs, you literally just pick it up and go out and explore. You need a bit of practice to know how to fold it, but it’s super easy once you get used to it. There is no strap included, however you can easily attach one to the handles. It has a small storage basket underneath, that can be accessed from the front, side and back. For an umbrella stroller it is rather sturdy, drives smoothly and you can steer easily with one hand.
It can hold children from 6 months up to 55 lbs. So you’re guaranteed to make long use of it! It comes in 6 bright colours. There is, however, a big price difference between them.
Cons: unfortunately, there is no way to recline the seat (but it sits in a comfortable position anyway). Furthermore, the canopy doesn’t give shade that much.
The best thing about this travel stroller is its weight. At only 9 lbs it’s the most lightweight travel stroller we have found. Another really big plus is the lifetime warranty on wheels and free shipping if you need to have it fixed. They didn’t cut back in add-ons either: you receive both a child and a parent cup holder, a snack cup and a belly bar. Not to mention there is ample space in the storage compartment. Your child can sit comfortably in the 5-point harness. It folds down to a reasonable small 24/26″ x 15,5″ x 7″ (with or without wheels). You can easily maneuver it with one hand, the canopy covers your child completely and you have enough kick space when pushing the stroller. This stroller turns out to be the perfect match between an umbrella stroller and a full size jogging stroller!
The Zoe XL1 is available in 2 editions. The first one only has a coloured canopy and comes in aqua, black, plum, green, navy, grey and red. The second one has an XL sunscreen and a coloured seating in the same 7 colours or an additional orange or yellow. It does look rather fancy, but it comes with a much bigger price tag as well. The stroller is suitable from 6 months old babies to 50 lbs.
Cons: better instructions would be useful (one hidden strap is responsible for the folding part). The cup holder and snack bar can be easily removed by the child.
Tiny Wonders Black Deluxe Dual-Brake Single Baby Stroller
This 12,8 lbs travel stroller has received some amazing reviews. In contrast to most other lightweight travel strollers, it feels incredibly sturdy. The removable and washable seating is a real feature if you have a baby that loves watermelon or ice creams. Your child is secured with a 5-point harness and it comes with a travel bag and strap. The seating reclines into 3 positions with the first one at almost 90 degrees, which makes it easy to look around. As you expect from a decent lightweight travel stroller it folds up easily and compact enough to put in the overhead compartment.
This lightweight travel stroller is available in black, green and pink. As it reclines all the way, it is suitable even for little ones (3 months and up to 50 pounds).
Cons: the add-ons seem to be unuseful and feel a little cheap. The carrying strap doesn’t function all that well. The storage compartment can only hold up to 7 pounds.
Baby Zen Yoyo
If you don’t mind the splurge, this travel stroller is perfect for you. It is super compact ( 20″ x 17,5″ x 7″) and with 12,8 pounds the Baby Zen can be your best travel buddy. The one hand folding mechanism is actually one of the easiest on the market. The seating is removable and washable (and you can even buy an extra seating if you’d like to swap colours). The customer service apparently does a great job too. The basket was reported a little small, but the 2017+ has added 60% more storage space and an extra pocket on the rear. Furthermore, the canopy is extendable, providing decent shade for your little one. The add-ons (like the rain cover and the strap) have been improved as well.
The reviews are about the 2016 edition, but make sure to buy the newest version (2017+). The stroller comes in 8 beautiful colours. You can use it from 6 months up to 40 lbs. However the Babyzen Yoyo is one of the only lightweight travel strollers that go with a newborn set. If you would like to travel with your 0-6 months old, this bassinet is exactly what you’ll need! It weighs 9 pounds, has a 5-point harness and the bassinet is washable and flat-folding.
Cons: The seat is flat, which can cause your child to glide a bit.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Barbara Rodrigus is passionate about travelling – especially with her wife and daughter. She loves to show others that it’s far from impossible to travel with (young) children. A big part of that is spent on making travelling easier by bringing the right travel gear for kids.
Babs loves animals, chocolate (what did you expect from a Belgian?), reading & writing and glorious mountain views.