When you travel anywhere with children it never feels like you’re traveling light. Logistically it can be a real hassle trying to get bags, car seats and your family through airports and around you vacation destination while trying to keep all the stuff at a minimum. One thing that can make your life a lot easier is a great travel stroller. Compact yet durable, these travel strollers are sure to lighten your load.
Most compact and lightweight: gbPockit
Coined the ‘world’s smallest travel stroller’ this ultralight (9 lbs) model folds in two steps into a handbag sized package. It easily fits into overhead storage, conveniently under restaurant tables or in a closet when its not in use. It accommodates children from 6 months to 55 lbs (or approximately age 5) so you’ll get a lot of life out of it compared to other lightweight strollers. Front swivel wheels make it easy to navigate and it has a multi-level recline position for your kiddos comfort. Retails for $180
Best value: Summer Infant 3Dmini Convenience
At $49 this travel stroller will give you a lot of bang for your buck. While it’s not as compact enough for overhead storage, it’s still extremely lightweight (11 lbs) yet its durable aluminum frame can hold up to 45 lbs. It reclines, has a 5 point padded harness and a storage basket. It’s a great stroller that won’t break the bank.
Best luxury: Babyzen YoYo+
This little stroller packs a lot of high quality accessories into a little package. Coming in at 12.8 lbs it’s lightweight, folds easily and is compact enough to fit in overhead storage. It can accommodate babies from birth to 33 lbs and comes with a rain cover as well as an extendable canopy that protects up to SPF 50. It has an intuitive fold design that can be done one handed making set up and take down a breeze. There’s also an option for a rollerboard so your bigger kids can catch a ride when they’re tired of walking. Retails for $499
Best Sit/Stand & Double Stroller: Joovy Caboose Ultralight
At 22 lbs it’s one of the lightest sit/stands on the market. If you have two small children and but don’t want a side by side double stroller this is a great solution. Your older child can hitch a ride standing or bench style in the back while your little rides comfortably in the front. It also offers an extendable canopy to cover your seated child as well. You can also add accessories such as an additional Caboose rear seat so this model can also be a true double stroller and converted to a sit/stand when convenient. Retails for $170.
Best car seat/stroller combo: Doona Infant Car Seat with Base
If you’re traveling with an infant and you want a true all in one solution the Doona is a great choice. The car seat is the stroller. They’ve integrated a clever stroller design and wheels into the base. While it seems pricey ($499) you’re replacing a stroller, car seat and base. You can easily transfer your infant from the plane (certified for air travel), to a taxi or rideshare (the seat can be used with or without the base) and on to your next destination. Holds infants up to 35 lbs.