by Amy Venzke April 17, 2021 6 min read
Traveling with a baby is hard enough without a big, bulky stroller weighing you down.
The best travel strollers make the experience (a little) easier by being lightweight to carry, quick to fold, and easy to stash in a hotel room, the trunk of a taxi or even the overhead bin on a plane.
While most families prefer a full-size stroller with more features, storage and maneuverability for everyday use, a secondary lightweight stroller may come in handy for more than just travel—especially once your toddler wants to walk more than ride.
While your regular stroller stays parked in the garage for walks and longer outings, you might keep your travel stroller in your trunk for errands and appointments.
In this guide, we'll cover the best travel strollers in multiple categories, looking at the lightest and most compact strollers, the top options for newborns, the best travel strollers compatible with car seats, and more.
See eight of the best strollers for travel in action by watching this video, featuring popular options from Babyzen, Bugaboo, Doona, Silver Cross, UPPAbaby and more.
Strolleria's best-selling travel strollers are lightweight and compact while still offering features you'll find on larger strollers, like all-wheel suspension, car seat compatibility and high-quality materials like leatherette handles.
The Babyzen YOYO2, Bugaboo Ant and Silver Cross Jet fold to a size that's carry-on-compatible for many airlines, helping you easily tote your stroller through an airport and sparing it from possible gate-check damage.
While slightly less compact, the UPPAbaby MINU still fits in some overhead bins and folds quickly with one hand, while the Doona is the only car seat on wheels that reduces the amount of gear you need for travel during baby's first year.
Strolleria's top five most popular travel strollers are:
When you're already lugging around suitcases—not to mention a kid—you'll want the stroller to help lighten your load.
The best travel strollers weigh less than 15 pounds, a savings of about 10 pounds compared with a typical full-sized stroller. Plus, travel strollers like the Babyzen YOYO2, Joolz Aer and UPPAbaby MINU feature an incorporated carry strap so that you can wear the stroller on your shoulder.
The lightest travel stroller carried by Strolleria is the Joolz Aer, at 13.4 pounds, although four additional options—Babyzen YOYO2, Silver Cross Jet, Peg-Perego Selfie and Baby Jogger City Tour 2—are only heavier by a matter of ounces.
See What is the Lightest Stroller? for our top 20 lightest strollers.
The lightest travel strollers include:
By bringing your stroller onboard the plane, you'll avoid the risk of it getting dirty or damaged during a gate check (provided that the airline allows you to consider your stroller as a carry-on.)
While several brands advertise strollers that fit in the overhead bin, carry-on luggage size restrictions vary by airline. Carry-on dimensions of 22" x 14" x 9" are used by carriers including American, Delta and United.
Your airline may not allow strollers onboard depending on the plane size and capacity, so prepared with a stroller travel bag to protect your stroller from getting dirty or damaged if you're required to check it at the gate.
Not all travel strollers can be used for your first trips with an infant. Umbrella strollers, for example, don't recline flat enough for a newborn's developing head and neck, and they can't be used with a car seat or bassinet.
But several top travel strollers can be paired with an infant car seat, which not only makes the stroller newborn-safe but reduces the amount of gear you'll need to carry. The Doona simplifies things even further—it's a car seat with retractable wheels that convert it into stroller mode.
A few travel strollers, like the Joolz Aer and UPPAbaby MINU, also offer a bassinet attachment that allows your baby to lie flat in a more comfortable and ergonomic position. The Babyzen YOYO2 offers two bassinet choices: the newborn pack, consisting of soft fabrics that fold with the stroller, and the bassinet, which has a hard bottom that allows for indoor use.
The best travel strollers for newborns include:
With the exception of umbrella strollers, most travel strollers are compatible with at least one type of car seat using adapters. Here's a look at the best travel strollers compatible with top car seats.
With the reduced weight and compact size of a travel stroller comes a few trade-offs: Most travel strollers lack features you'd find on a larger stroller, like a reversible seat.
The Bugaboo Ant can be parent-facing or forward-facing, as can the Cybex Eezy S Twist 2, which has a seat that rotates 360 degrees. With both strollers, you can also easily remove the freestanding seat to swap it with a car seat, while other travel strollers require you to remove and reattach fabrics to do so.
As a car seat on wheels, the Doona allows your child to be parent-facing—as is the case when you attach any car seat or bassinet to a stroller.
The best travel strollers that are parent-facing include:
A stroller large enough to hold two kids isn't exactly convenient for travel, but a few options are lighter and more compact than others.
Strolleria's two lightest double strollers are both side-by-side double strollers with a one-piece fold that's easier than other doubles, which can require removing the second seat before folding.
The Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double and UPPAbaby G-LINK 2 weigh around 22 pounds, compared with many doubles topping 30 pounds. Neither option is compatible with car seats, but the City Tour 2 can accommodate up to two bassinets for newborns.
Traveling with a newborn and a toddler? Instead of hauling a double stroller around, consider a travel stroller with a ride-along board attachment.
When your older child calls it quits on walking through the airport, he can hitch a ride on the back of the Babyzen YOYO2 and Bugaboo Ant, two of the only travel strollers with ride-along boards. Both boards include a bicycle seat that's perfect for tired toddlers on the verge of a mid-travel meltdown.
The best travel strollers with ride-along boards are:
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