While plenty of strollers are small and lightweight for travel, only a few on the market are actually compact enough to fit into an airplane's overhead compartment bin.
Most umbrella strollers still require checking or gate-checking, leaving them vulnerable to getting dirty—or getting tossed (and broken) on the jetway.
Stroller policies vary by airline, and some airlines don't allow strollers as carry-on items regardless of their size. Be sure to check your airline's policy before traveling.
But if you're looking for the most compact travel stroller, consider these options, listed in alphabetical order.
The most compact stroller from Baby Jogger, the City Tour 2 is ready for travel and newborns, accommodating an infant car seat or bassinet. The stroller folds compactly and quickly when you pull a strap in the seat. Carry the City Tour 2 onboard the plane using an included bag that can also be worn as a backpack.
The Babyzen YOYO2 is the most luxurious travel stroller on the market, with features like compatibility with an infant car seat or bassinet, foam wheels and all-wheel suspension that make it as smooth as a larger stroller. The YOYO2 folds to an ultra-compact size and springs open with one hand. Carry the YOYO2 by its included strap or purchasing the padded travel bag.
The Bugaboo Ant translates the quality and maneuverability Bugaboo is known for into a tiny travel stroller, which fits in the overhead bin and can also be trolleyed through the airport like a suitcase when folded. Unlike other strollers of its size, the Ant has a reversible seat allowing your child to face either direction, along with other top features like compatibility with a car seat or bassinet, suspension in the wheels and frame, and a height-adjustable handlebar and seat back.
The Cybex Eezy S Twist 2 is a compact stroller with a special twist: Unlike most lightweight strollers, the seat is removable and rotates 360 degrees to face your child either direction as you stroll, while including a bumper bar, adjustable calf support, and extra storage. The Eezy S Twist 2 opens and folds simply with one hand and fits in the overhead compartment on most airlines. Attach an infant car seat or bassinet to use the stroller from birth.
The Joolz Aer lives up to its name: At 13.4 pounds, it's one of the lightest strollers on the market. The Aer folds with one hand and features an elastic strap for easy carrying on your shoulder. Featuring patent-pending materials, the seat of the Joolz Aer offers exceptional comfort with its plush padding and a tall seat back measuring 21.7".
Compact enough to store in an airplane overhead bin yet full-featured enough for everyday use, the Mima Zigi is ideal for globetrotting families looking for both style and convenience in their stroller. The lightweight Mima Zigi weighs 18 pounds and is accepted as cabin luggage on most airlines.
The Silver Cross Jet combines the luxury look and feel of Silver Cross with ultra-convenient features for travel. At 13 pounds, the Jet is carry-on sized and can also be rolled like a suitcase using the stroller's handlebar and an included luggage sleeve. The Jet is newborn-ready using the stroller's lie-flat seat or an infant car seat.
The MINU brings many of the features that makes UPPAbaby so popular to a compact stroller that fits in overhead bins of larger airplanes. Compatible with a bassinet or with infant car seats including the UPPAbaby MESA, the MINU is a breeze to open and fold with one hand. The stroller includes a carry strap for convenient carrying and can be stored in an included carry bag.