A great travel stroller is a wonderful companion on any family city trip. A good stroller for travel helps you covering long distances when your children are too little or too tired to walk, they allow great naps on the go and they can be a life saver in airports, when easy of movement is often key.
Picking the best compact stroller for travel, however, is no easy feat. The market is full of lightweight strollers designed for travel and they all come with different characteristics and selling points that make selecting the best stroller for you an overwhelming experience.
What should you look for when choosing the best stroller for a family trip? How much are lightweight umbrella strollers and should you look for anything specific when bringing a stroller on a city break?
In this guide, we share our favourite brands of travel strollers, handpicked on the basis of our experienced the many international trips and city breaks we took with our 7 (combined) kids.
If you are looking for the best compact travel stroller to keep your little one comfortable and your back safe, keep reading!
|GB Pockit||4.8 Kg||6 months|
|Uppa Baby Minu||6.7 kg||6 months|
|Baby Zen Yoyo+||5.8 Kg||6 months|
|Baby Jogger City Tour||6.4 Kg||6 months|
|Mountain Buggy Nano||5.9 Kg||6 months|
Do you need a stroller for travel?
Buying a stroller just for travel may seem like an extravagant expense. After all, you have spent long hours looking for the best stroller for your new baby so, surely, that will work on your travels too. Right? Well, maybe.
Depending on the type of stroller you have at home, you may already be ready to tackle international destinations.
However, often the main stroller or travel system you have at home may turn out to be too bulky to hop on a plane with you and too heavy to lug onto a car.
In this case, investing in a compact, easy to fold and lightweight stroller can be an excellent investment.
What to look for when choosing a compact stroller for travel
The best travel stroller for city exploring is lightweight, compact, easy to fold and sturdy. The brands we have selected for this round up all score high under all these respects.
They are lightweight, so you won’t hurt your back lugging them up and down trains, planes, escalators and public transport.
They are compact, some to the point of fitting inside the plane overhead bin, so you don’t have to worry about the stroller getting damaged in the plane hold or worse, lost!
They are easy to fold so you can move quickly should you board a taxi or leave them beside your restaurant table.
You can hear the Little City team discussing this topic further along with their favourite product recommendations on our City Travel with Kids podcast here.
The best compact strollers for city travel
This is our selection of the best lightweight strollers for city travel in 2019
The GB Pocki is a super light, easy to fold travel stroller suitable for kids from 6 months up to 17 kg, approx. 4 years. Their creators describe it as the world’s smallest foldable stroller (indeed, it has its proud spot in the Guinness World record!) and at 4.8 kg is indeed light and easy to carry.
This stroller is designed with travel and in particular city travel in mind. Easy to fold, it is designed to stand on its own when closed and can fit easily in small spaces such as your restaurant of choice: no more leaving the stroller near the door or worrying the next patron will trip onto your child’s chart!
The GB Pockit is available in several colours: check options, availability and specs clicking on the ‘buy now’ button below.
Uppa Baby Minu
Uppa baby makes great strollers and the one we love for city travel is the Minu. Built with convenience in mind, this strollers is perfect for navigating busy pavements and shopping malls and folds really small, making it easy to park when visiting a museum or sitting down for a meal.
The Minu comes with a roomy seat and a large basket, excellent when out and about all day and has its own bag to protect it when on the move, something we highly recommend you get especially if bringing your stroller on the plane.
With several reclined positions, a good sun canopy and easy to operate breaks, this is a versatile stroller with great advantages for city exploring.
Baby Zen Yoyo+
Baby Zen Yoyo made a name for itself as an excellent travel stroller for one important reason: it was the first cabin approved stroller for plane travel.
The Yoyo+ follows in its footsteps and packs all the characteristics of the original Yoyo but adds some impressive functionality, namely the ability to convert into a travel system thanks to car seat compatibility, an element that makes it exceptionally attractive for parents of very young children who need a car seat for car journeys and taxi rides.
The Baby Zen Yoyo travel stroller is compact and lightweight and works well in busy city environments. Compared with others, it has a folding mechanism that requites some getting used to (and two hands, especially at the beginning) but it is highly maneuverable and versatile, which is why we have it onto the list of our favourite compact strollers for city exploring.
Baby Jogger City Tour
The City Tour by Baby Jogger is another great compact stroller for city travel, praised by parents for being lightweight and compact. The City Tour is easy to fold and gets so small to be cabin approved, something that makes it an excellent travel companion for longer journeys.
The City Tour is super easy to fold and designed with holidays and busy city living in mind and works well even when negotiating public transport and steps in a new city.
Mountain Buggy Nano
We close this list with one more compact stroller we know well and love, the Mountain Buggy Nano.
Suitable from 6 months on (max load 20Kg) the Nano is excellent for city travels since it is easy to manouvre, lightweight and easy to fold. The Nano weights less than 6kg and measuring just 54 x 31 x 51cm when folded matched the regulations for carry on gear for most airlines.
The Nano is car seat compatible, making it an excellent option if you are traveling with a full size car seat for your baby or young toddler.
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