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Best Stroller For Travel | What are their Pros & Cons For Flying?

Have a flight coming up with a baby or toddler? I’m Carrie, a parent of two and an ex flight attendant who has helped many parents with theirs and tried several strollers on short, long and transit flights too!

If you are wondering what are the best travel strollers for holidays or your vacation, then this guide on the best strollers for travel will help you: We’ve tried several strollers ourselves and so have our readers, which is why we have some great feedback and pros and cons.

  • Compare features of various styles of top travel buggies including single and double travel strollers.
  • Pros and cons of each type of travel pushchair, with real parents opinions to find a great travel stroller for your family.
  • What small folding strollers available and which is the best compact stroller with good maneuverability.
  • Find the best lightweight baby stroller which is the perfect option for your family and your travels.
best strollers for travel
The best strollers for travel need to be compact and practical

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The following travel-friendly pushchair options are some of the best travel strollers available for families, with a strong emphasis on being light and portable as well as being a durable, maneuverable, practical foldable pram for travel.

They don’t have all the features that you would expect from a travel system, however some are very close!

baby zen yoyo plus stroller pushchair in airplane, best stroller for travel?
With the BabyZen YoYo plus on an EasyJet flight.

What is the Best Stroller for Airplane Travel?

In a hurry? Here are our top picks for the best travel strollers (read further below for in-depth reviews, a comparison chart and further options)

Why trust our reviews? With some epic plane journeys from the UK to Australia and plenty of short and other long haul flights flying with toddlers and babies under our belt, we have needed to bring a travel stroller with us numerous times. We have personally used some of these items and for the ones we haven’t other readers or friends have recommended and given feedback.

Bugaboo Butterfly
Bugaboo Butterfly used on flights to Thailand

Best Lightweight Compact Stroller For Traveling Comparison Chart

NameImageWeightSingle foldReclinesFits as cabin baggage?More info
GB Pockit StrollerGb pockit travel stroller9.5lbs/ 4.4kgsNoNoYesLatest price
See here
gb Pockit+ All Cityqbit-all-city-new-gb12.5lbs/5.7kgs
NoYesYesSee price on  Amazon or Walmart
BABYZEN YOYO2 StrollerBABYZEN YOYO2 Stroller13lbs/6.2kgNo (however easy to fold / unfold)YesYesLatest price here
Silver Cross Jet 5silver cross jet travel stroller15.87 pounds/7kgNoYesYesSee price on Amazon
or Silver cross
Baby Joy Lightweight StrollerBaby Joy Travel stroller15lbs/7kgNoYes – 3 seating modes including 150 degree reclineYesSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Baby Jogger City Tour 214lbs/6.5kgsYesYesOnly some airlinesSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Uppa Baby
16.8lbsYesYesYesLatest price here
Baby Jogger City Mini17.8 lbsYesYesOnly some airlinesSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Mountain Buggy NanoMountain buggy nano travel pram13 pounds/ 6kgNoYesNoSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Summer 3Dlitesummer 3d lite13lbs/6.2kgNoYesNoSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Zoe Double StrollerZoe xl2 double travel stroller16lbs/7.3kgsYesYesNoLatest price here
Joovy Kooper X2 Double Strollerjoovy kooper doble stroller28lbs/12.5kgsNoYesNoSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Baby Jogger City Mini GT231.8 lbs/14.4kgsYesYesNoSee price on Amazon or Walmart
Bugaboo Butterfly16.09 lbs/7.3 kg/YesYesYesLatest price here

Reviews of the Best Travel Strollers for 2024

GB Pockit+ All-Terrain-carry-on-strollers-that-fit-into-the-overhead-bin.

gb Pockit+ All-Terrain

The GB Pockit + All Terrain is an upgrade from the original GB Pockit and tweaks have it made it stronger, more robust, and even more practical for travel.

This newer version benefits from a recline function, a sun canopy whilst still folding up incredibly compactly, making it a fully collapsible stroller.

It folds down in 2 simple steps and can be carried effortlessly via the attached handle. It is now considerably heavier at 12.3lbs/5.6kgs than its predecessor, but it is still a very lightweight travel stroller, which can be moved with one hand.

Included are adapters to click onto a CYBEX infant car seat.

Video of the gbPockit+ All Terrain

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gb Pockit+ All City

The Pockit Plus model has also been updated, and the Pockit + All City is the 2019 version. This version is slightly lighter at 12.5lbs/5.7kgs and folds up really compactly L19 xW 33 x H48cm (7.5 x 13 x19″) and is suitable for 9 – 17 kg/From 6 months up to approx. 4 years.Another Flying With A Baby reader reports back that, “It is extremely lightweight – so you can not hang a bag over the handles and it’s one of the best compact strollers making it great for family travel” Pros

  • Can be used as cabin baggage. It is one of the strollers that fits in an overhead compartment and it will even fit under the seat.
  • Front wheels can be locked to a stationary position or left to swivel
  • It’s really small and often listed as the best stroller for airplane travel due to its size.
  • One of the best lightweight strollers for toddlers.


  • Only suitable for babies aged 6 months plus.
  • Sun canopy does not offer a great deal of protection but a bit more than its predecessor.
  • The Pockit+ All City folds up into a compact, handbag shaped package in seconds and is airplane carry-on compliant
  • Travel system ready with any CYBEX infant car seat using the included adapters
  • Spacious shopping basket to store away your belongings (11 lb. capacity)
  • Large integrated sun canopy offers increased sun protection with UPF50+
  • Adjustable seatback with multiple recline positions for customizable comfort

Summer 3d lite stroller by the pool
Summer 3d lite stroller


This is a popular mid way budget lightweight stroller for travel (13lbs/6.2kg).  An appealing feature is it reclines to a nearly flat position and is easy to manoeuvre on flat surfaces – it can be clunky on cobblestones. However, the manufacturer states the minimum age is 6 months and above.

A carry strap and compact fold helps make it easy to transport. It can be used until your little one reaches 50lbs – making it a good lightweight stroller for toddlers and beyond. The sun protection is average, but the pop out bit offers more than other budget strollers.

Additionally, a CoziGo or Snoozeshade can easily be attached to offer more protection, so this is not a deal breaker.What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“Portable, lightweight and pretty sturdy. We used it extensively on cobbled Italian roads, smooth US roads and Mexican roads as well. We liked our compact baby stroller”Pros:

  • Price
  • Near flat recline but for age 6 months and above.
  • Has  a variety of storage: A cup holder, pocket on the back, and storage underneath
  • Provides more shade than cheaper umbrella strollers with an adjustable canopy.


  • Legs can dangle a bit if child is tall.

See the video of how the 3D Summer lite works below:

Joolz Aer + stroller

Joolz AER+ Buggy – Premium Baby Stroller with Ergonomic Seat

This pram is lightweight at 13.4 lbs/6.07kg and fits in airline overhead bins. The reclinable seat gives ultimate neck & back support and can carry up to 49lbs.

The buggy is suitable for children that cans sit unaided. Usually after 6 months old, but in addition you can add the AER+ carrycot on the stroller and then it is suitable for newborns.

  • The handlebar is high at 107cm in height for tall parents.
  • Weight: 13,4 lbs/6.07kg
  • Dimensions when folded: L: 21 in x W: 17.7 in x H: 8.5 in
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag?: Yes, also comes with a shoulder strap
  • Adjustable Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 72.7 Pounds
  • Age suitable for: 6 months – 4 years
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Nuna Pipa, Nuna Pipa RX, Nuna Pipa Lite, Nuna Pipa Lite R, Nuna Pipa Lite LX, Maxi Cosi Pebble, Maxi Cosi Pebble Plus, Maxi Cosi Pebble Pro, Maxi Cosi Coral, Cybex Cloud Q, Cybex Cloud Q plus, Cybex Cloud Z, Cybex Aton Q i-size, Cybex Aton 3, Cybex Aton 4, Cybex Aton 5, Joolz iZi Go, Joolz iZi Go Modular by BeSafe, Joolz iZi Go Modular X1 by BeSafe, Besafe   iZi Go Modular, Besafe   iZi Go X1, Clek Liing, Joie i-gemm, Avionaut Pixel
  • Dimensions unfolded L: 32.7 in x W: 17.7 in x H: 41.5 in


  • Lasts from 6 months to 4 years old
  • solid one-hand open/close


  • The seat has no leg rest but can be purchased separately.
  • On the pricier end


This is another stroller which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances and joins the ranks of the few strollers that fit in the overhead bin. It weighs in at a very light 13lbs/6.2kg in the 6+ version, 6.6 kg (14.5 lbs) with the newborn pack or 8.1 kg (17.8 lbs) with the bassinet. 

The BabyZen YoYo is consistently rated highly as a contender for the best lightweight travel stroller due many of its specifications and additional features.

These include a storage bag and a shoulder strap so you can easily carry the BabyZen on board a plane. It’s narrow enough to fit in most airplane aisles and will easily fit into the hat rack. The folded dimensions are (52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in

Out and about, this compact travel stroller feels sturdy and is often used as a daily stroller because of all the practical feature; including multi recline, a sun canopy, rain cover and generous under seat storage. The Basket supports up to 5 kg (11 lbs)

Although the pushchair is on the pricey end of the market – it just may your most used bit of baby kit. Particularly if it is used daily and used for travel, then it may save you from buying a separate travel buggy.

These airplane strollers are also quite popular in Europe because they fit through narrow doorways.

Another bonus is it can handle cobbled stones, at least on a temporary basis. Yes, it is best for flat surfaces so there were a few bumps, but when I trialled it, the YoYo managed them surprisingly well, despite not being built for this.

For long term use on cobbled streets, I think you will need something with more suitable wheels for a more comfortable ride.

I have also seen it consistently recommended by parents when anyone asks them what the best travel stroller is.

This travel stroller is suitable for babies aged over 6 months, but you can buy a newborn pack as an additional feature to make it a lie flat stroller. 

This pushchair can be used in parent-facing mode from birth and front facing from 6+ months up until 22 kg (48.5 lbs)

Whats included: YOYO2 Stroller includes a frame, 5-point harness, multi-position reclining backrest, canopy extensions, shoulder strap, protective storage bag & the 6+ Color Pack, which includes the seat cushion & matching canopy.Pros

  • Easy to fold and unfold
  • UPF 50+ sun protection canopy
  • Reclinable
  • Shoulder strap
  • (Folded dimensions are 52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1 in)


  • Quite pricey

See the Babyzen Yoyo in action here:

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Silver Cross Jet 5

The Silver Cross Jet 5 boasts a coordinating, fully-extendable UPF 50+ hood with an air-flow ventilation system, rear wheel brakes, front wheel suspension and is very light thanks to the aluminium frame.

This compact stroller has a fully extendable UPF50+ hood has an air-flow ventilation system with pop-out sun visor.

Best of all, it folds small enough to fit in most cabin space on an airplane and can even be wheeled like a small suitcase!

  • Weight:15.87 pounds/ 7kg
  • Dimensions: L33 x W20 x H41.5″
  • Folded: L10 x W14.5 x H24.5″ (L25cm W37cm H63cm)
  • Age suitable for: Birth up to 55lbs in USA/25kgs in UK

This Stroller for Travel is available on Amazon worldwide and straight from Silver Cross

Mountain Buggy Nano stroller

Mountain Buggy Nano V3

At 13lbs/6kg, this lightweight stroller has a full-size, padded seat with an adjustable leg rest and multi-position recline.

The seat can almost go into a lie-flat mode, making it one of the best reclining strollers for travel. However there is a newborn cocoon available as an extra.

Like the BabyZen YoYo 2, this compact stroller comes with a carry handle and carry strap plus a travel bag. For most airline hand baggage rules, the Nano is too big to be considered as hand luggage, despite it being very compact.

The rain cover does need to be bought separately. It cannot fold one handed but feels sturdy. It’s travel system ready with universal car seat adaptors included to easily attach an infant car seat.

Max Weight Capacity: 20 kg/44lbs

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“We would be lost without our Mountain Buggy Nano. It has been on almost 50 flights in 18 months and is still in the best condition. Great recline too!”Pros

  • The narrow frame  is good for narrow streets  and doorways.
  • Can be pushed one-handed easily.
  • A good lightweight reclining stroller.
  • Fits into overhead storage compartments (if permitted.)
  • Suitable for up to 44 lbs/4 year old
  • 12 x 22 x 20 inches when folded


  • Cannot be folded with one hand.
  • Can be a bit tricky down a set of steps due to the small wheels.
  • Handlebar is non adjustable.

Other features

  • 6kg / 13lbs with a carry handle and shoulder strap – ideal for travel or the perfect secondary buggy
  • easy two-step compact fold designed to fit in many carry-on luggage units or to leave in the car for quick trips
  • travel system ready with universal car seat adaptors included to easily attach an infant car seat
  • additional newborn comfort when paired with our additional cocoon essential accessory.

Bugaboo Butterfly travel stroller as cabin luggage
butterfly bugaboo canopy

Bugaboo Butterfly

The stroller has an easy one handed fold using two buttons pressed together and it can be done with one hand. As you flick it open it often goes straight into place, but other times I have to push the back of the seat to click it all into place (I can use my knee so still one handed)

Folding it down is also done with the same two buttons pressed together and pushing down on the handle.

It doesn’t lie flat and therefore is only suitable from 6 months but it lies back enough to look comfortable for longer sleeps (111°-145°). There are two positions, upright and reclined and it can be changed one handed between the two. The seat is only forward facing.

This Bugaboo stroller is designed for children up to 22kg/around 4 years which is bigger than most in the travel stroller category.

My petite 6 year old (21.5kg) has ridden in it on some longer days and it is still easy to push and tall enough in the seat to handle her.

At 5 foot 9, I often struggle with stroller’s that don’t have a height adjustable bar, but I find the Butterfly is still comfortable to push.

The basket is a reasonable size and I can fit our changing bag under there. Officially, it can carry up to 8kg and I found it easier to access from the front rather than the back.

Once folded, the stroller is a very compact 45 x 23 x 54 cm which means it fits in most car boots (we have a Ford S Max 7 seater and with all 7 seats up I could fit in several folded Butterflys).

It it also approved as cabin luggage and can slide into the overhead lockers easily..

We have tried it so far on Air India, British Airways and Vietnam Airlines and it was a comfortable fit in the lockers – something that made a stopover much more comfortable for all of us! It is unusual to be given your pushchair or stroller back for stopovers as you will usually collect any stroller at your final destination.

Being able to use a super compact foldable stroller in-between connecting flights was incredibly useful! Read more on the Bugaboo Butterfly here.

  • Weight: 7.3 kg
  • Dimensions when folded: 45 x 23 x 54 cm
  • Recline: Yes
  • Storage Basket: Yes
  • Travel Bag?: No
  • Sun Canopy: Yes
  • Max Weight Capacity: 22kg
  • Age suitable for: 6 months – 4 years
  • Compatible with Infant Car Seat: Yes – with adaptors available separately. Compatible with Bugaboo Turtle One and Air by Nuna & other Maxi-Cosi® infant car seats.
  • Dimensions unfolded 92.5 x 45 x 102.4 cm

See our video of how it unfolds:

Baby Joy stroller

BABY JOY Lightweight Baby Stroller

The Baby Joy is a great option if you are looking for a cabin size stroller and comes with a sturdy bag for convenient carrying, making it a backpack pushchair. It doesn’t recline fully but 150 degrees is close.

The Baby Joy is so small in measurements that it meets most airline cabin baggage rules when folded. This compact stroller weighs 15 lbs and measures 20″ x 10″ x 28.5″ (L x W x H) when folded.


  • 3 seating modes including 150 degree recline
  • 3 footrest modes
  • Weight: 15lbs 
  • Folded 20″ x 10″ x 28.5″ (L x W x H)
  • Age suitable for: 50 lbs/22.6kg This lightweight stroller is suitable for 6-36 months babies and toddlers.

Baby Jogger City Tour 2

Baby Jogger City Tour 2

Another incredibly popular stroller, one that ALWAYS comes up on Disney World and Disneyland posts as well as my Flying With A Baby Facebook page.

The new Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is heavier than the ones mentioned above, but versatile from birth to older toddler, and is compatible with car seats seats.

One hand fold, multiple recline positions, a UV extendable hood, swivel wheels make it a great all rounder. It fits in with some airline cabin baggage allowances, such as JetBlue, Turkish Airlines etc but is otherwise generally over these requirements.

  • Weight: 14lbs/6.5kgs
  • Folded: 59.5cm x 49.5cm x 9cm (21.6″ X16.9″ X 6.8″)
  • Age suitable for: Up to 45lbs/22kg For more information and latest prices see here

Uppababy Minu stroller (Carrie Bradley/Flying With a Baby)

UPPAbaby Minu V2

The Minu V2 packs full-size features into a travel-friendly package. Its 20-lb basket, multi-position recline, and clever storage pockets make it surprisingly versatile.

Plus, a breeze to fold, adjust, and brake, it boasts the easiest harness and most intuitive brakes we’ve tested. A huge sun canopy and newborn compatibility (with extras) top it off.

Weight: 17.3 pounds

Folded size: 20.5 by 23 by 13 inches

Child weight, height limit: 50 pounds, 40 inches

Storage basket weight limit: 20 pounds

Car seat compatibility with an adapter: Uppababy Mesa; Maxi-Cosi Mico Max 30 Infant Car Seat, Mico NXT Infant Car Seat, Mico AP Infant Car Seat, and Mico Max Plus Car Seat; Nuna Pipa, Pipa Lite, Pipa Lite Lx, Pipa Lite R, Pipa Rx, and Pipa Lite Rx; the Cybex Aton, Aton 2, Aton Q, and Aton M

Baby Jogger City Mini

Baby Jogger City Mini

(Review by Charlotte Fletcher, mum of a now 1 year old and 4 year old).

I know a buggy is an incredibly personal choice but I really have great things to say about the Baby Jogger City Mini when flying with a toddler

We bought a Maclaren run around when we started travelling with our son but when that broke we replaced it with the Baby Jogger and three years and another little one down the line and it’s still going strong, in spite of all sorts of rough treatment from the baggage handlers.

It’s just as travel-friendly – folds down super easily, is nippy and light – but feels much more solid and comfortable for the little ones. It feels more like a flight-friendly regular buggy than a buggy you buy specifically for flights. 

City Mini® 2 can be used from baby’s first day according to the Baby Jogger website and has 4 different modes of use as a single or double with an infant car seat, pram, or glider board (sold separatelyPros

  • Light – weighs 17.8 lbs
  • Can fold with one hand.
  • Easy to manoeuvre.
  • Seat tilts back to flat for nap time on the go..
  • Create a travel system with most Britax, Chicco, Clek, Cybex, Graco, Maxi Cosi, Peg Perego, and UPPAbaby infant car seats (adapters for other brands’ infant car seats sold separately)


  • I can’t think of any!


The following strollers have all been recommended by readers of Flying With A Baby. If you are flying with twins or two little ones, a compact and lightweight double stroller is probably on your essential list! Double strollers are also allowed as hold luggage but be aware that with American Airlines you will not be able to gate check it if it weighs over 20lbs – which most do.


Zoe Twin

The Zoe is only available in the USA, which is a shame as it’s not only a practical double travel stroller, but a super lightweight twin stroller for travel too. The recommended age according to Zoe is 3 months +

It is incredibly light at 16lbs, meaning it can even be gate checked on American Airlines! It’s easy to fold and to open. Each seat reclines separately, but not completely flat. The sun canopy is generous for a travel stroller.

Joovy Kooper X2 Double Stroller

At 28lbs this double travel stroller is still light and portable. It comes with 3 cup holders and each seat individually reclines.

The extra-wide seats offer maximum comfort as your children grow. The Kooper X2 folds compactly (with the trays) for travel, has one hand fold, and includes a huge, UPF 50 canopy – perfect for sunny days!

Built-in Storage: mesh cup holder and zipper pocket for keys and drinks. Plus large lower storage space, with a whopping 15 lbs capacity.

Folded dimensions: 26” L x 30.3” W x 12.8” H

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2

Like its popular single stroller model, the seats recline to near flat position and the adjustable canopy hoods offer peek through flaps.

Each seat unit is suitable for children from birth to 50 lb (22.5 kg). Maximum height: 44 in (112 cm). The total weight load recommended for this stroller is 114 lb (51.5 kg). 50 lb ( on each seat, 2lb (1 kg) in each seat back pocket and 10 lb (4.5 kg) in basket.

This travel buggy is heavier at 31.8 lbs but can still be folded single handedly and is a good option if you are looking for a lightweight stroller for toddlers. It’s definitely a good contender for the best twin stroller for travel.

  • Forever air rubber tires with all-wheel suspension provide a comfortable stroll on any terrain
  • Adjustable handlebar and hand-operated parking brake provide comfortable steering and control, all within an arm’s reach
  • Create a travel system with most Britax, Cybex, Graco, and Maxi Cosi infant car seats (adapters for other brands’ infant car seats sold separately)
  • one-step quick-fold
  • Weight of stroller 31.8 lbs
  • near-flat recline seats 
  • Folded dimensions 76.5 x 77.5 x 32 cm
  • Supports children from birth up to 22 kg per seat

This Stroller for Travel is available on Amazon worldwide and Walmart for US residents only

Tips & Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Stroller

1. Size and Weight

The main differences between a regular stroller and a travel stroller are the size and weight. The best strollers for travel are considerably lighter and usually a lot smaller than their heavier counterparts.

Lightweight travel strollers may have less features and comfort but that is the tradeoff for the other practical features. The best traveling strollers for long days out are those that are lightweight, durable and small enough to lug around and store, yet have feature extras such as recline, a sun canopy and a decent storage basket underneath.

All strollers need to be a smooth and comfortable ride for little one and have handlebars which are also convenient to parents.

2. Sun Cover Canopy and UV protection

I found for me the recline and sun canopy for sun safety was the most important when flying with a baby or young toddler. If your stroller doesn’t have a decent size sun canopy, look into the best stroller sunshades which fit most pushchairs.

Babyzen Yoyo 2 stroller  on cobbled streets
Babyzen Yoyo 2 stroller on cobbled streets

3. Your Travel Needs

What sort of travel will you be doing can impact the type of travel pushchair you need. Is it the best buggy for your holiday or vacation?

Does it need to fit as carryon on an aircraft or does it have decent maneuverability and a smooth, durable suspension that can manage narrow doorways and cobblestones in Europe? Does it need to be lightest travel stroller or one with more features?

Will it be used for short distances and to help transport your bags or will you need it for long day trips and naps during the day?

Who is it for – will you need a double stroller for slightly older kids if heading out to Disney World or a reclining one that is suitable for a younger baby – if so does it need an additional insert?

4.  Stroller Recline And Other Features

As mentioned above, several lightweight strollers offer a recline function and a fairly decent sun canopy, but you may need to compromise on the storage basket. For instance, you could forego a large storage basket for a comfortable backpack.

Often you can buy accessories like cup holders, bag clips/ stroller purse clip hooks to make the stroller more convenient. (I found my buggy clip invaluable, especially if the storage basket was small). Is it compatible with a car seat? Have an adjustable handlebar? Decide which features are an absolute must for you, and ones you could compromise on. For example, you are unlikely to find a travel lightweight stroller with a tray.

5. Ease of Folding

If you are flying or travelling solo, then an easy folding function is a must when you are looking for the best compact travel stroller.  Some of the best foldable strollers for travel can quickly and easily be folded up using just one hand – incredibly convenient if you need to carry your baby with the other arm! The good news is that most foldable prams for travel, are easy to use!

6. Cost

There are some all singing/all dancing travel strollers out there – but these do come with a higher price tag. When you are looking for the best strollers for traveling, shop around and look for the best deals.

Check if companies offer price match – often if you cut the middle man out you can find a better deal too. Also look into second hands strollers, or perhaps borrow a friends?

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The babyzen Yoyo is a compact, foldable stroller.
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Silver Cross Jet
silver cross jet folded compact travel stroller
Silver Cross Jet
Travel Stroller reviews. A guide to the Best Travel Strollers, Best Stroller for Travel 2019
Visiting Cape Town from the UK with an 11 week old baby

Pros And Cons?

The benefit of having a really compact stroller or foldable travel pram as your carry on means that you can literally land, pop baby into the pram and walk down the aisle and off the plane towards baggage reclaim (providing there is an airbridge of course.)

I did this with the BabyZen YoYo plus on an Easyjet flight. It folds up more compactly than an umbrella stroller!

Some of the best umbrella strollers for travel are also included in the comparison chart above. Other factors to consider include the sun protection offered and if the stroller reclines for naps.

Families travelling by air, may wish to consider a stroller travel or durable gate check bag, unless you have a cabin baggage approved stroller.

Not only will this help to protect strollers in the aircraft hold, but you can add a few nappies/diapers and other items to help protect it further and save a bit of space in your suitcase! Here are some of the best stroller travel bags to help protect your travel pushchair.

Bugaboo Butterfly travel stroller as cabin luggage
Bugaboo Butterfly stroller fits as cabin luggage on a plane.

What kind of stroller can I take on a plane?

You can take any stroller on the plane for free. This is usually in addition to your normal baggage allowance. If you wish to have a stroller on a plane and have it in the cabin with you, then there is no guarantee it will be allowed, unless it fits into your airlines cabin baggage restrictions and is a particularly compact collapsible stroller for air travel.

In which case, these strollers could be considered as 1 piece of your cabin baggage allowance. So you may have to decide between your normal carry on bag and bringing a travel stroller actually inside the cabin. If you are traveling with another adult, then this is pretty easy to do.

Some of these pushchairs are so compact that they are suitable for plane travel and are foldable/small enough to be considered an airline friendly stroller and as hand luggage!

When we used one of these collapsible strollers, it was so incredibly useful – especially with a heavy toddler. If you don’t require a compact folding umbrella or backpack stroller to take on to the plane, there are some airports and airlines which offer airport strollers to use during transit, often for free.

Can you take a double stroller on an airplane?

Absolutely, but as it will not fit as cabin baggage it will need to go in the hold. You can either check it in with your bags or gate check it before you board your flight.

Can you take a stroller through airport security?

Yes, you will need to if you are gate checking or taking it as hand luggage. If it folds up compactly, you can put it through the X-ray machine, otherwise it will need to be manually inspected.

The case for taking a larger travel system on the plane.

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At the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town (before we discovered the snooze shade)

The Bugaboo Cameleon

We’ve all seen the Cameleon out and about on the streets, but how is it for travelling? It can be tricky to put away, is most definitely not a carry on stroller nor a compact lightweight stroller and it is impossible to dismantle one-handed, with a baby trying to crawl on top of you or it. So why take it on vacation?

It does pack away very neatly in the especially designed Bugaboo travel bag. (I bought mine second hand) The carry handles and/ or wheels (depending on which edition of the bag you have), make it very convenient. You’ll find you will need a few practise goes beforehand, so as to minimise any stress whilst boarding at the airport. (Unless you check it in straight away).

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At the top of Table Mountain, Cape Town (before we discovered the snooze shade or CoziGo)

Dismantling it means removing the 4 wheels, removing the bumper bar and folding the frame, taking the carry cot /chair seat off and packing them flat.

(If you are using the bassinet, you’ll need to remove the black plastic strips, and all the Velcro fastenings).

There seems to be only one way to pack the bag. My only issue is because the bag has a specific shape, it really does leave no room for error.

It can take 5 minutes. (More if stressed!) However, once arriving at our many overseas destinations, it was well worth the effort for us.

Especially as our daughter was 11 weeks old, we needed something durable and fully reclinable.

It seems to be a myth that you can’t take your regular stroller or travel system with you on the plane. You can, but to minimise any possibility of damage, I choose to use a stroller bag to minimise damage from any over-zealous baggage handlers.

If you have a young baby,  this is a good contender to cover all bases- especially if you anticipate various terrains and weather. For more information on the Bugaboo Cameleon, including all its accessories and latest price, please visit here.


  • Packs away very neatly.
  • Easy to transport once in bag.
  • Great to have regular pram at destination.
  • Saves buying a new pram for travelling.
  • Can use the bassinet as cot if baby is small.
  • If using the bag, you can pack extra things inside.
  • All terrain wheels which can handle snow and sand with good suspension


  • No room for error as it only packs one way in the bag .
  • Can be time-consuming to dismantle.
  • Heavy – this is definitely not the best lightweight stroller!
  • Need two hands to fold away.
  • Price

hope this guide to the best lightweight travel strollers for 2024 has helped you? Do let me know your favourite or recommendation for the best travel stroller and which one you decided on below!


Above we mentioned how it is hard to find the perfect baby travel stroller which meets your every need when out and about. If you do find yourself deliberating between a couple of stroller choices, remember, often accessories can be added, like stroller hooks (my favorite!) or a stroller organizer etc.

stroller hook
stroller hooks are SO useful and easy to pack

Stroller hooksStrollers hooks are brilliant for purchases, diaper/nappy bags and for adding to strollers that have no basket or other limited storage capacity.

Universal Stroller OrganizerUniversal organizers for travel strollers are perfect for keeping everything in one place. Organizers can hold drinks, snacks, phone, tissues and allsorts!

Cup Holders for Travel StrollersUniversal stroller cup holders which fit most travel strollers can be easily bought for added convenience.

Stroller Travel Bags – Stroller travel bags are a great way to help protect your stroller when traveling, particularly if flying. Padded stroller bags offer better protection but are more expensive, but even a polyester gate check bag can help keep straps and buckles together and the stroller clean. Stuffing a few diapers/nappies in discreetly can help protect it too. Some cabin sized strollers already come with their own bag and carrying strap making it easier to stow in the overhead lockers on the plane.

Stroller hooksStrollers hooks are brilliant for purchases, diaper/nappy bags and for adding to strollers that have no basket or other limited storage capacity.

Universal Stroller OrganizerUniversal organizers for travel strollers are perfect for keeping everything in one place. Organizers can hold drinks, snacks, phone, tissues and allsorts!

Cup Holders for Travel StrollersUniversal stroller cup holders which fit most travel strollers can be easily bought for added convenience.

Stroller Travel Bags – Stroller travel bags are a great way to help protect your stroller when traveling, particularly if flying. Padded stroller bags offer better protection but are more expensive, but even a polyester gate check bag can help keep straps and buckles together and the stroller clean. Stuffing a few diapers/nappies in discreetly can help protect it too. Some cabin sized strollers already come with their own bag and carrying strap making it easier to stow in the overhead lockers on the plane.

Other travel gear for kids

If you are heading out and about, you may find these other travel gear items for kids useful too.

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Want to know which is the best travel stroller to take on your trips this year? Here's my round-up of some of the top buggies, pushchair and strollers for travel.Plus what makes them so great for family travel. #familytravel #travelgear #baby

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Saturday 16th of October 2021

LOVING your website but really hoping you can help me with this question, my google skills are failing me!

do I need a stroller that fully reclines to accommodate a 6-8 month old baby if i would like them to sleep in the stroller while we spend the day travelling Europe? I want a stroller they can sleep in so we don't have to go home for naps (assuming this is possible?) I'm having a hard time differentiating between 'newborn' and 'infant' sleep requirements and i dont understand whether the baby can safety and comfortably have deep, long naps at a slight incline after 6 months or if i need to spend significantly more to get a stroller that accomodates a completely flat recline.

MANY THANKS for this fantastic website! I will use your affiliate links when I end up purchasing a stroller that accomodates a plane seat.

Carrie Bradley

Saturday 16th of October 2021

Hi Alyssa,

Thank you so much! It's so tricky finding it all out. So my understanding is newborn is only the 0-3 month stage - so some strollers will need inserts or a carrycot to make them completely lie flat for this age due to sleep safety etc. With this in mind, it seems that medically, babies aged 0-6 months should be lying near flat due to SIDS concerns and spine development - in the USA for baby sleepers (not strollers) there is a proposal mandating that no infant sleepers with more than a 10-degree recline can be will be interesting to see if this will apply to strollers too?

From about 6 months, my understanding, is that babies still need a good recline but strollers do not need to recline completely flat. Please note this is not professional advice - just my opinion from my own research on the strollers available. Also the strollers should have the weight and age limits in their instruction manuals- most should be available online. They would have to meet certain specifications and safety precautions to be able to state the age\weight range.

For you guys, one that grows with your little one could be useful, especially if planning to travel a lot in the future to make it more cost effective? Hope that helps a bit- I feel your pain!

Qhouse kids

Thursday 23rd of May 2019

Thanks you for sharing such an amazing post. .I have a newborn who is 2 month old and a 4 year old daughter. I am looking for a stroller for the younger one, which can also be used by 4 Year old. .Would appreciate any recommendations.?

Angel (@vampire1403)

Saturday 18th of May 2019

I think the Akeeva Atom is worth thinking about....Even smaller than the GB hehe


Saturday 2nd of March 2019

I bring the Mountain Buggy Nano on flights with me all the time and put it in the overhead compartment as carry-on luggage. I've never had an issue with it - have taken on multiple US airlines (Delta, American, JetBlue, Southwest, Frontier) and international flights (British Airways and Norwegian Airlines). One flight attendant told me it wouldn't fit, and I just asked her to let me try and she was fine with it when I showed her that it easily fit in the overhead compartment. You can also take off the wheels if needed and make it smaller.

I think you're also skipping over the importance of being able to connect a car seat to your stroller. The Nano accepts almost any infant carseat with its built-in adapter. You can also attach a convertible car seat to it with the adapter (we use the Scenera Next). It's been so helpful to just wheel our kids through the airport in their carseat, attached to the stroller, right onto the plane.


Tuesday 5th of March 2019

Very good point! I guess it depends if you are using a car seat on the plane, time of flight, how long the flight is, age of baby/child, if you are taking it overseas or planning on hiring one abroad. With current guidance saying young babies should only be in a car seat a maximum of 2 hours it's definitely a tricky thing to decide as obviously travel strollers don't usually offer a flat recline and also some airlines are very strict on certain weight/ size measurements as carry-on luggage as even if it would fit, but is larger than the dimensions they allow- it won't be allowed on. Really fab to hear you have had a great experience with the Mountain Buggy Nano - this will definitely help future readers to know this- thank you!


Monday 10th of December 2018

GB Pockit Plus is one of the best lightweight strollers I've ever tested. The best for travelers - no doubt!

strollers on airplanes, baby zen yoyo plus stroller pushchair in airplane, best stroller for travel as it fits cabin sized overhead lockers? #familytravel

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