Updated January 2019

What is the Best Stroller for Travel 2019?

The following are some of the best travel strollers which are especially designed for travel – with a strong emphasis on being light and portable. They don’t have all the features that you would expect from a travel system, however some are very close! Some are even so compact that they are suitable for plane travel and fold up small enough to be considered hand luggage! When we used one of these on a flight, it was so incredibly useful – especially with a heavy toddler.

Travel Stroller reviews.A guide to the Best Travel Strollers, Best Stroller for Travel 2019

What Are Their Pros And Cons For Flying?

The benefit of having a really compact stroller means that you can literally land, pop baby into the stroller and walk down the aisle and off the plane towards baggage reclaim (providing there is an airbridge of course.) Here I am doing exactly that with the BabyZen YoYo plus on an EasyJet flight.

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With the BabyZen YoYo plus on an EasyJet flight.

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

For travelling by air, you may wish to consider a stroller travel or gate check bag, unless you have a cabin baggage approved stroller. Not only will this help to protect it 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!


The best lightweight stroller for travel

The following travel strollers are especially designed for travel, with the emphasis on being light and portable. They don’t have all the features that you would expect from a travel system, however some are very close! Some are even so compact that they are suitable for plane travel and fold up small enough to be considered hand luggage!

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


Best Light Stroller For  Traveling Comparison Chart

NameImageWeightSingle Fold?Reclines?Fits as cabin baggage?Latest price and more information.
GB Pockit Stroller9.5lbs/ 4.4kgsNoNoYesLastest price
See here
UPPABaby G-Lite Denny11lbsNoYesNoLatest price see here
Summer Infant 3D Lite13lbs/6.2kgNoYes to nearly flat.NoLatest price see here
BabyZen YoYo Plus13lbs/6.2kgNo (after buttons pressed the rest can be folded single handedly.YesYesLastest price
See here
Mountain Buggy Nano13lbs/6.2kgNoYesNoLastest price
See here
Maclaren Techno XT13.8lbs/6.29kgsYesYesNoLastest price
See here
Baby Jogger City Mini18.4lbs/8.3 kgsYesYesNoLastest price
See here
Double Stroller Zoe XL217lbs/7.7kgsYesYesNoLatest price see here
Joovy Twin Ultra Light Stroller26lbs/11.79kgsNoYesNoLatest Price See here
Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller28.6lbs/12.9kgsYesYesNoLatest price see here


Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Stroller

Here are some of the most important things to think about when looking for the best 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 but with less features than their heavier counterparts. A lightweight travel stroller 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 and small enough to lug around and store, yet feature extras such as recline, a sun canopy and a decent basket underneath.

2. Your Travel Needs

What sort of travel will you be doing can impact the type of travel stroller you need. Does it need to fit as carryon on an aircraft or can it manage cobblestones in Europe? 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 for – will you need a double stroller for slightly older kids if heading out to Disney World or one that is suitable for a younger baby – if so does it need an additional insert?

3.  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 cupholders, bag clips to make the stroller more convenient. Decide which features are an absolute must for you, and ones you could compromise on.

4. 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 travel strollers can quickly and easily be folded up using just one hand – incredibly convenient if you need to carry your baby with the other arm!

5. 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?

Reviews of the Best Travel Strollers for 2019

GB Pockit Lightweight Stroller

This stroller is currently the world’s smallest and most compact stroller for travel. It weighs a mere 9.5 lbs and folds down to 11.8 inches x 7 inches x 13.8 inches.  It’s narrow width means it easily passes through narrow door ways and small turnstiles at train stations. It does not come with a bag or straps to carry it but you can easily buy something to fix this or just pop into a tote bag. There is a small storage bag at the bottom for small items. This stroller really comes into its own for plane travel, due to its compact size. It is definitely a good contender for the best stroller for airplane travel as it meets cabin baggage sizes. This probably wouldn’t be your every day stroller but for travel it has some clear advantages.

What other readers of Flying With A Baby Say:

“Easy to fold, super right and comfy as much as it can be. We only use it when travelling by subway, bus and airplane.”  There is now an upgraded version, the GB Pockit Plus, which does have a recline and better canopy. Another reader reports back that, “It is extremely lightweight – so you can not hang a bag over the handles, but it is great for family travel.”

For more information on the specifications and latest prices for the GB Pockit see here.


  • Can be used as cabin baggage. It will even fit under the seat.
  • Front wheels can be locked to a stationary position or left to swivel
  • It’s really small!
  • Did I mention how small it is?


  • Only suitable for babies aged 6 months plus.
  • Sun canopy does not offer a great deal of protection
  • There is no recline option (unless you purchase the Pockit Plus)


UPPABaby G-Lite Denny 2018

The updated version of the popular G-Lite is now reclinable and even lighter at 11lbs. It has lost the function to stand up by itself – but for the lightness that’s not a huge inconvenience. The seat has a breathable mesh and the basket is very reasonably sized for an umbrella stroller. The large UPF canopy is an improvement with an additional pop out sunvisor. A cup holder comes as standard. The price is also very reasonable for all the functions. For more information and latest price for the UPPABaby G-Lite, see here.


  • Very light
  • Large sun canopy
  • Can hold up to 55lbs
  • Price


  • A smaller recline than some.


Summer Infant 3D Lite stroller

This is a popular mid way budget lightweight stroller  (13lbs/6.2kg).  An appealing feature is it reclines to a nearly flat position and is easy to manoeuvre. A carry strap and compact fold helps make it easy to transport. It can used til your little one reaches 50lbs.

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.”

For more information and latest price for the Summer Infant 3D Lite Stroller see here.


  • Price
  • Near flat recline
  • Has  a variety of storage: A cup holder, pocket on the back, and storage underneath
  • Provides more shade than cheaper umbrella strollers


  • Legs can dangle a bit if child is tall.

BabyZen YoYo+

This is another stroller which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances. It is not as light as the GB Pockit for plane travel – but it weighs in at a very light 13lbs/6.2kg. It comes with a storage bag and a 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. This compact travel stroller feels sturdy and is often used as a daily stroller because of all its features; including multi recline, a sun canopy, rain cover and generous under seat storage.

It is on the pricey end of the market but if it is used daily and used for travel, then it may save you from buying a separate travel stroller. These are quite popular in Europe because they fit through narrow doorways. Another bonus is it can handle cobbled stones. 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. 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. This pushchair can be used in parent-facing mode from birth and front facing from 6+ months up until 18kgs.

For more information on the BabyZen YoYo Plus, please see here.

BabyZen YOYO ,review, airplane


  • Easy to fold and unfold
  • UPF 50+ sun protection canopy
  • Reclinable


  • Quite pricey



Mountain Buggy Nano

The Mountain Buggy Nano consistently crops up as one of the best strollers for travelling.

At 13lbs, 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, if you need. Like the BabyZen YoYo, this 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.

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.”

For more information on the Mountain Buggy Nano, please see here.


  • The narrow frame  is good for narrow streets  and doorways.
  • Can be pushed one-handed easily.
  • Reclinable
  • Fits into overhead storage compartments (if permitted.)


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

Maclaren Techno XT Review

by Lucy Bruce, mum of 3 children, including an 11 week old.)

As a mother of 3 small children that travel a lot, I have to be 100% sure that I pack the right type of baby paraphernalia to help me on my way. Over the years I have learnt that although your baby may be traveling in complete style and comfort, it can be a total mission (and workout) to get these items from A to B. One of the most essential baby items (and most cumbersome to carry) is choosing the best stroller for travel.

During my less experienced days I would transport my top of the range Bugaboo along with accessories and matching travel bag leaving me with an extremely heavy and large piece of oversized baggage on arrival. I soon learnt that the good old foldable buggy is the way forward for me, but I still had to navigate my way around the baby showrooms who displayed what seemed to be hundreds of brightly coloured push-a-longs, all claiming to be better than the next. I opted for the Maclaren Techno XT and here are my findings.

The Maclaren Techo XT specifies that it suitable for children from birth. Although it is meant to fully recline, it is not completely flat, but it is near enough horizontal and certainly comfortable enough for the baby to sleep for many hours. There is also an extendable foot rest for older babies which allows their legs to be fully elevated. The clasp to secure the straps can be a little fiddly as to unlock as you have to squeeze the buttons on the front and back at the same time making it difficult if you have long nails or weak fingers. The straps do not adjust properly for newborns as they rub against their ears, the strap covers are definitely required but at an extra cost and for complete comfort you would need a headrest.

The XT is easy to fold away and open, and the handle at the side makes it easy to lift onto a trolley or put into the back of a car. The XT is the heaviest of the Maclarens but it’s benefits outweigh the extra two kgs that have to be lugged. It is compact enough that on many occasions the Purser/CSD of the flight has allowed me to bring it on board to be stored in a cupboard. It can be a little heavy to push, but the swivel wheels to help it to easily glide around corners and manoeuvre through complicated spaces. The Maclaren comes with a rain cover, which is great if you are travelling to tropical countries but investing in a mosquito net that fits securely is a must.

The hood has a handy clear window so you can see your child even when it is open but you will need a CoziGoor Snoozeshade draped over it if you want to completely block out the sun. The seat cover does get very dirty on the baggage belt and my hood did get slightly damaged on one occasion, so do invest in a canvas cover if you want to keep the buggy in pristine condition.

The pockets at the back of the XT are really handy for keeping water, sun cream and a hat at the ready: the storage beneath the buggy is ample for a few bags of shopping if the seat is not reclined. One thing which always catches me by surprise is how the pushchair will topple over once to take the baby out if you have shopping bags on the handles, the buggy can also topple over when the baby is in the seat if there is too much weight on the handles.

At the end of your trip the seat cover can be removed and washed in the washing machine though refitting it can take time and is a little complicated. In general, I have been pleased with the Maclaren Techno XT and four and a half years later it is still going strong. I am now using it for my 11 week old baby and although it is a little worn and torn, the functions work just as well as they did when I purchased it. I would recommend the Maclaren Techno XT to any travelling family and can assure you that the Maclaren brand has lived up to its long trusted name.  For more information and latest prices of the Maclaren Techno XT, click here.


  • Compact
  • Lighter than a travel system. Weighs 13.8lbs
  • Has handy pockets.
  • Suitable from birth.
  • One handed fold


  • Need to buy extra pieces for complete comfort.
  • Can tip over if shopping bags are on the handle, with or without baby inside


Babyjogger 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 Babyjogger City Mini when flying with a baby. We bought a MacClaren run around when we started travelling with our son but when that broke we replaced it with the Babyjogger 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. For more details on the Babyjogger City Mini, including the UV cover,  please click here 


  • Light – weighs 18.4 lbs
  • Can fold with one hand.
  • Easy to manoeuvre.
  • Seat tilts back to flat for nap time on the go.


  •  I can’t think of any!


Best lightweight double stroller for travel

If you are flying with twins or two little ones, a 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 XL2 double travel stroller

Zoe XL2

The Zoe is sadly not available in the UK, which is a shame as it’s not only a practical double travel stroller, but a super lightweight twin stroller for travel too. 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. For more information, & latest prices see here




Joovy Twin Groove Ultra Light Travel Stroller

Joovy Twin Groove

At 26lbs this double travel stroller is still light and portable. It comes with 3 cup holder s and each seat individually reclines. It’s narrow width means it can fit through normal size doorways. For more information and latest prices see here.




Baby Jogger City Mini Double Stroller


Baby Jogger

Like it’s popular single stroller, the seats recline to near flat position and the adjustable canopy hoods offer peek through flaps. This is slightly heavier at 28lbs but can still be folded single handedly. For more information and latest prices, see here.

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

The Bugaboo Cameleon

Review by me.

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 and it is impossible to dismantle one-handed, with a baby trying to crawl on top of you or it.

However, it does pack away very neatly in the especially designed Bugaboo travel bag. 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 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)

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. (So 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 and it’s come with us on every flight so far. Especially as she was 11 weeks old, we needed something safe and secure with appropriate coverage for our little traveller.


Not only was she used to her pram, and when smaller, she slept had slept in when we attended a couple of weddings, but it also provided adequate shelter from the elements, whether sun, rain or wind. (The free mosquito net came in handy too). 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 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.


  • No room for error as it only packs one way in the bag .
  • Can be time-consuming to dismantle.
  • Heavy
  • Need two hands to fold away.
  • Price

hope this guide to the best lightweight travel strollers for 2019 has helped you? Do let me know your favourite or recommendation for the best travel stroller and which one you decided on below!

You may be interested in reading more about the BabyZen YOYO pushchair which I tried recently, and also like to read about some baby carriers.

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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  1. Hi Carrie! like most people here, thank you so much for this brilliant blog! I'm about to attempt by first long haul with my 2month old from heathrow to johannesburg south africa. I've think I've figured out the feeding thing (order ready made formula to collect at boots terminal 5 after security), but my worry now is the stroller. I have an iCandy peach 3, which consists of a frame (fully collapsible), and then either a carrycot that snaps into the frame, or a seat that snaps in the same way (so the stroller is always in 2 pieces when dismantled.) At the moment she is only in the carrycot, as the seat can only be used from 6months on, so we are leaving that at home.

    My question is: I'm flying with BA, and understand I can take a "fully collapsible stroller" and a car seat. The plan is to have the car seat wrapped and checked in with the other large luggage, and then take the stroller (and therefore the carrycot which clips into the frame) through security and to the aircraft door. I assume at this point they will take it off me and store in the hold, so I've purchased a travel bag to store it in during transit. Now here comes the catch: the frame fully collapses and goes in its own travel bag, the carry cot collapses to half its height and goes into it's own travel bag…will I be allowed to have this there as it's technically two pieces? I know it sounds silly to go into such detail, but I do not want to get to the check in counter or aircraft door only to find they tell me it's too bulky and I now need to check it in as excess baggage at a steep price…

  2. Hi there,
    I've checked with BA for you and not a problem.the direct quote was "that will be fine within the allowance for travelling with children. The fact the items are in two bags will not cause her any issues."
    Enjoy and have a fab trip.

  3. Hi there, so glad I come across this post I need to know same thing I'm expecting my first in June and I'm going to Cyprus and Italy in July for wedding so baby only be 5 weeks old. I was thinking of getting peach 3 and need to take car seat for hire car, push chair with carry cot so baby can lie flat. Will I be able to take carry for and pram to front as it will not fit in one travel bag? Also my friends have advised me against taking my nice pram as it will get damaged in hold but to but a cheaper stroller but surely baby be too small for this. I'm due to be flying with easy jet to Italy and first choice to Cyprus? Any advice you can offer would be great as I'm panicking!

  4. I'll be flying US Airways with a three month old and a 2 year old. I have a Britax Agile Stroller- very similar to the Baby Jogger Citi Mini. And we have a carrycot that snaps into it. I've travelled with the Britax collapsable stroller before and checked it at the gate, putting in a very simple bag that basically protects from water, dirt, and makes sure the clasps and straps don't get ripped off:

    I really want to take the carrycot with me, which does collapse, but takes a few minutes to do, and I'm afraid that it will get ruined. US Airways website says:
    Large, jogging, non-collapsible strollers, or those over 20 lbs are not accepted at the gate. Please check these types of strollers at the ticket counter. There is no charge as long as a child or infant is traveling.
    I'm wondering if they'll let me check in the carrycot for free and take the collapsable stroller with me to check in at the gate, which I can use for my toddler during the trip. Does anyone have any experience with this specifically on US Airways? I have the original box that I can store it in during the flight if it's checked.
    I really want the carrycot with us abroad so the baby can easily sleep when we're travelling. I've travelled with the carrycot with my older son when he was 3 months old, and it was not easy…

  5. HI there, Thanks for your blog! We're traveling BA in July from Houston to Geneva and would like to take our BOB running stroller. Do you know if this would be too big to gate check?

  6. There is a buggy that solves all problems whilst travelling. Babyzen YoYo, comes in 0+ months or 6+. It folds and once folded the size and weight makes it adhere to airlines cabin luggage. This means you can use it in the airport, transfer airport and finally at the destination. Hope this helps.

  7. Used the YoYo to travel in Australia, America and Asia. Really depends on the check in and boarding staff. They keep getting us to show them it folds into 3 parts. Only issues we had was with the American airlines as they had a lack of cabin space and forced us to check in our small luggage which was our "nappy bag". 🙁

  8. Hi there! Love the blog. I am travelling to London from Toronto via air canada and am hoping to check my city lite at the gate. Do you think this will be possible?

  9. Hi and thank you.
    If it fits Air Canada's policy, then yes. "Air Canada strongly recommends the use of small collapsible umbrella type strollers (see examples below).

    A stroller with a collapsed diameter not exceeding 25.5 cm (10 in) and a length not exceeding 92 cm (36 in) is allowed, in addition to your carry-on allowance, regardless of destination. It can be checked at the gate to be delivered to you at the aircraft door at the end of your flight.

    Large strollers

    Because gate facilities in airports are not designed to accommodate them, large, heavy strollers will need to be checked in and will count as one piece of baggage toward the maximum number of checked bags allowed by your fare type. Large strollers are also subject to space limitations, and there is a risk that they cannot be accommodated in the aircraft."

  10. Hi Carrie, any idea whether you can take a metal-framed baby backpack (like the Deuter Kid Comfort III) as carry-on? We're considering this instead of a stroller for our trip from Edinburgh to Brisbane / Sydney.

  11. I've used the Babyzen Yo Yo and loved it. Only once I was asked to check it into the hold and the plane was tiny (domestic route) otherwise no problem. I even opened it up in the aisle once when leaving the plane as my toddler was still asleep. It's also good for small car boots. The covers are completely machine washable, I've never seen a stroller that is so washable. It's very stable for its weight and size. Has a great recline. I only used the 6 months + version. The brake on the back axle is very basic so you need to keep one hand on it when travelling by bus also front wheels do not lock.

  12. We always bring the stroller – for the airport and immigration line if nothing else. You can choose which outings you want to use it for once you get where you’re going and get a feel for things. We’ve got the Halford Fliplite + a gate check bag and love it.

  13. This blog has been such help! I’m planning our first international flight from the USA to Australia. Our twins will be 20 months. Does anyone have experience flying with the Bugaboo Donkey? We use it daily and can’t imagine not having it for our 3 week trip. It’s huge and I worry about how Qantas will feel with us taking it. I can’t find size requirements for strollers, but its massive.

    If its not recommended to bring, should we travel with umbrella strollers or rent a double when we arrive? Thank you!

    • Hi Kirsten. So glad it’s helping! I’ve seen the Bugaboo Donkey used on flights before but can’t recall the airline. Unless the size is stipulated, i wouldn’t worry too much. I think its mainly USA airlines that have the weight size restrictions.

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