6 of the Most Compact Cabin Sized Strollers For Plane Travel 2019

One of the times you really need a travel stroller is at the airport, particularly for that long walk to baggage reclaim and the usual snaking queue at immigration. Whilst some airlines do their best to help by providing you with courtesy strollers as you disembark, this is sadly not the norm.

The best option is to know your airlines cabin baggage regulations and maximise them to the hilt by bringing a compact cabin sized stroller as your permittable carry on.

This may mean you will have to sacrifice another travel bag depending on whether there is an infant baggage allowance for a diaper/nappy bag or similar.

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

The good news is – at the end of this post, I’ve a guide that will help.

I’ve spent a couple of days going through over 20 airlines infant carry on allowance and the adult cabin baggage allowance, so you can work out which travel stroller could be used as a cabin size stroller.

This will mean you would have to sacrifice your cabin bag to bring this on. However, if you have a potentially long wait in an immigration queue or a transit stop where you can’t access your stroller, then this could be well worth the trade off.

Secondly, I’ve looked at models of travel pushchairs and compact strollers which can fit as hand luggage.

I’ve found 6 which mostly meet the carry on requirements and on whole have positive feedback.

6 of the Most Compact Cabin Sized Strollers for 2019

Jumping on the popularity of trend setters BabyZen Yoyo and the GB Pockit, travel pushchairs and strollers are evolving all the time  – with new compact pushchairs all vying to be the lightest and smallest.

For 2019, here are the latest options which meet most airline cabin baggage guidelines. (The guide below this will show what size cabin baggage airlines allow and which strollers meet this criteria.)

I have some more really useful ideas, tips and insider info from my cabin crew days – flying over 80 flights in baby and toddler stage too.

Top Tip: Check what your adult cabin baggage allowance is, as you may be able to bring your compact stroller with you in place of (not in addition to) your carry on allowance.

 6 Cabin Size Strollers Perfect For Plane Travel

Pockit Air All Terrain 2019 

The Pockit Air Terrain 2019 model is the lightest travel stroller and only beaten on actual size measurements by the BabyJoy stroller, (details below).

The Pockit Air Terrain  is compact and similar to the original Pockit e.g no recline and a barely there sun protector. 

It does, however, have a breathable mesh for warmer climates which makes this updated version even lighter.

A padded inlay can be bought as an accessory and added to the seat unit for additional warmth on cooler days.

The double wheels of the Pockit+ All-Terrain allow flexibility with different surfaces. 

As this pushchair doesn’t recline flat, it is not suitable for newborns. This gb Pockit is the cheapest new model available in the brands range.

  • Folded 20 x 34 x 42 cm/7.8″ x13 x16.5″

  • Weight: 10lbs/4.6 kg

  • Age suitable for 9 – 17 kg. from 6 months up to approx. 4 years.

For more information and latest prices see here 

 

Pockit Plus All City Stroller

Pockit + All City  travel system

Made for city life, crowded restaurants, small spaces on trains, buses and planes, the Pockit + All City stroller is designed for smoother surfaces, (so not ideal for cobbled streets).

It’s compatible with the gb and Cybex car seat and has a much better sun-hood than the original Pockit  and is an upgrade on the Pockit Plus 2018 model.

  • Weight 12.5lbs/5.7kgs

  • Folded L19 xW 33 x H48cm (7.5 x 13 x19″)

  • Age suitable for: 9 – 17 kg/From 6 months up to approx. 4 years.
  • For more information and latest prices see here.

     

Pocket Silver Cross Jet Ultra Compact 

The Silver Cross Jet is new for 2019. It 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.

The 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!

Whilst it won’t fit on Qatar, Etihad, it will fit on easyjet, American Airlines, BA, Delta and many more as cabin baggage. (See chart below)

a cabin size stroller in black ( silver cross)

The new Silver Cross Jet can be wheeled along like a cabin bag.

 

(Read more about it from John Lewis or Amazon here if from UK. If  you are from the USA, please find specific USA info here).

  • Weight:13 pounds/6kg

  • Folded: D7″ W11.8″ x H21.65″ (D18cm W30cm H55cm) 

  • Age suitable for: Birth up to 40lbs in USA/15kgs in UK
  • For more information and latest prices see here

     

BabyZen YoYo Plus travel stroller review  pin #familytravel

BabyZen YOYO Plus

The BabyZen YoYo+ is another stroller, and arguably the best known – which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances.

It is not as light as the original GB Pockit for plane travel – but it weighs in at a very light 13lbs/6.2kg only a fraction more than  the GB Pockit Plus City, but with a lot more functions.

It is consistently rated highly as a contender for the best lightweight travel stroller.

The YOYO comes with 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 and meet many airlines cabin luggage requirements.  However, Thomas Cook, specifically state is does not meet their hand baggage allowance.

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 buggy.

These compact pushchairs are quite popular in Europe because they fit through narrow doorways. The YOYO, is on the pricier end, but saying that, it does have a lot more functions and could easily be an everyday stroller, not just for travel.

I also have a full review of the BabyZen YOYO here.

  • Weight:13 pounds /6.2kg

  • Folded: 20.5″ x 17.3 x 8″  (55 x 42 x 18cm) 

  • Age suitable for: Birth up to 39.6lbs/18kgs
  • For more information and latest prices see here.

     

Baby Joy

The Baby Joy is great budget option if you are looking for a cabin size stroller. This umbrella style pushchair has a fairly large shopping basket, a detachable water bottle holder, a 5 or 3 point harness, multiple recline positions including flat, an umbrella plus a shoulder strap to carry it around easily.

Legs will dangle in the recline position though, due to no calf or leg support.

The Baby Joy is so small in measurements that it meets most airline cabin baggage rules. (It is just a little bit too wide for Southwest)

  • Weight: 14 lbs/6.3kg 
  • Folded 31cm x 31cm x 16.5 cm (12.5″ x 12.5″ x 6.5″)
  • Age suitable for: 50 lbs/22.6kg
  • For more information and latest prices see here

Bugaboo Ant – coming soon!

At only 7.2 kg / 15.8 lbs the Bugaboo Ant is the ranges most lightweight stroller yet, and thanks to its most compact folded size of just 55 x 38 x 23 cm (9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inch) it can also be used as a carry-on for several airlines.

Despite its lightweight frame, the Bugaboo Ant is strong, and can carry a child up to 22 kg / 50 lbs.

An always-accessible rear luggage basket and large under-seat basket provide a combined 8kg of additional storage capacity.

It is just a bit too big for Etihad Thomas Cook, Virgin, Delta, United, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and TUI Airlines cabin baggage rules, but meets easyjet, British Airways, ANA and several others requirements.

  • Weight: 15.8 lbs/7.2 kg

  • Folded 55cm x 38cm x 23 cm (21.65 x 14.96 x 9.03″)

  • Age suitable for 22 kg / 50 lbs.
  • For more information and latest prices see here (check back October 2019)

 

 

Infant Baggage Allowance Guide

 

 Airline Infant Baggage Allowance by Carrie Bradley)

 

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One of the times you really need a travel stroller is at the airport, particularly for that long walk to baggage reclaim and the usual snaking queue at immigration. Whilst some airlines do their best to help by providing you with courtesy strollers as you disembark, this is sadly not the norm. The best option is to know your airlines cabin baggage regulations and maximise them to the hilt by bringing a compact cabin sized stroller as your permittable carry on. This may mean you will have to sacrifice another travel bag depending on whether there is an infant baggage allowance for a diaper/nappy bag or similar.

 6 of the Most Compact Cabin Sized Strollers For Plane Travel 2019
One of the times you really need a travel stroller is at the airport, particularly for that long walk to baggage reclaim and the usual snaking queue at immigration. Whilst some airlines do their best to help by providing you with courtesy strollers as you disembark, this is sadly not the norm. The best option is to know your airlines cabin baggage regulations and maximise them to the hilt by bringing a compact cabin sized stroller as your permittable carry on. This may mean you will have to sacrifice another travel bag depending on whether there is an infant baggage allowance for a diaper/nappy bag or similar. #family travel #stroller #pushchair

 

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