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. Cabin sized strollers or ‘airplane strollers’ can make a huge difference, especially if you have a tired child to contend with.
This guide will help you decide on which is the best compact stroller for you, and even better, they are cabin sized strollers for plane travel! A carry on stroller can make things a lot easier for you when traveling with a baby, toddler or pre-schooler.
What kind of stroller can I take on a plane?
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 a lap infant baggage allowance for a diaper/nappy bag or similar. (For flying with a lap infant tips, see here)
The good news is – at the end of this post, I’ve a guide that will help you the allowances.
I’ve spent a couple of days going through over 20 airlines lap infant carry on allowance and the adult cabin baggage allowance, so you can work out which is the best stroller for air travel and 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.
Compact and lightweight features obviously make the best and the most practical choice of travel stroller. Airplane wise, double strollers are unlikely to fit in the overhead stowage bins, but will be permitted to go in the hold, so this feature does concentrate on single pushchairs.
I’ve found 6 of the best strollers to bring on a plane, which mostly meet the carry on requirements and on whole have positive feedback.
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The Latest Compact Cabin Sized Strollers
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 2020, here are the latest options, including the Bugaboo Ant and SIlver Jet, 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.)
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.
Cabin Sized Strollers For Plane Travel 2021 – 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 x34 x42cm /7.8″ x13 x16.5″
- Weight: 10lbs/4.6 kg
- Age suitable for 9 – 17 kg. from 6 months up to approx. 4 years.
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, it reclines 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 Ultra Compact is new for 2020. 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) The new Silver Cross Jet can be wheeled along like a cabin bag.
- 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
- (Read more about it from John Lewis UK or Amazon worldwide here.
BabyZen YOYO Plus
The BabyZen YoYo+ is another stroller, and arguably the best known – which meets most airlines cabin baggage allowances and can be used as a carry on baby stroller.
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. 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.
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 on one of best strollers to travel with on airplane see here.
The new 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 but comes at a 115 degree tilt and a 13″ width seat.
The Baby Joy is so small in measurements that it meets most airline cabin baggage rules when folded.
- 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
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. It also has a reversible and reclinable seat.
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, Virgin, Delta, United, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific and TUI Airlines cabin baggage rules, for a carry on stroller, but meets easyjet, British Airways, ANA and several others requirements. A great contender for the best airplane stroller!
- Weight: 15.8 lbs/7.2 kg
- Folded 55cm x38cm (21.65 x 14.96 x9.03″)
- Age suitable for 22kg/50lbs
- For more information and latest prices on an ideal stroller for traveling on airplane see here: Bugaboo Ant
INFANT BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE GUIDE TRICK
The guide below shows what many airlines will allow as carry on for a standard economy seat if you are flying with an infant. (Infant/child hold baggage is also included)
However, by looking at the adult hand baggage allowance and measurements, you can see if you can bring your foldable stroller in place of your bag cabin allowance, meaning you can have your stroller with you for the walk to baggage reclaim and passport control. Just click on the image to enlarge. With the guide above for the best stroller for airplane travel, you can see which one fits these allowances.
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