Having a stroller when you are travelling can be a great way to transport your little explorers around. They can easily see what is going on around them and it gives you a break from carrying them.
The only problem is that many modern strollers are incredibly bulky and just not practical for taking with you on your travels. With this in mind, many companies have now introduced more lightweight versions that are ideal for travel.
In this post, we will review the best lightweight strollers for travel in 2019 and help you decide which stroller is the best choice for you and your child.
Considerations When Buying a Lightweight Stroller for Travel
Your Travel Needs
When looking through the review it is important to think about how you travel and what features are most important to you. Some of the strollers fold up very small and can be taken as hand luggage. Is this important to you? Or would you prefer to put it in the hold and save your hand luggage allowance for….your luggage?
Are you mainly looking for a lightweight travel stroller to get you through the airport? Or do you need something more robust that will allow you to comfortably take on cobbled streets and the occasional jaunt off road?
Could this be your only stroller? Some of the strollers below are almost as robust and fully featured as the heavier and larger ‘normal’ pushchairs. If you were to get one of these could you save by making it your only pushchair?
Keep these thoughts in mind as we highlight the best features of the top lightweight pushchairs on the market.
Top Lightweight Strollers for Travel
Baby Jogger City Tour Compact Fold Stroller
Age Range – 6 months to 15kg | Weight – 6.6kg | Folded Size – 59cm x 45cm x 25cm
It meets the size requirements of many airlines (British Airways, Easyjet, KLM), so you can take your little one all the way to the plane without having to worry about putting it in the hold.
The pushchair comes in a backpack style bag so it is easy to carry about, and this combined with the small size makes it easy to store at home.
You get swivel wheels and front suspension on this stroller creating a comfortable ride for your toddler. The wheels are small so best suited for use in town and we wouldn’t want to take on too many cobbles with this baby buggy.
The seat has 5 positions including a good recline for nap times. It comes with an extendable hood with UPF50 so will offer protection from the sun when you jet off to sunny places. You also get a rain cover in case the weather doesn’t turn out quite as you had hoped.
You get handy storage pockets behind and under the seat. We find these invaluable for carting around snacks, nappies, coats, drinks etc. For more details on the Babyjogger City Tour Compact, please click here
- You can fold it one-handed
- Small and light enough to take as hand luggage on a plane
- Carry it like a backpack with the included bag
- Rain cover and UV protective canopy
- 5 reclining positions
- None that we can think of
Mothercare XSS Compact Stroller
Age Range – 6 months to 15kg | Weight – 5.82kg | Folded Size – 34cm x 14cm x 32cm
This stroller takes compact to a whole new level. This claims to be the world’s smallest foldable stroller, it is hard to believe that there is a stroller inside the handbag sized carry bag, but there is! To see a picture of it folded up, please click here.
It is small enough to easily fit in the lockers on an aeroplane, but will also slip underneath a bus or train seat, making it the perfect portable stroller for travel.
What we like about this is that it is so portable that it is possible to take it out with you just in case your tired little one has had enough of walking. At home, it will take up hardly any space in the cupboard or boot of the car.
To get a stroller this small there are a couple of compromises. Although there is a sun canopy, it is fairly small and doesn’t offer great protection, and the seat doesn’t fully recline for nap times. For more details on the Mothercare XSS Compact Stroller, please click here. This stroller is marketed as the GB Pokit Lightweight Stroller in the USA, it is the same but the carry bag is extra.
- Incredibly small
- Ultra lightweight
- Carry bag included
- Under seat storage basket
- Small sun canopy
- The seat doesn’t fully recline
- Doesn’t feel very robust
Silver Cross Jet Stroller
Age Range – Birth to 15kg | Weight – 5.9kg | Folded Size – 55 x 30 x 18 cm
The Silver Cross Jet Stroller folds down to cabin bag size, with a cover to keep everything neat and tidy. A great feature of this is that the wheels are left out so you can wheel it along like a piece of cabin baggage.
The buggy has all the features that you want from a travel stroller, it is lightweight, has an extendable sun canopy with UPF 50+ protection, rain cover and a spacious basket for storing your bits and bobs.
Unlike a few of the other chairs on review, this is able to recline into a fully lie-back position so is great for children that like to sleep on the go.
Using adaptors, you can convert this stroller into a travel system and attach your car seat. This can come in really handy in all sorts of situations, including at the airport where we have often struggled to carry car seats to the check-in desk.
Silver Cross is clearly targetting holidaymakers by advertising ‘flip-flop friendly brakes’, we couldn’t quite what was special about the brake but it works well enough. For more details on the Silver Cross Jet Stroller, please click here
- Ultra compact and light travel stroller
- Cabin approved with a cover and great wheely system
- You can attach your car seat to make it a travel system
- Suitable from birth
- Doesn’t fold as easily as some others
Graco Featherweight Pushchair
Age Range – Birth to 15kg | Weight – 3.6kg | Folded Size – 59 x 38 x 97 cm
The Graco Featherweight pushchair is easily the lightest pushchair we have reviewed, coming in at just 3.6kg. This, combined with the carry strap, means that it is easy to take with you when you are out exploring so that you have it on hand when your little traveller starts to feel tired.
The stroller has a great one-handed fold system which is great when you need to fold it up whilst carrying a baby or toddler. We also really liked the way that the frame is free standing when it is folded up, this makes it really easy to put down and pick up whilst you are sorting out all your things.
The chair is suitable from birth (it may well be lighter than your newborn!) and has a fully reclining seat but we think that where this stroller comes into its own is for walking toddlers who like to hop in and out when they need a rest or fancy a snooze. It is so light that it is no effort to carry around when not being used. For more details on the Graco Featherweight Pushchair, please click here
- Ultra-lightweight, only 3.6 kilograms. Seriously, this weighs nothing.
- Easy one-hand fold system,
- Shoulder strap for easy-carry
- Lie-flat recline position, suitable from birth
- Removable machine washable seat pad
- Rain cover sold separately
- Small sunshade
Ergobaby Metro Stroller
Age Range – 6 months to 18kg | Weight – 6.3kg | Folded Size – 52cm x 54cm x 23cm
Probably better known for their fantastic baby carriers (check out our review of the best baby carriers for travel), Ergobaby has produced this stunning compact stroller that is great for travelling or getting out and about around the city.
This is another stroller that is small enough to go on board the plane as hand luggage and can be easily folded with one hand if you are jumping on and off buses and trains or up and down steps.
It has a solid feel to it thanks to the large back tyres and suspension that provide a smooth ride even over cobblestones. You get a really good UPF 50 sun canopy, good sized storage basket and an adjustable leg rest for the ultimate comfortable ride for your little one.
This can be used from birth with the newborn kit that converts this into a pram style transporter. It is at an additional cost but this is a stroller that is good enough to be used as your main stroller rather than one just for going away. For more details on the Ergobaby Metro Stroller, please click here.
- Light, compact and high quality
- Small enough for hand luggage
- Good sun canopy
- Smooth ride and comfortable padded seating area with leg rest
- Newborn kit required at additional cost (although it is excellent and with this add-on is the best newborn stroller in this review)
- Carry bag is not included
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Doona Car Seat Stroller
Simply take the seat out of your car and with the press of a button the legs fold down. Hey presto, you have a stroller!
Whilst not quite as lightweight as the other pushchairs in this review it is worthy of your consideration due to the fabulous versatility that it provides. This will come in particularly handy when you are travelling as effectively kills two birds with one stone and reduces the amount of luggage you need to carry about.
It is the ideal choice if you don’t anticipate using your stroller all that much whilst you are away. The car seat meets all of the necessary safety requirements and it will carry your child from birth to 13kgs, although realistically, as a stroller this is better suited for younger babies up to around 18 months. For more details on the Doona Car Seat Stroller, please click here
- Amazing car seat and stroller in one
- Includes sunshade
- Fewer features than a dedicated stroller
- Rain cover sold separately
The Best Strollers for Travel in 2019
We hope that you have enjoyed our review of the best strollers for travel and have found just the stroller that you are looking for. Each of the strollers that we have looked at has their own strengths and weaknesses.
Our overall favourite is the Baby Jogger City Tour Compact which we feel is the best all-rounder and has covered all of the bases well enough to be your main stroller.
We are still blown away by just how small the XSS Compact Stroller is and if you are looking for a travel specific stroller that will be used on easy terrain this is the perfect choice, you can easily tuck it in your day backpack and stroll around town, no one would ever know that you even had a pushchair with you!
Have you taken a stroller away with you? Was it useful or did it just sit in the car boot for the whole trip? Let us know how you got on in the comments below.