Best Lightweight Strollers for travel 2019
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Best Lightweight Strollers for Travel 2019: A Complete Review

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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

This is a great quality travel stroller from Baby Jogger. It is easy to fold using their one hand fold system and once it has collapsed it is small enough to fit in the overhead lockers on a plane.

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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • None that we can think of

 

 

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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.

Pros

  • Incredibly small
  • Ultra lightweight
  • Carry bag included
  • Under seat storage basket

Cons

  • Small sun canopy
  • The seat doesn’t fully recline
  • Doesn’t feel very robust

 

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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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Doesn’t fold as easily as some others

 

 

 

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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

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Rain cover sold separately
  • Small sunshade

 

 

 

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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.

Pros

  • Light, compact and high quality
  •  Small enough for hand luggage
  • Good sun canopy
  • Smooth ride and comfortable padded seating area with leg rest

Cons

  • 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

So, this one is a little bit different. In an amazing piece of design, the people at Doona have managed to incorporate a stroller and car seat in one small package.

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

Pros

  • Amazing car seat and stroller in one
  • Includes sunshade

Cons

  • Fewer features than a dedicated stroller
  • Rain cover sold separately

 

 

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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.

 

 


 

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34 Comments

  • Babsie Wagner

    My husband and I do a lot of travelling, and one thing I can tell you is strollers are a hindrance for sure.  It’s so annoying, and a friend of mine had recommended the Baby Jogger City Tour Compact Fold Stroller, so I was pretty happy to see you listed it as your first choice.  Just the fact you don’t need a troop of people to shut the darned thing is telling – you can close it with one hand???  What???  My husband is always yelling at me because I always want him to close up the strollers.  They are hard to do.    I also like that it has 5 reclining positions.  Awesome!

    • admin

      Thank you. I agree, heavy strollers can be a pain to lug about. Th ebaby Jogger is a great choice, nice and compact and I love the way it folds up so easily

  • Tim Bennett

    I was really enthralled by your post.

    I travel a lot. All over Asia. I like to travel effortlessly.

    Traveling is tiring enough and the last thing anyone needs is luggage and now strollers that don’t work or make life difficult for travelers.

    I have stopped buying cheap luggage. The wheels fall off, the handles break, they get damaged by baggage handlers, etc.

    So I now buy expensive travel bags that last.

    I believe one of the main qualities of a stroller would be endurance. I cannot imagine, having to struggle through an airport with a stroller that does not work. That would be a nightmare.

    I would like to actually see these strollers before buying online.

    They look amazing, especially the XSS Compact Stroller. It has all the qualities and good reports of a good stroller.

    You have down a great job of putting this all together.

    Tim

    • admin

      Thank you, you are right to highlight the importance of getting something that is really robust. There are cheaper options out there, but they are unlikely to last and are not so easy to push around. A good stroller can certainly make traveling with little ones that bit easier!

  • Maxine Georges

    Hi Chris,
    This is really great review on a variety of excellent lightweight strollers for 2019.

    I am very interested in purchasing one.preferably in black because travelling from St. Croix to Florida could be very tedious and moving with my grandbaby with easy is all that matters.

    What I love more than the others is the Baby Jogger City Tour Compact Fol Stroller because it’s small enough to carry on as hand luggage and it could be carried as a backpack! Not only that, the other features for reclining and the smart UV canopy are great.

    The price for all of this value is great for me!

    My grandson will be strolling in style for Christmas.

    Thank you for helping me out with this wonderful review

    Maxine

  • Fiona

    Thank you for your review of lightweight travel strollers. I went overseas with my nearly two year old and thought we could survive with a baby carrier. And while I enjoy babywearing – it was too hot in summer, plus he’s a chunky boy! So for our next trip, I’m researching the best stroller to bring along with us. 

    The Baby Jogger seems to be the best option – I love that it can fit in the overhead lockers and has a one-hand close. I can use my other hand to hang on to the toddler! 

    • admin

      Thank you for your comment! You are right, there are times when having a stroller to take the strain can really make travel more enjoyable. The Baby Jogger will suit you just fine! By the way we did a review of baby carriers and the Ergobaby 360 Cool mesh is perfect for baby wearing in summer so please check out our review post as it sounds ideal for you.

  • Ruben

    The Baby Jogger City Tour Compact Fold Stroller seems like the best option. As you said, it can be the main stroller and it is light enough to travel with it. I need one for my grandson, so I will consider this stroll for him.

    With so many brands out there is good to find a webpage like this, where you show the best strollers for traveling.

  • Vicki

    I really enjoyed this post as my daughter is going to be travelling to Europe soon with her new bub and will need something sturdy and easy to tuck away so will give her your URL so she can come and see what you are sharing here as there are some great strollers/buggies to choose from so thank you 

  • Dave

    As someone who is expecting a child shortly, the stroller conversation has definitely come up! Since I’m a big fan of travel, having something that can become compact and be light is very important to me. That’s why I really like the Silver Cross Jet Stroller. Although the price may seem high, it’s really a high value item because of the quality and engineering used. Great article!

  • Matt's Mom

    I love to travel and I have a new grand baby on the way.  I am sure I will get to take my new grand baby on some trips with me, so I am liking the first option the best!  I can get this for my son and daughter-in-law, and I can kill two birds with one stone.  I can “borrow” it for our trips to make like easier.  So many great options with the baby jogger, and I am assuming that I could use this for when I am jogging as well 🙂  

    • admin

      That is a great choice and i like the 2 birds with one stone approach. I am nt sure how they came up with th ebrand name but the baby jogger actually has a label on it to say that it isn’t designed for jogging! It rolls smoothly though so i am not sure why they say that. 

  • Robb

    Its nice to see how strollers have advanced over the last few years. I remember holding our toddler by the scruff of his shirt with one hand, the baby tucked under my arm and my wife and I struggling desperately with trying to get the stroller folded up before the people in line behind us started throwing things!   My children are all grown up now with kids of there own and like every thing else (I used to walk up hill to and from school in the snow) of course they don’t believe me. I just thought my daughter was a magician until I read your reviews!

  • freddie

    Hi Chris 

    After reading about these lightweight strollers on your site and learning how good they work for traveling.My son and his wife do a lot of traveling and a lightweight stroller’ would be right handy with there newborn baby.I am considering buying one for them’

    Thanks for this information on lightweight strollers.

    • admin

      I am glad you enjoyed our post. i do think these lightweight strollers are the way to go, they do pretty much the same jobe as the heavy bulky ones, but are so much easier to transport and store.

  • Dave

    After looking around, my wife and I really like the Silver Cross Jet Stroller. We came across the review and it confirms that this stroller is the one we need. From the compact dimensions when folded up (carry on size is nice when you like to travel!!) to the lightweight but durable construction – this is the one for us. Thanks for the quality review!

  • Stratos K

    Having been in a similar situation I get how important it is to buy the right stroller for the right situation. Especially for traveling choosing one that will be compact but also offer good quality is very important and there are so many options out there that it is becoming increasingly difficult to choose what is best. Thank you for the detailed article, I am sure it will offer new parents valuable help in choosing the right one for them.

    • admin

      thanks for the comment! It is definitely an area where there has been great progress in the last few years and parents can now have a really awesome compact stroller rather than a flimsy umbrella one.

  • julienne murekatete

    Thank you for sharing this helpful review on best lightweight strollers for travel 2019.I was reading this review and I found it very helpful to me.I was looking for a stroller to give to my sister who is going to travel with her family and I was thinking about the gift to give her and I found it here.

    The Baby Jogger City Tour Compact Fold Stroller is the great gift to her as her daughter is about 3 years ,she needs a light stroller.

    This website is very informative.

  • Dale

    This is a great article.  If you are going to be using a stroller lots then it is not only important to consider the comfort of the child but also the adult because it can really be hard on a persons back and shoulders if the stroller isnt very ergonomic.

    At the end of the day if you are using a stroller a lot you may want to pay a little more but I think it really will be worth it.

    Great info

    Dale

  • Edwin IBU

    Lightweight strollers for travels I hear are very necessary if u have a toddler. It makes the trip less stressful for the child and parents alike. The site’s complete and unbiased review about the lightweight stroller for travel in 2019 will help parents choose strollers appropriate to their needs. Lovely and enlightening.

    The prices are also not too expensive. Do stores retailing  on Amazon give  discounts for the lightweight strollers? Thanks.

    • admin

      Hi, I am glad that you liked our review! I generally find that  you can find the best prices on Amazon as there is so much competition between sellers. It is also the easiest place to buy!

  • mark kabakov

    Chris and Linz, hello! Chris, there is no limit to my delight in your stroller gallery. I would buy everything. Because they are all very beautiful, very comfortable, very light and great for babies, moms and dads. 

     You provided a complete description of each pram.Now it’s up to me. I must wait until my adult granddaughters give me a great-grandson in the new year.

    In the meantime, I really appreciate your excellent work and will put your baby stroller 2019 catalog on my mailing list. Thank you for the topic and the invitation to the discussion. Mark.

  • David

    Wow! As someone who had babies in the 80’s, it’s amazing how far strollers (and other baby essentials) have come. Our choices then were the umbrella stroller for short outings over relatively smooth terrain and massive strollers which weighed about as much as a small car if we were going to be out for a bit. Now that grandchildren are coming in to the picture I see there are some great choices available when it comes to selecting a stroller. Thanks for the great review.

    • admin

      Thanks for you comment! You are right strollers have really come on in recent years, these ones are all pretty awesome. I am sure your grand children would be happy in any of these

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