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 (updated May 2019) and help you decide which stroller is the best choice for you and your child.
We have been really impressed by how compact these strollers are and just how well made and high quality they are.
Forget about the umbrella strollers that you have seen before this is a new generation of awesome compact strollers that are probably lighter than your baby.
This post is one of our travel gear reviews where we aim to help you find the right product to make your travels go that bit smoother.
Considerations When Buying a Lightweight Compact Travel Stroller
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 when flying on an airplane. Is this important to you?
Or would you prefer to put it in the hold of the plane 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 money 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, a nicely padded 5 point safety harness keeps your infant safe at all 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 a quite large storage basket under the seat. We find these invaluable for carting around snacks, nappies, coats, drinks etc.
- 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
- Not suitable for newborns
We have now written an in-depth review of the Baby Jogger City Tour, pop over here to read it.
GB Pokit Lightweight Stroller
Age Range – 6 months to 15kg | Weight – 5.82kg | Folded Size – 34cm x 14cm x 32cm
This stroller takes the compact lightweight umbrella stroller 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 GB Pokit Lightweight Stroller, please click here.
This stroller is marketed as the Mothercare XSS Compact Stroller in the UK.
- 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 which we think makes it one of the best travel strollers.
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.
- Ultra compact and light travel stroller
- Cabin approved with a cover and great wheely system
- Car seat adaptors allow you 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 and little kids 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.
- 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
Travelling with a Baby or Toddler?
Check out our guide to the essential travel gear you need for you and your little one.
And be sure so have a read of our tips for flying with a baby or toddler
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. Click here to read our in-depth review of the Ergobaby Metro Stroller.
- 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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Bugaboo Bee 5
Age Range – 0 months to 17kg | Weight – 10kg | Folded Size – 90cm x 32cm x 46cm
Bugaboo makes some really stylish and innovative strollers that justify their premium price tags. This is their entry into the compact stroller market which features a plush seat, extendable footrest and backrest.
The 5-way harness seat belt is very secure and can be easily adjusted while the seat comes with an extra layer of padding and the seat cover can easily be removed for washing.
This is the only buggy in this travel stroller roundup that features a reversible seat that allows for your child to face you or face out to look at what is around. This is a great feature to have as you can switch it around depending on the mood of your baby.
The Bugaboo Bee 5 can take infants from newborn up to toddler age (a recommended limit of 37.5 pounds).
It is a very adaptable compact stroller as you can attach a bassinet (sold separately) or a car seat. Using the separately sold car seat adaptors, it is compatible with top car seat brands including Maxi Cosi, Chico, Britax and Cybex.
The Bugaboo Bee 5 is easy to steer with one hand so it is perfect for navigating your way around busy streets and the handlebar is height adjustable depending on who’s turn it is to do the pushing.
It has all the essential features like a really good extendable sun canopy (water repellent and UPF 50+ to keep harmful UVA & UVB rays from delicate skin & eyes), rain cover and under seat storage.
It has a one hand easy fold system that lives up to its name and is easy to use.
Overall this is a beautiful, lightweight and compact stroller. It is easily good enough to be your main stroller, especially if you live in a city.
It is not as small as some of the other strollers on this page and you would need to check it in rather than taking it as hand luggage.
Bugaboo has made this pretty impressive Compact Transport Bag to help ensure that it doesn’t get damaged in transit.
- Car seat and bassinet compatible
- Reversible seat
- High-quality materials throughout
- Not the smallest
- Not the cheapest
Age Range – 0 months to 18kg | Weight – 5.7kg| Folded Size – 52cm x 18cm x 43cm
The Babyzen YOYO, claims to be the world’s first luxury travel stroller. First doesn’t always mean best and we have covered quite a few strollers in this post that fall into the luxury market.
So, how does it stand up to the competition?
Well, you get all of these great features:
- Airline certified size of a carry-on bag
- Folds, unfolds, and drives with one-handed ease
- Reclines easily
- Removable/washable plush cushioning
- 4 – wheel suspension
- Extendable sun canopy
- Five-point safety harness
- Extendable leg rest
There is a handy carry strap for getting around with the stroller when not in use, this is quick and easy to do so is ideal for going up and down stairs or escalators.
The Babyzen Yoyo has a good sized under seat storage basket (the latest model has increased this by 60% compared to the previous one!) and a really handy little pocket has been added to the canopy.
An added bonus with this stroller is that a rain cover and travel bag are included as standard.
It is ticking all the boxes so far.
The Yoyo is only suitable for babies aged 6 months and over unless you buy a newborn pack.
A great feature of the Yoyo+ is that you can turn it into a travel system using an infant car seat (you will need to buy adaptors separately, but that is normal). This is a feature lacking in most of the strollers on this list so if using a car seat with your pushchair is important to you this is one of the best lightweight travel strollers for you.
Another big plus for the Babyzen Yoyo+ is that it has a really great buggy board available as an accessory. This works really well and allows you to transport two kids around at once.
All in all, this is not just the first but one of the best luxury travel strollers you can buy. For more details and to read loads of amazing customer reviews please click here
If you would like to know more about the Babyzen Yoyo+ stroller, please read our full review here.
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 car seat and stroller into 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.
- Amazing car seat and stroller in one
- Includes sunshade
- Fewer features than a dedicated stroller
- Rain cover sold separately
The Best Travel Strollers 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 Ergobaby Metro Stroller which we feel is the best all-rounder and one of the best compact strollers around. It 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 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.