When you are traveling with young children, making sure you have the right travel stroller is REALLY important. We have traveled with several different types of strollers and think that there isn’t a “one size fits all” stroller for travel…. it really comes down to where and how you are traveling…. but we have found that you will likely be after one of the two following types….
A big sturdy stroller
When we went on our round the world trip (with a focus on Europe) we knew we had to take our big sturdy (and bulky) stroller. We had the Terraine hiking/ jogging stroller and its huge inflatable wheels meant that navigating cobble stones was a breeze. We never had any issues with the stroller getting stuck, even when off roading. Also, since the wheels were inflatable wheels, it meant that any damage to the wheels was extremely simple to fix with a bicycle tire repair kit.
Another benefit of a big sturdy stroller is that they usually come with tons of storage. The undercarriage on our Terrain stroller was so huge we could fit a rolling carry on in it. We used this storage ALL the time when wandering through destinations. But it was even more helpful when we were going through airports. We flew with a lot of budget airlines meaning there was a strict limit on the amount of weight in your checked baggage. Yet they never weighed our stroller, so we used that under carriage for storing all our heavy and bulky items when flying – freeing up heaps of space in our backpacks.
The big sturdy stroller is well….. sturdy. Like most strollers, our stroller was only rated to carry 15 kilos, but when transferring between cities with two backpacks, a camera bag, and a hard baby carrier (and a baby) we ended up using the following ingenious transport trick…
We put the baby in the baby carrier and wore him on our back, while the other wore one of the backpacks. We then put the camera bag and the other backpack in the stroller (which could lie flat), and finally would hang my purse and the diaper bag from the handles. That pram made walking to the bus or train terminal an absolute breeze.
The only downside of the pram was its size. It was big. This didn’t matter when we were flying as you are allowed to bring a stroller for free and there is no size restraint… the problem was when we were hiring cars or trying to fit into taxis. The stroller was so big that sometimes it wouldn’t fit into the trunk of a compact car… let alone fit in there with all our luggage!
What to look for in a big sturdy stroller
- Inflatable tires that are easy to fix on the go
- A large undercarriage for storage
- A stroller that can recline for baby to sleep (or for easy luggage moving)
- One that is not so large that it will not fit into a standard car trunk
A super light weight umbrella stroller
Light weight umbrella strollers are super common and super cheap. You can buy one pretty much anywhere. They are great because they fold down in a way similar to an umbrella, making them super easy to transport when you are not using it.
The best thing about an umbrella stroller is the small size and light weight. However with a small stroller comes small wheels, and that is the last thing you want when you are going to a place with cobble stone streets or uneven ground. And it is the absolute last thing you want if you are going to be hiking or taking it off roading.
Umbrella strollers are however excellent for road trips and city trips as they won’t take up too much space when in transport.
What to look for in a light weight stroller
- Sturdy parts that will not easily break
- Easy to collapse and reassemble
- A stroller that can recline for the child to nap on the go
- Good wheels and easy steering