Whether it’s to save your back from carrying a 10 kilogram child or just so you can move from point A to point B at an adult-like speed, having the right stroller can make or break a trip. When traveling with kids you want something light, easy to open and collapse and a portable size. At the same time, it must be durable and preferably have a few storage options. Here is the suitcases&strollers travel advisor to some of the best travel strollers.
This is the ultimate in cool; view the video above and if you don’t live there already, you’ll want to fly to the US or Canada to buy one. The power stroller opens and closes electronically at the simple touch of a button. It has lights to make you more visible and so you can see pathways and an LCD screen with the temperature, speedometer and odometer. All this is operated with a self charger in the wheels – which can also charge your mobile phone while you walk. If that doesn't make your life easier when you are trying to manage tired children, luggage and passports, nothing will. Amazing.
Single traveling parents take note. This idea is genius. It’s a car seat, stroller and booster all in one. Think car seat with a pull-out handle – like a suitcase – that can be attached directly into a plane seat. Yes, you can carry it onboard and use it inflight. It’s not sexy or sleek, but it certainly makes life easier for everyone when you are flying with kids.
[For more tips on how to cope with travelling with kids on your own, see the suitcases&strollers story Travelling As A Single Parent.]
Imagine a stroller so light and small you can carry it on the plane, it doesn’t require any assembly and can be simply turned into a backpack when you don’t want to use it. The Backpack Stroller is perfect for trips that require a lot of overland travel via public transport where you want a stroller that can move everywhere with you easily – whether its in use or not. The stroller only weighs 11 pounds so not only does it fit easily into small car boots, it doesn’t take muscles to actually use the backpack.
Sometimes the best travel gear is the cheapest. A good example is the ZuZu – a cheap as chips every day stroller that is just a little hardier than a typical umbrella-style. It may not be an investment piece that will last for several years, but for a solid and easy-to-use set of wheels that is more likely to survive the rough handling of the airlines when flying with kids and have decent storage below, strollers from mass market budget stores such as Big W in Australia or Walmart in the US are a good option. They may not look sexy, but they can survive the distance which you will need if you plan to be outdoors, going over cobbled or dirt roads or putting your stroller on and off and in and out of different forms of transport a lot.
Cosco Umbrella Stroller
Umbrella strollers are lightweight (often under 4 kilograms), easy to fold and easy to carry around with you. Models like the Cosco Umbrella Stroller are cheap and ideal for situations where you might need to have stroller on hand that you are opening and closing a lot – such as in European cities with lots of steps or at sites like the Great Wall of China or the forts of Rajasthan. The major downside is that they are generally very basic which means no storage space and little durability or longevity.
For a round-up of travel-friendly baby carriers, see the suitcases&strollers Traveller's Wishlist here.