Which is the Best Stroller to Take on Holiday?
Are you planning a family vacation with small children? Traveling for the holiday season? Flying to visit family? You are probably looking for the best stroller to travel with. When finding the best stroller for holiday travel, look for the following features.
|Name||Price||Image||Weight (lbs)||Weight Capacity (lbs)||Recommended Travel Use|
|Mountain Buggy Nano||13||44||International/Domestic/City Use|
|GB Pockit||9.5||55||International/City Use|
|ZOE XL2 BEST Double Stroller||16||50+50||International/Domestic/City Use|
|Baby Jogger Lux (Single)||30.4||45||Domestic/City Use|
Features To Look Out For In a Stroller for Holiday
When boarding an airplane, getting on/off public transportation, or visiting scenic destinations, you will likely find yourself taking your child out of the stroller and folding it up. Having a stroller that easily folds up is important. Many strollers on the market fold up in one or two simple steps. Some even fold using only one hand, allowing you to carry a child in the other.
Travel situations often involve carrying your stroller around. This is particularly true if you’re in an area you can’t use a stroller like a boat, bus, or airplane. The lighter your stroller is, the easier it will be to manage as you carry it around. Keep in mind you may also have to carry a child along with your stroller, so having a carrying strap or handle is helpful.
Number of Children
How many children will need to ride in the stroller?
If you have multiple young children, you may need a double or even triple seated stroller. Keep in mind that a young child who usually walks may need to use the stroller while on vacation. This will happen if you have a lot of walking to do or if they need to take a nap while you’re out and about. If you have a baby and a toddler, you may want to consider a double stroller even if you normally only use a single for the baby.
How Much It Can Hold
When carting your children around, you’ll need to think about how much you’ll be taking with you. First, you need to know how much weight your children bring to the stroller. While many stroller seats can hold at least 40 pounds, not all do. If you plan to have bigger children in the stroller, make sure they don’t exceed the seat’s capacity. Another consideration is how much gear you plan to bring. If you need to bring a lot of jackets, bags, and other accessories, you’ll need a large storage basket in the stroller. You’ll also need to make sure the storage basket can handle the weight of all your gear.
Finally, you should think about where you’ll be going with the stroller. Are you going somewhere warm and sunny? Will your children spend a long time in the stroller? Different strollers come with different features to accommodate your travels. There are canopies, sun visors, snack trays, and cup holders to name a few. Some strollers have seats that recline all the way back, allowing your child to take a nap and are suitable for newborns without the use of a car seat. Some strollers can easily accommodate infant car seats, so your young baby can stay in their car seat while in the stroller.
The following strollers are our recommendations for holiday and vacation travel.
Recommended Travel Strollers
Mountain Buggy Nano
The Mountain Buggy Nano is a lightweight stroller perfect for traveling with, particularly for air travel. This lightweight stroller is only 13 pounds and folds up in two easy steps. It comes with a travel bag and shoulder strap, making it easy to carry around. The Nano folds up so compactly that it can meet the requirements to be an airline carry-on. When folded up and in the travel bag, it looks as small as a laptop bag. The stroller is adaptable to any car seat without add-ons, so you can use this stroller for young infants. The seat has a 44-pound weight capacity and can seat a child up through four years of age, giving it longevity.
Other features the Nano includes are a large sun hood, flip-out visor, and sun mesh extension for when the seat is reclined. The mesh extension comes with a fabric overlay for colder months. This stroller is the perfect stroller for all seasons, allowing you to take it on holiday anywhere at any time.
ZOE XL2 Double Stroller
The ZOE XL2 is a lightweight double stroller that is quick and easy to fold. It has a compact umbrella fold and comes with a travel bag to make carrying it around even easier. At only 16 pounds, this is one of the lightest double strollers on the market. Each seat can hold up to 50 pounds, allowing your children to use it through their preschool years. It has a lightweight single stroller counterpart, the ZOE XL1. The XL1 is 10 pounds and offers similar features to the ZOE XL2.
The XL2 is handy for both parents and children. The padded seats recline, allowing your children to take naps in the stroller. The stroller comes with large four-panel canopies, perfect for keeping your children cool and shaded. There is also a magnetic peekaboo window on the top of each canopy for parents to check in on their children. Many strollers use a Velcro closure instead of a magnetic one, but Velcro wears out over time. This stroller comes with two child cup holders, a child snack tray, a parent cup holder, and a padded double belly bar. There is also a large, roomy storage compartment to stow away belongings. This stroller is great for a vacation or for anyone needing to use public transportation.
Pockit Lightweight Stroller
The Pockit lightweight stroller is another stroller made for any mode of transportation. This stroller made the Guinness Book of World Records for being the most compact stroller when folded. With a two-step fold, you can fold this stroller small enough to fit into a backpack. It is also one of the most lightweight strollers on the market at 9.5 pounds. You could actually turn it into a backpack by buying some shoulder straps for it.
While lightweight, the Pockit is strong. It can carry a child from 6 months up to 55 pounds. Its storage basket can also hold 11 pounds of gear, perfect for shopping on vacation or being out with your child all day. It has adjustable comfort pads and an adjustable safety belt to keep your child comfortable for long rides. Its padded handlebars can be steered with one hand. The front wheels can be in a locked or swivel mode, and the rear wheels come with a parking brake. With its sturdy frame and storage capabilities, this compact stroller will meet the needs of any parent on vacation.
Baby Jogger City Select LUX
The Baby Jogger City Select LUX is perfect for families traveling with multiple children. It boasts 20 seating combinations that can fit up to three children. This stroller can act as a single stroller, double stroller, or double stroller with a glider board. You can convert it by adding on a second seat in front of the main seat, then adding the glider board behind both seats. It can also accept up to two infant car seats or bassinets. Each seat can hold up to 45 pounds.
The seats are reversible, so your children can sit front-facing, parent-facing, or facing each other. One of the seats can be turned into a bench seat for an older child, creating a sit n’ stand type of stroller. This is helpful for families on the go who need to accommodate wiggly toddlers, older children, or sleeping babies.
The LUX folds compactly and easily by just lifting the sides up which is helpful for parents on the go. The LUX also comes with an adjustable handlebar, so you can adjust it for your height. This is helpful if you have more than one adult using the stroller because each person can fit it to their height. The handlebar also comes with hand brakes, making it easy for anyone to operate it. These features are helpful if you plan to have adults who are not used to strollers taking your kids for a walk.
The LUX has comfortable, padded seats for your children. This stroller comes with a large canopy that provides UV 50 protection. It also has magnetic peek-a-boo windows. The LUX comes with a large basket underneath, perfect for storing extra clothes or bags. The basket is zippered so you can expand it further. The LUX also comes with a modest storage pocket on the back for additional items.
Taking small children on holiday with you can be stressful. One way to make it less stressful is to ensure you don’t have to fuss over all of the baby and child gear you are taking with you. Take your travels into account when you shop for a stroller. By finding a compact, lightweight stroller with the right features to keep your children comfortable, you can make vacation much easier for you and your family.
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