If you are taking taxis or local transportation, then you usually have a choice about whether to use a car seat or not. Generally, it is perfectly legal to hold your child, although of course this isn’t as safe. In some places it is possible to hire taxis which have car seats although this is rare and I wouldn’t rely on it. In some buses you can install your own car seats.
A word about checking car seats on a plane: it’s not recommended for several reasons. Have you ever had a suitcase damaged by baggage handlers? I have! But at least it wasn’t a life-saving device. I’ve seen videos of car seats, even those that were gate checked, being tossed around during the loading and unloading process. There may be no visible signs of damage when you get your car seat back, but there could still be undetectable stresses to the material that would diminish the seat’s ability to protect your child in a serious accident.

Umbrella – An ultra-lightweight pram, an umbrella pram is compact and folds up in a similar way to an umbrella. They can be used in addition to your everyday pram and are best suited for keeping in the boot for quick trips and will have fewer features than a pram intended for everyday use. They are often called strollers or baby strollers instead of prams.
When buying baby strollers or travel systems, safety should always be the number one priority. The main thing to keep in mind is that stroller safety starts with choosing the most suitable stroller for your baby. Also, no matter what model you decide on, be sure to inspect the buckles to ensure latching and unlatching is easy for you — but impossible for baby. Here are some of the different stroller options available to you:
I’m going to say also that these clever little pocket rockets aren’t just travel prams. I’ve chosen them because they can be used as your every day pram as well – they’re perfect for small cars, zipping around the supermarket, squeezing onto public transport, if you have limited space for storing a pram, or need a super light pram for lifting in and out of the car.
Compared to your normal car seat, it’s like carrying a feather. And for $58 or $74? Forget it. You’ll spend more than $100 renting a crappy car seat, so just bring your own. I have both of these seats for my girls and they go on every flight we take. I look at parents schlepping their 26-lb Britax or Chicco (this one is 11 lbs!) and I feel bad for them. Plus, it’s nice to leave your regular car seats in your car. At home. Undisturbed.
Amazon reviewers love the large, comfortable seat, which includes a five-point safety harness and four different reclining positions. You’ll find it easy to navigate over a variety of terrains (thanks to the anti-shock front wheels), while the adjustable canopy features a flip-out sun visor. Use the included cup holder, generous storage basket and rear pouch to store all your parenting essentials. Opt for plain black, or bold color accents ranging from Caribbean blue to hibiscus pink. 

The most popular configurations are side by side and in line, explained in more detail below. However, double strollers are also available in the light, manoeuvrable umbrella style, which sports a light shade on top for sun or rain protection. A heavy duty version, the jogging stroller, is designed to tackle rougher terrain. The sit-and-stand stroller offers flexibility, with either one child standing, or both kids seated and buckled. Learn more about strollers and purchasing tips with our stroller buying guide.


The Safety 1st Guide 65 Convertible seat is a great option for travel for several reasons. At 14lb, it is lightweight and so should be easy enough to take with you. The seat is ideal for travel due to its small size, and markets itself as a suitable option for small cars. The seat has a weight range of 5lb to 40lb when using rear facing. As your child ages, the seat can be positioned forward facing with a weight limit of 22lb to 65lb.
Basket – There’s no denying that a storage basket is a handy feature to have, but there are both pros and cons to having a larger one – namely that the size of the pram can increase quite substantially. You can find prams with storage on the rear of the seats, and while this can be limited, it can be a good alternative to the harder to reach basket under the pram.
The Baby Monsters Fast is just a very basic, cheap, umbrella stroller. Which makes it an excellent travel stroller if you’re concerned about it getting lost or damaged in transit (Fun story: I have had a much more expensive pram end up on the wrong plane – thank goodness the airline found it and had it delivered back to me!) But despite it’s entry level price point the Baby Monsters Fast has a huge extendable canopy, good sized basket for a small pram, and it lays back completely flat so it’s suitable for newborns. It also has an adjustable footrest and comes with a rain cover.
Our reviewers spent 14 hours testing one of our readers' favorite travel strollers. To get the most complete results, our testers carted their children around in this model and tackled all sorts of terrain — from small-town sidewalks to urban subway platforms. We asked our reviewers to consider the most important features when using this travel stroller, including its design, portability, and price. We've outlined the key points here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping. 

This stroller is super easy to convert to a double stroller, simply purchase an additional seat and in a few clicks add it to the stroller frame. Other features include underseat basket, side storage compartment, rain cover, 3 position seat recline, adjustable 5 point harness, height adjustable handlebar, adjustable canopy, lockable front swivel wheels and reversible seat.
Now a days we don’t find out right stroller because of our lacking but we have to choose the best stroller. Travel stroller is most important for our child. When i went to travel in Alaska i have bought a travel stroller for my little one. My favorite travel stroller is ZOE XL2 BEST Xtra Light Double Stroller it is really comfort and suitable for twin baby.

A word about checking car seats on a plane: it’s not recommended for several reasons. Have you ever had a suitcase damaged by baggage handlers? I have! But at least it wasn’t a life-saving device. I’ve seen videos of car seats, even those that were gate checked, being tossed around during the loading and unloading process. There may be no visible signs of damage when you get your car seat back, but there could still be undetectable stresses to the material that would diminish the seat’s ability to protect your child in a serious accident.
The most drool-worthy of these for jetsetting families is surely the Mountain Buggy Nano Protect travel system. The Mountain Buggy Protect car seat weighs in at just 8lbs, while the Nano stroller weighs only 13lbs and can fold up to the size of carry-on luggage and fit in the overhead bin. That’s a huge time saver considering that we’ve sometimes waited for 45 minutes at the end of the jetway for our gate checked stroller, or worse haven’t received it until the baggage claim area. Does the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller sound great, but you already have your own infant seat to use? The Nano also offers the option to use an included belt to secure any infant car seat to it! You can even use the strap to secure a small/medium size travel toddler car seat. It we were going back to the beginning of our stroller buying days and this was available, you can be sure we’d own it. Check prices for the Mountain Buggy Nano stroller here.
When buying baby strollers or travel systems, safety should always be the number one priority. The main thing to keep in mind is that stroller safety starts with choosing the most suitable stroller for your baby. Also, no matter what model you decide on, be sure to inspect the buckles to ensure latching and unlatching is easy for you — but impossible for baby. Here are some of the different stroller options available to you:

According to the FAA, children under 40lbs are safest in an approved restraint (though they’re wrong about forward-facing at 20lbs!). There are loads of FAA approved car seat choices that are lightweight and easy to use – check out our recommendations below for the best car seats for airplanes. There are two times when it’s critical to have babies and small toddlers properly restrained: during take-off and landing (in case of abrupt actions) and during in-flight turbulence.
We have our first trip after having a second child coming up. We will bring the car seat for our toddler in his purchased seat. But what to do for infant/newborn car seat since we didn’t buy a seat for her? Do you recommend checking it at the check in counter? Use it in the airport and then gate check it? For either option, any recommendations for how to securely pack/check it? We do have a layover if that matters.
The best strollers for travelling are made to be lightweight and easy to take away. A 30 pound stroller may not bother you now, but it may if you have to keep carrying it up and down stairs, onto buses and store it in a small hotel room. My general recommendation would be that unless you bought your existing stroller in the first place with weight and ease of carrying in mind, then it is probably not suitable for travel.
Luckily the Bob is easy to take the wheels off but still a pain.A rental car with a large trunk is a must, which is expensive. Both our 2 and 5 yo can squeeze on to ride though if need be, which is really helpful for long (or fast) walks. Also have a Boba carrier though and just used it for the first time yesterday in steep Valparaiso, Chile and it was awesome for both kids! (Though not at the same time)
According to the FAA, children under 40lbs are safest in an approved restraint (though they’re wrong about forward-facing at 20lbs!). There are loads of FAA approved car seat choices that are lightweight and easy to use – check out our recommendations below for the best car seats for airplanes. There are two times when it’s critical to have babies and small toddlers properly restrained: during take-off and landing (in case of abrupt actions) and during in-flight turbulence.
A great feature of the Vue is that the seat is also reversible meaning you can have your child facing you while you push them. It is great to maneuver and easy to fold. The front wheels can lock into place for long distance walking on your trip. The sun canopy is fantastic. This really is a stroller you could love both while travelling and at home. The only downside is that the storage basket is not easy to access. 

Second – the brakes. People complain incessantly that “the brake gets turned on accidentally when going on stairs”. I have to say, I did my research on this and decided to risk it. To be honest, I also thought, “What are people on about? When do I push my pram down stairs? Don’t I lift it?” I just couldn’t really see what they were complaining about.
Families who are on the go often ask us which car seat is the best for airplane travel. Just like seats used exclusively in the car at home, the best travel seat is the one caregivers can install and use properly every time. Important features for travel seats can be a little different than stay-at-home car seats so we’ve compiled a few key things to keep in mind:
Do research beforehand the laws of your particular destination. Some do not allow taxi travel without a car seat and may not supply their own. This means you will not be able to take a taxi without your own car seat. In Switzerland, for example, a car seat is required until 12 years of age or 150cm and you will need these for taxis as well. They can be supplied but often this involves a high charge for the taxi to go and collect one and come back and may not work at all if you have more than two kids.
For the Nano – I believe some airlines will do it, others won’t. But I THINK those who won’t let you take it onto the plane will let you check it at the gate, so you’d still have it at the airport and in transit. The key, I understand, is to arrival at the check in desk with it packed up (vs with your baby in it!), so the staff can see how small and light the whole thing is (it’s under 6KG).
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Nuna is a luxury brand from the Netherlands; they make high quality products that have a sharp, minimalist design. This is the mini version of the full-sized Nuna Sena. This travel crib is extremely well made, though not as lightweight as some others listed here (18 lbs). It’s also very easy to set up and break down (you simply pull the sides out and push the bottom down, then pull a tab to fold it up).

This mid-priced stroller is almost a steal when you consider all of its amazing features. There are reclining seats for nap time, a huge canopy that protects your kids from the sun, and belly bars (rarely found on doubles), so you can attach toys to entertain on the go. Plus, it's hard to tell by the photo, but this side-by-side is actually narrow enough to fit through standard doorways easily.


Therefore, you will need to decide how you would like to use your airplane car seat. A convertible car seat on airplane can be an easy option, allowing for use both rear and forward facing. This means that the seat can be used by newborns when facing the rear, creating a safe enclosure, and as your child grows can be swapped around to be forward facing. Certainly one of the more challenging aspect of using a car seat for travel on airplane is installing it, with restricted space and only one belt.
There is a huge basket space underneath which fits a lot. I love this as our old pram had almost no space at all. I can easily hit a large handbag or all our jackets underneath it. Perfect for days out at a theme park or similar because you can put water bottles and snacks in there and don’t need a big bag to carry. We love our theme park visits! And this pram has been to many, including Disneyland!
In the lie flat recline position, this stroller is suitable for newborn babies and can accommodate children up to around 17 kgs. With the use of the optional adaptors, it can also be used as a travel system as it is compatible with the MAXI COSI and Safety 1st Infant capsules. You may also use the Safety 1st Wanderer bassinet which is sold separately.
Don’t rely on baggage handlers to treat your car seat with kid gloves. Car seats are easy to lift and toss, often treated as oversized baggage, and are sometimes left on a rainy or snowy jetway as items are loaded into the cargo hold. One way to save some wear and tear is to gate check your car seat (on most airlines it will be returned to you at your destination gate). You’ll also want to make sure that your car seat is adequately protected before you check it. Packing it back in the original car seat box is the gold standard, but most people don’t have it on hand. Instead, look for a sturdy, water-resistant bag and pad the seat with heavy jackets or other soft items if space allows. In a pinch, a sturdy, 60-gallon garbage bag will protect your car seat from rain or grime.
Using forward facing car seats on an airplane is usually the easiest option as with most rear facing seats, a seat belt extender is required. These should be available from the flight attendant. Arm rests can be tricky so try and get a seat narrow enough that you can lower the armrests for takeoff and landing. This can be annoying as airplane seats vary in width, but most seats should not be more than 18” wide. Any bigger than this and the seat is probably too bulky anyway.

Though we’ve never used the IMMI Go portable car seat, we think there are enough downsides that it’s not worth bothering with for most people. As mentioned above, it can only be used in cars that have a top tether. While top tethers have long been standard in North America and will be in Europe soon, they’re definitely not everywhere. Even when it’s folded, it still takes a decent amount of room. Finally, $200 price tag is also tough to swallow given its limited use.


This really depends on if you already have a stroller that is suitable to be used as a lightweight stroller for travel. If at home you generally use a full featured, big stroller then you may want to think about buying a smaller, lighter stroller. Will you be taking public transport? Flying? If you are driving your own car, will your stroller fit along with all your other luggage?
If you’re checking your stroller on a plane trip, it will take a lot of abuse from baggage handling, so do remember to remove those cup holders and other accessories that can easily fall or break off (I have lost two cup holders this way – gah!). Also, remember to tag your stroller (and your car seat, for that matter) at the desk beforehand so you don’t hold up the line while boarding.
“I loved pushing the stroller,” raved one of our testers. “It was super smooth and barely needed any effort. My son seemed to be pretty comfortable in it as well. He even took a nap in it.” One reviewer, who used this stroller in New York City, loved that it handled different terrains — from sidewalks to subway platforms — with ease. In terms of negatives, our testers thought that the stroller’s carrying strap was uncomfortable.
We recently started using the Bubblebum as backup for Jacob (almost 6yo) and it’s certainly convenient to have around! Update: We’ve now been using it for almost a year of full-time travel, and we love it! It’s an inflatable cushion that has a positioning clip on each side to keep the lap belt in place and an optional clip to position the shoulder belt at the right spot. It’s an awesome portable car seat for travel! It folds up into a small stuff sack, about the size of a very compact sleeping bag. Inflating is a breeze and Jacob is learning how to get himself in and out. Note: not for use on airplanes. Read our full review or check prices here.
The combination of safety, size, and portability make this a top pick among Best Travel Car Seats. The Diono Radian RXT is narrow enough to fit three across the back seat of most cars–an impossibility with other car seats that meet this higher weight limit (compare with the bulky Britax Regent), and at only 17″ wide you can also use it in airplanes with confidence.
There is a huge basket space underneath which fits a lot. I love this as our old pram had almost no space at all. I can easily hit a large handbag or all our jackets underneath it. Perfect for days out at a theme park or similar because you can put water bottles and snacks in there and don’t need a big bag to carry. We love our theme park visits! And this pram has been to many, including Disneyland!
A lightweight, collapsible travel stroller is a must-have accessory for parents on the move. There are plenty of different options to choose from, with the right stroller for you depending on your specific requirements. If you’re planning on traveling locally, a stroller that packs away into the trunk of your car may suffice; but if you’re headed overseas, you may prefer one that complies with airline carry-on restrictions. If you’re buying for a newborn, a fully reclining seat is a necessity; while car seat compatibility is another factor to consider. In this article, we look at a few of the best options available, all of which weigh under 15 pounds. 
The Graco ComfortSport Convertible Car Seat has also made it into our reviews as one of the best travel car seats. For parents with younger children needing to use a rear facing car seat, take note of the Graco ComfortSport Convertible car seat. This car seat has been specifically designed to protect rear facing children to give you more peace of mind for their safety.
The Chicco GoFit it’s technically a travel booster seat, but it could be a great pick for many families! It’s reasonably priced, fairly light, comfortable for kids, narrow enough to fit in even the tiniest rental cars and… drum roll please… it has a built-in carrying handle! The belt fit is consistent, so you won’t have to worry about weird belt fits in different cars. The minimum height is just 38″, so if you have a tiny kid who’s mature enough to ride in a booster seat and stay in the correct position all the time, the Chicco GoFit is an awesome choice for travel. When we’re going on a long trip that doesn’t require multiple flights, we’ll go with the GoFit. Check the latest price and read more reviews.
The Chicco GoFit it’s technically a travel booster seat, but it could be a great pick for many families! It’s reasonably priced, fairly light, comfortable for kids, narrow enough to fit in even the tiniest rental cars and… drum roll please… it has a built-in carrying handle! The belt fit is consistent, so you won’t have to worry about weird belt fits in different cars. The minimum height is just 38″, so if you have a tiny kid who’s mature enough to ride in a booster seat and stay in the correct position all the time, the Chicco GoFit is an awesome choice for travel. When we’re going on a long trip that doesn’t require multiple flights, we’ll go with the GoFit. Check the latest price and read more reviews.
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