In many ways, installing your car seat on an airplane is much easier than in a car! Just thread the airplane seatbelt through the belt path of the car seat and tighten as much as possible. It may be a little easier to install with the armrest up and then put it back down (as is required for take-off and landing). However, there are a few potential pitfalls to be aware of:

Initially, my son appreciated the box more than the Mountain Buggy! But this image is included to give you an idea of the size of the pram in its carry bag. (I quite like the carry bag – and the fact it even has one – not all travel prams do.) It’s compact, which is important, because most parents buying the Mountain Buggy Nano – including me – are hoping to check this on as carry on luggage. Putting it together was easy, by the way – 10 minutes of sussing it out.


If you’re bringing a small car seat like an infant car seat or my beloved Combi Coccoro car seat as your airplane car seat and your stroller has a big basket with good access, you can try tucking the car seat underneath! We’ve done this many times with our Baby Jogger Versa (now the Baby Jogger City Premier) and it would be a great strategy if you have the Uppababy Vista or Uppababy Cruz.
Okay so obviously at this price point I’m not suggesting that you buy the Cybex Mios stroller to exclusively use as a travel pram, this is more of a super-light and compact every day pram that you could also take travelling (though personally I’d pay for some travel insurance before putting this precious bundle on a plane.) The seat can be forward or parent facing, and can fold with the seat attached facing in either direction; and the seat is also suitable for newborns. Which is a combination I love. The fold is also simple and very compact. So this is a fantastic if you do want a compact pram, but don’t want to compromise on features.
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.

This would have to be the best lightweight travel stroller. It not only weighs in at an amazing 11 pounds, but is easy to fold up and down and has a carry handle making this stroller absolutely ideal for when you are travelling and need to quickly fold up the stroller to hop on a bus or to climb up stairs. The weight makes it easy to carry both the stroller and your baby/toddler. It also has a standing fold meaning it will stand up by itself which makes it far easier to store.


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.
So having a carry strap and being easy to fold up makes any stroller far easier to use, and more useful, when travelling. We also find strollers that are compact enough to be a cabin size stroller which you can take on board planes as carry on luggage generally can be carried over your shoulder which make them even easier to transport since they leave your hands free.

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:
The funny thing about the Mountain Buggy Nano is that it wasn’t even just the travel aspect that got us keen. I have a small car. It’s a hatchback without a lot of boot space and when we first went to purchase a stroller for baby number 1, most did not fit my boot! So we were pretty limited on choice. Our original pram took up almost the entire space so there goes room for groceries and other things.
The City Mini is suitable for babies from birth right up to 30 kgs. With the use of the optional adapters it can also be used as a travel system as it is compatible with a capsule as well as a bassinet. There are also a range of other optional accessories you can purchase to make life easier such as parent consoles and boards for older children to stand at the back.
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.
Here’s the benefit: travel cribs are in the neighborhood of 11 lbs, while regular play yards (Pack ‘n Play, 4MOMS Breeze, etc.) weigh more like 20-30 lbs – a huge difference. Furthermore, travel cribs fold and assemble VERY easily, they come with a nice transport bag and can be carried like a duffel or backpack. Some travel cribs can even fit in the overhead compartment on a plane (not sure why you’d ever do that, but….you can if you want!).
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.
If your infant will have more passport stamps than a flight crew or you live in a big city where you mostly take public transit check out the Doona car seat stroller combo, the infant car seat that magically becomes a stroller! I haven’t used one in a car but I did get a chance to play with it and I was impressed. Others who have used it say that it lives up to the hype as the best car seat for airplane travel with an infant. Stroll up to the taxi door, retract the handle and wheels, then install as you would any other infant seat. It makes a perfect portable car seat for taxi rides with an infant.
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you’ll know I’m a BIG fan of Baby Jogger prams. Big. Huge. Love them so much and the City Tour is no exception. It has a great weight limit of 20kgs. It also has a HUGE hood and great basket for such a compact pram. As you’d expect from a Baby Jogger pram the fold is swift and simple and can easily be done one handed. AND it comes with a backpack travel bag – personally I think is this is the best travel pram.
We’ve taken these factors into account and put together a few suggestions for travel seats. They’re listed in order of retail price, lowest to highest. This list is mainly convertible car seats — we’ve found that many caregivers prefer to travel with this type of seat but combination and multimode car seats can be great options too! For more information about safe air travel with children check out our articles here and here.
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. 

this year i started travelling with my toddler boy. the first time we travelled i did not bring a stroller, i brought a carrier… do i regret it.. a little.. we went to hong kong and there was a lot of walking and my boy didnt want to walk. he always wanted to be carried. then we went to malaysia.. with only the two of us… this time i brought a maclaren triump stroller.. it made a lot of difference. we travelled by commute on public transportation but it was manageable. we’re going again on november… definitely bringing the stroller. it also is faster to walk around. but really everything has to be planned carefully.
The rugged Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and is suitable for kids up to 50 pounds. It boasts easy one-handed folding; and once collapsed, measures 18" x 12" x 34” and stands on its own. This is the ideal purchase for parents with plenty of gear. Tuck your diaper bag into the extra large, easy-access storage basket and your keys into the tray at the top of the push handle. The latter also incorporates two cup holders for Mom and Dad, while a removable child’s tray features a dual cup and juice box holder. Other perks include all-terrain wheels, an extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and a reclining seat with a five-point safety harness.
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).
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.
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.
The seats were dirty when the rental company initially tried to give them to us, so I insisted that they at least wipe the crusty food off. They offered to install the seats, but were about to put the convertible in before I had a chance to adjust the harness height – good thing I was paying attention! Though the staff are supposedly trained on how to install the seats, they were not able to install either the convertible or the high-back booster safely so I did it myself. If you ever have to rent seats, please make sure to adjust them appropriately and either install yourself or closely inspect the installation if someone else does it!
Jogger prams are designed for active families and in particular for parents that want to go jogging whilst they push their children in the prams. These types of strollers are easy to move due to their high quality large swivel wheels and have built in suspension to absorb the shocks and bounces that come with pushing a pram at reasonably high speeds.

Like the City Mini, this Baby Jogger is not for jogging despite its name, but its 4 large all terrain wheels make it one of the good prams for walking on a range of surfaces. Other features it shares with the City Mini include an adjustable handlebar, large sun canopy, under stroller storage, multiple position recline, hand brake and the ability to be a travel system with the use of the optional adapters. It also has the quick and easy folding system and the ability to add a parent console, tray and cup holders.
I am not sure but I don’t think you’d be allowed to use the booster seats on the plane and you definitely wouldn’t be able to when the seat belt sign is on. They are not like seat belts in cars and it’s safer to use it without a booster. My kids did find it comfortable to sit on in a car, but I would wonder how they could comfortably sleep on one in a plane given there isn’t a seat belt by their heads to lean on.
Graco Contender — The Contender is an all-time favorite travel seat at CSFTL. It’s fairly lightweight, though heavier than the Scenera NEXT or SureRide. It boasts a no rethread harness, a straightforward seat belt installation, and the Holy Grail of airplane installation — a closed forward facing belt path that keeps the airplane seat belt’s buckle away from the child’s back.  Remember to ask for a seat belt extender, or buy one for yourself if you travel often.
The stroller is suitable for kids aged three months to 55 pounds and features a one-step brake, high-performance wheels and under-seat storage. The built-in cup holder is a lifesaver when you don’t have time to stop for coffee. Remove the reclining seat pad for easy washing or extend the SPF 50+ sunshade for maximum protection on hot days. The canopy is height-adjustable and removable. Colors include coffee, red and blue. 
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:
Britax Essentials Convertibles — the Emblem and Allegiance convertible car seats are heavier than the Scenera NEXT, SureRide, or Contender, but they install easily both on the airplane and upon arrival. However, the open belt path can sometimes place the airplane’s buckle right behind the child’s back when installed forward facing. Many kiddos find this uncomfortable.
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)
Best of all it’s light enough to pretty much flip back out again too. It takes very little effort for either position, and it is simple to slide the carry bag over the top too. We only really use the carry bag when we are travelling, as it would be a bit of extra fuss for everyday use, but love the fact that it has a carry bag means it stays protected when in transit and easy to tag if you did decide to have it as checked baggage instead of carry on.
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.
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.
If you’re bringing a small car seat like an infant car seat or my beloved Combi Coccoro car seat as your airplane car seat and your stroller has a big basket with good access, you can try tucking the car seat underneath! We’ve done this many times with our Baby Jogger Versa (now the Baby Jogger City Premier) and it would be a great strategy if you have the Uppababy Vista or Uppababy Cruz.
Recently, when I was out for the day at a festival near home (when I’m now using this pram as my day to day pram) I actually switched back to my City Mini mostly because it has so much more space to shove extra clothes/food/nappies etc.  But if I’m out at the shops or for the afternoon, it’s the Mountain Buggy Nano all the way, just because it’s so small in my car boot – as I mention below.
I know it’s been a few years since your Taiwan posts (which is so helpful!) but I was wondering how your family handled the car seat situation. We are heading to Taiwan for a 1.5 week visit with our just recently 2 year old from the US. I’m accustomed to the security of having my daughter in a car seat but I don’t want to haul this beast halfway across the world just to find out the taxis don’t even have an anchor for it. While we are going to use the trains when we can, realistically we are definitely going to be using taxis at least a few times.
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.
I know it’s been a few years since your Taiwan posts (which is so helpful!) but I was wondering how your family handled the car seat situation. We are heading to Taiwan for a 1.5 week visit with our just recently 2 year old from the US. I’m accustomed to the security of having my daughter in a car seat but I don’t want to haul this beast halfway across the world just to find out the taxis don’t even have an anchor for it. While we are going to use the trains when we can, realistically we are definitely going to be using taxis at least a few times.
Age 5+ – The best taxi booster seat around is the bubble bum (on the right in the picture below). It deflates to a very small size, but when inflated it offers a consistently good belt fit – in any car, and for any size child within the limits (minimum 40lbs). Many parents wrongly assume that their elementary school age children don’t need to ride in a booster seat in a taxi or when traveling, but most kids don’t fit properly in an adult seatbelt until age 10-12. You can read our full review of the bubblebum or check prices here.
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:
This stroller folds down compactly which makes it easy to put in the back of the car and parents will love the height adjustable handle. Other features include a multiple position sun canopy, cool baby wicking fabric, multiple position recline including full layback, forward or parent facing seat options, 5 point harness with removable harness pads, cocooning boot cover and a large, under stroller storage basket.
Officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most compact stroller, the gb Pockit Lightweight Stroller folds down in seconds to just 11.8” x 7” x 13.8”. It complies with the carry-on size restrictions of every airline and can be stored in the overhead compartment or under your seat. It’s also incredibly lightweight, tipping the scale at just 9.5 lbs.

A manual pump is imperative for travel, IMO. If you need to pump during a flight, in the car, or at the airport, you can do so pretty easily. I have used my hand pump while on a road trip (sitting in the back seat with a crying baby) since you can’t nurse while the car is in motion. Just pump and bottle feed since certain people-who-shall-remain-unnamed (ahem) hate stopping.
Umbrella strollers are great for fun in the sun. Be happy knowing that your child is protected from the heat with an umbrella. If the day is over cast, push the umbrella portion up, and enjoy the versatility of the stroller. Light weight and flexible it will fit perfectly in your life. Don’t forget some sunscreen when you are out in the heat with your little one. Have fun and feel organized while you save money and live better. 
A car seat travel cart can be a great help for getting through the airport. These carts essentially add wheels to your seat so that you can pull it along like wheeled luggage – all while your child is riding comfortably! You can even wheel them straight down the aisle of the airplane and then fold them to stow in the overhead bin. These designs are supposedly universal which means that they’ll probably fit your car seat, but they’ll also require a few straps to be secure. These carts tend to be pricey, so they may only be worthwhile for frequent travelers or those who can split the cost with family or friends.
I still remember my first solo catch up with the girls for lunch with a newborn and our old pram, then loading the car in the heavy rain and not being able to work out how to fold it down. I was drenched and thankfully my mummy friend came to the rescue after some muck around. Oh boy! I was in a panic. I thought I was going to have to call hubby to come fold it down!
Again, it is not the lightest-weight car seat for travel, but you may feel the safety, size, and convenient storage features “outweigh” this one drawback. FAA-approved for use in aircraft. Measures 28.5″ x 17”W x 16″D open, folds to 28.5″ x 17″ x 10″. A car seat carrying case with shoulder strap is also available. Rear-facing from 5 to 33 lbs, forward-facing to 80 lbs., then converts to a belt-positioning booster for kids up to 120 lbs. Weighs 25 lbs. See more photos and read up on my experiences in this review of the Radian RXT.   Find it online at:   Amazon.com        Baby Earth

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.
With the school holidays fast approaching now is a good time to think about what is the best travel pram for you to take on your next trip! What makes a pram the best travel pram? We’re looking for something that is light, compact, narrow, easy to fold, ideally something that can come right to the boarding gate at the airport, and better even if it fits in the overhead storage on the plane so you don’t have check your pram in as luggage.
So having a carry strap and being easy to fold up makes any stroller far easier to use, and more useful, when travelling. We also find strollers that are compact enough to be a cabin size stroller which you can take on board planes as carry on luggage generally can be carried over your shoulder which make them even easier to transport since they leave your hands free.
Initially, my son appreciated the box more than the Mountain Buggy! But this image is included to give you an idea of the size of the pram in its carry bag. (I quite like the carry bag – and the fact it even has one – not all travel prams do.) It’s compact, which is important, because most parents buying the Mountain Buggy Nano – including me – are hoping to check this on as carry on luggage. Putting it together was easy, by the way – 10 minutes of sussing it out.
The rugged Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Stroller weighs 11.8 pounds and is suitable for kids up to 50 pounds. It boasts easy one-handed folding; and once collapsed, measures 18" x 12" x 34” and stands on its own. This is the ideal purchase for parents with plenty of gear. Tuck your diaper bag into the extra large, easy-access storage basket and your keys into the tray at the top of the push handle. The latter also incorporates two cup holders for Mom and Dad, while a removable child’s tray features a dual cup and juice box holder. Other perks include all-terrain wheels, an extended canopy with a peek-a-boo window and a reclining seat with a five-point safety harness.
Of course, the upside of this stroller is that it packs down SUPER small. I’m LOVING having the boot of my small, hatchback car freed up – I even put shopping in there for the first time, next to the Mountain Buggy Nano. It used to be taken up just with the City Mini.  I still haven’t abandonded the City Mini – but I keep it at home on the back deck for his day sleeps as he now has every day sleep in a pram (yes, toddler has stopped transferring to the cot – eeekkkk!).
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.
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.
In many ways, installing your car seat on an airplane is much easier than in a car! Just thread the airplane seatbelt through the belt path of the car seat and tighten as much as possible. It may be a little easier to install with the armrest up and then put it back down (as is required for take-off and landing). However, there are a few potential pitfalls to be aware of:
While the GB Qbit+ is the heaviest pram in this list it is the only one that has a fully flat recline, meaning it is suitable for newborns with no extra attachments. The hood is generous, the basket is a decent size, it has an adjustable foot rest, and a spectacularly simple one handed fold. I just wish it has a higher weight capacity as it’s only 17kgs.
If your child is a frequent traveler, owning a lightweight car seat for travelling abroad is crucial for getting through the airport, rental car shuttles and taxis. We love our full-sized, full-features seats at home but would never dream of transporting 50lbs of car seats to the other side of the world. Here are our favorite travel-worthy car seats for kids of all ages (we actually own most of them).
Age 5+ – The best taxi booster seat around is the bubble bum (on the right in the picture below). It deflates to a very small size, but when inflated it offers a consistently good belt fit – in any car, and for any size child within the limits (minimum 40lbs). Many parents wrongly assume that their elementary school age children don’t need to ride in a booster seat in a taxi or when traveling, but most kids don’t fit properly in an adult seatbelt until age 10-12. You can read our full review of the bubblebum or check prices here.
Having to check in a stroller and deal with the stroller on top of ordinary luggage can be painful. We did not regret taking our stroller with us to Asia at all, but the extra piece of luggage made things more complicated and meant that we generally took taxis when we had to move around with all of our luggage. That extra piece of luggage did tip us over what we could comfortably manage.
Of course, the upside of this stroller is that it packs down SUPER small. I’m LOVING having the boot of my small, hatchback car freed up – I even put shopping in there for the first time, next to the Mountain Buggy Nano. It used to be taken up just with the City Mini.  I still haven’t abandonded the City Mini – but I keep it at home on the back deck for his day sleeps as he now has every day sleep in a pram (yes, toddler has stopped transferring to the cot – eeekkkk!).
×