Love the details of this post Sharon. Also it might be worth adding in some more of the travel strollers that can go onboard with you. Our first 2 trips to Bali when I was travelling by myself with my then 22 mths then 2.5 yr old daughter I used the Quicksmart stroller. Was great as I could wheel her off the plane and had my hands free to do Immigration. There were some things that I didn’t like, even though it was quite well priced, so I have upgraded to the Mountain Buggy Nano and love it!! I use it all the time at home for my 17 mth old son and will be taking it on the plane with us for our next trip to Bali in June 🙂


It is somewhat difficult to remove the belt from the guides on either side (the red parts shown above) — and it can be frustrating for kids trying to do it on their own. At the end of the day, this seat is best if small folded size is your top priority – and you don’t mind dealing with a little finagling. If you need a “no brainer” seat, on the other hand, I recommend the Bubble Bum…
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.
The more affordable UPPAbaby G-Luxe Stroller is the ideal companion for road trips. Weighing 15 pounds, it folds to 12.5” x 23” x 42.5", which although too big to qualify as an airline carry-on item, still fits snugly into your car. The folding mechanism is operated by two hand-level triggers. Once folded, the stroller stands upright on its own, an invaluable asset for stashing it into the corner of cozy restaurants or hotel rooms. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and a convenient carry strap.
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.
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.
Appearance – It can seem almost trivial, but a good design is still important as often your pram can inadvertently become an accessory! You can find prams in a variety of colours to suit you, as well as models ranging from sporty to traditional. Of course, features come first, but getting something you like to use can make it all the more enjoyable to use!
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.
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.

Our verdict – we love our Mountain Buggy Nano. It really is a dream to use and definitely the best travel pram we have come across in our search. It has given us easy travel across Europe, the Dominican Republic, and the USA, plus of course many local adventures around Australia. We don’t have to worry about overweight luggage or oversize. Nor do we have to stress about it getting lost as checked baggage since we can use it right up to the boarding gates, fold it down, put on the cover and carry it on board to the overhead locker!
Yay love the Trunki suitcases!! I am even more impressed now with them after 13 months on the road and they are still great and have held up really well. As for the seats – I like the Trunki boostapak more from a booster seat point of view – it seemed safer, more stable and more comfortable. However, it does take up more room so it depends if the extra backpack would be annoying or not.
IMHO, the Cosco Scenera NEXT is the best “extra car seat” for travel, Grandma’s car, or back up. With an entry price of around $50, a weight of only 7 lbs, an airplane-friendly seat width of 17.5″, and extra features like side-impact protection and a removable cup holder, it’s hard to go wrong traveling with a car seat like the Scenera. Not to mention, the five harness height slots and 3 buckle locations give a better fit for your growing child than most other convertible car seats that are rated up to 40 lbs, though your child may outgrow this seat faster than some larger and heavier travel car seats.
We haven’t tried this seat (though friends have), but we’ve heard that it can be a good choice for travel with older infants and toddlers. It’s almost as affordable as the Cosco seat above, with some versions priced under $75. It offers more room forward-facing and a higher weight limit, but isn’t as ideally suited for younger travelers. It weighs a moderate 15lbs, but probably wouldn’t be my top choice as a car seat to install in unfamiliar rental cars. Even so, it’s probably the best lightweight car seat for travel if you want just one travel car seat to last for many years. Check the latest prices here– you can also look for this clone that is sometimes cheaper. 

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.
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. 

Going on fun adventures with multiple children will not be a problem when you use a stroller with multiple seats. Whether you have twins or children close in age, you can rest assured they will all be able to travel together. Store all of your children’s food and bottles in the stroller’s storage for easy access. Depending on your preference of style, number of seats and colour there are many to choose from. Feel organized when you are out of the house. 
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’ve seen parents do just about everything to get a car seat through the airport. If you travel frequently, a purposely built travel car seat like the GoGo Kidz Travelmate or Britax Car Seat Travel Cart converts your car seat into a stroller for the ride through the airport. Other ideas are to balance it in your stroller, strap it to a suitcase, or lengthen the straps so you can wear it over your shoulder like a backpack. When it comes time to board, consider having one parent board first to install the car seat, allowing the other parent and children to board just before the doors close.
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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.
Choose from six different colour schemes, and with the two step technique for folding, you don’t have to worry about complicated processes. When the stroller is folded up it is self-standing, which certainly cuts out on hassle, and another plus point is the 360 degree swivel wheels, which mean that you no matter what terrain you are moving over, you can easily get from A to B.

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!


There’s also no way to ensure that the seat provided will be one that you think is appropriate for your child’s age and development. A car rental company may say that they have a seat for your 18mo baby, and that could be a forward-facing only combination seat. You’d potentially be left in a lurch if you realize that the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends rear-facing until 2yo at a minimum, but ideally as old as 4yo. Even worse, some of the bargain-priced seats that rental car companies stock may be outgrown early and there may be no seat available that fits your child.
We haven’t tried this seat (though friends have), but we’ve heard that it can be a good choice for travel with older infants and toddlers. It’s almost as affordable as the Cosco seat above, with some versions priced under $75. It offers more room forward-facing and a higher weight limit, but isn’t as ideally suited for younger travelers. It weighs a moderate 15lbs, but probably wouldn’t be my top choice as a car seat to install in unfamiliar rental cars. Even so, it’s probably the best lightweight car seat for travel if you want just one travel car seat to last for many years. Check the latest prices here– you can also look for this clone that is sometimes cheaper.

Unlike most travel strollers, the Mountain Buggy Nano Stroller is compatible with any infant car seat, thanks to its belt-style adapters. You can also use the adapters to attach a carrycot for newborns (sold separately). Otherwise, the stroller is suitable for kids up to 44 pounds. At 13 pounds, it’s a wonderfully lightweight option with a two-stage folding mechanism designed to fit into overhead compartments.

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.
If you’re looking for affordable strollers for babies that works perfectly from birth without buying any accessories, this is it. The Valco Baby Ultra Snap has some great features such as an adjustable canopy, great maneuverability and a lightweight design and a huge benefit of this pram is that it can be used both forward and rear facing. It’s our favourite lightweight newborn pram.
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!
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.
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:
A travel system combines a pram with a detachable car seat and is fantastic for parents of newborn babies as it makes transitioning them from the car to the pram super quick and easy. A travel system means you can simply take the car seat from the car and slot it into the pram. There is no need to remove baby from their car seat and then secure them in the pram.
Once folded, use the included shoulder strap and satchel to carry the stroller through the airport or to store it in the back of your car. The seat reclines and is protected by a sun canopy with a flip-out visor. Clever weight distribution allows for easy curb hopping, while the rear wheel suspension guarantees a comfortable ride. Choose from six different colors, including ruby and nautical. 
Uppababy make great prams and I’m sure the Minu is no exception. I love the look of this pram, though it’s not here in Australia yet, so I haven’t actually been able to see it myself. But from the videos it looks pretty cool. I love the fold, it’s quick, simple and super compact. The basket size look impressive for such a small stroller, and also it’s accessible from the front and back. The main seat isn’t suitable for newborns, but there’s an accessory you can buy separately to remedy this, which is in a parent-facing position for newborns.
If you’re looking for a stroller that can allow your little one to sleep, the Jovial Portable Folding Baby Stroller is fully adjustable, so that your baby can lie down comfortably. Ideal for car travel, the stroller has a foldable switch allowing it to easily to fit into a trunk or suitcase. Safety is a top priority with a five-point seatbelt and an upgraded lock system, plus an easy-to-use foot pedal. The lightweight carriage weighs 16.3 pounds and also has a lower storage area and retractable overhead canopy to keep baby cool in the hot sun. The stroller is ideal for newborns to children aged three years old.
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.
Cruises can present unique challenges when it comes to baby gear due to the extremely limited storage space in state rooms. If you don’t plan to disembark during your voyage or will remain within walking distance of the ports, you can probably leave the car seats at home and just enjoy you time at sea! If you’ll need your car seat before or after the cruise you can always request that your seats be stored in the cargo hold so that they don’t occupy the precious closet space in your room. Some large group excursions will use tour buses, in which case you probably don’t need to bring car seats (see the bus discussion above); however, if you plan to rent a car, take a taxi or go in a van for an excursion you’ll want to pick a portable car seat for travel from the list below.
However, the deeper seat means that it may take up more space reclined in the rear-facing position than models with a shallower seat, so you might reconsider if you have a very small car (forward-facing this shouldn’t be such an issue). Other inclusions: EPS energy-absorbing foam liner, easy to use LATCH attachments, and 2-position crotch strap for the most secure fit. Rear-facing from birth or 4 lbs. to 40 lbs, forward-facing 20 to 50 lbs. 18″W without cup holder18.5″ D x 26.5″ H. Weighs 12.78 lbs.   Find it online at: Amazon.com
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.
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!
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I love the fold on the Safety 1st Nook. I always admire prams that I can just walk up to, have a look at it, and intuitively work out how to fold them without needing to be shown. This is also a compact, inexpensive, travel stroller. It comes with a carry bag. And it is suitable for newborns! It would also be a great stroller to just keep in your boot or travel with. Though with its tiny wheels it’s a strictly footpaths, shopping centres, and airports pram. It won’t handle much in the way of off-roading.

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.

Compact and lightweight, umbrella strollers are a great option for a travel stroller for parents who are always on-the-go, or just want to make travelling with a child as convenient as possible. An umbrella baby stroller is a great addition to a regular full size stroller for those times where you need something a little more compact. At West Coast Kids, you'll also find a selection of double umbrella strollers, perfect for running quick errands around town or going for a quick walk with more than one child. These umbrella strollers offer a range of the most important features you're looking for in a stroller, including a sturdy frame, durable fabric, easy-to-maneuver wheels, and reclining seats. Many even include a convenient carry handle and shoulder strap for hands-free transportation when you're on-the-go. Browse through dozens of high quality and affordable baby umbrella strollers for infants and toddlers including models from Baby Jogger, Baby Zen, McLaren, and more. Explore our full selection of umbrella strollers and get free Shipping on orders over $49*.

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:
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.
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:
These Australian guidelines and standards cover things such as strollers being required to have parking devices with at least one brake as well as a tether strap to prevent roll away incidents; harnesses to ensure children don’t fall from strollers; adequate head barriers and foot enclosures to prevent entrapment as well as no hazardous gaps to avoid finger entrapment.
The Mountain Buggy Bag Rider isn’t a pram, but I feel like it still deserves a mention. I did feature the Mountain Buggy Nano, which is great travel pram, in Best Travel Prams 2016. So rather than taking a pram the Mountain Buggy Bag Rider is a carry-on luggage bag with a seat. The seat has a 5 point safety harness and is weight tested up to 15kgs, and the bag 35 litre of storage. I love this idea, especially after travelling solo a few times with young children, less things to carry is best! The bag rider won’t replace a pram for the rest of your trip. It’s just for scooting around the airport between gates. But as someone who generally babywears when travelling that doesn’t present too much of an issue for me
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