The 7 Best Travel Strollers to Buy in 2018

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. 

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    Available in eight different colors, the BabyZen 2016 Yoyo+ Stroller combines compactness with an impressive list of features. Measuring 20.5” x 7.1” x 17.3”, it weighs just 13 pounds and folds up to fit into an airplane’s overhead compartment or into the trunk of your car. When folded, it can be slung over the shoulder using the included carry strap and travel bag. It’s incredibly easy to maneuver, too, with one-handed folding, unfolding and driving. When you reach your destination, the Yoyo+ functions as well as any full-size stroller.

    Your little one will love the smooth ride afforded by the stroller’s four-wheel suspension, while an innovative “soft drive” system allows you to navigate over rougher terrain without locking the wheels. The seat is partially reclinable and the reinforced frame accommodates children up to 40 pounds. Alternatively, purchase adapters to make the stroller compatible with a car seat or a bassinet for newborns. No matter the weather, the included...MORE rain cover and extendable UPF 50+ sun canopy keep your baby protected. Use the under-seat basket and back pouch to store your essentials. 

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    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.

    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. 

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    Suitable for newborns and toddlers up to 50 pounds, the Summer Infant 3D Lite Convenience Stroller is one of the top-rated options for under $100 on Amazon. It has an overall weight of 13 pounds and boasts an easy folding mechanism with an automatic lock and carry strap. When folded, the stroller fits into the back of a compact car (and although it can’t be carried onto the plane, it is relatively easy to check).

    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. 

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    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.

    Despite its diminutive size, the stroller is designed for kids aged six months to 55 pounds and can accommodate up to 11 pounds of gear in the under-seat storage basket. As your child grows, adjust the sliding back panel to fit their lengthening torso. The five-point safety harness is also adjustable and features shoulder and crotch pads for added comfort. Other highlights include a canopy and padded handles, while the one-handed steering is complemented by lockable front wheels and a rear parking brake.

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    The Maclaren Quest Stroller has an overall weight of 12.5 pounds. It collapses easily with one hand and includes a carry strap and handle for hassle-free transport. Designed for newborns and toddlers weighing up to 55 pounds, it’s the only fully reclining stroller on this list. As well as three other reclining positions, the seat includes a five-point safety harness, a newborn safety system and an extendable leg rest.

    Use the storage basket under the seat for transporting diapers and bottles, as well as the foot-operated brake to stop the stroller at a moment’s notice. With a UPF 50+ extendable sun canopy and a wind-resistant rain cover included, you don’t have to wait for good weather to get out and explore. There are 10 contemporary, two-toned color variations to choose from.

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    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.

    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. 

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    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.

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