Traveling with kids can be complicated. And while there are many tools these days to ease the complexities (and general discomfort) of family travel, item No. 1 is the modern travel stroller. The best travel strollers lighten the family’s load whether you’re packing for a trip or running out the door on errands. These strollers are compact enough to squeeze into an overhead bin with carry-on luggage and often narrow enough to stroll down the plane’s aisles or to navigate a crowded street. Many fold with one hand or nearly on their own, such as the Nuna TRVL stroller, which is my top pick for the best travel strollers.

Other travel strollers have infant car seats built into them or possess seamless click-in capabilities, meaning there’s no need to rent a seat when you arrive at your destination. The best travel strollers weigh less than 15 pounds, removing additional friction out of your travel as they’re easier to hoist in and out of vehicles.

“Even when you travel with another adult who can help, traveling [with children] always feels hectic,” says Chelsea Stivers, mom, postpartum and motherhood expert and founder of The Balance After Baby. “I need something lightweight that can fold up in one or two quick motions. You don’t realize how often you have to do this when traveling, but it’s a lifesaver.”

As a parent and parenting writer, I’ve researched and tested the latest strollers, noting how much each weighed and how easily it folded, as well as interviewed parents and other experts to find the best travel strollers, no matter your needs. After you’ve finished reading about the best travel strollers, you may want to consider reviewing our additional favorites for families on-the-go, including the

Weight: 13.6 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: Yes | Weight limit: 50 pounds | Best for: Parents juggling too many bags (and kids)

The somewhat new Nuna TRVL travel stroller has quickly made a name for itself—and for good reason. The Nuna TRVL checks all the boxes in terms of the best travel strollers expected features. Its easy self-folding feature is a huge help to traveling parents juggling bags and kids. It also fits in the overhead bin, comes with a carrying case and accommodates children up to 50 pounds, making it a wonderful long-term stroller. It connects directly to Nuna Pipa car seats with no adapter. I also like the one-touch break, adjustable leg support, customizable recline and the removable and adjustable push bar, all of which make it a great infant or toddler option. It’s lightweight and simple to push, even one-handed.

What the parents say: Emilie Kiser, content creator and mom of one, calls it “one of my most used purchases for my baby.” She went on to tell me, “I truly love it. It comes with a stroller bag, is seamless when it comes to opening and closing and is lightweight.” Contributing Forbes Vetted writer Alexandra Frost adds in a review: “It actually does self fold. You simply push a button, and some brilliant stroller engineer figured out a way for it to fold itself in half once, then twice, becoming just a fraction of the size of any other stroller I’ve tried. It’s the stroller with all the features you wish yours had and at just under 14 pounds, it’s one of the lightest strollers I’ve ever owned.” 

Pros:

  • Lightweight and overhead-bin compatible
  • Excellent for babies and toddlers
  • Durable enough for everyday use

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Only fits Nuna Pipa car seats

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Weight: 13 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: No | Weight limit: 55 pounds | Best for: Frequent travelers

If you’re looking for a travel stroller to zip you through the airport and would prefer to avoid gate checking it, the Gb Pockit+ All City is worth considering. It also works well navigating busy urban areas and public transit. This travel stroller folds up compactly in seconds and it’s TSA carry-on compliant. Not every car seat attaches to the Pockit+ All City, but a separate (included) adapter does make it baby-ready with any Cybex infant car seat. It also reclines, has an 11-pound capacity storage basket, removable and machine washable fabric and the sun canopy includes a 50+ UPF rating. The Gb Pockit+ All City travel stroller holds children up to 55 pounds, so its weight limit is a bit higher than the Nuna.

What the parents say: Rachel Collins, senior data analyst of business operations at Forbes, finds her GB Pockit+ indispensable, especially as she navigates the New York City subway system with a toddler. “I find the GB Pockit + All City Stroller to be a great stroller for anyone living in the NYC area who frequents the subways and buses,” she explains. “I’m able to get my 3-year-old and stroller (already folded) onto the bus and down and up the stairs of the subway by myself—which for me was really important.” She went on to explain, “We initially bought the stroller to only use once in awhile but have found ourselves using it daily.” She doesn’t like that it doesn’t quite get small enough to fit into a backpack like some of the other slimmed down GB strollers, and Collins thinks her daughter might appreciate a fully upright position option to make her more comfortable.

Pros:

  • Compact and easy fold
  • Higher weight limit
  • Great for city living and public transportation

Cons:

  • Not as compact as other GB Pockit models
  • Limited car seat options

Weight: 14 pounds |  Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: Yes | Weight limit: 48 pounds | Best for: Short trips via car or plane and vacations

Poll any group of new parents, which I did, and many will tell you they absolutely love the Babyzen YoYo2. Anne Bransky, frequent cross-country traveler and mom of two, swears by the YoYo, because it’s easy to use and fits in the overhead bin. Given that it’s only 14 pounds, you won’t throw your back out lifting it up. It folds up compactly, so you can carry it like a tote, and it includes a board attachment, allowing another sibling to ride.

While it’s a bit lightweight for everyday use, the padded seat, four-wheel suspension and shock absorption make for a comfortable ride. It also has an adjustable leg rest, a secure back pocket for storage, a 50+ UPF solar screen and and is compatible with most car seats with the right adapter.

What the parents say: Mom Lindsay Lorente tells us: “It’s great for traveling on short trips or for car rides. It’s compact enough to fit in an already packed up car and is also light enough to throw in the car for your daily park visit.” And Lisa Serapiglia, vice president of business operations at Forbes and mom to a 2-year-old praised the stroller’s lightweight feel. “We’ve used the YoYo to travel, as well as on shorter day trips or when we need the extra trunk space and can’t fit the big stroller,” Serapiglia says. “I love how light, compact and easy to use it is and that I can carry it and my toddler at once. On long walks, however, you definitely feel the bumps in the road more, and it’s not as comfortable for younger kids” because it lacks a footrest and toy bar. She also notes that the storage basket is extra small, but that will be the case with many of the most lightweight travel strollers.

Pros:

  • Shoulder strap for carrying
  • Board attachment for siblings to ride along
  • Compatible with most car seats (with adapter)

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Seat and canopy require separate purchase

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Weight: 16 pounds | Car seat compatible: No | Carry-on potential: No | One-handed fold: No | Weight limit: 55 pounds | Best for: Families with older babies or toddlers seeking an affordable option

Travel strollers can get really expensive—especially for something you don’t use every day. That’s part of the reason parents love the UppaBaby G-Luxe Stroller so much. Appropriate for children 3-months up to 55 pounds, this 16- pound stroller is easy to maneuver, offers all-wheel suspension and adjustable height ergonomic handles. As a 5-foot-8 mom, I find that many travel strollers don’t have this option, which can make for an uncomfortable and frustrating experience. It folds quickly and remains standing when folded, and it has three recline positions to allow for on-the-go naps, a cup holder, a handy carrying strap and stain-resistant, machine-washable fabric. Unfortunately, it isn’t compatible with a car seat and has a smaller capacity undercarriage basket. It also isn’t overhead bin compatible, but you can purchase the UppaBaby Travel Bag to prevent issues from gate checks. It’s also worth noting that the UppaBaby G-Lite is lighter, at 11 pounds, but the G-Luxe has a better recline and longevity going for it.

What the parents say: “I am a suburban, minivan driving mom with three kids, and I have used my G-Luxe extensively with all of them,” says Nicole Burg, the recruiting coordinator at Forbes. “I keep this stroller in the back of my car, and it gets used pretty much daily as I schlep my bigger kids to after-school activities and practices. I love that it doesn’t take up much room, and I can get it out and set up in a flash. I have also traveled with this stroller quite a bit, and it’s great—especially if I am traveling solo with the kids. It fits in a rental car; it’s not heavy and I can get it folded and put away quickly without losing one or more of my children.” Burg also praises how well it has held up to repeat use over the last nine years. “It still looks and works just like it did when I got it.”

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Simple folding, tall handles, handy carrying strap
  • Machine-washable seat cover

Cons:

  • Not the lightest UppaBaby stroller
  • Cannot travel in overhead bin

Weight: 21.4 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: No | One-handed fold: Yes | Weight limit: 65 pounds | Best for: Adventurous parents who don’t mind gate checking their stroller

The Baby Jogger City Mini came recommended by a number of parents and after giving it a test-drive of my own, I could see why. Sure, it has similar selling points as some other options, like a one-hand fold, adjustable leg support, intuitive steering, a 50+ UV sun shade and undercarriage storage. But it also possesses features not always found in a travel stroller. For one, it can be used until your child reaches 65 pounds (the highest weight limit I’ve encountered in travel strollers). It also reclines nearly flat and, thanks to the forever-air tires and sporty three wheel system, it takes on uneven terrain with ease. I tried it on rocky ground and was surprised at how simple it was to steer. I also love that it folds compactly with little fuss and that it’s compatible with a number of bestselling car seats. The one thing I noted, as a 5-foot-8 person, was that the push bar is a bit lower than I’d like. It is heavier than some of our other picks with a feel that’s more similar to your everyday full-size stroller.

What the parents say: Mother Parisa Soofari raves about the City Mini GT2, saying, “As a mom of three, I’ve finally found the best stroller to use when on the go with one child. This stroller is lightweight, folds easily and is super compact. Although it is the same weight as traditional umbrella strollers, it offers so much more, including a more cushioned seat and a good-sized basket, plus it reclines well and has a snack tray. The wheels on this are so sturdy and glide so easily with an older child.”

Pros:

  • Suited to all sorts of terrain
  • Quick and compact fold
  • Lightweight and easy to maneuver

Cons:

  • A little low if you’re tall
  • Heavier and larger than other travel strollers

Weight: 13 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes, with add-ons | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: Yes | Weight limit: 50 pounds | Best for: Families with a larger budget seeking an upgraded but lightweight travel stroller

People get really excited about the Joolz Aer Travel Stroller and after reading the specs and many, many reviews, I can certainly understand why. It has all of the nice-to-haves that other travel strollers on the market have—four wheel suspension, a one-touch break, UPF 50+ sun over and a five-point safety harness—but it also has some features of standard luxury strollers that many travel strollers just don’t. For instance, the seat is ergonomic, plushly padded, reclines and has a tall back rest to make for a comfortable ride. Many other travel strollers are simply adequate in their arena. It’s also overhead bin friendly (on most airlines), has a one-hand fold, a comfortable carry strap and comes with a travel pouch to protect it while on the go. I like that its carseat compatible (with the addition of a separately purchased adapter) with popular Clek, Nuna Pipa and Cybex car seats and can be made even more comfortable with add ones like a foot bar or leg rest.

What the reviews say: One reviewer boldly stated that the Joolz Aer Stroller easily outshined its competition. “This stroller is a pleasure to use. It’s better designed and less expensive than the comparable Babyzen Yoyo, with easily accessible storage underneath, it glides smoothly with great shock absorption and the wheels never get locked up, and it can be folded closed and opened with one hand. It is super light, easy to guide with one hand, and the canopy extends quite far.”

Pros:

  • Extra lightweight
  • One-handed fold
  • Includes carrier case

Cons:

  • Not safe to use until 6 months
  • Only works up to 50 pounds

Weight: 14 pounds | Car seat compatible: No | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: Yes | Weight limit: 50 pounds | Best for: City dwellers with toddlers who need a lightweight pick

Like other greats in the travel stroller game, the Maxi-Cosi Lara has a one-hand-fold option, and it fits in the overhead bin. This umbrella travel stroller is best for toddlers and will last up to 50 pounds. There is no car seat attachment option, so that may be a dealbreaker for some. However, the Lara stands out for a few reasons, including its lightweight feel and price point. We also like its extended umbrella canopy. It covers most of your child’s trunk so you can explore the great outdoors without worrying about them overheating or getting wet from a mid-day sprinkle. It also creates a cozy nap environment for tired kids.

What the reviews say: One reviewer calls this stroller perfect for tots and airport travel. “My research started after buying airline tickets and having a 2 year old,” they wrote. “I wanted a stroller to easily navigate the airports and one we could possibly bring on the plane if needed. We had unavoidable layovers to our destination and back home. This stroller was just released and fit what I was looking for! Lightweight and compact… I now use this stroller as the main stroller for my second child. Highly recommend.”

Pros:

  • Lightweight and one-handed fold
  • Extended canopy
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • No car seat attachment option
  • Limited recline options
  • Spot-clean only

Weight: 17 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: Yes | One-handed fold: No | Weight limit: 35 pounds | Best for: Parents with infants who prefer baby gear that pulls double duty

The Doona is a favorite of parents with infants and younger toddlers, because it allows for a seamless transition between your gate, the plane and the car after your flight. The stroller folds down to become a car seat so you don’t have to remove your sleeping child in order to get them sorted out in the car. The large wheels allow for a smooth ride. The downside, however, is that the weight limit maxes out at 35 pounds, so it’s really only of use during the first year or two, depending on how large your child is. I would also note the frame is set a bit low, so if you’re tall, the push handle and general frame might feel uncomfortable for long periods.

What the parents say: Fashion designer and mom Lorente had nothing but positive things to tell me about the Doona. “It’s great for traveling on an airplane,” she explained. “The fact that it is a car seat and stroller combined, means no more schlepping a car seat through the airport! It also eliminates the headache of renting a car seat at your destination. It is crucial if you are traveling to major cities as it allows for the ability to take your infant on a cab ride.”

Pros:

  • Stroller and car seat in one
  • Lightweight and TSA approved
  • Incredibly handy for travel and daily use

Cons:

  • Expensive for a short-term option
  • Not suitable after 35 pounds

Weight: 23 pounds | Car seat compatible: Yes | Carry-on potential: No | One-handed fold: No | Weight limit: 90 (total) pounds | Best for: Families with two children close in age

The Joovy Caboose Too Ultralight double stroller is about as compact as you can go with a double stroller, and it weighs 10-15 pounds less than the competition. The seats are positioned in a line or tandem style, rather than side-by-side, allowing parents to navigate tight spaces while keeping kids close. I love this option because of the dynamic seat options: you can remove the back seat in favor of a bench seat or ride-along step for toddlers who’d prefer to stand. The front seat fits babies from 3 months old up to 45 pounds and the back seat is suitable for children 6-months and up. There are three recline positions, as well as a parent organizer, stain-proof fabric, a single handlebar for easy pushing and a dual-direction canopy that provides adequate shade for both kids. It’s not carry-on compliant, but it will make travel with two young kids a whole lot easier.

What the reviews say: One thorough reviewer claims it was “invaluable” during her international travel with multiple children. “I bought this stroller specifically to use for an upcoming international move from the U.S. to Japan. For the first leg of my journey, I will be the only adult traveling with 5 children, aged 10, 8, 6, 4, and 2,” she explained. “For a double stroller, it is pretty lightweight. The fold is very simple to do, and I really appreciate the fact it folds with all pieces attached, this is absolutely crucial when you are standing outside the cabin door of the plane juggling not only the stroller, but a convertible carseat and a toddler… Turning it to steer into a shop, or a restroom, however, requires two hands, patience, and gritted teeth.”

Pros:

  • Versatile seating options
  • Stain-proof fabric
  • 3 recline positions

Cons:

  • Pricier than others
  • Storage basket isn’t great quality

How We Chose The Best Travel Strollers

As with everything we choose to highlight on Forbes Vetted, we put in a great deal of research to selecting the best travel strollers. Through personal use, recommendations from real parents both at Forbes and elsewhere, as well as a plethora of written reviews, we ultimately decide which travel strollers are worth your money. I’ve tested a great deal of these strollers with my own child or taken friends’ for a spin during park runs, and we’ve included staffers and other parents’ firsthand recommendations here.

This article is updated regularly, most recently in January 2023, to ensure the products and prices are still accurate and that we still love these strollers just as much.


What Are The Best Travel Stroller Features?

Katie Long, director of strategy at The Mom Complex and mom of two under 5 (the equivalent of a parental PhD), explains that when it comes to purchasing a travel stroller, there are several key factors to keep in mind: “Look for one that packs down really small. Can it go in another bag or be worn by a strap? This is crucial for when a child needs to be carried. Parents often need both hands.”

Overhead-Bin Friendly

Long says it’s especially helpful if the travel stroller fits in the overhead compartment to ease the transition from airport to airplane and back again.

Recline

A travel stroller that reclines is a boon for kids who might just nap on the go but also in determining if it can transport an infant or not. If the stroller seat doesn’t recline flat, you’ll need a car seat attachment to use it with an infant that requires full recline.

One-Handed Fold

When it’s time to head to your seat, you’ll want an easy, one-handed fold option in your travel stroller to save you time and frustration, especially while balancing a bunch of bags, kids and snacks or drinks. It also comes in handy when jumping onto a bus, trolley or into a cab.

Storage Space

Stivers recommends a travel stroller with storage space underneath. “It’s always a huge plus to not have to have a diaper bag or carry-on strapped to you constantly,” she says. “It’s worth the investment, and your back will thank you later.”

Weight Limit

Even after a toddler outgrows the need for a daily stroller, they still might appreciate a travel stroller. A travel stroller with a higher weight limit can give big kids’ legs a quick rest while exploring all day and can even act as a bag trolley while in the airport! Check out the weight limit of your stroller to see how long it’ll last you. Through kindergarten and all those Disney trips or just while they are a baby?


Which Stroller Is Best For Traveling?

While there are many fantastic travel stroller options, we believe the Nuna TRVL is the overall best on the market. It folds compactly, is lightweight, has a smooth ride and is extremely well-made. It’s also durable enough for daily use so you’ll get more bang for your buck. However, if you need a double stroller or one with a specific car seat attachment, you might peruse our list for a better fit for your particular family.

Which Stroller Is Best At The Airport?

The BabyZen YoYo2 is a parent favorite when it comes to airport travel. It’s extremely compact and lightweight and it’s even narrow enough to be rolled down an airplane aisle. Did we mention it is overhead bin compatible? In general, the best stroller at the airport folds quickly and is extremely lightweight.

Which Travel Stroller Folds Up The Smallest?

The Gb Pockit folds up small enough to fit in a diaper bag and can be carried like a handbag. We recommended the All City version of this tiny stroller, but you might consider this scaled down pick if you truly want to travel light. It’s really remarkable and weighs only 13 pounds. If you need to save space, this might be your best option.


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