Where are you traveling to?
How are you traveling there?
How are you traveling once you are there?
These are all important things you must consider. And, just like trying to choose the right stroller for your everyday use, picking the best stroller for vacationing requires you to consider much of the same components but for a smaller timeframe. This can get overwhelming, but that’s why we are here to help you out. The following factors are the important ones to consider when answering the three questions above:
1. Size and weight: this is probably the most important aspect of the stroller that you want to travel with. If it’s too heavy and bulky, you’re going to be miserable. The ideal stroller is as small and light as possible while still catering to all of your needs. You want storage for when you are out and about, but you also want to be comfortable having to lift the stroller up any stairs and also making sure that it doesn’t take up too much space in your hotel room.
A good way to go is choosing an umbrella stroller or a stroller that is specifically made for traveling and easy to bring along on a plane if you’re flying. These generally fold up nice and compactly, making your vacationing a lot less stressful.
What if you’re traveling with multiple kids? I’ve seen some really compact sit & stand strollers that weigh just in the neighborhood of 20 lbs that would make carrying along with you much easier.
2. Easy to fold with a carry strap: Okay, this isn’t crucial, but it is convenient. If your stroller has a carrying strap and or a carrying case, getting around becomes significantly less hectic. Without a doubt, it is easier to transport a stroller if you are able to quickly fold it up and carry it (sometimes even in one hand/arm). Whereas at home you may only fold up the stroller sparingly, remember that when on vacation you are likely to be doing this multiple times, possibly also while holding your child and or your luggage.
The goal here is hands-free convenience. Again, not crucial to surviving away from home, but it sure is helpful.
3. Storage: this is encompasses both the storage within the stroller itself and the space it takes up when trying to store it.
As simply as I can put it: get a compact, cabin size stroller. This will make plane rides easier when you don’t have to wait around for your checked stroller upon arriving at your destination. They’re easiest to transport altogether.
As for storage baskets, they are super handy to have. It’s something to definitely
consider since you can have all of your necessities on hand. Otherwise you end up carrying it all. However, the larger the basket, the larger the stroller, so keep that in mind. Also as a general rule of thumb, for your security keep valuables on your person and not in the storage basket where someone could get to them.
4. Recline: generally, a reclining seat makes for a bulkier stroller. That being said, will you be out and about for a while and during your child’s naptime? It’s something to consider having as a function on your travel stroller. It may be a trade-off worth investing in. Fortunately, strollers vary in reclining degree, so you can opt for a stroller with little to no recline, rather than full lay-down recline to save on space and weight.
The last and final bit to consider when traveling with your family and children is, “Do you even need a stroller at all?” For some, this is a no-brainer: absolutely yes. However, depending on where you are traveling to, could you get away with a baby carrier? Is it worth it to save the pain of lugging around a stroller? Something to think about! Either way, hopefully some of these considerations and tips are helpful for planning your next vacation.
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