Umbrella Strollers are the ideal strollers for traveling with a youngster. They are light and compact, and they maneuver easily and fold up nicely (just like an umbrella). We’ve all got places to go, people to see, and calories to burn, so an umbrella stroller is a great means to doing all those things with your child in tow. However, if travel is a big part of your life and something you do consistently, whether for business or for pleasure, you may want to consider purchasing a stroller designed specifically for that purpose.
Some things to consider when shopping for a travel umbrella stroller are: its weight, compactability, and ease when folding or unfolding. Of course, you will want your umbrella stroller to be safe, functional, and comfortable for both you and your child. Let’s explore these high-end umbrella strollers that are on the market today.
|Stroller||Travel Perks||Price||Amazon Rating|
|PockIt Lightweight Stroller||Most compact stroller on the market||$180||4.5 *|
|Maclaren Triumph Stroller||Compact fold, carrying strap, lightweight, durable||$180 – $225||3.9 *|
|Maclaren Volo Stroller||Lightweight, folds easily, carrying strap||$100||4.0 *|
|JOOVY New Groove Ultralight Umbrella Stroller||Lightweight, compact standing fold||$105||3.8 *|
|Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double||Compact fold, carrying strap, maneuverability||$165||3.3 *|
Best Umbrella Strollers for Travel 2018
The PockIt Lightweight Stroller is the world’s smallest folding stroller, according to Guinness World Records. I mean, a stroller that has found its way into the Guinness World Records? I’m not going to lie, I’m pretty impressed by that. It folds down to 12”x17”x14”, making it easy to store in planes, trains, and automobiles.
This little diddy weighs under 10 pounds, but can hold a child up to 55 pounds. The Pockit Lightweight Stroller has an adjustable 5 point safety harness with pads for added comfort, and wheels that rotate 360 degrees. And, just because it’s small doesn’t mean that it lacks storage: there is a storage basket on the bottom that can hold items up to 11 pounds. You can find this gem on Amazon for a price tag of about $180, making it a good investment for family adventures!
But don’t just take my word for it, one Amazon reviewer said: Perfect Travel Stroller! I have a 2 year old son and 1 year old daughter. We recently traveled to Grand Cayman and since there were a few adults going on this trip, I bought two of these strollers because there was just no way I was taking my double stroller with me. I am a minimalist when it comes to traveling. I don’t stuff my carry-on with 3 meals, a coffee machine, and a parachute. I like to have the basic essentials so that traveling is care free and easy. Throw kids into the mix and well, that doesn’t seem possible but I made it happen and this stroller was part of the success. -Jessica Clingo (May 15, 2017)
The Maclaren Triumph is a good fit for city-dwellers taking public transportation on the reg and strolling through the urban jungle . It most likely would not fit in an overhead bin on an airplane, but for the day-to-day travels or for a road trip, this stroller could come in handy. It weighs 10.8 pounds, and in typical umbrella stroller fashion, is made for a baby of 6 months of age up to 55 pounds.
Maclaren included a reclining seat, which is a feature that’s not found in all of their strollers (or buggies, as they are referred to in their descriptions). According to the manufacturer, the Triumph is “a lightweight sporty and stylish ride that is perfect for quick errands or long-distance trips.” I couldn’t agree more.
But don’t just take my word for it, one Amazon reviewer said: I bought it to be our everyday/travel buggy. We live in an urban situation with street parking & no garage so I carry the stroller (uncollapsed) and baby up and down our front steps all at once twice daily. It’s light, durable, washable, easily collapsable, fits great in the trunk, I can collapse it while holding baby, it maneuvers like butter on the sidewalk (both brick & cement). This is not a rugged stroller for all terrain, so no it doesn’t roll well in grass, on cobblestone, nor sand, etc. But it’s not supposed to do that. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. I can easily turn on a dime to navigate around obstacles such as narrow passages, tree roots, broken sidewalk, etc. -Nancy Fallon (May 9, 2016)
You may have noticed that Maclaren appears twice on this list. This is no accident – Maclaren could be considered the Bees Knees of umbrella strollers, because that’s all they make! The Maclaren Volo Stroller is very lightweight at 10.6 pounds, and has a compact fold (with carrying strap included) that makes it perfect for life on the go. Once 6 months old, children can enjoy this stroller up until their 55 pound weigh-in. Parents will appreciate the removable (and machine washable!) seat, and the mid-range price tag of $100, making it a more economical purchase than its sportier brother, the Triumph (listed above).
If you’ve traveled around the world in 80 days, you know that weather is unpredictable just about anywhere. The Maclaren Volo comes with a sun canopy with built-in sun visor and breathable mesh fabric, AND a wind-resistant raincover, making this umbrella stroller the perfect choice for irrational weather changes. Some folks may not sign-off on the one position, no recline-seat, but I’m not going to hate on it. If multiple position recline capabilities is important to you, consider the Maclaren Triumph (above).
But don’t just take my word for it, one Amazon reviewer said: Fantastic Umbrella Stroller. Just got this stroller for a trip. Its amazing. I love everything about it. The ease of use, the mesh lining, the maneuverability. The color looks white but actually grey in person. Lightweight. Well made. Doesn’t feel cheap when you push it. Happy I did a ton of research and decided to go with this one. Does not recline but not a deal breaker for me. I never had a reclining stroller when I was little and pretty sure I slept fine in them when I dozed off. -colorblue (January 29, 2018)
The cool thing about the JOOVY New Groove Ultralight is that it has a few bonuses you won’t find on the typical umbrella stroller. Although it weighs a little more than some of the others at 14 pounds, Joovy included two cup holders and a zippered storage pocket. Also, you can start using it right away, because it’s made for newborns and children weighing up to 55 pounds. That’s a good head start compared to the other umbrella strollers that make you wait until your child is six months old. Travelers will appreciate the compact, standing fold, auto-lock, and carrying strap.
But don’t just take my word for it, one Amazon reviewer said: Awesome-Sauce. This stroller was a GODSEND!!! We had to take out 6 month old on our 7 day Mexican Riviera cruise…and needed something way more mobile than the big stroller we were using at home. This was AMAZING! It is super light, and it folds up nice. The fact that it reclines way back helped soo much, its not even funny. And the shade hood worked great, too! -FedLeo (April 10, 2017)
The Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double Convenience Stroller is a good fit for families traveling with more than one small child. Its layout is stadium-style seating, which holds a combined weight of 75 pounds. The seats have two reclining positions that mom or dad can switch with one hand, and separate canopies that adjust so the siblings can skip the rivalry and go right to their own preferred way of riding. I like that this one has a parent cup holder, a small storage pocket, and a larger storage basket, because even though I think moms should grow an extra set of hands for every child she bears, this is not the case – – cup holders and storage baskets are an appreciated alternative.
The Summer Infant 3Dtwo Double weighs in at just under 25 pounds, which isn’t too shabby for a double stroller. The stadium-style seating will be good for squeezing through doorways, and the one-handed fold with auto-lock and carrying strap will help to de-frazzle parents traveling with multiples. The manufacturer states that this stroller has some smooth moves: “You will notice this stroller is ridiculously easy to maneuver thanks to its smooth glide wheels. Not only is it comfy for you to push, but your baby will always have a flawless ride (unless they run out of snacks)! In addition, the rear wheels lock with just the tap of a toe and the front swivel wheels lock forward so you can trek through any terrain – cobblestone sidewalks, grassy pathways or perfectly flat pavement!” Isn’t that a relief, especially if you take the road less traveled?
But don’t just take my word for it, one Amazon reviewer said: This is my go-to stroller for long day trips, and we even used it during our two weeks in Europe. It’s compact and takes my kids (smaller size kids, 4 and 1.5 years old) where they need to go. I do have to grease the wheels about once a month to help with steering/squeaky sounds. I wish the backs could recline more, but I’m thankful for the light weight and compact size! It fits the trunk of my Nissan Rogue with room to spare. -KL (September 9, 2017)
Choosing the Best Travel Stroller
Travel and mobility were main factors when the umbrella stroller was invented, but choosing an umbrella stroller specifically made to make traveling of all kinds more accessible is a decision that can make your life easier. Whether you need a travel umbrella stroller for special vacations, you’re toting junior along on business trips, you’ve planned an adventurous outing, or public transportation is a part of your everyday life, make sure you look at all the features of an umbrella stroller made for travel to bring ease to the task or experience.
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