We love a good family adventure. But traveling with kids? It's no easy feat, mamas. Gone are the days of throwing a few things in a bag and catching the next flight to the beach; now it's all about packing lists and pacifiers, diapers and dream feeds, and doing your best not to forget all the things you need to make it through the day with your little ones. And number one on our must-have travel list? A compact stroller.
A lightweight, compact travel stroller is an absolute must for a family on the move. When you're juggling kids on the go, the last thing you need to worry about is a big, bulky stroller that's going to take up your entire trunk or slow you down in the airport. (Yes, you you really do need that bigger stroller, too, but we'll get to that later!)
And if you Google "lightweight strollers" you're going to discover there are more than just a few of them... there are hundreds of options for you to choose from. Which we're guessing is just a wee bit overwhelming for you! Fear not, we tested many—actually, our babies tested them!—to help narrow down your choices. Things we considered when picking our faves: Stroller weight, maneuverability, durability, open/fold functionality, storage and, last but not least, appearance.
So, if you're planning your next trip—or just looking to lighten your load—check out our favorite lightweight strollers that are perfect for travel!
Famed stroller brand Bugaboo just launched its lightest-ever stroller, created specifically for traveling, and after testing the goods, let's just say we're here for it! Weighing only 15 pounds, the Bugaboo Ant has the modern design touches and the comfy ride the brand is known for. Our favorite features are the ones typically not available in travel strollers—like the reversible seat that can face forward or inward, the adjustable handlebar and the fact that when not in use, you can pull the stroller like a rolling suitcase.
More about that seat: Ergonomic and ultra-padded, it has three recline positions, including 180 degrees, allowing for naps on the go. The integrated all-wheel suspension provides a smooth ride and nimble maneuverability allows for one-handed steering—say it with us, mamas, wahoo! Overhead compatible—we dare you to find an airplane bin it can't slip into!—the stroller also has an ample sun canopy with UPF 50.
More to know: Start using the Ant with baby on day one with the purchase of the Bugaboo Bee Baby Cocoon, otherwise it's recommended you wait until baby is six months old to take the Ant for a spin.
Weight: 15.8 pounds
Curious as to which stroller holds the 2014 Guinness World Record for the world's most compact stroller? Look no further, mamas—it's the Pockit! (Really, it is!) Folding into the size of a purse in a matter of seconds, this 10.6-pound baby-transporting marvel is seriously amazing. We're pretty sure our diaper bag weighs more.
Even though the Pockit is small, it's mighty—it can hold a child up to 55 pounds, and is sturdy enough for whatever your travel day may have in store for you. There's not a ton of storage, but hey, sacrifices need to be made somewhere in a stroller that fits into a backpack!
More to know: Double wheels can handle everything from cobblestones to gravel with ease, and the seat back is comprised of breathable mesh, keeping baby cool on even the hottest days.
Weight: 10.3 pounds
While there are many reasons Colugo made our list—those sassy patterns!—the easy one-handed fold is chief among them. As many parents probably know, being able to fold a stroller with a baby on your hip is KEY when you're in a stressful situation (think: riding on public transportation or going through the metal detectors at the airport). With Colugo, you can multitask like a champion, thanks it its one-handed, two-second fold, and the best part is that yes, it can fit in most airplane overhead bins.
At 16 pounds, the Colugo is a bit heavier than the others on the list, but the fact that it comes with an attached carrying strap and a separate carrying backpack makes the extra heft a non-issue for short and long jaunts alike.
Appropriate from 6 months old to a max weight of 55 pounds, the Colugo also has a bassinet ($95.00) available here. All in all, this stroller has great maneuverability and can be pushed with one hand in almost all scenarios, it's the perfect grab-n-go strollers for parents, whether they're dropping baby en route to work or traveling overseas.
More to know: The sunshade canopy has UPF 50, the storage basket's got ample depth and the stroller comes with an extra washable padded seat insert.
Weight: 16 pounds
If you're looking for the ultimate in compact strollers, the Yoyo checks all the boxes as the luxury splurge pick. It boasts the most amenities of all of our choices: a "soft drive" system (enabling you to navigate rough terrain without having to lock the wheels in place), ample under-carriage storage, a reclining seat, an extendable leg rest, four-wheel suspension, beautiful fabrics (that peppermint green!) and extra seat padding, custom color packs, and a carry strap, just to name a few.
Like our other compact picks, it also folds up teeny-tiny via an easy one-handed fold, and it's compatible with many infant car seats, making newborn travel a breeze. It's even certified for airline carry-on luggage, meaning you've got one less thing to worry about when you're taking your little on on the plane.
More to know: Celeb mamas like Blake Lively, Chrissy Tiegen and Jessica Biel wheel their babes around in the Yoyo. The extendable sun canopy has UPF 50 and rain covers are included. Also, it's Disney-approved!
Weight: 16 pounds
If you're not looking for a travel stroller hybrid, and you're decidedly in the market for one that is light-as-a-feather, well then mama, look no further than Delta The Clutch Stroller. Weighing just 11 pounds, the Clutch folds up smaller than a paper grocery bag in just two seconds. It comprises an adjustable sun visor, a good amount of under-seat storage and a five-point harness with reflective straps. And despite its compact stature, the stroller is super easy to maneuver thanks to a bevy of swivel wheels.
More to know: It meets Disney size requirements (celebrity mom Jenni "JWOWW" Farley loved using it at the park wiht her kids) and like the rest on our list, can fit in an overhead airline bin—but at this weight, you won't be struggling to get it up there!
Weight: 11.7 pounds
Prices vary from $139.99-$149.99
At just over $100, the 3DLite+ is the most affordable option on our list—but that doesn't mean you'll need to sacrifice any of the must-have features you want in a compact stroller. This sturdy stroller weighs in at 14 pounds and features a four-position recline, a roomy storage basket, and a fully adjustable (and removable) canopy with a flip out sun visor. It even has a cup holder perfectly sized to fit your third coffee of the day. ☕☕☕
Although the fold isn't quite as compact as some of the other strollers on our list (it's a vertical fold rather than a horizontal one), it's still easy to carry with the attached shoulder strap and won't take up a ton of room in your trunk.
More to know: One of the most popular strollers on Amazon, the original 3DLite has more than 3,300 positive reviews!
Weight: 14 pounds
If you're looking for a compact stroller that is crazy comfy for your little one, this is it. Comprising a highly-padded (and washable) seat with side and lumbar support, the Metro focuses—not surprising—on delivering a superb ergonomically comfortable experience to wee ones, and it delivers. The plush seat reclines almost fully flat and an adjustable leg rest (which is also super padded) means that babes can nap on the go now.
With the ergonomic well-being of parents in mind, too, Ergobaby designed the Metro go easy on mom and dad. How so? A one-handed fold, for one. And 14 pounds, the stroller requires less force to push and less muscle to heft around—the Metro is the only stroller certified "back healthy" by the AGR of Germany. That's right, mamas, this one deserves a slow clap from all of us. (Bonus: The stroller comes with a carrying backpack for those times you know you'll be lugging it around.)
As for the ride, it's a smooth one thanks to bigger rubber tires that swivel on a dime and a spring suspension system that filters out the bumps and divots of the outside world.
More to know: The ample, extendable sun canopy has UV-50 protection and the stroller fits in an airplane overhead bin.
Weight: 14 pounds
This compact stroller is one of our favorite options for families on the go who also need the versatility and maneuverability of a much larger stroller. Weighing in at 19 pounds, it has five riding options: an infant car seat, a foldable pram, a reversible seat (rear or forward facing), and a glider board for an older child. All of these amazing features don't compromise this stroller's compact design, though—the LUX folds up small enough to meet carry-on requirements for most airlines.
The City Tour is constructed from soft, breathable fabric, and has an easy one-hand fold with an auto-lock feature. It reclines to a nearly flat position, has an XL canopy with a peekaboo mesh window, and has four swivel wheels that offer incredible handling even over bumpy terrain. (We truly forgot we weren't pushing our larger, everyday stroller instead of one that folds up into a backpack!)
More to know: It features a built-in carry strap and comes with a backpack-style carrying bag.
Weight: 19 pounds
We've yet to meet an UPPAbaby we didn't love, and the MINU is no exception. Weighing in at just under 15 pounds, this compact powerhouse of a stroller will take you wherever you need to go without sacrificing on the conveniences you've come to know and love from the brand—a smooth ride, a multi-position reclining seat, an extendable canopy, and an easy access basket with ample storage.
And the fold? It's truly the stuff of dreams, mama. It's quick, easy and, most importantly, one-handed. (Really, we tried!) Great for on-the-go parents due to the built-in strap and carry handle, it also easily converts into a travel system with the use of adapters.
More to know: The Minu isn't only for big babies, it can also accommodate a newborn with the use of the From Birth Kit ($129.00) accessory, making it not only a great compact travel stroller, but also an all-around stroller for urban parents who may be tight on space or who need to climb stairs on a daily basis.
Weight: 14.8 pounds
Prices vary from $399.00-$429.00
The Nano is another one of our absolute favorite full-service, everyday strollers that also boasts the convenience of a compact, easily portable travel option. It's easy to maneuver thanks to built-in rear wheel suspension and swivel wheels, and can even be popped over curbs while you're exploring city streets.
If you're looking for a lie-flat option, there's an accessory called the cocoon that easily snaps in (and out), making the stroller newborn-friendly. And speaking of accessories, there are many! From special edition color packs to a glider board that transforms into a toddler scooter, we 💜all of the personalized options the Nano offers.
More to know: The stroller features a two-button fold that transforms it down to 21" x 12" x 20"—small enough to easily fit in an overhead airplane bin, on a train, or even on the floor of your car's backseat. (It also has a one-handed unfold.)
Weight: 13 pounds
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