How to find the best stroller for plane travel

Are you looking for the best stroller for plane travel?

Well, you came to the right place! This blog will guide you to airline policies, their pros and cons, and also some suggestions on strollers. After reading and working on a lot of reviews we have stuck to the main features that have been useful when traveling with a baby and specifically strollers that are great for airplane travel.

Are you allowed to take a stroller on a plane?

As mentioned before, the answer to this is yes, you are allowed to take a stroller on a plane. We know that traveling with babies and strollers on airplanes can be confusing with rules varying between airlines. But, don’t worry. We will help you to find many answers to your questions. There are 3 main options to bring a stroller on a plane.

Mother with a green backpack pushing a black stroller at the airport

Most airlines allow you to bring a stroller

When flying with a baby under two most airlines allow you to bring a stroller and a car seat free of charge in addition to your normal baggage allowance. The car seat is also to be placed in the aircraft hold, with the rest of your luggage. You have to see for each individual airline’s stroller policy as they do vary, with some only allowing one piece free of charge whether an infant or older child. Remember to always check with your airline before because policies can change even from the time of writing.

The second option

Did you know that some airlines will permit compact umbrella strollers to be placed (free of charge) in the cabin in the overhead lockers? Of course only if space is available.

Lastly

As mentioned before, stroller policies do vary for each individual airline. On some of them, if your travel stroller fits within the airline carry-on luggage size requirements, it may be brought on board in place of your cabin baggage.

Traveling with children, especially babies can be quite challenging. It’s hard to be able to make both your baby and you comfortable, therefore using a stroller is a great solution. Your baby can rest comfortably while you take care of all the flight details. Strollers also help you keep your children safe either from lights, noise, or sometimes even people. Choosing the right stroller for your baby can truly be life-changing which is why we are here to help you.

Here are some Airline Gate Checking Stroller Policies:

Air Canada strongly recommends the use of small collapsible umbrella types of strollers. Air France requires strollers packed in a carrying case that covers the stroller fully. American Airlines allows each ticketed customer 1 stroller and 1 car seat to be checked free of charge. British Airways emphasizes that the stroller size has to be small if you want to be able to collect your pushchair at the aircraft door on arrival.

The general plane rule over stroller size

The general rule oversize is that the stroller must be fully collapsible. You can still take travel systems, (such as Metro) on most airlines. Do you know what a travel system stroller is? It basically is a full-size, stand-alone stroller that comes with a compatible infant car seat that clips into the stroller when you’re on foot or in the car.

METRO stroller is a way to make your flight easier

Metro is the latest addition to our growing Kinderwagon family. It is an assisting asset in terms of the realization of a mother’s daily tasks! 

Metro offers a dual-position seat that allows your baby to face you or take on the world, while both front and rear suspension ensure a smooth ride. The included (no need to buy anything additional) universal car seat adapter allows for use from birth with compatible infant car seats. A removable cup holder, leatherette handle, and extra-large basket allow for a comfortable day out! Includes rain cover and removable cup holder. 

 It weights no more than 24 lbs and its dimensions go up to 30″ L x 23 1/4″ W x 12″ H when folded and 33″ L x 23 1/4″ W x 40″ H when unfolded.

Kinderwagon metro stroller perfect for the beach

Pros and Cons of using a stroller for plane travel:

Pros:

  • Traveling with a stroller helps you make sure that you and your baby have a more calm and comfortable flight.
  • It also helps you to save a lot of time by carrying your baby around.
  • The baby is a lot safer and more secure.
  • It’s a great tool for your baby’s naptime.
  • It makes waiting in line a lot easier.
  • It’s practical and portable.

Cons:

  • Some certain strollers can be a little expensive.
  • It’s hard to store or pack when traveling.
  • It takes up space.
Stylish mother with her stroller ready for plane travel

What should you look for when buying a stroller for plane travel?

  • It has to be lightweight.
  • It is important to find a stroller that folds easily (possibly with one hand).
  • Try to find a practical stroller.
  • Make sure to choose one that’s soft and comfortable for your baby.
  • Having sun/light protection is a must.
  • It should have lots of pockets to store everything that the baby needs.
  • Try matching it with your own style to fit your own aesthetic.
  • Make sure it has an affordable price (such as Vie) since it is not a lifetime investment.
  • It must have big enough wheels so that the baby is comfortable and not disturbed when moving.

Other features

Keep in mind that a full recline option is a must for babies and sleep times. If a lie-flat option does not come as standard on the below compact strollers, then a full bassinet or cot attachment is possible. Also, remember that the stroller does not only need to obviously be comfortable for your baby but also be comfortable for you. Go for a stroller that has adjustable handles to avoid back pain. Maybe a convenient drink holder?

Take a look at Jump

“Jump” stroller is the perfect option for families on the go!

A rear platform seat allows a child 2.5+ years to easily “jump” on and off. The comfy front seat is suitable from 3+ months or birth with a compatible infant car seat. These features make Jump your go-to stroller for siblings close in age. It’s the same size as a single umbrella stroller. It only weighs 18 lbs and its dimensions go for 45″ L x 11″ W x 15.5″ H when folded and  30″ L x 20.5″ W x 42″ H when unfolded.

Jump” has a lightweight aluminum frame, a compact umbrella fold, and a removable canopy, it is a removable cup holder. “Jump” would be the best choice as it is ergonomic, with an adjustable seat and even a canopy to make your baby feel protected from the elements.

Jump red baby stroller suitable for plane travel

Check through or gate check?

Are you wondering whether to check the stroller through with the other luggage or use it all the way to the gate? Strollers can be checked for free both at the check-in counter and when you board. The advantage of gate checking at the plane is that you can use the stroller at your departure and arrival airports. This is particularly useful if you’re traveling with a baby or any child likely to be snoozing when you land or leave. The disadvantage is that it can sometimes take 10-15 minutes before it’s delivered to the jet bridge once the plane arrives at its destination. This can be an uncomfortable wait, especially in very hot or cold weather. Waiting for a gate-checked stroller also means that you’re last in line at customs and immigration behind the hundreds of other people on your flight.

Where do gate-checked strollers go?

Did you know that you can keep the stroller with you until boarding, and have it ‘gate checked’? But, where do gate-checked strollers go? By gate checking, we mean that your stroller has usually been tagged with the destination tag at Check-in. This allows you to use the stroller around the airport and take it through to the boarding gate. Before you board, you will be asked to collapse your stroller, to allow the staff to load you into the plane with the rest of your bags. If it is a cabin-sized stroller, you will be allowed to bring it into the cabin. However, this depends on the airline policy and how full the flight is. The same applies to umbrella strollers too.

Were you wondering whether you could bring a stroller on board in the cabin?

As mentioned before, sometimes this is possible. But if you want to take your stroller on board with you, it normally needs to fit within the assigned size limit for cabin baggage. Therefore, this would only really be feasible with a smaller buggy or stroller. What’s more, there are some airlines that will allow you to take a collapsible stroller on top of your other hand baggage at no extra charge.

How do you protect your stroller when flying?

We have all seen what can happen to bags and how strollers or buggies can be thrown around carelessly by some airport baggage handlers. That’s why we recommend you use a stroller bag. This can mean you can store some extra items to help pad it out and offer some protection, like diapers/nappies, a cuddly toy, a blanket, etc. Doing so, you also get a little bit of extra baggage (try to keep that quiet! 🤫)

Another way to protect your stroller when you are traveling is to gate-check it if possible. There are more people around, meaning more eyes to see that luggage is handled more delicately! Try to find a padded stroller bag for air travel, over just a normal bag. You can pad a jumbo laundry or storage bag with nappies/diapers like mentioned above. However, it would be tricky to cover the entire stroller. All that a non-padded stroller bag does is that it really helps keep a pushchair clean, and keeps all parts together. It offers little protection.

Is it hard for you to find a padded stroller bag for air travel?

In this case, we recommend you to ask around friends if they have one you can borrow. This is a good idea as it is not an item you will use frequently. Otherwise, you can look on eBay for a second-hand one.

When will you feel the need of a travel stroller in your life?

You will need a stroller to travel with especially when you have more than one baby. Being a parent of siblings can be exhausting and traveling with them can become quite tiring at times. U need to be able to keep them together and safe and move them at the same time, double strollers are a great solution for this.

Take a look at Hop

HOP is our tandem umbrella stroller that really packs a punch. It gives your youngest the comfortable and safe accommodations that they’d have had if they were in a single stroller while at the same time letting your older child ride comfortably when they’re too tired. HOP will help parents to make exercise, errands, and daily life easier. Weighing in at only 21.5 lbs. it is lightweight, narrow, and easily collapsible which makes it the best stroller for plane travel.

This stroller is suitable for both twins and siblings that are close in age. The small footprint and compact design make this the easiest way to get two children around period. So if you have been blessed with twins or have 2 children who are close in age, a Hop stroller can help you cope with both your kids simultaneously. You can fold your double stroller to its smallest size. It makes for easy downsizing in a small restaurant, on public transportation, or on an airplane if need be. Its dimensions go up to 45″ L x 12″ W x 15.5″ H when folded and 30″ L x 20.5″ W x 42″ H when unfolded.

Best HOP Double Stroller at the beach

Waiting in long lines when travelling abroad

It is very hard for young children or babies to be patient enough to wait in line. They either get sleepy and tired or they have energy outbursts and feel the need to move a lot. Having something comfortable for your children, such as Hop or Jump stroller, is the only solution to this problem.

When you are walking in very crowded places

We know how anxious having our child in crowded places make us. It is normal to worry about their safety and well-being.  Strollers help you have more control over your children and they also keep them secure for you.

Car seats travel for free

All airlines will accept child safety seats and strollers as checked baggage for no additional charge. When it comes to checking a car seat, we strongly recommend placing it inside a large bag. This way you will keep it from being soiled and ensure parts don’t get lost or caught on aircraft-loading equipment. You can also pack extra diapers, beach towels, or anything else light and soft in the bag to help keep it cushioned a bit. This is for sure a savvy trick that will help free up some space — and save a little weight — in your other checked bags. Unless the car seat bag is ridiculously heavy, chances are you won’t even be asked to open it to show what’s inside.

Smaller is better for air travel

We strongly recommend traveling with the smallest stroller you can find that will meet your needs (take a look at Vie stroller). Gigantic jogging strollers can’t be easily transported in rental cars or on buses and trains. What’s more, a lot of airlines have weight limits on strollers they’ll allow to be gate-checked. However, that’s something you’ll want to investigate before you fly if you’re considering bringing something on the larger side.

When will you stop needing a stroller?

You will stop needing strollers when your kids are old enough to walk long distances. When they get to that age where they are not as distracted and they have the energy to walk you can finally leave the stroller at home.

When travelling with cruises

You can consider not taking a stroller with you when traveling on cruises. There is a lot more space depending on the size of the ship. However, you don’t have to take one with you because a lot of cruises offer you one of their own.

When visiting relatives

If you are staying a lot home with your family it is really not that important to take a stroller with you. Therefore to save yourself some time, space and energy you can just leave the stroller at home.

To sum it up

When it comes to travel strollers, it’s up to you to decide whether you need one or not. If you think you’ll need it, take it. If you’re pretty sure you won’t, then don’t take it with you. Do you always travel with a stroller? Then take a look at our strollers virtual shop, if you need to explore stroller options that can easily take you everywhere 

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