Whether you’re heading off on bub’s first trip or your mini-me is a mini frequent flyer, a travel pram can make holidaying with kids a whole lot smoother for everyone.
Travelling with a baby or toddler, you are guaranteed to have your hands full – literally. So what you are looking for in a travel pram is something light as a feather, super compact, easily foldable plus all the features you normally look for in pram. Too much to ask? Never.
What to look for in a travel pram
These days there are plenty of options out there so you don’t have to substitute features for an ultra-lightweight pram. You can have your cake and eat it too!
Here are some key features to look for when choosing a travel pram.
Lightweight: When carrying children and luggage on top – the lighter the better.
Foldability: You do not want to fight with your stroller to get it into the car or at the gate. A travel pram should easily fold up and give it bonus points if it can stand up on its own.
Safety: Keep your bub secure with a 5 point seatbelt harness.
Option to Recline: A reclining option for naps makes staying out and about that much easier.
Extra Large Shade Canopy: Chasing the sun? An extendable or adjustable sun canopy is essential if you visiting somewhere hot and sunny.
Air Vents: A nice feature is if the stroller has an option to zip open an air vent to keep your child cool in hot weather.
Large Storage Basket: Traveling anywhere with a bub involves stuff. A large storage basket under the stroller is something to look out for.
A Carry Strap or Carry Bag: Let’s face it – you will have your hands full. So a strap or a bag so you can just sling it over your shoulder. Likewise, to protect your stroller in transit, you may want to invest in a stroller carry bag.
Carry on luggage
Having your pram right there when you disembark after a flight can be a godsend. Not to mention, one less thing to pick up from the baggage carousel.
Carry-on restrictions vary between airline carriers so you will need to check directly with your chosen airline for specific cabin luggage requirements.
Domestic carry-on baggage allowances …
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The best travel prams
From jumping in and out of the car to family holidays and last-minute day trips, these lightweight travel prams are perfect for parents on the go. Sure to make lifting, pushing, carrying and packing a breeze, plus some can even fit as a carry-on when travelling by plane, train or bus.
So, here are the best travel prams available in Australia.
Silver Cross Jet ($599.00): Just landed, the brand new Jet is an ultra-compact, lightweight travel stroller that can be used as carry-on luggage and wheeled like a small suitcase. With all the features you would expect from Silver Cross, your little one will be travelling in style.
Folded dimensions: 55cm x 30cm x 18cm
Suitable for: birth to 15kg
Small but mighty
Baby Jogger City Tour™ ($479.00): The ultra-portable City Tour™ folds small for big adventures. With its own convenient travel backpack, this travel pram makes road, plane or day trips a breeze.
Folded dimensions: 56cm x 45cm x 25cm
Suitable for: 6 months 20.5kgs
Keep calm and carry on
Mountain Buggy Nano ($399.00): Super lightweight – we’re talking less than 6kg – the Nano promises a convenient travel solution with the quality and safety that comes with the Mountain Buggy brand.
Folded dimensions: 51cm x 46cm x 30cm (without wheels)
Suitable for: 6 months to 20kg
Small like no other
Babyzen Yoyo Plus ($749.00): Just like our favourite 80’s toy sharing its name, the Yoyo travel pram is one-handed fun – easily folded and maneuvered with just one hand. The original ‘onboard buggy’ it is lightweight and compact.
Folded dimensions: 52cm x 44cm x 18cm
Suitable for: 6 months to 18kg
GB Pockit+ ($399.00): This featherweight pocket rocket weighs just 5.6kg and folds down to an uber-compact, handbag shaped package making it all you could ever ask for in a travel pram.
Folded dimensions: 30cm x 18cm x 35cm
Suitable for: 6 months to 17kg
Designed for travel
Edwards & Co Otto ($399.00): Specifically designed for travel, folds with one click and one hand, in under three seconds, to keep you moving without the fuss. This carry on size stroller has a lie-flat seat and adjustable footrest to grow with your mini traveller.
Folded dimensions: 53cm x 43cm x 22.5cm (without wheels)
Suitable for: birth up to 20kg
For every adventure
Redsbaby SKIP ($399.00): Enjoy more family adventures with the compact, nimble and featherweight SKIP. With its super compact fold, convenient carry strap and complimentary cover bag, this is one travel-friendly stroller.
Folded dimensions: 50cm x 45cm x 29cm
Suitable for: newborn to 20kg
phil&teds go™ ($229.00): Featuring a lie-flat newborn solution and comfortable full-size sling seat with multiple recline options, this sophisticated travel pram will take you and your growing family wherever you need to go.
Folded dimensions: 54cm x 44cm x 19cm
Suitable for: birth to 4 years
UPPAbaby minu ($799.00): Whether it’s for daily adventures and exciting excursions, the Minu offers modern features in a portable, lightweight stroller. With a one-handed, one-step fold and handy travel case, it’s convenient travel at it’s best.
Folded dimensions: 58cm x 52cm x 29cm
Suitable for: 6 months to 23kg
Baby Jogger city mini™ ($499.00): Zooming around the urban jungle has never been easier with this lightweight and nimble pram. It has a sleek design and simple and compact fold for an excellent all-rounder.
Folded dimensions: 78cm x 60cm x 24cm
Suitable for: 6 months to 22.5kg
Travel in style
GB Qbit+ ($449.99): A more luxury lightweight stroller, this compact buggy is packed features, including a reclining backrest with a true lie-flat position suitable from birth, a head hugger and bigger wheels all offering comfort and convenience.
Folded dimensions: 54cm x 47cm x 29cm
Suitable for: birth up to 17 kg
Snap to it
Valco Baby Snap 4 ($349.00): Keeping your baby comfortable with a generous, reclinable seat, the Snap 4 is ultra lightweight and folds down super easy and flat.
Folded dimensions: 77mm x 52mm x 36mm
Suitable for: birth to 20kg
Steelcraft Agile 4 ($299.00): The popular lightweight Steelcraft™ Agile™ stroller features a one-lift fold with auto lock and frame carry handle for fuss-free transport. The large basket and canopy pocket will satisfy all your storage needs.
Folded dimensions: 74cm x 58cm x 30cm
Suitable for: birth to 22kg
Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller ($599.99): Just the ticket for teeny travelling tots, this compact and the light-weight stroller has a full recline option for newborn, and also boasts a unique one-handed rotatable seat.
Folded dimensions: 58cm x 45cm x 27 cm
Suitable for: Birth to 17kgs
Large shopping basket
SAFETY 1ST Nook Compact Lightweight Stroller ($249.49): Small but mighty the Nook is feature packed and includes an easy one-hand self-standing fold, canopy with UPF50+ sun protection, reversible seat liner with natural antibacterial protection on both sides. And that shopping basket is roomy enough for all the extra bits that get toted with travelling.
Folded dimensions: 48cm x 29cm x 66cm
Suitable for: Newborn to 17kg
Read next …
If you’re planning a family getaway or simply doing a bit of research before you fly we’ve got a couple of other articles you might like to read next.
- The best 5 onboard travel accessories for flying with kids
- Easy Peasy: 10 prams you can fold with one hand
- Flying high: Helpful tips for flying with babies