Traveling can be stressful and once you add a baby to the mix—watch out—things get a lot more complicated. If you’re bringing a little one with you on vacation, it’s likely you’ll need to bring a stroller too. The nice to have and the must haves of the perfect stroller will vary depending on your goal for the trip and how you’re getting there. Having trouble finding the perfect baby buggy? If you’re ready for an active vacation and planning on flying to get there, we have some tips below.
If you’re getting on an airplane…
If you’re flying to your destination, you’ll want a stroller that’s easy to navigate through the traveling masses and chaotic footpaths of the airport. Look for a lightweight stroller that compactly folds. While many choose to check strollers at the gate, there a lot of strollers on the market designed to fit in the carry-on compartment of an airplane. This comes in handy when you don’t want to rely on gate agents, and waiting around after you land for your stroller to be brought back to you. It’s one less hassle to worry about when you know your stroller is securely stored in the overhead bin.
The Zoe XL1 Designer is a stroller that weighs only 10 pounds. It is designed to easily fold with only one hand, which is very convenient when you’re juggling your own carryon. The aluminum frame is even self-standing when folded, and comes with a travel storage bag. Your family’s boarding process just got a lot easier. If you’re in need of a double stroller, they also offer the same style in a double that’s only 16 pounds.
If you’re planning an active trip…
If your vacation includes hiking, beach territory, uneven surfaces or footpaths, it’s important to get a stroller designed to tackle the terrain and provide a smooth ride with utmost maneuverability. To find this, look for a stroller with large rubber tires. This will help you easily cross tough ground like sand and dirt. You can even do casual hiking with one of these strollers. In fact, if you’re looking to accelerate your workout and add some more oomph, we highly encourage you to push a stroller uphill. Three-wheel designs typically tend to have better maneuverability. You also want to look for a good suspension system, secure harness and hand breaks.
Take a look at the BOB Sport Utility Stroller. It is built to tackle rugged surfaces and its adjustable suspension system helps smooth the ride over any bumpy paths. There is a fixed front wheel for extra stability, and a five-point harness to keep your little one secure. While the stroller is a little heavier, it still compactly folds.
Keep these factors in mind the next time your looking for a good travel stroller, and hopefully the search process will be a little easier.
Author: Allison Klibanoff
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