Family vacations have come a long way since the days when parents piled everyone into the station wagon along with the luggage and the family dog. Kids shuffled and vied to claim the best spots in the car. And then you hit the open road.
From models with attachments for every scenario to simple, baby’s transport needs. It comes with a car seat designed to attach to the frame of the stroller and position it to three different heights. In bassinet mode, the baby can lie flat facing you, or look out at the world as it moves by. Switch to a traditional stroller style with a few clicks and still have forward or reverse viewing options. An expanding storage basket is always a plus, as is stashing your latte in the cupholder on the handle. Family trips are proving to be as popular as ever today, and industry experts expect to see a 25 percent increase. With this Graco travel system, you’ll be fully equipped and ready to go.
If you want to travel light but have the benefits of a great umbrella stroller, look no further. Weighing in at a mere 9-1/2 pounds, this model is the lightest of our selections. It folds down in two easy steps to fit inside travel compartments. The carry handle makes it painless to transport from place to place. It offers reclining or upright positions for your littlest traveler and a canopy with UPF50+ sun protection. Front-swivel wheels are a great feature that makes one-handed steering a breeze – a game-changer when pushing through airports with luggage in tow. In sumptuous black velvet, it also has a wheel lock switch for uneven terrain. Did you know 62 percent of parents bring children under age 5 on their trips? This ultralight accessory makes it that much easier to do.
Easy to stow
Not surprisingly, the Baby Jogger City Tour stroller was conceptualized by a dad who enjoys running. Designed for parents on the go, it, too, offers lightweight portability at only 14 pounds and folds to carry-on size when your treks involve airline travel. A great feature is how this stroller packs down to become 85 percent smaller than its normal size and tucks into an included tote bag with carrying straps. It accommodates an infant car seat using a separate attachment and has a UV 50+ canopy with a “window” so you can keep an eye on the baby at all times. In one year alone, 38 million passengers in the US brought strollers on their flights. Models like the Baby Jogger are tailor-made for travel, whether it’s across the world or around the block.
You don’t have to be a parent to reap the benefits of a great portable stroller. Visit an amusement park and you’ll see them filled with changes of clothes, water bottles, sunscreen, and all manner of souvenirs. The Summer Infant 3Dlite is true to its name with a lightweight aluminum frame. It features a spacious seating area, anti-shock front wheels, and a removable canopy with flip-out sun visor. The extra-large storage basket holds all the things you don’t want to carry around and is supplemented with a rear storage pocket for snacks, phone, or car keys. We like the carry strap when it’s time to pack up the stroller and move on.
Room for everything
It doesn’t get easier than this. The Dream on Me Coast Stroller Rider is the epitome of function. When you just want to bring your toddler and not pack everything but the kitchen sink, this is your number. Very compact for travel and lightweight at 13.5 pounds, it connects to another stroller, wheelchair, or shopping cart with a simple attachment. It even transforms to become a scooter or rider for toddlers. The five-point harness keeps the baby secure. When folded up, it’s easy to carry with one hand or with the attached shoulder strap. If you’re one of the 44 percent of millennials who travels regularly with your kids, you’ll find many ways to use this versatile product.
Kelli Brandenberger is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. Kelli is a writer and editor who spends as much time as possible near the water. Her favorite Caribbean destinations are found in Roatan, the US and British Virgin Islands, and secluded mountain resorts of the Pitons in St. Lucia.