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The Best Travel Strollers and Umbrella Strollers for Road Warriors

Most fit in the overhead bin.

Traveling with your baby in tow is about much more than just getting from point A to point B. For that, you can get a barebones umbrella stroller with few extra features beyond wheels, seat, and canopy. When it’s time to travel with some semblance of comfort, whether to go skiing or see grandma, you need a travel stroller, one that’s lightweight and foldable, small enough to fit into an overhead bin or trunk but sturdy enough to handle both your offspring and piles of baby gear. When your baby is comfortable and your travel stroller doesn’t require an advanced degree to set up, things go a lot smoother.

The name of the game here is convenience and ease of use. The best travel strollers have a one-handed fold, accomodating parents who need to instantly collapse a stroller while holding a squirmy kid in their other hand. Other features to look for in travel strollers include an adjustable handlebar (hard to find in travel strollers, but so worth it when you do because of the comfort factor), multi-position recline, and a UPF canopy to protect baby from the sun. A roomy storage basket, plus pockets, are great to have. Bonus if the stroller is self-standing, which makes it that much simpler to use.

If you have a newborn, make sure the travel stroller is compatible with whatever car seat you’re using. Pay particular attention to the stroller’s capacity limit; you don’t want to spend money on something you can only use for a year or two before your child becomes too heavy for it.

From its one-handed, free-standing fold to its smooth handling and solid suspension, this is one dope travel stroller with a much smaller footprint than its older siblings. It has a swiveling front wheel with suspension that can be locked into a fixed position, and can be used from birth on with a compatible car seat. The deep recline is pretty much going to guarantee that your kid finds a comfortable sleep position. The wheels are foam-filled, for a nice ride, the storage basket is decent in size, and of course it has an adjustable handlebar.

This is the ultimate luxury stroller, that's also among the lightest you can buy. It weighs only 15 pounds. It has a large storage basket, UPF canopy, and five reclining options. The reversible seat can be positioned facing you or facing outward. It's suitable from birth up to 50 pounds, and if there's an older sibling around, he or she can ride along on the wheeled board. It has a self-standing one-handed fold and fits in most airline overhead compartments. And it's one of the handful of lightweight travel strollers in its class with an adjustable handlebar.

The 2-in-1 Doona ⏤ an infant car seat with an integrated compact stroller ⏤ is a must-have for parents of newborns who love to travel. Simply pull it out of the car and the wheels fold down like a plane's landing gear. And speaking of planes, it's FAA-approved. The Doona comes with a cushioned insert for infants up to 11 pounds and the unique design allows the stroller handle to double as an anti-rebound bar when positioned against the car's back seat. A sunshade, rain cover, snap-on storage, and padded travel bag are all sold separately.

You get a great stroller, that's also easy to tote around. It has a lightweight frame for easy maneuverability, plus a one-hand fold perfect for travel. You also get a parent cup holder, cell phone holder, child cup holder, flip-flop friendly brake, large storage basket, and a carry bag. The stroller also features an oversized canopy, multi-position recline, and smooth glide wheels.

The current Guinness World Record holder for most compact stroller (not a joke), the 9.5-pound GB Pockit uses a two-step technique to fold down to about the size of a personal pan pizza. It self-stands when folded and easily fits into a backpack, which then easily fits into your tiny closet or an airplane's overhead bin. It can carry 55 pounds of kid and 11 pounds of their gear in the bottom basket. This model has a UPF50+ sun canopy and reclining seat back, which should make parents overjoyed.

One of the most compact strollers you can buy, Graco's Jetsetter is exactly what its name implies. It has a one-hand fold and is compatible to use from birth with any Graco Click Connect car seat. It weighs a mere 14 pounds, has a padded carry handle and shoulder strap, and a carry bag if you need to stow it away somewhere.

This stroller's claim to fame is a super-comfortable padded seat with side and lumbar support and an adjustable leg rest. It weighs only 14 pounds and has a one-handed fold. The seat is machine-washable, which is a bonus, and it has a hidden back pocket. Plus, it fits into most overhead bins.

One of the more affordable options out there, the Evenflo stroller travel system is another highly-rated option. It's a car seat and stroller combo featuring the Sarema car seat and base. The stroller has six modes, letting your baby face in or out. The seat converts to a baby carriage, frame stroller, or travel system.

If you need a car seat and stroller combo system, this is a solid choice. The Modes travel system grows with your child, from infant to toddler. It works with any Graco Click Connect car seat. This travel stroller system has locking front swivel wheels, a one-handed standing fold, a pivoting child's tray with cup holders and a parent storage tray. There's a multi-position reclining seat for child's comfort and the stroller meets Disney's size limits.

We sort of want to elope with this stroller, which feels like its full-sized siblings but is so much more maneuverable. It has all the suspension and ease of use of a full-sized stroller, but it folds up one-handed in seconds and has a carry strap. And it fits in most carry-ons (check with your airline to be sure). Plus it has a pop out UPF 50+ sunshade and vented peekaboo window, as well as a sturdy basket.

Hiker and runners, here's your stroller. The push handle on this stroller is extra wide, ergonomically shaped and foam padded, and the adjustable canopy with covered sunroof blocks out the sun and wind. The stroller features a multi-position reclining padded seat with a fully adjustable five-point safety harness and tether strap. Best of all, the stroller folds compact for seamless storage and transport.

Baby Jogger's City Tour weighs a paltry 14 pounds and uses a cool one-handed trifold to shrink itself down to the size of a carry-on bag. The stroller actually comes with backpack-style travel case for easy transport and/or storage. The City Tour rocks a large UV 50+ canopy with peek-a-boo window, rear parking brake, and an ample underneath basket, not to mention front-wheel suspension and locking wheels. Also, a reclining seat. But despite its brand name, this is not a jogging stroller.

The Yoyo+ might be billed as a luxury travel stroller, but it comes loaded with amenities not found on a lot of full-sized strollers ⏤like four-wheel suspension, a patented Soft-Drive system that eliminates speed wobbles on rough terrain, and extendable leg rest. It's car-seat compatible, boasts a multi-position thick reclining mattress, and comes with a pop-up canopy and rain cover. And if you need to take it on the road, there's an attached padded shoulder strap and accompanying bag. For a stroller this pricey, the handle is not adjustable.

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The Best Umbrella Strollers 

Unlike their fancier counterparts, traditional umbrella strollers sound like exactly what they are: They have handles that curve up, they are insanely lightweight, and they fold up into almost nothing. When folded up, they look like umbrellas. They’re a great choice as a secondary stroller for shorter outings, like a quick jaunt to the store or fast subway trip.

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This umbrella stroller gets high marks for its dual foot-activated parking brake and roomy canopy. It fits kids weighing up to 50 pounds. It weighs only 13 pounds but does not recline.

We like this umbrella stroller because unlike many of its peers, it has a four-position recline. It fits kids weighing up to 50 pounds and it weighs 13 pounds.

This Chicco umbrella stroller has a four-position backrest that easily adjusts with one hand for growing children. The canopy is adjustable and removable. It has a compact fold with an automatic storage latch and carry handle. It only fits kids up to 40 pounds.

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