The best travel pram Australia has, makes travelling with small children so much easier, particularly if you opt for a compact and lightweight travel stroller Australia has. It’s been a while since we have used a baby travel stroller, but back when our daughter was smaller, I would have never left home without it!
When it comes to purchasing the best travel stroller Australia has, there is quite a bit to think about and so it can become somewhat overwhelming. After a while, every compact travel pram starts looking like the next one, so it can be a bit tricky determining which is the best lightweight stroller for travel for you. But if you’re in the market for the most compact stroller for travel, then you are in the right place as in this guide I am going to cover everything you need to consider when ensuring you purchase the best compact pram Australia has for you.
I will cover firstly why you might consider buying a specific baby travel pram, as well as help you answer a few questions to ensure you purchase the best traveling stroller that suits your family’s particular needs. Lastly, this guide will look at some of the best compact stroller Australia options currently available and compare their various features.
No matter what type of compact baby stroller you’re after I have no doubt this guide will help you find it. Whether you are after a travel pram for newborn thru to toddler age, a lightweight travel umbrella stroller, the best travel stroller for flying or even just the best cheap travel stroller Australia has, this guide covers a range of different options.
So let’s get into it and find you the best lightweight pram Australia has for your next family holiday!
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- 1 Why Should You Consider a Lightweight Stroller for Travel?
- 2 Should You Buy a Specific Stroller for Travel?
- 3 My Pick for the Best Travel Pram Australia 2020: Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy
- 4 The Best Travel Stroller Australia 2020 Comparison Chart
- 5 What to Look for when buying the Most Compact Stroller for Travel
- 6 The Best Lightweight Stroller for Travel Reviews 2020
- 6.1 Phil & Teds Go Buggy Review
- 6.2 Nano V3 by Mountain Buggy Review
- 6.3 Joolz Aer Stroller Review
- 6.4 Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Stroller Review
- 6.5 Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller Review
- 6.6 Safety 1st Nook Compact Stroller Review
- 6.7 Maxi COSI Laika Stroller Review
- 6.8 Easywalker Buggy XS Stroller Review
- 6.9 GP Pockit+ Stroller Review
- 6.10 4Baby Everyday Stroller Review
- 6.11 Maclaren MAC 02 Stroller Review
- 6.12 BabyZen YoYo2 Stroller Review
- 6.13 Related Articles
Why Should You Consider a Lightweight Stroller for Travel?
Travelling with kids is a whole different ball game to going on your own or with other adults. There are so many things that need to be considered before making decisions around travelling with kids and what to pack when travelling with kids. Something you should consider is if a small travel stroller is going to make your life more comfortable or more difficult during your travels. While some families swear by having a travel buggy with them, others prefer to leave them behind.
Below I look at some reasons for and against travelling with a lightweight baby stroller.
Reasons FOR Travelling with a stroller:
- You will be able to stay out for more extended periods before your child gets sore legs or needs to go home for a nap.
- Somewhere to store all the extra baby gear that you will have to lug around with you.
- Doubles as a way to keep your child out of the sun or rain for long periods.
- You can relax more in unfamiliar places as you know your child is safely strapped in.
Reasons AGAINST Travelling with a stroller:
- You’ll have to allow extra time at airports in case you need to check the stroller in.
- It might be harder to get the stroller around in busy crowds.
- Another thing you will have to carry or allow extra boot space for.
Should You Buy a Specific Stroller for Travel?
The stroller you bought for everyday use is probably one of the best on the market with plenty of comfort for your baby and excellent features making it quite large and bulky. Although these are great for walks in the park and a trip to the shops, they are probably not the best suited for travel.
Your everyday stroller will most likely take up all of your boot space whereas the best stroller for travel Australia has is lightweight and compact and won’t take up much room at all, leaving valuable space for other travel essentials such as your luggage and carry on bags.
The best compact prams Australia sells also often have a one-handed fold feature making it a lot easier to quickly fold down the stroller while in the middle of busy airports or standing on the side of the road waiting for a taxi.
This doesn’t mean you necessarily need to purchase two prams – one for use at home and one for use while travelling. It is possible to buy ones that are great for both – they may just cost a little extra. We had multiple prams for our daughter – one for home and a small one for travel – although if I had my time again, I’d buy something that could easily be used for both situations.
My Pick for the Best Travel Pram Australia 2020: Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy
If you don’t have time to read my entire travel stroller reviews and just want to know my pick for the best lightweight pram, Australia has – then I recommend the Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy.
The reason I recommend the Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy is it’s incredibly lightweight at just 5kgs and is one of the few lightweight strollers that are suitable for bubs from birth. It also comes with all the great features you require in an everyday pram such as storage, comfortable seat, grab bar, large canopy and more.
Click here to buy the Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy now or keep reading below for the full lightweight stroller reviews.
The Best Travel Stroller Australia 2020 Comparison Chart
The below table is a quick overview of the travel stroller best options reviewed later in this guide. Use this table to quickly compare the different lightweight, compact stroller options and their various features. Keep reading below for more information.
Please note the table only shows 10 of the 12 products review below, so click next to see the remaining 2 light travel stroller options.
Name Image Age Range Pram Weight Check Price
Phil & Teds Go Buggy
Birth -15kgs 5kg Check Price
Nano V3 by Mountain Buggy Birth-20kgs 6kg Check Price
Joolz Aer 6mths-18kgs 6kg Check Price
Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Birth-22kgs 6.5kg Check Price
Cybex Eezy S Twist
Birth-22kgs 7.7kg Check Price
Safety 1st Nook
Birth-17kgs 6.5kg Check Price
Maxi COSI Laika
Birth-15kgs 6.8kg Check Price
Easywalker Buggy XS
Birth-15kgs 6kg Check Price
6mths-22kgs 5.6kg Check Price
6mths to 15kgs 4.25kg Check Price
Maclaren MAC 02
6mths to 15kgs 5.8kg Check Price
BabyZen YoYo2 6mths to 18kgs 6.2kg Check Price
What to Look for when buying the Most Compact Stroller for Travel
If you have decided a good foldable stroller for travel is going to make your holiday a lot more enjoyable for everyone, then there are a few things you need to consider to make sure you buy the right portable stroller for travelling to suit you and your child(s) needs.
Size and Weight of the Pram
For most people, the number one feature to consider when buying a lightweight travel pram is how much it weighs and its size both when folded up and while in use. After all, if the folding stroller for travel you buy is heavy and bulky, then it won’t be convenient at all.
A fold up travel stroller that has been specially designed for travel will have a lightweight build – however, there is still quite a bit of variance between the different models. The best lightweight stroller Australia has is around the 5-6kgs mark. Although there are even lighter prams and then heavier options too – it will depend on whatever requirements you have too. For example, if you’re after the most compact pram or travel prams for planes – then the lighter, the better. However, if you’re after a lightweight pram for newborn that will serve you well until your child is well into their toddler years, then you’ll probably need to opt for something a little bulkier.
One thing to note that just because a pram says its the best travel stroller 2020 offers – doesn’t necessarily mean its lightweight. To help you choose the right light, compact stroller the weight of each stroller reviewed below is listed in the table above.
Age of Child
Next to the weight and size of the pram, you’re going to want to ensure the pram you purchase is suitable for your child. There is no point purchasing the best compact stroller 2020 offers just to find out it’s not suitable as a newborn travel stroller or you’re child quickly outgrows it because it has a small weight capacity.
Travel strollers tend to be either suitable for babies from 6 months of age, or from birth – so double-check this to ensure the stroller you purchase is suitable for your child. If your child is already 6 months+ then you’ll probably not be that concerned on whether or not its a compact stroller for newborn babies – however at the other end of the scale you’ll want to ensure you get plenty of use out it. Some strollers will only be suitable for children up to around 15kgs, while others will go right up to around 22kgs.
Once again, to help you purchase a light, compact stroller that is suitable for your child, the age range of every stroller reviewed later in this guide is listed in the above table.
Type of travel
The type of travel you do is also another significant factor to consider when buying a lightweight travel buggy.
If you are looking for a stroller for travelling by plane, you may want to carry it on the plane in which case you will need to get one of the most compact travel stroller Australia options to ensure it meets the airlines’ criteria. However you may be ok with checking it in at the gate, but even still you’re going to want the most lightweight stroller given you will most likely be lugging it in and out of taxis or other public transport.
If you are going to be travelling a long distance by car, you may want to consider the best compact travel stroller, as you won’t want to be taking up all the boot space of the car. However, the actual weight of the stroller may not be an issue.
Your destination is also an essential factor as the amount of time spent walking around on roads or beaches or hiking tracks may vary. If you are going to South East Asia where the surfaces are uneven or in Europe where there are many cobblestone streets, you will want to opt for a stroller with good size wheels for uneven terrain.
In my view, the best stroller to travel with is one that reclines – particularly if you have a young child that takes regular day naps. A reclining travel stroller will give you the flexibility to stay out and explore for longer while your child takes a nap in the stroller.
However, do keep in mind that even the smallest travel stroller that reclines is likely to be bigger and less compact than strollers with a fixed seat. So if you’re after say the best travel stroller for 5 year old or just a child that is unlikely to nap while out in the pram, perhaps skip the pram that reclines.
Ease of Folding
An everyday pram you may already have at home will probably have a few clips and buttons and require a swift manoeuvre to get it to fold down. Usually, you will have both hands available to do so as you will have already put your baby in the car or inside the house. This is not always the case when travelling – particularly when travelling through an airport where you might have your hands full. So the best travel baby stroller is one that is super easy to fold – ideally with just one hand and with just a push of a button.
A huge important factor when deciding which is a good travel stroller is how comfortable it is going to be for both you and your little one. It’s all well and good to have the most compact stroller Australia has as well as the most lightweight travel stroller Australia has – but if your child is uncomfortable while in it – your pram will be a complete waste of time.
If you are hoping your child will spend most of the time you are out and about or getting from place to place in the stroller, then they must be comfortable in there. Things such as padding in the seat, strap covers and sunshades are all things to look out for when looking for the perfect travel stroller.
It also needs to be comfortable and convenient for you or whoever is going to spend most of the time, pushing it around. You want to make sure it is easy to manoeuvre and steer, has a secure braking system, comfortable handles, cup holders and other features that will make pushing around your child more enjoyable and worth it.
Safety is an essential aspect for every parent, especially when deciding on what travel stroller to buy. Being in unfamiliar surroundings and not knowing where you are or where you are going can be exciting but also stressful and the last thing you want to have to worry about is the safety of your child while in their stroller.
There are many great safety features of travel strollers to look out for such as a five-point safety harness, sturdy build, braking mechanisms and whether the stroller has side protection to stop kids dangling out or losing special toys they might be holding on to.
Travel strollers also have so many other great features, so it is essential to work out what extras will benefit you and your child.
Some have extendable footrests for taller children. Sun canopies are essential if the destination you are going to is going to have hot weather and sunshine, or a rain cover if you are going into a wet season. Most travel strollers have a storage basket, so it is essential to check the size depending on if you plan to store just a few loose items or possibly the whole nappy bag. Some great travel strollers may even have cup holders and removable food trays.
The Best Lightweight Stroller for Travel Reviews 2020
Below I have reviewed 12 of the best lightweight stroller 2020 options currently available for purchase within Australia.
The Phil & Teds Go Buggy ticks all the boxes – it’s super lightweight, compact and comes with a great price tag making it the ideal pram for both travel and home use. Weighing in at just 5kgs, this is the lightest pram in these reviews that is suitable for babies from birth. There is one other pram that is lighter, but it is only suitable for babies from 6 months of age.
Despite being one of the lightest strollers in these reviews – this pram doesn’t skip any of the essential features. This light baby stroller for travelling is a full size pram and can recline completely flat so perfect for bubs having naps while travelling. It’s super compact and narrow too at just 44cm wide so can easily fit up those airplane aisles and can then be stored in the overhead compartments.
The Phil & Ted Go Buggy is easy to fold down as well. Other great features of this best lightweight, compact stroller include puncture proof EVA wheels with suspension, foot brake, 5 point harness strap, large UPF50+ sunroof, under seat basket, grab bar for attaching bubs favourite toys and a seat liner. Plus it’s compatible with a travel system or infant car seat, so it’s perfect for your everyday pram too.
There’s not much not to love about the super lightweight Phil & Ted’s Go Buggy. It does only have a weight capacity of 15kgs – but that will no doubt do you for several years anyway. This is certainly a great pram to get and comes with one of the lowest price tags too.
Another super popular pram for parents on the go often is the Nano V3 Mountain Buggy. While weighing a whole kilo more than the previous Phil & Ted stroller and coming with a higher price tag you do get a few more extras with this lightweight collapsible stroller. Many travelling parents loved the previous Nano V2 – so this stroller is even better because it is the new and improved model.
At 6kgs, this is one of the lightest prams in these reviews – particularly in terms of a pram that is a compact stroller for newborn babies. Plus it has a weight capacity of up to 20kgs, so your toddler should outgrow the pram before the pram outgrows your child. The previous Nano V2 was only suitable for babies from 6 months so this is a welcomed improvement.
The best thing about this pram though is how compactly it folds away. It has a two step easy fold and even comes in its own travel satchel so you can easily store it away and put it up into the overhead luggage compartments on a plane. No more having to check in your pram at the gate and wait for it to be brought to you on arrival.
The Nano V3 comes with all the great features you’d expect from an everyday pram. It has a full recline so bubs can nap while you’re and about, comes with a 5 point safety harness, has a soft fabric sling seat and is compatible with a travel system so you can easily attach an infant car seat to it. Other features of this best lightweight buggy include a storage basket, a large sunshade, EVA wheels and rear wheel suspension.
Whether you’re after a lightweight stroller for newborn babies or a lightweight stroller for toddler aged children – the Nano V3 is a top quality stroller which is ideal for both everyday use as well as for your family holidays for years to come.
One of the more expensive, yet super popular small folding stroller for travel options is the Joolz Aer. Like the Nano 3, this stroller only weighs just 6 kgs – however it is only suitable for babies from 6 months of age and up to toddlers weighing around 18kgs. Still, it is a super compact stroller and a great choice for parents looking for just the one pram for everyday use as well as travel.
This is a narrow pram with a width of just 44cm so easy for pushing down the aisle of the airplane. It also folds down nice and compactly with just one hand and in just one second. Plus the over the shoulder carry strap makes it easy to transport when not in use.
Despite being a narrow and compact stroller, the Joolz Aer has a large backrest (larger than most strollers) to ensure your little one is comfortable. Other features of this best light travel stroller include a reclinable seat, an extended UPF50+ sun canopy, seat ventilation, foam filled wheels and a large basket for storage.
So if you’re looking for another everyday use pram that will also be a great travel companion then the Joolz Aer is certainly another good option to consider. However if you’re in need of a lightweight stroller from birth, best check out one of the other suitable prams in these reviews.
If you’re after a stroller that will take you from daily walks in the park to regular family holidays then the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is a great option. This is a full size pram suitable for newborn babies to children right up to around 22kgs and is still incredibly lightweight and compact making it perfect for taking on your family holidays.
With such a compact baby stroller, travel will be such a breeze. Weighing only 6.5kgs, you can even take this pram on an airplane as carry on luggage as it will easily fit into the overhead compart storage. With this best stroller for air travel, getting through airports will be super quick and painless – no more checking the pram in at the gate and having to wait for it to be brought to you at the other end.
You’ll also appreciate how easy this stroller is to fold up. This fold-up stroller for travel can be quickly and compactly folded down with just one hand in seconds. This makes it perfect for travel as your hands are likely to be full of luggage or even just trying to keep a tight grip on your little one’s hand.
With the near flat recline, your baby will easily be able to take their naps while you’re out and about. Other great features of this compact travel buggy are the multi-position reclining seat, adjustable calf support to support your growing child’s legs, UV 50+ extended canopy with a peek a boo window and front wheel suspension for easy maneuvering. This pram is also car seat and bassinet compatible.
While certainly not the cheapest travel stroller in these reviews, the Baby Jogger City Tour 2 is super popular among many parents. With a pram like this, you won’t need a separate pram for travel and home use, which makes the price well worth it.
The Cybex Eezy S Twist Stroller is a super convenient easy to use travel stroller packed with great features making it perfect for travel. Suitable for babies from birth right up to children weighing around 22 kgs and compact enough for taking as carry on luggage on planes – this is a versatile stroller perfect for a range for situations.
While weighing in at 7.7kgs, this is the heaviest pram in these reviews. However, this collapsible stroller for air travel folds down nice and compactly making it easy to store when not in use, whether that be in the back of the car on a road trip, or the corner of your hotel room. It also features an easy to use one-hand fold mechanism, which allows you to have a free hand to hold on to luggage or to keep a firm grip on the hand of your little one.
The Cybex Eezy S Twist is compatible to be used with a travel system including a bassinet or capsule. Other great features include smooth 4-wheel suspension, extendable XXL sun canopy with extendable sun visor and comfortable carrying handle.
This is a great travel stroller for newborn babies upwards and would make the perfect addition to your next family holiday.
The Safety 1st Nook Compact Stroller is another super lightweight travel pram with loads of great features for maximum safety and comfort.
The materials on this travel stroller make it ideal for travelling in warmer weather, which is a super vital feature to have on a travel stroller in Australia. The canopy has UPF 50+ sun protection and a breathable mesh vent at the rear. It also has a reversible seat liner with Natural Antibacterial Protection on both sides as well as on the harness pads.
This infant travel stroller has a simple and easy one-handed standing fold, making it ideal for travel, so you still have a free hand for other travel items or even to hold the hand of your little one while folding down the pram. Other great features of this travel stroller are the lockable and removable wheels, large shopping basket, carry bag and easy access pocket for storage.
This is a lightweight travel pram weighing only 6.5kgs and is suitable for newborn babies up until your child weighs around 17kgs (or around 3.5 years of age).
The MAXI COSI Laika Compact Lightweight Stroller is yet another great choice for parents after one of the best travel strollers for newborn babies on the market.
At 6.8kgs, it’s not the lightest stroller in these reviews, but that’s still extremely lightweight compared to your day to day prams on the market. It’s also suitable for newborn babies right up to children weighing around 15kgs (around three years of age ) – so it may well be the only pram you need.
This newborn travel stroller comes with all the great features you require in a travel pram. You’ll love how the seat can recline all the way back, making it a great place for babies to sleep while out and about sightseeing. Other great features of this lightweight stroller for infant or toddlers are the Cool Baby Wicking fabric, extendable canopy, leg rest, front-wheel suspension, bumper bar, 5 point harness with removable pads, rain cover and one hand collapse feature.
For parents wanting to use this pram at home as well as travelling, you’ll love how the pram can be used as a travel system. This pram is compatible with the Maxi Cosi Mico or Citi baby car capsule making travelling with a newborn a breeze. No one wants to have to wake a sleeping baby to move them from the car to the pram, and this stroller allows you to keep them tucked up in the capsule and click it into the pram and continue your travels on foot.
The Easywalker Buggy XS is another great option for those parents after the best travel stroller for newborn babies and toddlers. Weighing in at just 6kgs, its super lightweight and is suitable for babies from birth right up to 15 kgs.
Like all good travel strollers, the Easywalker Buggy XS folds down super easily and compactly making it perfect for popping in the boot for a day of shopping or while moving through airports while you’re travelling the globe. It folds down into a self standing package which is great when you have your hands full but also means it can easily be stored in the overhead compartment on a plane.
This pram is easy to push, even just single handedly and comes with all the great features you’d expect from a good travel stroller. It has soft comfortable fabrics, is fully padded, has an extendable sun canopy with peek a boo window, can fully recline, has a large shopping basket underneath, a bump bar for attaching babies favourite toys and comes with a rain cover.
As far as travel strollers go in terms of price, this is certainly one of the lower priced strollers. By no means is it a cheap travel pram – but its a great option for those parents not wanting to spend a small fortune. With all the features the Easywalker Buggy comes with this makes it exceptional value for money.
So for families looking for a lightweight, reasonably priced travel stroller which will accommodate their baby from birth, you really can’t go wrong with the Easywalker Buggy XS.
The GB Pocket+ is said to be one of the most compact travel strollers on the market! Weighing just 5.6kg it is extremely lightweight and folding down to the size of a large hand bag – this is the ideal stroller for families looking for the best stroller for airplane travel.
If your child is already 6 months + and you’re a family who travels via plane on a regular basis – this really is the pram for you. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for babies under 6 months of age but it can accommodate children right up to 22kgs – so you will no doubt get many years fo use from this pram.
There are just two simple steps to fold down the GB Pocket+, so you’ll get through all the airport security with ease. Plus given it’s narrow, compact size it’s easy to wheel down the aisle of the plane and can be easily stored in the overhead compartments.
As well as being lightweight and compact it also comes with a range of great features. The GP Pocket+ has a multi position reclinable seat which allows you child to take naps while on the go or sit up tall for sightseeing. It also features a large sun canopy with UPF50+ protection, padded 5 point harness, shopping basket for storage and double wheels for easy manoeuvring. Plus this pram can also be used as a travel system with a car capsule.
If you’re after the best stroller for airplane travel you really can’t go wrong with the GP Pocket+. Not only is it lightweight and compact it also comes with all the essential features to ensure your little one is comfortable while sightseeing too.
For families with toddlers and simply after a cheap lightweight stroller then consider the 4Baby Everyday stroller. This is a super cheap travel buggy which is perfect for parents just needing something simple and light for toddlers who may from time to time still want to be pushed in a stroller.
The 4Baby Everyday stroller is a simple umbrella pram which is the best type of prams when you need something to push a toddler around. The best umbrella stroller for travel is super light and compact which the 4Baby is at just 4.25kg – the lightest stroller in these reviews by far! It’s suitable for little ones from 6 months to around 15kgs – but is probably best for children aged 2-3.
There isn’t anything fancy about this stroller but it does feature a sun canopy, safety harness and footrest.
If you don’t need anything big and bulky and just something for those few occasions where your little one complains of tired legs, the 4Baby Everyday stroller is a great choice. It’s not just a super cheap travel buggy but is light and compact too.
The Maclaren travel stroller is a super lightweight pram with heaps of great features and is one of the cheapest travel strollers in these reviews. Certainly the best travel stroller under $100 in these reviews.
This stroller has an aluminium frame which helps to keep the overall weight of it down, making it so easy to transport and carry if need be. The pram is super lightweight at just 5.8 kgs and can be folded down with one hand in 5 seconds making it perfect for travel.
The Maclaren travel buggy has large oversized wheels which make it easy to manoeuvre through busy crowds or unfamiliar places while keeping your little one tucked up safely in the stroller. Other great features of the Maclaren travel buggy are the multi-position recline, UV 50+ hood for excellent protection from the sun, and a very generous sized basket for all of the travel items that are required while travelling with kids.
Maclaren is a popular range, but if you’re looking for the best Maclaren stroller for travel for children, then this is a great stroller to consider. This stroller is suitable for babies from 6 months of age up until they are 15kgs.
Last but not least we have the BabyZen YoYo2 stroller – next to the Joolz Aer this is the most expensive stroller in these reviews. It’s lightweight at just 6.2kg and is suitable for children from 6 months of age (from birth with the use of a bassinet) up to a weight of 18kgs. This is a great one to consider if you’d like a top quality stroller for everyday use and for your family holidays.
Whether you’re flying to your destination, driving or taking public transport the BabyZen YoYo2 will make travelling with little ones so much easier. It is super simple to fold and unfold and is so compact that it can easily be worn over the shoulder with the padded shoulder strap and included carry bag when not in use. It’s the perfect size for storing in overhead compartments on planes or in the boot on car trips allowing plenty of room for other luggage.
If you’re looking for a pram for your newborn baby, then you can opt to get the newborn pack which comes with a bassinet. This lies completely flat and includes additional head support and a foot cover. For older bubs, the seat has multi recline so they can take naps while out and about or sit up tall for exploring.
The BabyZen YoYo2 is a stylish looking pram and comes with a range of great features. It has a large canopy with window for checking on bubs, zipped back storage pocket as well as under seat storage basket, 5 point harness, independent wheel suspension for a smooth ride and soft faux leather handlebar.
So for parents after a great looking pram, top quality features as well as being lightweight and compact for travel, the BabyZen YoYo2 is another option worth checking out.
Hopefully, after reading this guide you’ve found the perfect travel stroller for your family travels. As you can see there are some great options on the Aussie market – it’s just about working out what’s right for you.
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