Best compact strollers for holidays

When you head off on holiday with your baby or toddler (or both!) you’re guaranteed an adventure and a trip full of fun firsts and special memories. Once you get there, that is. The difference between holidaying as a couple or with friends to holidaying with little ones is vast -- like night and day. When you consider how much gear you regularly need to bring with you for one day out with your baby and then multiply it by 7, add in an array of eventualities and extras you’ll also want to pack for, then you’ll start to get a feel for the preparation involved!

Probably the biggest thing as a parent that you need to think about is making sure your stroller is fit for purpose for your holiday. Not all pushchairs are great for travelling, and finding a lightweight, compact stroller that folds easily will make your holiday go much smoother. 

While you know you need a stroller (and rest assured it will be as useful for carrying all of your stuff as it will be for carrying your baby!) your regular pram may not cut the mustard for trips and travel. That’s because some pushchairs take up too much space, whether that’s the car boot, on an aeroplane or in your holiday accommodation.

Thankfully there are a range of compact strollers that are perfect for taking on holiday -- offering a lightweight yet complete solution for carrying your baby, without taking up too much room. What’s more, strollers don’t cost the Earth and have the added benefit of being able to be used at home, too, for shopping trips, public transport and more.

These are some of the best compact strollers for taking on holiday whether near home or far away.

Best compact strollers

Babyzen Yoyo2

The Babyzen Yoyo2 is a top choice for a compact stroller that keeps your baby comfortable but packs so neatly you can literally wear it over your shoulder with the included carry bag and padded strap. This makes it a great choice for city trips as well as taking on aeroplanes, trains and buses -- and it folds compactly into car boots too -- the perfect all-rounder!

The Babyzen Yoyo2 is suitable as cabin baggage on many airlines with folded dimensions of 52 x 44 x 18 cm / 20.5 x 17.3 x 7.1”. It can be used for children up to a weight of 22KG, which is usually around aged 4.

With a choice of 9 different colour packs including Aqua, Ginger, Peppermint, Black and Red,  you can pick a shade to suit your taste and ensure you and your little one are travelling in style.   

Ickle Bubba Globe

Whether you’re exploring the world or simply navigating your local area, the super lightweight Ickle Bubba Globe makes it easy. It can be used from birth, providing versatility and lasting value, with a maximum child weight of 15KG, which is around aged 3.

The Ickle Bubba Globe comes with a choice of colour fabrics and frame finishes. You can choose between Denim or Grey with Silver, and Khaki or Black with Rose Gold.

And with a handy fitted raincover included, you’ll be good to go whatever the weather on holiday! 


As well as being a great compact stroller, the Doona is also the world’s first fully integrated travel system, with a car seat that switches to stroller and back again with ease. As the car seat is Group 0+, you can use the Doona from birth until 13KG. It’s available in 6 striking colours including Racing Green, Royal Blue and Blush Pink.

If you opt for the Doona, you’ll be able to combine your travel system with a compact stroller, negating the need to buy a separate lightweight alternative for travel with your baby in his first year.

Silver Cross Jet

As you’d expect from pram pioneers Silver Cross, the Jet features everything you need from your compact stroller without compromising on quality or your baby’s comfort. Suitable from birth up to 15KG, the Silver Cross Jet can be turned into a complete travel system with the addition of a Simplicity car seat. 

What’s more, it collapses so compactly it can be carried on as cabin baggage with most airlines, and its clever fold means it can also be wheeled along just like a suitcase. It comes with a handy cover for travelling and has a fully extendable UPF50+ hood.

The Silver Cross Jet makes an ideal compact stroller with travel system capability, and is available in classic colours Black or Sterling Silver.

Bugaboo Ant

In the Ant, Bugaboo have designed a pushchair that’s compact and lightweight while still giving you everything you need to navigate trips out with your little one. Fully travel system compatible, the Bugaboo Ant is suitable for use as your main pram from birth (with the addition of the Bee 5 cocoon carrycot), but also ideal for taking on holiday due to being lightweight and easy to transport. 

Bugaboo really do know their stuff when it comes to prams, and the Ant is their proud travel stroller. Because it’s so lightweight and compact it’s perfect for zipping through city streets, being lifted up and down steps and for adventuring further afield by aeroplane with a pull-along trolley mode. Its folded size is just 55 x 38 x 23 cm (9.03 x 14.96 x 21.65 inch), making it suitable for carry-on baggage with most airlines. It can be your compact travel companion until your child reaches a weight of 22KG, or around age 4.

If you have any questions about compact strollers, or for any advice on buying the right baby and toddler gear for your family, we’d be happy to help. Call 01159 305772, get in touch online or visit us in store.