If you’re planning to take a flight with your baby, it’s likely you want to bring along your pushchair to make your journey a little easier, especially when queuing to get on board a plane.
Usually you have to check in your buggy with your luggage or get to the gate early and then fold away and check-in your pushchair.
While most airlines allow you to check in a buggy as a free piece of luggage, it can still be a hassle, as your buggy can come off the baggage carousel broken or worse, not arrive at your destination at all.
So we’ve compiled a list of the pushchairs you can actually take on the plane as hand luggage and not have to check them in.
You won’t even have to call ahead to check if you can take them on a plane, as they are guaranteed to fit in an overhead locker.
If you’re looking for more products that’ll make travelling with a baby easier, have a look at the best child car seats to use on airplanes here, and the best buggies for city life and public transport. We’ve also got a list of the most compact buggies on the market.
1. Babyzen Yoyo, £370
The first ever stroller in the world to fully comply with the size recommendation for cabin baggage, the Babyzen Yoyo folds into a record-breaking package of only 52 x 44 x 18 cm.
Half the volume of a standard umbrella-stroller, it can fit almost anywhere. And not only is this buggy compact, it’s light, weighing only 6.5kg.
If that wasn’t enough, the Babyzen Yoyo is suitable from birth with the newborn cocoon, travel system compatible and can be used with a buggy board too, so you can use it with two kids.
Read the full Babyzen Yoyo 0+ review here.
You can buy the Babyzen YOYO from Peppermint, Harrods or Mothercare.
2. Cybex Eezy S Twist, £230
This stroller from Cybex wiegths only 7kg, and folds to a tiny 26cm x 45cm x 56cm, making ideal to fit in a plane overhead locker or under a train seat, if you’re travelling by Eurostar.
The Eezy S Twist also features a unique one-hand rotatable seat unit, meaning it’s super easy to turn from parent to world-facing in seconds with an easy twist.
Travel system compatible with all Cybex and gb infant car seats, the buggy is suitable from birth with the cocoon, up to 17kg, which is around 4 years.
You can buy the Cybex Eery S Twist from Natural Baby Shower, John Lewis or Pram World from August 2018
3. GB Pockit, £149.99
One of the lightest and most compact strollers, the Pockit is 4.3kg and set the Guinness World Record for being the world’s “smallest commercially available folded pram,” when launched in 2015.
Suitable from 6 months to 4 years, the Pockit also has one of the quickest and simplest folds and can be stowed away in seconds.
Read our full review go the gb Pockit here.
You can buy the GB Pockit from Argos, Mamas&Papas or Bournemouth Baby Centre
4. Mima Zigi, £650
From the luxury buggy brand Mima comes the Zigi, a somewhat lightweight stroller with a compact folding size of L45 x W26 x H56 cm.
This stroller will be accepted as cabin luggage with most airlines and is suitable from birth with the carrycot to 17kg, or around 4 years. However, it’s worth noting that it is not accepted as cabin luggage with Jet2.com, so it’s always worth double checking.
You can buy the Mima Zigi from Natural Baby Shower.
5. CuddleCo/Simple Parenting Doona, £280
Ok, this is technically a car seat that can transform into a short-use stroller. What it means is that it has its own pull-out wheels and can be pushed as a stroller and then folded and installed on the plane or in a car like an infant car seat.
This Doona also has TÜV approval meaning it can be used as a certified seat for your baby when flying in an aircraft.
Read our full review of the Doona car seat here.
You can buy the Doona convertible car seat from Precious Little One, Kiddicare, and Smyths Toys.
If you don’t any of these pushchairs, you can check to see if you can take your buggy on your flight here: Rules for the major airlines here. You can also find out about all the baby, toddler and child car seat laws in Europe and around the world.
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