Travel strollers are always a hot topic with parents who spend a lot of time on commercial flights. Who wants to lug a gigantic suburban-style stroller through airports and hotels anyway? When I’m working my job as a flight attendant, most of the strollers I see in the airport jetways have seen better days and are only one roll though LAX from falling into a pile of plastic and stale Cheerios. Just last week a traveling mother couldn’t open the 30-pound family stroller. The bottle that was left in the under basket leaked during the flight and dried leaving a milk encrusted latch. As she shook the stroller trying to open it the tray broke off. What a hassle.
There has to be a better way to travel with a stroller, I thought. Then, the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller ($220) landed on my doorstep for review.
If there’s one thing I love talking about, it’s cool travel products. I chat with other travelers, parents, flight attendants and passengers about the latest and greatest this and that. And this stroller is one that will be on my go-to list for a while.
The first thing that caught my eye about the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller is that it’s only 11 pounds. There are suitcases that weigh more than that empty. But exciting feature is that this stroller is compact enough to fit in most airplane overhead bins.
I’m not saying strollers should go in overhead bins. Strollers aren’t needed during flight and when parents do stow strollers in the cabin during a full flight it means they’re taking space that can be used for carry-on bags and laptops that do need to be accessible inflight.
However, this stroller isn’t long or bulky. It folds ups, in four easy steps, and truly fits compactly in an overhead bin without taking up much room.
What I especially like about the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller is the option to carry it as a backpack in the accompanying bag. Parents of toddlers may not feel the need to open the stroller when their plane lands, since their child will likely not be in a “sit in the stroller” mood after being cooped up in a plane. Therefore, you can save yourself the hassle, throw the stroller on your back, grab your child’s hand and go. If you do decide to check your stroller it’s safely protected in the bag – easy breezy.
As I said, the QuickSmart stroller folds in four simple steps, but as with any new stroller, practice opening and closing it before taking it on your trip. Wrestling with an unfamiliar stroller in an airport jetway is anything but pleasant, especially in extreme temperatures.
For traveling parents who are looking for one of the best travel strollers that boasts being lightweight, easy to carry and over all convenient to use, I recommend you look into the QuickSmart Backpack Stroller.
I received a complimentary stroller for purposes of review.