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Top tips for travelling with a stroller

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Travelling with a baby or toddler can be overwhelming. The sheer amount of stuff you need just to get your bundle of joy from A to B seems never ending. You need to pack for every eventuality… and then some. Cot, clothes, bottles, blankets, car seat, stroller… the list goes on. Luckily, the latter doesn’t need to cause you any more headaches, if you stick to these top travelling tips from premium Swedish product maker, Thule. With over 75 years of product engineering, the focus for every item they make is on durability, reliability and ease of use – the trifecta you are looking for on both travel days and holidays. 

Top things to consider when travelling with a stroller:

1.     Your travel needs Think about the type of travelling that you and your family will do over the next few years, as this has an impact on what kind of stroller will work best for you. Do you often travel to Europe (and beyond), so need to think about cobblestones and uneven terrain? Will you ever need a double stroller, to hold a slightly older child and a newborn, while you are sightseeing? Is exercise a non-negotiable on your priority list? What kind of pram would make your holiday (and everyday life) easier?

Thule Sleek is a smart and stylish pram, which is ideal for active parents. Lightweight and easy to handle, it allows you to bring everything you need for a big day out, plus adjust as you go, as there are various combinations and configurations to suit your needs. Add a bassinet or a sibling seat to make it a double stroller or car seat stroller. Thule Sleek is easy to manoeuvre anywhere you go, thanks to its compact size, front wheels and lightweight construction.

2.     Size and weight When travelling with a baby, the idea is not to add awkward-to-carry, bulky luggage, but instead to keep all luggage stream-lined and space efficient. The best strollers for holidays (and everyday) are considerably lighter and a lot smaller than their heavier counterparts, so that your hands are kept free, plus small enough to store – whether it is in a car or in the plane.   

A great option with travelling is the Thule Sleek Travel Bag that protects your stroller Compatible with the Thule Sleek, much like a bike bag, the padded bag protects your stroller from scratches and dirt during transport. It is custom fitted for maximum protection and includes a separate wheel bag to keep the pram clean, plus there are wheels for easy transport.

3.     Ease of folding and flexibility If you are flying or travelling solo, a stroller with an easy folding function is a must. Some of the best foldable strollers can quickly and easily be folded up using just one hand – incredibly convenient if you need to carry your baby with the other arm. An easy-to-fold stroller is particularly useful if you fly around the country often to visit family and friends, or if you are travelling overseas with lots of luggage – especially if you are the outdoor-adventure type who chooses their holiday destination based on trail runs and other sporting activities around a certain area.

The Thule Chariot Sport 2 is small, slim, light and easy to fold – a lifesaver when travelling with other sporting gear.  It transitions from jogger mode to biker mode with just two additional pieces, which means that a ‘biking’ holiday (with a pram) in France or the Netherlands can still be ticked off your bucket list… even with a pram in tow. The Thule Chariot Sport 2 is the ultimate all-in-one trailer, jogger and stroller, made with athletes and their kids in mind, as it offers all-round comfort and performance. The extra comfortable fully padded seats are removeable and easy to clean. There are even removable windows and clips to increase ventilation, a rain cover, and a mutli-position sun cover, to deal with all types of weather that you might encounter on your travels.

For more information about Thule’s products and stockists, please visit: https://www.thule.com/en/za

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  • Felicia Austin November 4, 2019 at 6:27 am

    An easy foldable stroller is a must for a mommy traveling with three kids. I learned this when we traveled to Thailand this past summer. It was just me and my three children and boy do I tell you having an easy foldable stroller saved my sanity on that trip. We’ve had the same stroller since my daughter was about 6 months and only paid about $80 for it from Walmart. It wasn’t nothing fancy but the seat can come off and be switched around so baby faces you or outwards and the ease of folding can be done with one hand and one foot. We were also looking into this fancier stroller that folded into a square which I thought was pretty neat! It was more in price but for the convenience it wasn’t pricey in my opinion.

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  • Shilpa Garg November 4, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    A light weight, easily foldable and sturdy stroller can make a vacation with a toddler, a breeze. I like that the Thule strollers have the travel bag option to protect the stroller from damage during transportation. Wish we had such convenient and comfortable strollers a decade and half ago. 😁

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  • Surbhi Prapanna November 4, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    Great post and you had shared all points with proper details and will help a lot to parents for buying a perfect stroller. I agree, it is ease of folding and flexibility is one of the most important factor that sometimes we parents forget. thanks a lot for suggesting appropriate options, will share this with my sister in law, who is in need of this.

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  • Vidya Sury November 5, 2019 at 5:41 am

    Thule has some handsome and high-utility strollers and products. I love the Thule Chariot Sport stroller. Must be really great for athletic parents to take off on a trip with those. We had a stroller when my son was a baby but never carried it with us when we traveled. Too cumbersome with the other luggage. Although, looking back, I think we should have–it would have been easier to manage since we went everywhere by car anyway at our destination. Thanks for the great list of tips and suggestions!

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  • Leana Lourens November 5, 2019 at 5:54 am

    Hi there. Traveling with a stroller can be quite a headache. I remember suddenly the first time I went to mkem with my daughter, it was SUCH a mission to get the stroller out of my car and set it uo. I thought next time I’m carrying my daughter. But we have a great stroller from JOIE

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  • Rajlakshmi November 5, 2019 at 6:00 am

    Wow I didn’t know that a pram comes with a biking option. It’s great that having a baby in a pram won’t stop parents from enjoying activities that would have been otherwise difficult to do. When we bought our pram, we too gave it a good thought and got one that would support running.

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  • Lynne Huysamen November 6, 2019 at 7:54 am

    You addressed my biggest challenge in the article – getting around with a toddler and baby. Geez that was always so hard. I love that you can add a sibling seat to the Thule Sleek stroller. This would have been a life saver for me when my kids were younger.
    I never knew you had biker mode for prams – that is amazing! Now having a baby does not have to stop you from being active and outdoors.

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