Any parent of twins knows there are certain things that are just more difficult when you have multiples. No matter how you slice it, just harder. One of those things is certainly traveling, specifically, traveling on planes!
And, since we live in Minneapolis while most of our extended family lives on the east coast we happen to have firsthand knowledge of this difficulty. We’ve made our fair share of trips with the boys and more than our fair share of mistakes. But two years into this and over 30 flights later we’re convinced we have an excellent system for traveling with twins. We’re excited to share with you some of what we’ve learned. First, you must have the right stroller!
Picking the Right Stroller for Twin Travel
So what is the right stroller for traveling with twins? Well, let’s start with this first. We’re big believers that it’s not your primary stroller. Let me share why.
On our first trip to visit family we overlooked the importance of our stroller. We knew we could gate check our stroller, and so we kind of didn’t pay attention to what that whole process would look like. We thought because we had a nice stroller (See our post on picking the perfect stroller here) it meant it was a nice travel stroller. But man were we wrong. No matter how expensive and state-of-the-art your day to day stroller is, chances are it’s just too heavy because of its great construction.
Not only is your day to day stroller probably too heavy to wrestle with in the airport it’s probably also too expensive. I can’t tell you how much of a pain it was worrying the entire flight whether our stroller was just chucked into the bottom of the plane, if it would be in one piece when we picked it up, if it actually would make it to our final destination, it accessories would fall off. You might say, “Well, get a carrying case.” Sure, you can, and we do recommend carrying cases like the ones we have for our car seats, but do you really want to worry about getting your twins out of the stroller at the gate, folding the stroller, fitting it into a bag, trying to zip it up, and hoping nothing falls off — all while you have a line of impatient people behind you? We don’t! And because of that, we find it was just too worrisome to bring our expensive stroller along on flights any longer.
That’s why after our first trip we came home and made the choice to research the best strollers for traveling with twins.
We took into consideration:
That’s it. Nothing special, not even design– which for anyone who knows us knows is a big deal because normally design and look is something that’s very important to us. Not for this. This strictly came down to functionality. So without further ado, here are Jaimee and David’s picks for the Top 5 strollers for traveling with twins.
Kolcraft makes a highly rated product that comes in a slightly nicer package than some of the other strollers we explored. A standard double umbrella stroller it will fit through any standard doorway and it’s relatively low weight. In the end we went away from this one simply because we found a couple options that were a couple pounds lighter. To learn more about the Kolcraft Cloud click here.
- Expandable canopies for maximum coverage
- Cool-Climate roll-up exposes mesh for increased air circulation and creates a head rest
- Independently reclining seats accommodates 35 pounds per seat
- Parent cup holder for drinks on the go
- 3 point safety harness system
Anyone who looks at this stroller can tell right off that this is a little more than your standard umbrella stroller. The Joovy Twin Groove is certainly the most stylish and the most versatile on our top 5 best travel stroller list, but it’s also by far the most expensive. Coming in at nearly $250 it doesn’t really provide the fold-it-forget-it functionality we were looking for. Nevertheless, with fully reclining seats and usability up to 100lbs total, this is a great call if you want something with a little more life and a little more to look at.
- Ultra-lightweight full-size twin stroller
- Abundant storage space
- Compact umbrella design
- Five point safety harness
- Two large baskets
I’ll admit that in our search we missed this one. Maybe it’s just the Jeep brand name, but if we had seen it I certainly think we might have gone for it. Overall the Jeep Scout double hits all the marks and gets top reviews for its features. The construction feels very stable and users note the ease of pushing it. Think of this one as the SUV of umbrella strollers.
- Extendable European-style canopies with sun visors Five-point safety harness with soft shoulder pads and reflective material that ensures you and your children can be seen at night
- Multi-position reclining seat Parent cup holder; Storage includes double rear canopy bags
- 5.5″ wheels with front swivel and suspension system Lightweight design that fits through standard 30″ wide doors
- Assembled Dimensions: 23.4″D x 29.9″W x 37″H; Folded dimensions: 13″ X 11.2″ x 42.1″
- Product weight: 18.30 lbs. J PMA certified; meets or exceeds and ASTM and applicable CPSC standards
When it came down to it, this was the stroller for us. This extremely low weight stroller provided exactly what we were looking for in terms of price, weight, portability, and overall functionality. At the time we shopped it had over 350 reviews on Amazon, 90% of which were 4 and 5 star reviews. It’s not necessarily anything pretty to stare at, but it gets the job done. With umbrellas, reclining seats, back pockets, and even a cupholder this stroller has now made almost 30 flights with our twin boys and has many many miles of airport terminals on its wheels. We highly recommend this stroller and if you’re into lime green you might even be able to snag it for under $75!
- Recommend for children up to 35 pounds, two storage bags and parent cup holder with two attachment points
- Five point safety harness; 360 Degree swivel shock absorbing front wheels
- Lightweight frame; Compact umbrella fold for easy storage and travel
- Fits through a standard 30″ door; Dimensions: 31.2″W x 29.6″D x 37.3″H
- Product weight: 18.3 pounds; Meets or exceeds all ASTM and CPSC Standards and JPMA Certifications