Traveling with one child certainly has its set of challenges, but traveling with two kids (or twins! — read all about traveling with twins here) is a whole different beast. Whether you’re looking for the easiest double stroller to fly with and cart through the airport, the best double all-terrain for hiking or camping, or the double stroller with the most compact fold, we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together this list so you can pick the best double stroller for travel for your specific needs.
For simplicity’s sake, we’ve broken down the best double strollers for travel into 3 distinct categories:
While each category touts different features and serves different purposes, each is great for travel: they’re all lightweight and easy to fold, carry and maneuver. *Note that we didn’t include anything in the tandem stroller department because the fold on tandems tends to be too unwieldy (long) for travel, though many sit n stands tend to be lightweight and okay for travel.
Without further ado we’ve picked our Top 7 double strollers for travel… and here they are:
All-Terrain – Ready for Jogging, Hiking, and Camping
All-terrain strollers are less popular for travel due to their bulk and weight. But… if you’re in need of a beefier stroller with better wheels/tires (perhaps you have to contend with cobblestone streets in Boston or Rome?), we recommend the following all-terrain double strollers for travel:
Double umbrella strollers are inherently good for travel because they are lightweight, fold easily and compactly, fit in most trunks, and can be gate-checked on most airplanes. They also all meet Disney-size requirements. Yay!
The big downside to a double umbrella stroller is that they usually don’t come with a whole lot of features, and their storage space (or lack thereof) and smaller canopies leave something to be desired. Also, you definitely need to push a double umbrella stroller with two hands because of the separated handles.
With that, here are our favorite double umbrella travel strollers, listed in order of lowest to highest price.
1. Delta Children LX Side-by-Side Stroller ~ $99 — Barebones Budget Pick
This double umbrella stroller is only 18 lbs (!!) and is a great barebones, no-frills budget double umbrella that’s awesome for travel. It folds easily and compactly, comes with two hanging storage bags on the backs of each seat plus two parent cupholders, and each seat has a 5-point safety harness, though not the best in the sun canopy department (very small).
Read more about the Delta Children LX Side-by-Side Stroller here.
Tri-fold strollers are a newer class of stroller on the scene. In addition to being lightweight, they fold into thirds (most other strollers in the world fold in half).
This makes for a pretty compact fold, which is inherently good for travel. While the fold is not quite as compact as umbrella strollers, tri-folds often come with all (or some) of the features of a regular full-size stroller, like a large storage basket. Double tri-folds are super brand new on the scene – at present, there are only two of them on the market.
In short, they are the most compact, yet full-featured strollers out there. They are also lightweight.
2. Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Double Stroller ~ $269 (on sale for ~ $249 at Amazon) — Economy Tri-Fold Pick
The Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ double is a new double tri-fold in the double travel stroller scene — and we’re VERY excited about it! It’s another awesome pick for traveling with two (and a cheaper option than the Nano Duo — see below). This stroller also accepts an infant car seat!
Read our full Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Stroller Review – or the overall summary below:
Excerpt of Review:
Searching for a double stroller that’s super narrow, compact, lightweight and easy to travel with? The Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ double stroller has all these features, plus great storage, takes a car seat and has a simple one-handed fold to boot. Yes, this stroller was built for travel. Keep reading our Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ double stroller review for more…
The Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Double is a new double “tri-fold” on the stroller scene, and we’re VERY excited about it! It’s another awesome pick for traveling with two — and a cheaper option than the Nano Duo.
At 23 lbs and 30 inches wide, the Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Double Stroller is extremely lightweight and fits easily through standard doorways. It’s also Disney-size approved, and great for maneuvering around crowds of people there or any other theme parks, busy/crowded places, etc.
3. Joovy Kooper X2 ~ $399 — Middle of the Line Tri-Fold Stroller Pick
The Joovy KooperX2 is brand new to the tri-fold, side-by-side double stroller scene, and we’re totally here for it. Since this stroller is so new, we wanted to share our preliminary thoughts before doing a major deep dive — but rest assured, what we’ve seen so far, we really like. You can also watch Joovy’s quick video overviewing some of the stroller’s highlights here.
The Joovy Kooper x2 replaces the Joovy Twin Groove Ultralight, which was a double umbrella stroller. Generally speaking, this new class of “tri-fold” strollers is causing the double umbrella body style to become obsolete, as tri-folds are generally just as compact and lightweight, yet offer features you’d find in a full-featured stroller.
The Kooper X2 comes in six different striking colorways: Black, Forged Iron, Glacier (turquoise), Olive, Paprika and Sand (below), and is suitable for babies 3+ months all the way through 50 lbs (!!) — you’ll get years of use out of it.
For comparison’s sake, the Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Double — another tri-fold double — can also hold children up to 50 lbs, but the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo can only hold 33 lbs per seat. Though not a tri-fold double, but another Joovy double side-by-side with other similar features, the Scooter X2 can hold 45 lbs per seat. Thus, like the 3D Pac C+ and the Scooter X2, the Kooper X2 is great for older and younger children alike.
However, while the 3D Pac C+ accepts one infant car seat and the Nano Duo accepts two infant car seats, the Kooper X2 doesn’t accept any car seats at all. Bummer. (For reference, neither does the Joovy Scooter X2.)
Weighing in at 28 lbs, the Kooper X2 is very lightweight, making it easy to push one-handed and carry up and down stairs (for apartment and/or city dwellers). However, as compared to others in its class, the Kooper X2 is on the heavier end. The Summer Infant 3D Pac CS+ Double weighs 23 lbs, while the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo weighs only 20 lbs. Just something to note if you’re sensitive to the weight of the stroller.
That said, people LOVE the Kooper X2’s easy, one-handed fold, and its compact folded size — it folds into thirds which means it can fit in any trunk with room to spare, and it’s great for travel and can easily be stored. Bonus: it self-stands once folded.
But, in our opinion, here’s the best part about this stroller: it folds down WITH its two included snack trays attached. As in, you do not have to remove the child trays before folding down the Kooper X2. They stay on ALL THE TIME! How awesome and convenient is that?!
Good for naps on the go, the Kooper X2’s seats have fairly deep (but not totally flat), adjustable reclines and 3-position leg rests. In addition, the large UPF 50 canopies are individually-operated, with peekaboo windows, and offer all-weather protection. Note that the Scooter X2 only has one canopy for both seats — this can cause major problems when one child wants some sun and the other prefers shade (been there, done that… ).
Like the Scooter X2, each seatback has a mesh cup holder and a zipper pocket to store small belongings, such as keys, phone, wallet, etc.
Some other notable features of the Kooper x2 include: a large storage basket that can hold up 22 lbs (the Scooter X2 also has a humongous storage basket); a one step linked parking brake (summer shoe friendly, yes!); it’s Disney-size approved; and it boasts the biggest wheels of any compact double stroller on the market — wheels are made from EVR, a mix of rubber and EVA plastic (which Joovy will replace for you if you wear them out). Note, however, that like its competition, the wheels are not all-terrain — this stroller rolls best over flat, even ground.
Now let’s get into some of the not-so-great things about the Joovy Kooper X2. One of the most common user complaints is about the brake — many commenters (especially tall folks) say it’s easy to accidentally step on the brake when strolling. One user reported that she often steps on the brake while pushing the stroller, abruptly stopping it and startling both her and her child. Eek!
Another common user issue is that the seats don’t sit completely tall, even in the most upright position. This can make it tough for smaller kids to get comfortable, reach their snack trays and see out (note this is a common problem with strollers in this class). Likewise, the seats don’t recline to a fully flat position either.
Lastly, some parents note that the seatback cup holder is very flimsy (no one wants a hot cup of coffee spilled all over their legs, amirite?), and that the storage pockets located on the backs of the seats are too small to hold much of anything besides a phone, keys or a diaper or two (that said, the underseat storage is huge, so… there’s that).
All in all, though brand new on the market, the Joovy Kooper X2 is already very highly-reviewed. For parents of two kids (up to a whopping 50 lbs!) who do a lot of traveling, and/or don’t have a ton of trunk or storage space to stash a double stroller, we definitely think you should check out the Joovy Kooper X2.
4. Mountain Buggy Nano Duo ~ $499 — High Quality Tri-Fold/Everyday Stroller Pick
The MB Nano Duo is only 20 lbs and, thanks to its tri-fold design, makes it a VERY compact double stroller. The Nano Duo truly is your quintessential “traveling with two” stroller. Bonus: it takes up to two infant car seats! It’s also really just a great overall twin stroller for newborns, or a baby and a toddler.
Read our full Mountain Buggy Nano Duo Review – or the overall summary below:
Lightweight (Regular) Doubles
Even without the slim umbrella fold, these strollers are lightweight, quality doubles with some nice usability features that make them solid picks for travel (though they are not the most compact type of double stroller).
Excerpt of Review:
“The single Mountain Buggy Nano was one of the first “tri-fold” strollers to ever hit the market. “Tri-folds” are the smallest and most compact of the lightweight strollers; they are also the lightest in weight, so we are super excited about this review.
We dubbed the single Nano the “tiny workhorse” of strollers, so we were ecstatic to hear of a double version of this lightweight wonder. We’ve never seen one before… could it be done??
If you have twins or small children closer in age, this lightweight, compact side-by-side double stroller may be just what you need. While the Mountain Buggy Nano Duo certainly isn’t your all-terrain or heavy-duty double jogger, it is ideal for travel and everyday car errands.”
5. Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Double Stroller ~ $180 — Economy Pick with Solid Features
This lightweight (23 lbs) budget double stroller has more features and storage than you’d expect, plus an easy fold making it awesome for traveling with two kids.
Read our full Kolcraft Cloud Plus Double Stroller Review – or the overall summary below:
Excerpt of Review:
“If you’re looking for a budget double stroller that’s great for travel (or every day throw-in-the-car use), and has plenty of solid features, check out our Kolcraft Cloud Plus Lightweight Double Stroller review. This stroller is not sexy, but it does hit some high points — all for under $200.
The Kolcraft Cloud Plus weighs in at just 23 lbs (lighter than some single strollers!), and can hold kiddos up to 40 lbs per seat (80 lbs combined). No, that’s not a huge weight limit, but this should definitely get you through your toddler years.
This stroller measures 31 inches wide, which should get you through most standard doorways, and it’s Disney-size approved. Yay!”
6. Zoe Twin+ ~ $329 — Lightweight, full featured and expandable
At 19 lbs, the ZOE Twin+ is an incredibly lightweight stroller that will comply with all airline gate-check weight limits (yes, even on American Airlines). It’s Disney-size approved, has an easy and compact fold, and the added bonus of versatility — it can grow to a triple or quad with an expandable tandem add-on seat.
It’s great for travel due to the large underseat storage basket, large four-panel sun canopies (!!), and comes with two kid cup holders, a parent cup holder and one kid snack holder. Parents love this stroller for travel and even everyday use.
Read our full Zoe Twin+ Stroller Review – or the overall summary below:
Excerpt of Review:
“When The Twin+ (Zoe XL2) stroller (which comes in “classic” and “luxe“) first came out there was so much buzz about it they couldn’t seem to keep it in stock! We wanted to know if it was really all that, so we picked one up and gave it a whirl. Note that in the Twin+ (Zoe XL2) stroller review, we will be discussing the “classic” version of The Twin+.
Yes, a lightweight, side-by-side stroller for ~ $300+ is every parent’s dream.
While the Zoe brand is newer to the stroller scene, the founders are not. They’re a small, family business who’ve combined their fashion design expertise along with their baby product experience and set out to make an affordable, double stroller that parents of twins would love. They recently re-named their strollers — for instance, this one used to be called the Zoe XL2 Best V2, and now it’s The Twin+ (XL2). The Twin+ is much easier to say (and remember ;-).”
7. Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend ~ $749 — Lightest, Luxe Travel Stroller
Oh, snap! A great day-to-day stroller as well, parents LOVE the Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend. Not only is this stroller insanely light (24 lbs), but it’s compact, has a simple fold, offers great maneuverability, and has a ton of luxe features to boot.
If you’re headed to a warm weather destination, you’ll love the mesh paneling for added ventilation and airflow and the amazing sun canopy coverage that will block your littles from any harmful UV rays.
Read our full Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend Stroller Review – or the overall summary below:
Excerpt of Review:
“If you’re looking for a side-by-side double stroller that’s both lightweight and loaded with unexpected luxe features, check out the Valco Baby Snap Duo Trend.
People absolutely love this stroller — with it’s simple fold, great maneuverability, storage and lightweightedness, the Snap Duo makes for an awesome day-to-day and travel double stroller. Also… it’s pretty. (Note that this stroller comes in Charcoal, Denim, Grey Marle and Black.)
To clarify, this is not an “all-terrain” stroller (for that, look to the Valco Baby Neo Twin or Tri-Mode), but it rides and maneuvers pretty well; it’s a comparable to the Baby Jogger City Mini double.”
We hope this guide has helped you find the perfect double travel stroller to fit your family’s needs. Have fun on your adventures, friends. Bon voyage!