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dblumenhoff Nov 5, 19 1:17 am

Stroller combo
 
My wife and I are having a debate about our upcoming Thanksgiving travel. This will be our first time travelling with 2 kids (one 2 years, other 3 months).

Wife's suggestion: Take the UPPAbaby Vista with the rumble seat and the infant car seat. Gate check all of the above in the UB bags.
Pro: always have ability to contain both kids, fewer strollers to deal with
Con: A lot of parts to manage at gate check, can't separate at destination, have to leave behind toddler seat

Mine: Take the britax b-agile with infant car seat attached and the umbrella stroller. Check in umbrella at counter and gate check the rest.
Pro: less to manage beyond security, Have 2 strollers on trip
Con: can't really contain toddler beyond security

Anyone who has traveled with 2 under 3 (especially with the UB) before have any thoughts?

First, most obvious answer is of course, listen to wife because she's always right. But if there's anyone with actual experience that would be better.
If relevant, taking a 2.5 ish hour flight and then renting a car. Spending 3.5 days at destination.

sportsguy1 Nov 7, 19 10:04 pm

Given the necessity of car seats, do you know if you will have access to a suitable car seat for your toddler at your destination? If you think you might not have, then it’s probably best to prioritize taking two car seats before considering anything else. If the availability of car seats is not an issue, then you might wish to consider where you’ll most likely need the strollers (e.g. where/when in the airport, when during the trip, etc.). If you think the strollers are essential then perhaps planning to take two strollers would be preferable if you can guarantee access to a car seat for your toddler.

Also, how many carry-on bags are you planning to take? Could you possibly combine two into one? If you can, that might provide a way to make taking two car seats and two strollers easier (we made the mistake of taking too much stuff with us the first few times we traveled, but soon learned what the essentials were!). Equally, do either of your strollers have decent storage under the seats? If they do, could you perhaps use that for your carry-on bags when traveling through the airport? Obviously every family is different, but if there’s a way of thinning down your carry-on bags, and/or using the stroller(s) to help with it, then you might find carrying the car seats easier and more practical.

We traveled with a car seat and stroller for our daughter for eleven and a half years, and we found having her stroller in the airport absolutely essential. The trick for us was to always use her stroller as much as possible; the only times she wasn’t in it were when we went through security and when we boarded the plane. Most importantly, it was much safer for her to be in the stroller, but it also provided useful storage space for bags/jackets/etc., and that made carrying her car seat easier. We would gate check the stroller, install her car seat on the plane, and then reverse the process when getting off the plane.

It’s obviously different with two kids (and for every family!), but – if it’s possible with the strollers and car seats you have – we would imagine using the stroller not only for safety, but as a way to help with your carry-on bags, would still apply. Obviously, whether such a routine works for others depends on how happy each kid is to be in a stroller (we were lucky that our daughter was generally fine with it, despite the occasional moan), but the arguably bigger question is whether juggling and thinning out carry-on bags would be enough of a benefit to you that you would be able to take both car seats and strollers.

The other thing to consider is if the foldable car seat carts would be of any benefit for you. For example, .

Obviously our experience was different, and we’re not sure how helpful this is, but hopefully it helps in some way!

dblumenhoff Nov 11, 19 1:29 am

Yeah, we've traveled a couple dozen times with the one child, and had that one almost down to a science (there's no such thing as completely down to a science when it comes to traveling with kids). We're more trying to figure out the move up from 1 to 2 kids. We're taking the two carseats regardless - that's a non-negotiable. Checking the toddler and attaching the infant to one stroller or the other.

My question was specifically: double stroller or two single strollers?

FindAWay Nov 11, 19 12:19 pm

Domestically, we travel with our Zoe XL2 Best Double stroller (gate check) and 2 carseats (use onboard). It works well for us.

We recently took 2 umbrella strollers on an international trip. The biggest difference I found is the need for 4 hands (vs 1-2 hands) to push through the terminal....which left 2 fewer hands for our carry-on bag.

We have a Vista. But, we haven't taken it traveling in a long time due to its bulk and weight (I think it is too heavy to gate check on AA). Do you have the board that the older one could ride on?

Also, when our kids were under-18 mos, we really preferred baby-wearing in the terminal.


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