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Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller Is the Best Stroller for Travel

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A bulky stroller can make traveling with babies and toddlers difficult. You need a compact stroller that is easy to collapse and maneuver. Traveling moms and dads out there, I’m telling you: the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller is the BEST stroller for travel. It will help you navigate airports, city sidewalks, and other public spaces with ease. Read on to learn why you're going to want to buy this stroller before your next family vacation.
We found it - the best stroller for travel!

Easy to Steer

On our first test run with our new Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller, we explored the Rail Trail here in Charlotte. The first thing I noticed was how well it turned as I whipped it around pylons and other obstacles, much to the laughter of my son and panic of my wife.

We have since used it on narrow sidewalks on our trip to Lexington, Kentucky and in large crowds like at Cheerwine’s Centennial Celebration in Salisbury, North Carolina. Both resulted in less panics of the stroller tipping over and less “excuse me’s” from bumping into people.

And, you can easily steer it one-handed.

Navigating the crowds at the Centennial Cheerwine Festival with Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

Navigating the crowds at the Centennial Cheerwine Festival with our City Tour stroller (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

Compact for Seamless Packing and Convenience

Unlike our old bulky stroller, the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller is easy to fold up into a compact shape. It folds into thirds, not in half. Thus, it easily stashes away into trunks, the corner of a tight restaurant, or behind your seat on a subway. When we attended a minor league baseball game, all the other parents had to store their strollers across the stadium in a designated area while ours fit nicely under our seat.

The Hungry Travel Daddy and Deacon at a minor league baseball game with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller stored neatly under our seat

The Hungry Travel Daddy and son at a minor league baseball game with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller stored neatly under our seat (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

The Baby Jogger City Tour stroller even comes with a backpack holder so you can carry it onto planes. Yes, it folds down enough to fit into an overhead compartment so you don’t have to wait on the jetway for your stroller with an already squirmy baby.

Even if you drive a compact car, the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller makes a good choice to keep in your trunk. It folds up so small, you'll even be able to add groceries without a problem.

Touring the Wild Turkey Distillery with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

Touring the Wild Turkey Distilling with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

Lightweight, Yet Sturdy

At only 14-pounds, my wife can easily lift the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller one handed if I’m not around to help. This is especially important considering the rest of the bulk that comes along with toddler travel. Also, I have a bad back from multiple car accidents and the weight of the stroller doesn’t bother me when I heave it onto my back in its case.

Since this stroller is so light, be aware that if you strap a heavy diaper bag to the handle and your child gets out, the stroller will topple over. Normally I push the stroller, and my wife takes the diaper bag to due my back injuries. If your diaper bag or backpack is small enough, though, you can stow it below the seat in the storage basket.

I can easily turn the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller one-handed

I can easily turn the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller one-handed (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

Almost the Same Functionality as a Full-Size Stroller

With other compact strollers, you lose the safety and functionality of a normal stroller. We have an umbrella stroller, but I refuse to use it. It doesn’t look like it could support the weight of a teddy bear, let alone a chunky toddler. The Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller, on the other hand, is as sturdy as our full-size stroller.

The seat in the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller also folds to a near flat position. This makes sleeping on the go a snap if our excursion intrudes upon our son's nap time. We just flip the UV 50+ canopy down and he’s out like a light.

Exploring the Rail Trail in Charlotte with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

Exploring the Rail Trail in Charlotte with our Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller (Photo credit: Bryan Richards)

Accessories Available for Purchase

This compact stroller doesn't come with all of the bells and whistles of larger strollers, but you can upgrade your child's ride with Baby Jogger's accessories. For example, the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller doesn't come with a cup holder. As a beer-writer, this is kind of a big deal to me. Meanwhile the folding button is right where you would place your hands to steer the stroller, especially if you are steering the stroller with one hand while your other hand holds a bottle of…water. How am I supposed to hold my favorite IPA if we are navigating a city festival? Thankfully, Baby Jogger does sell a snap-on cup holder separately.

Or you could buy the Baby Jogger Parent Console, which comes equipped with an insulated cup holder, large covered storage pouch and secondary pouch. This console easily attaches to the handlebar.

You can also add a Belly Bar, from which you could dangle stroller toys for you child's entertainment.

A Baby Jogger Weather Guard will keep your child dry in snowy or rainy weather, too.

Why Buy a Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller

I wish we would have had the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller on our disastrous trip to New York City. It would have made exploring city streets, the subway, and life in general so much easier! In reading other reviews, it's obvious that many find the Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller to be a good solution for an every day stroller. If you're like me, you'll want to use this stroller for travel and excursions like festivals, sporting events, theme parks and parades. Plus, it's the perfect stroller to keep in your car since it takes up so little room and is easy to unfold and steer.

The Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller comes in five different colors

The Baby Jogger City Stroller comes in five colors: Onyx, Violet, Juniper, Garnet, and Cobalt (Photos from Amazon.com)

Read additional reviews and buy your own Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller at StrollerDepot.com or Amazon now.

Do you have any questions or comments about the Baby Jogger City Stroller? Let us know in the comments below!

A Note from The Hungry Travel Daddy: This story is sponsored by Baby Jogger. I received a stroller in exchange for this post. Travel Mamas did not receive any other compensation related to this review, but this story does include affiliate links. All opinions are mine, as always – and I totally use the stroller on a weekly basis.

About Bryan Richards, The Hungry Travel Daddy

Bryan Richards began his blog, TheWanderingGourmand.com, to document his culinary adventures with his wife around the world (and around the kitchen). During the first eight years of their marriage, they followed their taste buds across five continents, 20 countries, and 71 cities and drank plenty of beer along the way. Then Deacon was born, and they’re learning how to incorporate their son into their culinary adventures. Currently, Bryan balances his role as stay-at-home dad to a toddler with his novel writing and freelance gigs covering craft beer, food, and travel. Follow his adventures on Twitter and SnapChat as @BRichWrites.

Comments

  1. That stroller looks great! When my kids were little, I looked and looked for one like this that collapsed down to such a manageable size. It would have been so nice!

  2. Strollers are so much cooler nowadays than they were when my kiddos were young! I would’ve loved a stroller like this! My sister-in-law has a little one right now and I bet she would love the stroller.

  3. We have went through several strollers over the years and the right one makes ALL the difference. Great post and looks like a fabulous stroller!

  4. What a great stroller. As someone who doesn’t have kids, but I used to work with kids all the time, I had to deal with a lot of different strollers. I love ones that fold up, offer conveniences like cup holders, and have plenty of room for the child to sit up or lay down. There are people that bring 80 pound huge jogger strollers on buses that make it hard to get around them, even with them folded. I love how compact this stroller is once folded!

  5. I wish the strollers had been this amazing when my kids were babies! They were such a hassle back then. I have a couple of friends who need to know about this one. Thanks!

  6. I wish I would have known about this easy stroller a few years ago! Finding a good travel stroller seemed near to impossible a few years ago. I hated lugging a huge stroller through the airport, hotel and car rental! Thanks for the review! I’ll have to share this with my new mom friends!

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I have one of these and love it too. My son is about to graduate out of it though since he is now 5!

  8. My daughter is expecting our first grandchild this summer. The Baby Jogger City Tour Stroller would be perfect gift for her baby shower. It has all the features that we were looking for.

  9. I really like how compact this stroller is. I wish I had this when my daughter was younger.

  10. We have a new baby coming in December. This looks like the perfect stroller for baby Declan!

  11. This is just the kind of versatile stroller you’d need for travel. It’s really nice that it’s sturdy and can be compact when you need it to be!

  12. Having a stroller that works while traveling is a MUST! I just love traveling and attending events. My son loved his stroller and was sad when he out grew it!

  13. Our littles are all grown now. It’s crazy to see how far strollers have come! I love the features that the city tour stroller has. Will share this with my expecting friends.

  14. This stroller looks pretty much perfect! I wish I had a lightweight stroller like this one for travel. I remember lugging my stroller up stairs one time while carrying a baby on the other hip. That was not a fun day!

  15. I have a 2 year-old who’s still in the stroller but new baby gear make me want more. lol Love how comfy this stroller looks on top of all the features you mentioned. 🙂

  16. Ra'Nesha says:

    Solid review plus the little is a perk lol. I’ve heard great things about the Baby Jogger Stroller most importantly safety first.

  17. My sister has a baby but she is 7 years old not. is this stroller that much big to carry a 7 years child? Daughter of my sister is bit healthy child.

  18. The product specs say the stroller holds up to 45 pounds. However, I would think the seat would be a tight squeeze for a 7 yr old. Check out their web site for larger strollers. https://www.babyjogger.com/en-US

  19. Any issues with the seat depth? Or harness? So many reviewers on the Baby Jogger site are complaining about how easily the child could slide out? Do you think the belly bar is a must-have? Thanks!

    • Our son is on the skinny side, so we haven’t had any issues. Remember, this is a compact stroller that I would deem for travel only. I wouldn’t use it as my every day stroller. Thus, some things are smaller. With that said, he has never slid out nor do I fear he would. If you’re concerned due to the size of your child, then I would suggest the belly bar.

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