I recently received this question from a reader. It's a good one, and I thought it would be useful to share the answer
I am flying back East and will be gate checking my stroller. I am traveling with two kids and have one layover. I need my stroller to get the two kids between flights. I'm curious if people have found stroller travel bags a good idea? Sounds difficult, but maybe is good to protect your stroller? Let me know you experience. Thanks!
Here is my response:
Most airlines consider strollers and car seats to be fragile items and will not reimburse you for damage that happens when a stroller or car seat is checked. One way to avoid this is to travel with an inexpensive umbrella stroller or a small stroller, like the Quinny Zapp that fits in the overhead bin.
A stroller bag, as you point out, is another great way to protect your stroller (or car seat). I particularly like (and own) the heavy duty Maclaren Buggy Bag Single Carbon. With this bag, there's enough space to stuff in heavy jackets or other items that you don't need in-flight. It also works well as a cover for kid-carrier backpack. That said, it is large, and best suited for trips where you plan to check your stroller at the baggage check instead of bringing it to the gate.
A less expensive and lighter weight alternative is the Gate Check Umbrella Stroller Bag
Finally, you can consider one of my favorite travel-light options. Just fold up a large garbage bag in your carry on bag, and when you get to the gate put your stroller inside and knot it. It's not as heavy duty as a purchased stroller bag, but it will afford you some protection from damage and grime and you can use the bag for trash when your trip is finished.
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