As you can imagine, a cargo bay is not especially clean and strollers may have to be transported through rain or snow.
Travel bags protect strollers from germs and grime that may accumulate during travel, giving the parents peace of mind as they utilize their strollers at their new destination.
So, after extensive research into the key factors essential to a great stroller bag, and after several hours of interaction with moms of experience (including my own), here is the list of top stroller travel bags this year.
|Best Stroller Travel Bags||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|Minnebaby Stroller Travel Bag||Lightweight design is both durable and practical for travel||♥♥♥♥♥|
|J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag for Standard and Double Strollers||Inexpensive and popular choice for traveling parents||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Gate Check Pro XL Gate Check Bag for Strollers||Extra large size fits a wide variety of strollers||♥♥♥♥♥|
|VolkGo Durable Stroller Bag||Waterproof material offers durable protection to strollers during travel||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Zohzo Stroller Travel Bag||Zippered design with supported base withstands stress from baggage handlers||♥♥♥♥♥|
|KangoKids Orange Stroller Travel Bag||Bright color makes this bag easy to find||♥♥♥♥♥|
Best Stroller Bags for Travel
J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag for Standard & Double Strollers
One of the most popular stroller travel bags is the J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag for Standard & Double Strollers.
According to their website, this family-owned business was one of the first companies to recognize the need for stroller and carseat covers during travel. In turn, as a forerunner in the travel accessory market, J.L. Childress has several stroller travel bags to choose from.
This particular bag, available in three different colors, is designed to be compatible with most single or double strollers on the market. You can check their website for a comprehensive list of compatible strollers.
Comprised of a lightweight, waterproof fabric, this bag is designed to keep germs, grime, and liquids away from the stroller. The bag arrives in a small elastic pouch and unfolds to reveal a very roomy sack.
After folding the stroller, the bag can be slipped over the stroller and the drawstring lock pulled tight. Two handles on the side of the bag allow you to hold it off to the side like a suitcase or pull it up over one shoulder.
This stroller bag also has reinforced seams and handles and features a large blank label for easy labeling. Sitting at a lower price point makes this bag a favorite for many customers.
What Real Customers Are Saying
Most parents who have purchased the J.L. Childress Gate Check Bag have really enjoyed it.
Its simplistic design makes it easy to slide on and off the stroller. With a little practice, some users were able to secure their strollers at the flight gate in 30 seconds or less.
Another favorite feature was how compact the bag was for easy storage. If you have to travel with limited space, this kind of design is a huge plus.
Several moms mentioned that it successfully kept their strollers dry through both snow and rain. The bag is also super easy to wash after travel.
Not all users loved this bag. However, sitting at a lower price point, some parents felt that the material used to make the bags was too thin.
While it held up against water, some families said the durability was not ideal.
While the brand specifies that this bag is not intended to be used through baggage check but rather as a gate check, it is hard to determine just how rough the baggage handlers will be with your stroller. Some parents expressed that the bag ripped after just 1 trip while others got 2-3 trips in before seams ripped or tears occurred. Others have used it dozens of times without any incidents.
Checking to make sure the bag is compatible with your stroller would be important and could affect how well this stroller bag holds up during travel. Some parents still purchased the bag again, even after experiencing tears, since it sits at a lower price point.
For those traveling with a smaller umbrella stroller instead of a jogging stroller or a travel system stroller, for example, J.L. Childress offers this Gate Check Bag for Single Umbrella Strollers. Made of the same material and design, this bag only differs in size and features a smaller carrying handle.
VolkGo Durable Stroller Bag
If you are needing a lot of coverage, the VolkGo Stroller Bag may be the bag for you.
One of the larger stroller bags on the market, the VolkGo stroller bag measures 47(H) x 24(W) x 18 inches. This ginormous size is ideal for users with double strollers.
Made of high grade nylon, this bag is both waterproof and machine washable.
Ideal for both gate check and bag check situations, the VolkGo bag simply unrolls from its small carrier pouch and slides over the stroller. The top enclosure is cinched tight with a locking drawstring and covered over with a small overlapping flap.
One thing that is unique to the VolkGo bag is its dual carry design. The bag features two handles on the side of the bag for a “suitcase” style carry. Or, the bag also has padded straps that allow it to be carried like a backpack.
The bag also has a large name logo on the front of the bag for easy labeling.
What Real Customers Are Saying
For parents with large strollers and/or double strollers, this extra-large bag was a dream come true. Several mentioned having a hard time finding bags to fit their gear and this one met their needs.
Other moms mentioned that after buying several brands of stroller bags, the fabric of the VolkGo bag seemed a lot stronger compared to other brands. This probably explains why it is sitting on the affordable-but-higher end of the price market.
The black color hides dirt and marks well and users didn’t seem to have a problem machine washing it (air drying recommended).
The extra-large size can also have some drawbacks, however. Several users who had standard strollers said that the extra room in the bag was a real pain to work around.
Other users mentioned that because the bag was so roomy, they tried putting more than one item inside (i.e. a car seat and a stroller). While the bag has the capacity for it, this makes for a very awkward carry. Some luggage attendants do not allow this as well.
In several of those cases, the bag experienced more wear and tear as well. Having the extra space does not necessarily mean you should try and fill it as this puts more tension on the seams and handles. Also, extra room can make for a tricky carry. For example, unless your stroller fits snugly into the bag, it will sag slightly as you carry it.
Since the bag is already nearly 4 ft. tall, it leaves the potential (depending on one’s height), to still drag on the ground, bang uncomfortably into the legs, or strain your back to lift it off the ground in a side carry. No one wants that extra struggle. However, in the majority of cases, parents don’t usually have to carry their stroller for very long (either down to the gate or from the car to the baggage claim).
Since the extra-large size is a must-have for some families, this bag is still a great find if you have a large or extra-large stroller.
Zohzo Stroller Travel Bag
The Zohzo Stroller Travel Bag is a great choice for traveling moms.
Compatible with most major brands, this stroller bag can cover most single and double strollers (actual dimensions are 41 x 21 x 13.5 inches).
Made of a light but durable fabric, this stroller bag is both water-resistant and tear-resistant. Keeping in mind that travel can be very tough on any baby accessories, the Zohzo stroller bag offers an extra layer of protection for your stroller.
The main compartment can be closed with the double wrap-around zipper and then cinched tight with two adjustable buckles. The bottom of the bag features small plastic grips as well to keep the bag from sliding unnecessarily.
As an added bonus, this bag offers a smaller handle on the top as well as a removable shoulder sling.
Sitting slightly below the average price point, this bag is an ideal, versatile stroller bag.
What Real Customers Are Saying
For most users, this bag was a perfect fit for their needs. Many users loved the extra security of the adjustable buckles and how it took away the extra bulkiness for those with smaller strollers.
According to several users, the bag held up well during their travels and no one had issues with their strollers getting wet.
A few users said their bag sustained abrasions to the surface from rough use but only a small percentage actually experienced a tear. While the fabric does not feel super thick, other parents said it was worth the few extra dollars for the stronger material (compared to bags like the J.L. Childress Gate Check Stroller Bag).
It might be important to note that this bag does not feature a built in name label so it would be advisable to label your stroller bag on your own. The black color hides a lot of the grime from travel and though its a little bulkier, it is washable.
All in all, the vast majority of moms who used this bag recommended it to others.
KangoKids Stroller Travel Bag
For users travelling with a single stroller, the KangoKids Stroller Travel Bag is a great option.
Made of bright orange material, this bag is easy to spot in a line-up. The lightweight material is water-resistant and washable. Like many other strollers, the bag can be rolled up and stored in the attached pouch when not in use.
When ready to be used, the bag slides over the stroller and can be closed with two drawstrings. An extra flap comes over the remaining opening and is velcroed to the front of the bag. The bag has a single handle on the front for a side carry or it can be carried by the adjustable backpack straps.
While this bag is compatible with many of the leading stroller brands on the market, KangoKids strongly encourages parents to measure their strollers or check their website for compatibility before purchasing the bag. The bag measures in at 43 (L) x 19.6 (W) x 11.8 inches. The average jogging stroller wheel measures somewhere between 12 and 24 inches. Many of these wheels are easily detached and reassembled, but this would be valuable to know before travel.
On the bright side however, this travel bag is situated on the lower end of the price scale making it a less stressful investment.
What Real Customers Are Saying
Overall, this bag received fairly positive reviews from verified users.
Many moms loved the bright color and the compact design when the stroller bag was not in use.
Several users also enjoyed the double drawstring enclosure, as it made them feel more secure about the bag not opening during use. The extra flap with Velcro was an added bonus.
While KangoKids has accumulated a fairly comprehensive list of compatible strollers, several moms still found that their stroller did not fit after they purchased the bag. Taking the time to check the website and/or measure your folded stroller will save a lot of frustration.
In addition, while the bag is bright in color, it does not feature a name logo. It’s easy to label your bag with a personal name tag but this is a matter of preference.
It should also be noted that the backpack straps are not padded. Adjustable straps are great but without padding, these could get REALLY uncomfortable if you have to cart your stroller around for any length of time. This is also affected by the weight of your stroller but it could be helpful to know this before purchasing.
Many users felt like the bag held up well to the stresses of travel and the company seemed to do a good job of providing refunds and replacements where appropriate.
So, as long as your single stroller will fit, this bag could be a good choice.
Stroller Travel Bag for Airplane Gate Check
The ReperKid Stroller Travel Bag is a one-size-fits-all stroller bag.
Available in a few different sizes, the bag featured here is their largest, most versatile option.
Measuring 47 x 15 x 24 inches, this large nylon bag can encase virtually any single or double stroller.
The high strength nylon material is also 100% waterproof.
Essentially designed as a large duffel, the top of the bag cinches together with a drawstring and is then covered with an extra flap that buckles over the opening. This bag also features two handles. A smaller handle located at the front of the pack allows the user to carry it like a suitcase or the bag can can be carried like a backpack with the two adjustable, padded straps.
The bag also has a small ID card insert so that bag can be labeled and claimed appropriately.
When not in use, the bag folds up into a small pouch for easy transport and storage.
What Real Customers Are Saying
On the plus side, most users who purchased this stroller bag felt that it met their needs.
Though the material seems light, most parents felt that it held up fairly well to the strains of travel. Its extra large size makes it possible to cover even the bulkiest of strollers.
This large size comes with downsides too. Some moms mentioned that they wished the bag had a way to cinch in the excess material so it wasn’t so bulky around their smaller strollers. The extra bulk can make it harder to maneuver.
In addition, as the base of the bag is not supported or framed in, the stroller bag does not help the stroller stay upright. It should be noted that very few stroller bags have this feature. If the stroller has a stand-alone feature however, this should not present an issue.
As one user noted, while the material itself is waterproof, the top opening is NOT completely sealed (just a cinch strap with a flap over top). While most users did not experience any issues with their strollers getting wet, there is a slight chance that water can seep through the opening flap though these would have to be pretty extenuating circumstances.
This bag functions well for airline travel as it is easy to slide on and off the stroller and easy to label for both checked luggage situations and gate check procedures.
At a middle-of-the-market price, the ReperKid stroller bag is a great solution for many families.
Compono Stroller Travel Bag
The Compono Stroller Travel Bag is hands down the largest stroller bag on the market, measuring in at 48 inches tall, 25 inches wide, and 19 inches deep.
Made of a nylon and polyester blend, this bag is also sealed from the inside for a total waterproof package.
On one side of the bag, there are two cloth handles and one shoulder sling with a movable shoulder pad on the back of the bag. The opening of the bag has two drawstrings to cinch it tight and then an overlapping flap that is secured by Velcro to the front of the bag.
On the inside of the flap is a small pocket for securing the extra drawstring cords. This flap also houses a pocket for a removable name label.
When not in use, this bag can be rolled up into a zippered pouch.
While not an extravagant price, this bag is more expensive than most of its comparable counterparts.
What Real Customers Are Saying
All in all, parents who purchased this brand felt that the material was much stronger and durable than other brands.
It’s ginormous size was a favorite feature for families with larger strollers and double strollers, though some still had to remove wheels to allow the bag to close. Many users used this bag to house multiple strollers/car seats instead of buying separate bags for each.
Though most users gave this bag a high rating, the majority of them experienced tears during their travel.
Some users said the carrying handles were awkwardly placed as well. For example, the side handles are too far apart to hold with one hand. This means if you wanted to hold it from the side, you would either have to drag it or use 2 hands to hold it directly in front of you or twist awkwardly to carry it next to you.
The shoulder strap could remedy this, but unless it goes over your head, shoulder slings are a little more work to keep in place. Once again, very few people have to carry a stroller bag for long but this could be helpful information before buying.
On another note, even users who liked the bag commented that it is nigh impossible to roll it back up into the zippered pouch, and if you can, it requires a lot of floor space (a.k.a not the airport floor). An empty bag isn’t so hard to throw into the bottom of the stroller but is a good reality to keep in mind if you would prefer to roll it up right away.
Minnebaby Stroller Travel Bag
The Minnebaby Stroller Travel Bag for Airplane is another excellent choice for an extra large stroller bag.
With the exact same dimensions as the VolkGo stroller bag (47x24x18 inches), this bag has an enormous capacity. It can cover and contain almost any standard or double stroller on the market without having to remove the wheels. They also offer a fairly comprehensive list of compatible strollers on their website.
Made of high-quality black nylon, the bag hides dirt and grime well during travel and can easily be machine washed when necessary. The nylon material makes this bag waterproof as well.
When not in use, the bag can be rolled into a small attached pouch that measures just under a foot.
When it comes time to use the bag at a baggage check or gate check for example, after sliding the bag over the stroller, the top opening can be pulled shut with a drawstring. To ensure that water doesn’t enter the small opening, an additional flap is secured over the opening with a buckle that can be pulled tight.
Once the bag is closed, it offers two carrying methods: a rubber encased carrying handle on the front of the bag or two padded backpack straps for a hand-free hold.
Complete with an easy-to-spot orange trimming and a large name logo, this bag is definitely worth its value since it sits on the lower end of the price market for stroller bags.
What Real Customers Are Saying
Out of the users that reviewed this item, no one had anything negative to say about it. Compared to other extra-large models, this bag offers more support and held up extremely well during travel.
The rubber handle on the front is a unique feature to this design, as many other bags simply offer thin cloth straps that make it more uncomfortable to grip over time. In addition to the backpack straps, the Minnebag also has a chest strap for added support. This helps disperse the weight and stabilize the bag as you carry it.
While the nylon material used in the Minnebaby design is actually rated weaker on the cloth scale, the design of the bag seems to actually be stronger than some of its other counterparts. Double-stitched and reinforced seams allow the bag to carry a great deal of weight and no one has yet experienced any tears due to travel.
With its lower price point, this stroller bag is a great buy for any family traveling with a stroller.
Gate Check Pro XL Stroller Travel Bag
The Gate Check Pro XL is another XL stroller bag option.
Measuring in at 47 (L) x 26 (W) x 17 inches, this bag can house some of the biggest strollers on the market.
Made of ballistic nylon (a lightweight material originally designed for use by aircraft personnel in WW2), this bag is waterproof, machine washable, and stain-resistant. Both the travel pouch and the unfolded bag feature a large name logo for easy labeling during travel.
Once unfolded, the bag slides easily over the stroller frame and can be pulled closed with a drawstring. As the company specializes in airplane travel accessories, the bag is designed with two padded backpack straps for a hands-free carry.
Sitting at a slightly higher price point that its comparable counterparts, the bag is still very reasonably priced and easy to purchase.
What Real Customers Are Saying
Many traveling parents gave the Gate Check Pro excellent reviews.
Several users mentioned that the bag is designed for large strollers (double and triple strollers) or for travel systems (i.e. standard stroller with car seat attached). Users who tried to use the bag for standard single strollers felt slightly frustrated by the extra space. While this scenario still protects the bag, several moms mentioned its just harder to maneuver the bag when it has lots of extra space in it.
Most users said the bag held up reasonably well during travel but acknowledged that this is greatly affected by how it is treated by the baggage handlers.
Perhaps one of the greatest features of this bag is actually the customer service. This bag comes with 100% Lifetime Money Back Guarantee and several users said they were faithful to that claim.
A couple of moms complained that they couldn’t fully close the drawstring enclosure. While their strollers were not damaged during use, the company voluntarily followed up and ensured them the issue would be fixed with future models.
Several other users received replacement bags when theirs were torn or damaged. Many users appreciated this extra level of support and consideration from the company.
Overall, this bag was recommended for families with large double or triple strollers or those who wished to travel with a whole stroller travel system (stroller and car seat together in one bag). If, however, you are looking to travel with a single standard stroller, it might be best to look for a smaller stroller bag.
Oowap Stroller Travel Bag
The Oowap Stroller Travel Bag is another backpack style stroller bag.
Made of black nylon material, the bag features neon green straps and a large name logo for easy identification. The bag cinches tight with a drawstring at the top and is sealed from the air with an overlapping flap that Velcros into place.
The bag is both washable and water-resistant and features double-stitched seams for security and durability. The bag has a green cloth front handle as well as the padded, adjustable backpack straps.
When not in use, the bag can be rolled or folded into a small zipper pouch for easy transport and storage.
Oowap also offers a 100% money-back guarantee should issues arise. Sitting right in the middle of the price market, this bag is a very reasonable purchase.
What Real Customers Are Saying
For its price, this bag proved very useful for many parents.
Compared to other stroller bags, this bag experienced about the same amount of tearing from travel. Tearing often has more to do with how the bag is handled than how durable the fabric is.
The spacious bag was loved by some and proved a frustration to others. Travelers who wanted to place a stroller and car seat together in the bag loved this design. Carrying these two items together, however, can be a bit cumbersome.
Moms that had a smaller stroller or just one standard stroller felt that the extra space in the bag made it more difficult to carry since there was no way to cinch in the extra material. If, however, you have a double stroller or want to transport a jogging stroller with large wheels, this bag is worth the buy so you don’t have to disassemble wheels at the airport.
Like most of its large counterparts, this bag takes some work to get it back into the zippered pouch and many advised not attempting this feat in the airport.
The middle of the road price point is a bonus, especially for families that like the bag and wish to replace it after having the misfortune of it ripping from rough handling.
Brand Specific Options
Many stroller companies offer brand-specific stroller travel bags. These bags are generally better suited to each individual stroller. This can be a great route to take with your stroller.
Some important things to note would be that these brand-specific bags are generally better made and fit more snug around the stroller. They are also more expensive.
Even the best made stroller bags sustain damage during travel so this should be considered when making your decision. However, here are some of the most popular brand-specific stroller bags.
How We Selected Stroller Travel Bags
There is a huge variety of stroller travel bags but not all bags are created equal.
After scouring the market for the best travel stroller bags, I determined that several key factors were vital to a great stroller travel bag. It needs to be:
- Versatile enough to fit a wide range of stroller makes and models
- Able to stand up to the strain of baggage handling
- Washable and hopefully stain resistant and waterproof
- Reasonably priced
By taking a few key concepts into consideration, we were able to narrow in on the best stroller travel bags on the market this year. Here’s what we gave the most weight when considering the options.
The best stroller travel bags will hold up well to the strain of baggage handling and cargo bays.
Much of how a stroller bag fares is due to how the baggage personnel handle it. For example, there isn’t much you can do if a baggage handler drags your stroller in its bag across the pavement. The best materials would struggle under that pressure.
However, the stroller travel bags listed here are ones that have held up well for many travelers.
All of the bags listed are also tested against water damage and proved helpful at keeping unwanted elements off of strollers.
2. Versatile/Easy to Use
A great looking bag is nothing if its a pain to use or can only fit one specific stroller.
This list of the best stroller travel bags is made up a variety of sizes of bags but all of them can fit a wide variety of stroller brands and models. No matter what type of stroller you own, you will find a stroller bag in this list that will meet your needs.
In addition, each of these bags is fairly simple to use. Moms with experience recommend practicing a little before you need the bag for travel, but once familiar with the process, each of these bags can slide on and off easily. Travel can be stressful enough. A travel stroller bag should not add to your stress.
If you are wondering what strollers would be best for travel, here are some of the most popular options:
- All-terrain strollers that can be taken to variety of locations
- Strollers for Disney parks (meet the new size requirements)
- Lightweight strollers that are easy to carry
FAQs About Stroller Travel Bags
Do I need a travel bag for my stroller?
There is no law or regulation that requires individuals to have a stroller travel bag.
However, when traveling by plane for example, airlines require strollers to be checked at the ticket booth or at the boarding gate.
Most parents prefer to use the stroller in the airport and check it at the boarding gate (this is also recommended by frequent travelers who say that these baggage handlers tend to be more respectful of your stroller than checking them at the ticket counter).
Many stroller travel bags have built-in name logos, however, it is advisable to label your stroller bag and slide your stroller into the bag just before boarding the plane. In addition, make sure that the gate check label from the airline is also visible.
So, though it is not required, a stroller travel bag is highly recommended.
How do I protect my stroller when flying?
Use a stroller travel bag to protect your stroller from unnecessary harm and dirt. Stroller travel bags are usually water-resistant and take the brunt of knocks and scuffs instead of your stroller.
Though airline personnel is usually fairly respectful of gate-checked items, a stroller travel bag can save your stroller from rain, snow, or the disgusting grime of the cargo bay.
Simple to slide on and off in airport terminal, a stroller travel bag is the best way to protect your stroller during travel.
How does a stroller travel bag work?
While specific instructions are unique to each bag, a stroller travel bag simply slides over or around your stroller and encases it completely from anything on the outside.
All stroller bags require that the stroller be folded before use. Once folded, it is usually advised to lay the stroller on its side and slide the stroller travel bag onto the stroller so that wheels are at the bottom of the bag.
As many strollers have a stand-alone feature, this allows the stroller to stand freely should you need to let go of it for a moment during travel.
Each bag has its own closing mechanism to protect it from water and dirt as well.
If all goes smoothly, you should receive your stroller back without any scuffs or breaks and you can wash the gross off of your stroller bag at your earliest convenience.
All in all, I would recommend the Minnebaby Stroller Travel Bag for Airplane as the best stroller travel bag.
As one of the highest-rated stroller bags by verified users, this bag holds up well to the stresses of travel. While it is large enough to hold a double stroller, the bag is designed with cinching straps that pull in the extra bulk around smaller strollers. The rubberized handle is another unique design to this brand and exponentially more comfortable to hold in comparison to other handles.
Finally, the bag also has padded backpack straps that can be adjusted to the user’s personal comfort. Though several great stroller travel bags also have this carry feature, Minnebaby is the only brand to also feature an adjustable chest strap. This not only disperses the weight of the stroller but also stabilizes it while carrying.
To top it all off, the Minnebag stroller travel bag is very reasonably priced and affordable.
While any of the stroller bags listed here would be excellent buys, the Minnebaby stands out with another level of consideration and excellence.