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I don’t travel with a stroller

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I don’t travel internationally with a stroller

It is considered essential baby gear in the US, and if you don’t have one in the airport you are definitely in the minority. On my travels, I have seen loads of parents using strollers, but I still don’t travel with one.

At first, it wasn’t that big of a decision. Petra was small and light and a stroller seemed bulky and heavy. I couldn’t understand why anyone would choose to spend time trying to unfold and refold this piece of equipment and fight to buckle baby in when they could just hold her in their arms or in a baby carrier, like our Ergo Baby Carrier.

But now that Petra is almost 10 kilos I considered bucking up and getting a stroller, but there is still a big flaw in their usage:

In order to use a stroller, you need a reasonably flat, safe ground. The sidewalks in all the countries we have traveled to so far with Petra just don’t cut it.

The sidewalks of Central America and the Caribbean tend to be too narrow, have steps in them every 15 feet and/or are all busted up, if they exist at all. This means I would have to take my baby in her stroller into the streets which are also often far too narrow to even accommodate traffic, and are still all busted up.

Stroller

Though I have seen both tourists and locals do this, I don’t trust the drivers enough to think it is a safe alternative to drive my baby in the streets in nothing but a stroller.

Maybe I will change my tune if we travel somewhere else that has flat and safe sidewalks or if Petra simply gets too sick of riding in my arms or on my back. But, for now, it just doesn’t seem worth it to travel with a stroller.

Baby travel gear

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About the Author:

After traveling on her own for three or four years, Chaya met up with Wade Shepard, the editor of VagabondJourney.com. They were married in 2009, and continue to travel the world together with their young daughter. From time to time Chaya blogs about family travel and life on the road. has written 102 posts on Vagabond Journey. Contact the author.

Chaya Shepard is currently in: Xiamen, China