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This is the dilemma that most parents with young children may have; whether they should take a pram or not while on a family holiday. When going away with my eldest, I only ever took a pram as I did not use a carrier with him. However, with my youngest son, I have taken a carrier with us on pretty much all our holidays. Deciding whether or not to take a pram can be difficult to decide, so I have come up with a few checklist questions to help you decide.


Hohensalzburg Fortress

Car..take a pram?

If you are going on holiday or travelling by car you would more than likely have space to put a pushchair – unless you take everything including the kitchen sink! You could do what I did in Bahrain and see how your child goes and if they struggle then buy one while you are away. Then either bring it back or ditch it before you return home.

Car…take a carrier?

Even if you are going in a car, a carrier does come in handy. When we have travelled by ferry I have left the pram in the car and put the youngest in a carrier. This meant I could walk up and down the ferry, take him outside and not have to lug around the pram. It also means on days out, that you can keep it in the car and decide when you are out and about if you want to use the carrier or not. A carrier has now become one of my must have essentials for a family holiday.

Toddler at Palmitos Park

Flying…take a pram?

For flying it’s a more difficult choice as its extra luggage to take with you – although most airlines will let you take the pushchair free of charge (check with your airlines first!) In my opinion it isn’t difficult to get your pram through security or around the airport. You will more than likely though have to take your child out of the pram to get through security as they normally ask you to fold the pushchair. Which can be a pain if they are sleeping.

Once through security, you can take the pushchair all the way up to the plane door and you then collect it at either the plane door upon arrival or at baggage reclaim – check with the airline staff which it will be. If you don’t mind not using the pushchair at the airport then you can check it in at the desk before heading through security.

Flying…take a carrier?

I have used our Boba 4G carrier at the airport which did indeed come in handy. However, be aware that you may have to take your baby/child out of the carrier to go through security. One occasion my youngest had fallen fast asleep and I just had to get patted down (I don’t think this is the norm, but I must have had the look on my face and they decided not to ask me to remove him).

Toddler in pram
Little K posing

Other things to consider:

What will the terrain be like?

When you are out and about a pram may not be ideal if the places you are going have rough grounds. Cobbled streets can be a pain for parents and children with how bumpy it can get.

Nap time?

If you little one still takes a nap where will they sleep? Are they used to sleeping in a pram or carrier? Or are you lucky and you have a child that will sleep anywhere?


What will you be doing while on holiday? Walking around town? Going sightseeing? Hiking? Doing more extreme activities? Think about what you will be doing and try and decide if you will need a pram, carrier or both.

Back carrier comes in handy
Baby carrier comes in handy onboard

Final decision?

Are you any closer to deciding? Do you have a preference for one over the other? Well for me with my youngest son I take both a pram and a carrier. I tend to find both come in very handy when out on a holiday that leaving one behind just doesn’t make sense for me.  Although on a family cycling holiday there is no point in a pram as we cannot use it during the day. This is where a carrier comes in much more useful!

Top Tip: I would, however, recommend not taking your expensive pram in case it was damaged by the airport staff. Taking a lightweight umbrella fold pram would be much more beneficial. 

Have you ever taken your pram with you or did you decide to leave it at home?

Should you take a pram on a family holiday or for family travel?

First Published April 2015

About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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1 Comment

  1. We bought a cheap stroller to take away when we went abroad flying. Our daughter was able to sit up and whilst it wasn’t as comfy as her normal, more expensive one at home, we found it a god send when we were away. She would sit in her pram at restaurants etc and as she didnt like to walk far it avoided all of the unnecessary gripes about hurting feet etc. A great post, we have posted baby product reviews if you care to take a look.

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