If you follow me in other places, then you know that I am the broken record of the baby industry when it comes to telling people to travel with their kids. I love sharing my family’s adventures, tips and the gear that made it all easier in hopes that it will help other families have even more enjoyable family travels.
I was in Los Angeles for work recently and decided to bring the entire family. Even me, the family travel pusher, thought this was ambitious because during the days my husband had both kids and we spent the evenings together. I have to give him a public hug for this one because all of us know that spending the entire day with kids can be incredibly difficult at home. Now throw in a hotel room and less toys than they're used to and it can get crazier. But, he did it, didn't complain and the kids had an amazing time. As usual, I consider myself incredibly lucky.
Part of the reason why I have so many different strollers and gear items is so I can test them myself in real-life situations. That gives me the ability to talk about the products first-hand to help customers make the absolute best educated decision for their own lifestyle.
Over the years we usually take our Bugaboo Cameleon or Orbit G3 on trips. Between the ages of 2 and 3, we used a Mamas & Papas Armadillo stroller for our son when we traveled. Our daughter is only a year and we absolutely love all 3 of the above strollers, but we wanted to try something new. Plus, if I’m being completely honest – I straight up had to have the Diesel Rock Studded Bugaboo Bee3. I seriously coveted it the way I would an amazing purse or shoes. I'm just happy I have a child of stroller age because I'd look pretty silly pushing nothing around town.
Clearly my obsession with the aesthetic is not unusual because over the course of the week, 5 different people stopped us to ask about the stroller and wondered if it was custom.
My first experience with the Bee 3 was great! It is incredibly easy to open, close and put in and out of the car. Our Nuna Pipa snapped on with the adapters without a hitch. There was plenty of storage in the basket and as long as the baby was in the stroller, the bag hung well on the handlebar without tipping. Since our diaper bags are packed to the max, we're those dingbats that take our kids out and as we lift, the stroller flips eliciting shrieks of panic from passerbys, until they realize the baby is in our arms.
My daughter loved how upright she was able to sit and the fact that she could see everything with the more open sides. The Comfort Wheeled Board snapped on and off with ease for my son when his little legs got tired.
We have the Bugaboo Comfort Transport Bag for our Cameleon 3, but we wanted to try the lighter and smaller Compact Travel Bag for the Bee3. When I travel again by plane, I’ll take the Comfort Transport bag instead. In the airport we like to put the car seat on the stroller and put the seat in the bag. When we get to the gate we put the frame inside, check it and bring our car seat on board. The Compact Travel Bag is not structured (so it definitely cannot be luggage checked) and it also does not have its own wheels (it uses the stroller wheels when the frame is in the bag) and it isn’t a backpack. So going through the airport was somewhat challenging for us since it just had to be carried. The Comfort Transport Bag has its own wheels, is more padded and structured, so it makes more sense for the way that we travel. If you are deciding which to purchase, consider what your trips will look like before making that decision.
Something I love about Bugaboo is that they have an accessory for every situation that you could possible need or want. You can see we have not 1, but 2 cup holders on both of our strollers. We're also huge fans of the mosquito net (not shown in our photos) - for bug protection and to keep nosy strangers at bay.
Wherever your family adventures take you, I hope they are all safe, happy, fun and of course, in style.