To Bring a Stroller?

To my surprise, there is not a lot online in terms of backpacking in less developed countries with babies. Are we crazy? My favorite article that I found was by Jennifer Blyer in the New York Times, “Traveling in Southeast Asia With a Rock-Star Baby.” I read the article when it was first published and it was a real inspiration for me. But it was lacking practical tips. My biggest question: should we bring a stroller or just a baby carrier? A few travel forums I found suggested that the lack of sidewalks and bad roads in a lot of southeast Asia make a stroller useless. We recently invested in a Deuter baby carrier with a back system for hiking in Israel, so we thought of taking that. Or we can take our Ergo baby carrier which folds up pretty small, but it’s not as comfortable for Eden to sit in on the all-day treks we plan on doing. The idea of being stroller-less as at times when we have our backpacks on our backs is daunting. Maybe a super light-weight stroller that we can easily fold up and sling over our backs when we are in transi?. In the day-to-day here in Jerusalem, we use the UppaBaby G-Lite and we love it. It weighs nearly nothing, has an excellent sun canopy and folds very easily. And Eden sleeps in it all the time, even though it doesn’t recline. But would it hold up on a backpacking trip? Any tips from seasoned backpacking parents out there?
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3 comments

  1. angelica

    i just stumbled on your site hoping for answers to the exact same question you posed! we are about to trek through SAE with a 20 month old and 6 yr old. The question is whether to take our ergo (hot & sweaty? it’s summer…), our light mclaren stroller, or invest in an osprey poco backpack ($180 approx). Would love to hear what you decided and how it went? Any tips after the trip? Thanks!!

    • alexandrafl

      We ended up taking the G-Lite stroller and the Ergo. I was really happy we had both. We definitely used the stroller A LOT in the cities and even in villages. When we trekked, we used the Ergo. The Ergo folded up well inot our backpacks and the stroller is so light, we were able to just sling it over our backpacks using the carry-strap. If possible, I would reccomend taking both. It allows you the most flexibility. Happy to answer any other questions you have. Safe travels!

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