Every once in a while, you see something, and are like... yes. This could make my life easier. Ha! My friend Christina sent me a TikTok video (because of course it was on TikTok!!) of someone unpacking their Pockit travel stroller and it blew my mind. She knew we had our first trip that included a flight with our toddler coming up, and that I was really nervous for it. Spoiler- we made it, and... this stroller was a big help. So, I thought in case it helps any traveling mamas out there I would share my learnings, the pros and cons and a few tips with the GB Pockit stroller. We purchased the all-terrain gb pockit stroller, so my notes are on that model. They have several options available and there may be a better option depending on your needs.
About the GB Pockit Stroller
The magic thing about this stroller is that it literally folds down and can fit under your mop airplane seat. It could also fit in an overhead compartment, but I just put it under my son's seat for each flight and that worked perfectly, even when we were on a smaller plane on the way home. It's a nice little umbrella stroller for travel and you don't have to worry about the airline destroying your primary stroller during the flight. Plus, you don't have to wait indefinitely on the jet bridge for your stroller with a squirming toddler.
I feel like by watching a few videos and reading the instructions it's pretty self-explanatory, but I do have a few tips to share for unpacking and using the stroller that may be helpful.
- Make sure there is nothing in the under storage section of the stroller. Yes this is obvious... by when you're about to board the rental car shuttle or are trying to get your toddler through the boarding line it's a nice thing to keep top of mind.
- To collapse or shake out the stroller you have to press and hold the button that's on the handle of the stroller. It won't fold up or extend if you're not pressing and holding.
- Add a strap! I saw one other mom at the airport with this stroller and she showed me that she had added a strap onto hers so that she could carry it on her back. I thought that was brilliant!
- Split the cost with a mom friend. I have a few mom friends who we share and rotate travel items with. There are some bigger purchases that make travel more convenient, and splitting up the cost definitely helps!
- There are other travel accessories like a rain cover, carseat adapter or a bag- depending on your needs this could be helpful. I skipped the bag because I didn't want the extra step of un and repacking it.
Review of the All-Terrain GB Pockit Stroller
I would say this stroller is definitely worth the investment, especially if you can share it with a friend or two and split the cost. Just make sure it's not friends that you travel with ha! Or, if you're expecting a baby definitely add it your registry. This is a perfect registry item even though it won't be for your newborn, it's just after they can sit in an umbrella stroller for safety reasons. You can get an adaptor for a carseat, but I haven't tried that since I didn't get it until my son was almost 2. A few noteworthy things that will help you get started with the stroller.
- It does stick a bit when you first get it. Eventually it will just shake out into the full stroller but you may need to push the seat down a little the first trip you take it on. You can see what I mean in my IG reel here.
- There's a little latch that keeps the wheels/legs together, make sure it's 'open' before you try to shake it out/put it into its full position.
- The storage under the stroller isn't huge, but you can fit a blanket, toy, toddler backpack, etc. under it for convenience.
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Other travel items for toddlers
- Aquaphor stick- I feel like this is a brilliant product extension. Our son gets really dry skin so it was nice to just keep it handy and not have to pack a full jar/tube.
- Slumberpod- I would recommend that you practice assembly at least once at home. It's a blackout popup tent that helps when you have a hotel room to put it over the crib or pack n play.
- convertible carseat- my friend Allie let me borrow hers and it was way lighter than our normal one and had a cool bag to make transport easy.
- We got our son this cute backpack that he could keep a few toys, snacks, a book and his water bottle in... made him feel like he was 'packing' for the trip too which was fun for him!
Happy travels! xoxo, Claire