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Moms: Stroller bags for gate check?

In a few weeks, we're taking our first trip with baby, and I'm trying to prepare. We're planning to take our lightweight/compact stroller (a Chicco Liteway) and gate check it.

What's the verdict on whether to put the stroller in a bag for gate checking? Do you do this? Seems like an extra step that I'd hope to not have to do, but at the same time, the Chicco Liteway is not a $20 umbrella stroller, so I'd be pretty pissed if it came back to us dirty/damaged/destroyed.

I've seen the cheap $12 red gatecheck storage bags on Amazon, and was just wondering if it's worth the hassle, or if you all have traveled without one without any problems.

Re: Moms: Stroller bags for gate check?

  • DD and I went to CA a few months ago and I didn't use a gate check bag. The stroller came back freaking ripped. I'm getting one for our trip to FL in a couple weeks.
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  • I've never used a bag and never had an issue.  I have a side by side double stroller for my two little people.  It has never been damaged.


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    DD and I went to CA a few months ago and I didn't use a gate check bag. The stroller came back freaking ripped. I'm getting one for our trip to FL in a couple weeks.

    Wow, Belhurst! Good to "see" you. It's been quite a while. :) Congratulations on your daughter.

    And yeah, that kind of horror story is exactly what I'm afraid of. I didn't want to be the paranoid freak trying to stuff my stroller in a bag at the gate (and have another thing to worry about), but I don't know if it's worth the risk. $120 for a stroller is not chump change.

    Do you think you'll go with one of the cheap bags (essentially just keeping the stroller clean and intact), or a padded version?

  • Good to "see" you too! Nora is beautiful!

    I'll go with the cheap red one. I have one of those for the car seat- which I checked with my luggage- and didn't have any problems at all. 

    I was so annoyed. I almost didn't even bring the thing because she isn't a fan and prefers to be worn, so it was even more annoying. It must have rubbed right up against something sharp because it's torn right where the fabric covers a metal part.

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  • We're from Rochester too.  We've flown with DD 6 times round trip and have always checked our stroller w/out a bag.  Have never had any problems.  I think it just depends on the stroller.  I'm sure they're rough with ours.  It's a Baby Trend Expedition Jogger, so fairly big and substantial.  I would imagine umbrella type strollers don't fare as well.
  • Thank you! Stella is pretty cute herself! Love that little outfit in your pic. (And not to get sidetracked, but I've been looking for a local photog to do family pics in the spring--were you happy with EIEIO?)

    And thanks for your input about the bag. I've read some reviews on Amazon that the bag suffers from some wear and tear after a few trips, but $12 isn't bad, and better the bag take the beating than the stroller, right?

  • We have a Peg Perego travel system and used the cheapo gate bags to check our stroller and infant carrier.  I'm glad I did because the bags came back scuffed. I would have been mad if the scuff marks had gotten on our stroller/carrier!
  • I don't doubt that the bag suffers some wear and tear- heck, my luggage looks like crap from the way they toss stuff around!

    I am sooo happy with EIEIO. We've used her twice so far and are nothing but thrilled with the results. She's so easy going, too. You can have shots done at her studio or she'll meet you, well, just about anywhere. For Stella's newborn pictures she drove all the way out to our place!

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  • we have the red one for our volo. i give it a thumbs up. it came back to the gate with a black scuff mark on it, but thats what its for...so the stroller doesnt have the scuff.
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    I bought one for our stroller but we have a BOB that cost around $400 and I would have been pissed if it came back ripped or broken.  If you are ok with the stroller suffering some wear and tear then it should be fine, otherwise I'd spring for the stroller bag.  I can't comment on the effectiveness of the cheaper bags because I bought a bag that is specifically made for my stroller.  It was $100, but it's better than the cost of a new stroller!
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    I bought one for our stroller but we have a BOB that cost around $400 and I would have been pissed if it came back ripped or broken.  If you are ok with the stroller suffering some wear and tear then it should be fine, otherwise I'd spring for the stroller bag.  I can't comment on the effectiveness of the cheaper bags because I bought a bag that is specifically made for my stroller.  It was $100, but it's better than the cost of a new stroller!

    I hear you. We have a Bumbleride Indie (also $$$) as our main stroller and if we ever choose to travel with it, we'll definitely be springing for a nice travel bag for it. We bought the Chicco Liteway as a "cheaper" option for travel specifically, so it's not AS big of a deal if something happens, but still.

  • Nope.  It's just one more thing for you to do and carry.

    Not at all worth it IMO.

  • Hello! Can I ask what stroller bag you went with and did you like it? I am trying to find one that will fit my chicco liteway. I read closed it is 46" and the padded stroller bag says 41"...which one fits the stroller? Thank you!
  • Hello! Can I ask what stroller bag you went with and did you like it? I am trying to find one that will fit my chicco liteway. I read closed it is 46" and the padded stroller bag says 41"...which one fits the stroller? Thank you!

    Post is over 4 years old.  Doubt the OP is still here.
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