Travelling with Kids: Which Carrier to Take?

Travelling with Kids: Which Carrier to Take?

Find out which type of baby sling - wrap, ring sling or buckle carrier is the best for travelling with babies and children including pros and cons of each type.
The summer is fast approaching and our thoughts are turning to family holidays - whether you're travelling abroad or staycation-ing, heading off to seek the sun or venturing somewhere cooler, the question of which carrier to take is always at the forefront of our minds! We have gathered together some tips from the team here at Oscha to help you decide what to take.
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Slings are a great option for travelling families, making it easy to navigate busy airports & unfamiliar streets while making sure you see all the sights along with your little ones. With buggies a pain to take on trains and planes and not allowed at all at some attractions, a sling can be great for families who want to travel with their kids.
Wraps, ring slings and carriers all have their benefits, each can be more suited to certain types of activities, trips & climates: here is a run down of the pros and cons of each carrier type to help you choose which Oscha to pack for your holidays.

Woven Wraps

Perfect for trips:

  • With lots of walking and sightseeing
  • Where you have a little more time to get your little one up and down
  • Where you have lots of different activities planned - they are the most versatile carrier

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  • Perfect for longer, more comfortable carries when seeing the sights
  • Multi-layer carries can add extra support for a comfier carry
  • Easy to adjust to suit your needs
  • Easy care wraps can double as a picnic blanket or wind break
  • Small sizes can double up as a shawl in cooler climates
  • Pre-tied wraps can be great for sleeping kids on planes


  • More material to store if you have limited luggage space
  • Can take longer to wrap if your little one needs to be up and down a lot
  • The amount of material can make them too hot for some in double layer carries

What size to take?

  • A size 3 is perfect for fitting in hand luggage, and will be cooler to wear in single layer carries & quick rucks however, single layer carries might not be as comfortable on long walks.
  • Size 4 or 5 can be great as they are versatile, allowing for front carries, quick rucks and multi-layer carries tied at the shoulder, however they will take up more luggage space.
  • A size 6, while trickier to pack, is the most versatile size - allowing for most carries in double or single layers meaning you can assess the temperature and length of carry - adjusting easily to your needs.

Ring Slings

Perfect for trips:

  • When you are travelling short distances on foot
  • Where you will need quick ups and downs, such as in an airport
  • When you have limited luggage space

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  • They pack up very small making them perfect for hand luggage
  • Fast to put on and take off
  • Lightweight and cool
  • Great if your little one is more independent and only wants to be carried occasionally
  • Can fit in a handbag for days out
  • Can double up as a scarf on trips to cooler climates


  • Being one-shouldered, they may be not as comfortable for longer periods carrying
  • Rings may set of airport security meaning you will have to take your child down to go through checks

Oscha Cairis

Perfect for trips:

  • With lots of walking and sightseeing
  • Where your little one needs to be up and down quickly
  • Where you are planning on sharing the carrying with a partner not practised in wrapping

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  • Fast to put on and take off
  • Comfy for long periods carrying and walking
  • Airy and cool for wearing in hot climates
  • Great for airport security checks


  • More bulky to store on a day out if your little one is not going to be carried the whole time
  • Can take longer to put on than a ring sling

Wraps, ring slings and Oscha carriers are all great options for busy family holidays, which one you take with you will always depend on personal preferences and what you have planned, but we hope this post helps you to decide which carrier to take on your trip!

We always like to hear our customers' experiences - we'd love to hear your favourite tips for choosing a carrier to take on holiday in the comments!

Continue reading our Travelling with Kids series:

5 Top Tips for Airports
Which sling to use in the heat?
A Quick Guide to Summer Fabrics
Bringing Babywearing Cross Country