Are you thinking about traveling with your Veer Cruiser? Or still considering whether to purchase one? Read on for an honest Veer wagon review after 3 years of owning it, and how it performs at the beach and while traveling!
When we first bought the Veer stroller wagon (the Veer Cruiser) it was as an alternative to a double stroller. It has the capability to click in an infant seat, but also the functionality of a wagon, and we thought it would serve our needs for much longer than a double stroller would.
Add to that an ease of steering that rivals the double stroller that we had before, the fact that it folds down to fit easily in my trunk, not to mention the sheer beauty of it, and the Veer has quickly become our regular double stroller. We bring it everywhere!
What we did not anticipate was how amazing the Veer wagon would perform for travel.
When I bought it, I didn’t even consider it as a possibility for travel. Truth be told, we are incredibly light packers (usually traveling carry on only with a baby and toddler), and I generally prefer to babywear when traveling instead of bringing a stroller.
But on our most recent trip to Kauai, we were traveling a little differently than we usually do. We would have a car, and we were bringing a lot of extra stuff. I decided to bring the Veer wagon along.
I was very happy with that choice, and here are all the reasons why.
A note on links: Most of the product links in this article are to Veer’s website. They have awesome, free 2-day shipping, and that’s where I purchased mine. They also have a great military discount, if that applies to you. However, you can usually also find the Cruiser and some of the accessories on Amazon.
In the airport
We knew that we would be renting a car in Hawaii, so we needed to bring both car seats with us. This was before my oldest was big enough for the RideSafer Travel Vest, which has made a world of difference in the amount of stuff we have to bring nowadays.
We were traveling as part of a wedding party, so we had more baggage than we would typically carry. We even checked a bag! The horror, I know.
I dreaded the idea of carrying an 8-month-old, a 2.5-year-old, 2 car seats, 3 carry-on bags and 3 personal items through the airport. But the Veer made all that super easy.
For the record, we use (and LOVE) the Cosco Scenera Next as our travel car seats. They’re under 50 bucks, FAA approved, fit easily in any plane, and they’re only 7 pounds. And they fit nicely into the Veer!
I will admit that I was a little nervous about using the Veer at the airport. I’m in a Veer Facebook group (yup, that’s how much I love this thing), and there have been a few instances where airline employees have refused to gate-check the Veer wagon because it doesn’t look like a stroller. This is rare, thankfully.
There is one airline to watch out for, though: American Airlines. They have a 20 lb maximum weight for any stroller, and will not allow families to gate check anything over that. If you are flying American, expect to check your Veer at the counter. This is not just about wagons, though – most strollers are not allowed through on AA because of this restriction and it is one of the reasons that AA is just not very family-friendly.
Thankfully AA is an outlier, and most airlines specifically include folding wagons in their list of gate-check-able baby items. American is the online airline I know of with a weight limit (but correct me in the comments if you encounter one!!)
If you want to double-check, go ahead and do a google search of [your airline] stroller weight limit. I tried this on several major US airlines and saw no restrictions.
I was even nervous about going through security, like they might not allow it through if they didn’t think it was a stroller. This was nonsense, as TSA agents are not the ones who make the call whether or not to gate-check an item, but I made it a point to continually refer to it as our “stroller” just in case.
According to the TSA website, strollers and similar baby items need to pass through the X-ray machine. And if they don’t fit, TSA agents will perform a visual inspection.
When we went through security (with no issues, of course), we just unloaded everything onto the belt and pulled out the baby. We pointed out our “stroller” to the TSA agent, who pulled it through and inspected it. Easy peasy!
Once we got to our gate, we loaded it into the travel bag and rolled it to the gate-check area like any other stroller.
As a bassinet
The best part of owning a Veer is accessorizing it. This thing can play so many different roles, depending on the accessories you want!
We bought the nap system for this trip. It’s an attachment that turns the wagon into a JPMA safety-certified bassinet. No need to bring a pack-n-play or pay to rent a crib! (Crib rental for $50/night is pretty standard for many of the places we’ve stayed – no thanks!)
Even though we stayed at 3 different locations during this trip, our baby had the same bed wherever we were.
Typically when we travel and we do not bring the Veer, we use the Joovy Gloo (read my full review here) for this very reason. It is a huge comfort for the baby to have a familiar place to sleep, and I don’t like to rent cribs that are sometimes dirty or even unsafe. However, because we had the nap system in the wagon, we left our Joovy at home for this trip.
On the go
I didn’t expect to use the nap system outside of the hotel, but we ended up leaving it in for almost the whole trip. Wherever we went, we had a place to lay the baby down for a nap.
At the beach, she could sleep safe and sound and away from the sand.
At restaurants, I could nurse her to sleep and then lay her down.
She even managed to sleep on a long, bumpy walk to the park!
Even when she wasn’t sleeping, both girls could use the wagon with the nap system in. She is a pretty solid sitter at 8 months, and she learned quickly how to hold onto the sides to steady herself over rough terrain. And let’s be honest – those massive wheels help smooth the ride out anyway.
Our older daughter enjoyed sitting in there with her, and we could even fit a bag in between them if they were both sitting up, and another on the handlebars.
We’ve also brought the Veer on trips closer to home. Anytime we drive to our destination, we bring the wagon. It is just a much easier way to get around with two kids who are both too small to walk a good portion of the day. I loved having the Veer when we drove up to Vancouver, and they could relax while we explored all over downtown!
At the beach and pool
When we stayed at an Airbnb that had a full supply of beach equipment, we took advantage! It was a breeze to throw everything into the wagon, carry the baby, and haul it all to the shore.
The Veer performed beautifully over packed sand. High, soft sand was a little bit of a challenge, but doable if the kids were not in there (too bumpy), and if we pulled rather than pushed. Still a much better experience than trying to push a stroller over soft sand!
When we got to the beach and got set up, we left the nap system in so that the baby would have a safe, comfortable place to play with toys while we enjoyed our beach time. Umbrella or no, we had the canopies so that she would always have shade.
When we went to the pool at the resort, it was so easy to put both kids in the wagon, grab our pool bag and floatie toys, and roll down there.
Once there, again, we had a comfortable place for the baby to play and nap, and we did not need to worry about her roaming off the lounge chair or toward the water.
Accessories we brought, and how we transported them
An absolute lifesaver for travel with a baby. Perfect for sleeping at night, and on the go! I know some parents prefer to create their own “nap system” by putting a folded blanket or a blow-up cushion in the foot well. I might have opted to try this if we weren’t also using it for nighttime sleeping, but I am thankful that we had the nap system with us. We used it the whole time.
We brought this as a carry-on item. It would fit in a large suitcase if you wanted it to.
It is worth noting that you cannot fold down the Veer with the nap system attached. We were able to load it into our large rental vehicle (a Nissan Armada) without disassembling at all – nap system and canopies still attached.
We brought two, and we were very thankful for them. Some parents complain that the canopies don’t fully shade, and there were times when the baby was sleeping in there that we had to use a hat to shade her mid-section. But I love being able to flip the canopies up or down easily, and the airflow that still gets into the wagon with them up.
We brought both canopies in our single checked bag. They don’t take up much suitcase space because they fold up to essentially just a U-shaped frame. Just be sure your bag is wide enough (we had to flex them a bit to fit them in our 23×16 bag – 23 inches is plenty long, but 16 was barely wide enough).
We brought this (it came with the nap system), but never ended up using it because I forgot we had it. It would have been helpful if the baby was already asleep in the wagon as darkness fell, but that was never really the case anyway. And because she would be in and out all the time, we just sprayed her with bug repellent and were fine.
We kept this in the nap system to carry-on. It takes up almost no space.
This is important. I’ve read stories of other parents whose Veers were scratched or broken when they gate-checked. And some airlines will not take responsibility for an item if it is gate-checked instead of counter-checked. To me, it is not worth that risk.
The travel bag is strong and well-padded, and it folds up to fit in the foot well, making it easy to take through the airport. Once at the gate, it is quick and easy to pack up.
Many parents recommend “padding the brake” before gate checking – leave it unlocked, but then surround the brake mechanism with a towel to protect it. We did not do this, and were fine, but it definitely would not hurt.
This is the one accessory that I regret bringing! The toddler seat is great for babies that can sit up, but can’t ride in the wagon without a 5-point harness. I thought we would use this a lot on the trip, like at home, but we never did.
Because we ended up leaving the nap system in place the whole time, the toddler seat stayed in the rental car, unused. Even in the airport, it was easier to just keep the baby in the car seat and plop that into the wagon, rather than transfer her to the toddler seat.
We left this attached to the Veer inside of the travel bag for the flight over there, and shoved it into our carry-on bag on the way home.
Accessories we left at home
Infant car seat adapter: this thing is a big part of the reason why I chose the Veer wagon! But we did not bring the bucket car seat, so no need for this on our trip.
Foldable storage basket: this would have been nice to have, but ultimately I did not want to have another item to carry. We got along fine without it.
Cup holders and snack tray: these come with the Veer, but we left them at home. Again, one more thing that we didn’t want to shove in our carry-on and that we could live without.
I consider us to be pretty minimalist travelers, so when I started to consider bringing the Veer, it seemed like a terrible idea. But we literally took it everywhere with us and used it all day, every day. And every night, for that matter.
I don’t think I would bring it just for the airport, although it was super helpful there. But for a destination where you have a rental car, or are within walking distance of the activities that you want to spend your time doing, it is an absolute dream to travel with.
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Originally published in May, 2019. Updated in July, 2022.