5 Reasons to Travel with a Scooter for Your Kids

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These days, kids who are too big for strollers and aren’t keen or able to walk long distances have a fun solution that happens to work brilliantly on family vacations and during outings in your hometown.

To give you a little background, I investigated buying my then 6-year-old daughter a scooter to travel with because I was worried about her tolerance for walking long distances during our trip to China. I abandoned the idea because I’d never heard of anyone bringing a scooter on holiday. Sure enough, while walking from one end of Tiananmen Square to the other (it’s massive), she got tired and had a mini-meltdown. If she had a scooter, I’m sure we could have toured for longer.

Recently, Micro Kickboard sent over their Micro Maxi kick scooter (appropriate for kids ages 5-12) for her to try. With the push of a button, it easily disassembles flat into a size suitable for packing in a suitcase (really).  Slip it into the back of the car for road trips to far-flung places or even jaunts within your hometown… in our case, to the beach.

The Micro Maxi Scooter for kids is great during road trips

With this new-found appreciation for high-quality, lightweight scooters and confidence that I can actually travel with it, I’m here to tell you that you can and should consider bringing a one for your kids on your next family vacation. This is why.

1. Travel Scooters Cut Down the Amount of Walking

For families embarking on urban holidays that may involve a lot of walking in between sights, the Maxi Micro scooter is an ideal solution for keeping the kids happy.

But you might be surprised by how many places around the world a scooter can come in handy. I wish I would have had one during our family vacation to Kaanapali, Maui. Walks to Whaler’s Village aren’t far for adults, but 10 minutes to dinner when hungry can feel like an eternity to young kids.

Also, boardwalks are ideal for scootering. I’m able to give the dog nice long walks along the beaches here in San Diego without my daughter complaining one bit. It’s win-win for all. This scooter delivers one of the smoothest and quietest ride available thanks to high-quality polyurethane wheels and a flexible fiberglass reinforced deck, which together absorb bumps in the sidewalk.

The Micro Maxi lightweight travel scooter at the beach in La Jolla

Kids in our neighborhood also ride their Micro Maxi scooters to school.

2. Instant Fun on the Fly

Bored at a hotel? Have extra energy at Grandma’s? Bust out the scooter and let the kids whiz around. If disassembled for travel, it’s easy for kids to reassemble the Micro Maxi in a few seconds, put on a helmet and go.

3. Kids Don’t Need a Ton of Space to Enjoy Them

The Micro Maxi is very easy for my daughter to ride in curving manner, which makes it exponentially more fun than her prior scooter. She happily circles around small spaces with no problem, using her body weight and handlebars to lean into turns… much like a skateboard. In fact, there are two interchangeable handlebar styles. She has the traditional T-Bar style, but the Joystick handlebar provides even more curving and carving action.

When I’m walking the dog, she’ll often scooter away from us and then back again throughout our walk because we’re moving at a slower pace than she is. She loves it.

4. They Make Scooters for You, Too

What? Yes, parents can get in on the fun with scooters made especially for adults and teens like the Micro White scooter (pictured folded below). It’s so smooth and easy to ride that I’m not going to lie… my daughter rides it all of the time when I’m not looking. This style of scooter collapses with the push of a button and while it isn’t for your suitcase, slipping it into the car for a road trip or beach day is super easy.

Scootering together as a family is a hoot, trust me. Also, Micro Kickboard has scooters in a variety of options for all ages, including kids under the age of 5.

5. Travel Scooters Are Smaller than You Think

Lightweight travel scooters for kids

My daughter’s Micro Maxi easily disassembles small enough to fit into my handbag, including the helmet. Though it’s a touch bulky (which I really don’t mind), it’s lighter than some of the camera gear I carry. I wrap the bottom—or the entire thing depending on what I have around the house—in a plastic bag before slipping it in.

At just 5.5 lbs., the Micro Maxi is an easy add to checked luggage, too.

Tips for Using a Travel Scooter

Before taking a scooter out on the town, it’s important to know where they are permitted and where they aren’t. Also, helmets are a must. In fact, the state of California requires anyone under the age of 18 to wear a helmet when riding a non-motorized scooter like a Micro Maxi (as well as a when riding a skateboard, riding a bicycle, wearing in-line skates and wearing roller skates). Also, use judgment. In big urban centers with lots of crowds, kids on scooters might be a hazard to themselves and other people.

Why a kids travel scooter is great for family vacations

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119 Comments

  1. August 4, 2017 at 11:19 am — Reply

    I see kids riding these everywhere in San Francisco, its amazing how young kids can get the hang of riding these.

  2. Tina d Reynolds
    April 29, 2015 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    I would take camping use here in the neighborhood and I think it would be fun on are local greenways/bike paths

  3. AEKZ2
    April 29, 2015 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    We would take this scooter to the park

  4. Beverly Metcalf
    April 29, 2015 at 8:16 pm — Reply

    This would be great for my granddaughter to pack into the car, when she comes to visit Grandma. Thanks!

  5. Stephanie Galbraith
    April 29, 2015 at 7:42 pm — Reply

    We would go on a walk with the Dogs.

  6. John Herman
    April 29, 2015 at 7:38 pm — Reply

    We would take it to the park.

  7. Jennifer Herman
    April 29, 2015 at 4:52 pm — Reply

    I would take it with us to family camp. You can ride bike or scooters there.

  8. amy rouse
    April 29, 2015 at 2:45 pm — Reply

    This would be to use at the park in Winston Salem with my grandbabies!

  9. April 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm — Reply

    I would take this to my nephews house because they would love it and use it. I would proceed to take pictures and capture memories to last me a lifetime. Thank you so much! I love it.

  10. christina moore
    April 29, 2015 at 7:23 am — Reply

    I would let my granddaughter take it to the camp ground

  11. Bridgett Wilbur
    April 29, 2015 at 4:56 am — Reply

    I would let the kids take this to the park and have a ball.

  12. April 29, 2015 at 12:22 am — Reply

    I would take it to Hampton Beach when we go visit my mom.

  13. Janice Myers
    April 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm — Reply

    My 2 daughters: 6 and 2 are going on a european adventure this summer for a month and a half and hitting Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, Malaga (Spain) and Stockholm. I was looking for traveling tips with toddlers and this post popped up, and I would definitely want to bring a scooter for the kids as we travel and see the sites. So fun!

  14. Laurie Emerson
    April 28, 2015 at 6:55 pm — Reply

    I would take it around the beach and when we go on vacation to New Hampshire I would take it along the paths and beaches.

  15. Angela P.
    April 28, 2015 at 6:54 pm — Reply

    I’d bring my kids to the boardwalk and park with this. They would have a blast.

  16. Richard Hicks
    April 28, 2015 at 5:03 pm — Reply

    Kids would take it to our local park to play with

  17. jules m.
    April 28, 2015 at 12:47 pm — Reply

    we would take it to the boardwalk by the beach!

  18. Chely
    April 28, 2015 at 11:42 am — Reply

    My son would enjoy it around the neighborhood park, lake front, and grandma’s house

  19. Monika K
    April 28, 2015 at 8:07 am — Reply

    My daughter is going to India in a few months and she would love a new scooter for her trip and all the new adventures it will bring to her 🙂

  20. Jessica Guinn
    April 28, 2015 at 8:04 am — Reply

    My girls would be so happy

  21. Carolyn Daley
    April 28, 2015 at 7:14 am — Reply

    It would be nice to take it on our trip to Key West.

  22. April 28, 2015 at 6:23 am — Reply

    Would be great at the park- or even here on the farm!

  23. Marilyn Legault
    April 28, 2015 at 5:51 am — Reply

    My grandson lives near a really good park for this

  24. ANNA MOSLEY
    April 28, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply

    This would be a blessing to win

  25. Rachael Petty
    April 28, 2015 at 4:22 am — Reply

    Local park or even our neighborhood under supervision.

  26. Lisa V.
    April 28, 2015 at 2:41 am — Reply

    We would take to the local bicycle trails.

  27. joe gersch
    April 28, 2015 at 1:22 am — Reply

    i would take it to the park

  28. Stephanie Larison
    April 28, 2015 at 12:39 am — Reply

    I would take my daughter down to the park with it. She would love it!

  29. Denise Cantu
    April 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm — Reply

    After having my daughter practice enough, we’d probably take it to the park

  30. Julie L
    April 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm — Reply

    I’ve always thought about traveling with a scooter but afraid that they’ll get too far ahead of me! I feel inspired to try now! Maybe when we go to washington dc!

  31. Chavie K Adams
    April 27, 2015 at 8:49 pm — Reply

    To my daughter’s OT. Getting there is such a pain, she’s too heavy to stroll but it’s far for her to walk, especially if we’re rushing to the appointment or coming home tired.

  32. Birdiebee
    April 27, 2015 at 5:28 pm — Reply

    My granddaughter would take it to the park, to the school, around the block and to her dad’s house to use.

  33. Daniel M
    April 27, 2015 at 2:47 pm — Reply

    would take it to the park

  34. Francine Anchondo
    April 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    Take it to the park

  35. Paula Michele Hafner
    April 27, 2015 at 9:23 am — Reply

    My son would take it around the neighborhood and down to the beach.

  36. Darla Peduzzi
    April 27, 2015 at 8:29 am — Reply

    This would be great for taking to the park or to the local walking trail.

  37. Juanita A May
    April 27, 2015 at 8:23 am — Reply

    To the campground! Plenty of paved roads for them to ride on.

  38. Tee A
    April 27, 2015 at 8:14 am — Reply

    My kids would love this. We’d take it to the park and to their grand parents house.

  39. Marilyn Nawara
    April 26, 2015 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    My granddaughter would ride it on the local bike trails

  40. Erica B.
    April 26, 2015 at 7:34 pm — Reply

    Would be good for our local park.

  41. April 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    I would love my kids to use a stroller like yours!

  42. Bee Bee
    April 26, 2015 at 2:14 pm — Reply

    Our local park!

  43. kathy dalton
    April 26, 2015 at 10:17 am — Reply

    My grandkids and I would take it to our park

  44. autumn
    April 26, 2015 at 7:31 am — Reply

    I would leave it in the car and take it everywhere we went. My boys both love scooters and ride them all the time!

  45. joni
    April 26, 2015 at 12:32 am — Reply

    We have a local trail here and that is where it would get a lot of use.

  46. Ashley Nicole
    April 25, 2015 at 7:49 pm — Reply

    Where wouldn’t we take it?? The park, grandma’s house, for strolls around the neighborhood, to school, everywhere!

  47. Kristi C
    April 25, 2015 at 4:40 pm — Reply

    We would take it to my older children’s practices so that my son has something to do.

  48. Maggie Pedersen
    April 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm — Reply

    Scooters are so much fun! We have a 20+ mile bike path that is blocks from our house. We like to do about 3 miles around the pond. The kids would love to do it with a scooter!

  49. Megan W
    April 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm — Reply

    To the PB boardwalk! Kiddos would have so much fun riding along on their scooters!

    • April 25, 2015 at 6:59 pm — Reply

      YES! We’re headed there tomorrow. 🙂

  50. Heather Dawn
    April 25, 2015 at 1:06 pm — Reply

    My son would ride it to the park. I would also take it to my parents!

  51. meghan bruce
    April 25, 2015 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    around the neighborhood or any trips that we go on

  52. Sharon N
    April 25, 2015 at 12:26 pm — Reply

    A Micro scooter would be perfect for our family camping trips and for the boardwalk in San Diego!

  53. Andrea
    April 25, 2015 at 10:22 am — Reply

    My 6 year old would love the green or blue..perfect for our upcoming vacations to the beach and boardwalk!

  54. Mindy
    April 25, 2015 at 9:01 am — Reply

    It would be perfect for our summer road trip! when you need them to burn off some energy at a pit stop! Great ideas!

  55. Cassandra Eastman
    April 25, 2015 at 8:53 am — Reply

    We would take it to the Grandparents house, and to the walking trail at the park!

  56. Erin Ellis
    April 25, 2015 at 5:59 am — Reply

    I would love to take these to Coronado for my kids! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin

  57. jeannine s
    April 25, 2015 at 4:30 am — Reply

    I would love to take it to disney world with us when we go and also when we go camping

  58. Amy Marlow
    April 25, 2015 at 4:24 am — Reply

    I’ve never thought to travel with a scooter but that is genius!! My kids would love it!

  59. Karen
    April 25, 2015 at 3:45 am — Reply

    To North Carolina!

  60. April 25, 2015 at 12:52 am — Reply

    We travel during the summer on the train to my dads so this would be a great compact toy to bring with us to parks amd the river.

  61. Christina B.
    April 24, 2015 at 9:00 pm — Reply

    I would take this to local parks with walking trails, when we go camping and when we go on family vacations

  62. Brooke Boyd
    April 24, 2015 at 8:59 pm — Reply

    My son and I would take it to our park and our local nature preserve and ride on the bike paths!

  63. Leslie D
    April 24, 2015 at 8:48 pm — Reply

    Our older kid loves his and having a second one for kid 2 would be awesome!

  64. Ashli DiPrete
    April 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm — Reply

    We would take it to the park. My son’s been asking to go on a picnic so this would be perfect to take along!

  65. Brittney House
    April 24, 2015 at 7:22 pm — Reply

    I would take it downtown Chicago.

  66. Astrid eltania
    April 24, 2015 at 5:54 pm — Reply

    I would like to give the scooter for my nephew. They are going to a trip to Singapore and Hong kong. I am sure he would love to take the scooter on holiday with them

  67. Katherine
    April 24, 2015 at 3:38 pm — Reply

    Gramma is an easy walk from the house so thats where my kids would ride it to

  68. Christina F.
    April 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm — Reply

    can i just say we’ll take it to all the places? 😉 we’d love to take it to chicago when we head there later this summer.

  69. Barb Lis
    April 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    I would love to be able to give this to my granddaughter! She would love to scoot around our local park!

  70. Julia
    April 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    We love ours so much and I’d love to get another to donate to a kid who couldn’t otherwise afford one!

  71. Ethan j b
    April 24, 2015 at 11:38 am — Reply

    This is a great idea.

  72. Kayla Bowe
    April 24, 2015 at 11:29 am — Reply

    We would take it everywhere we don’t own a vehicle so we walk, the kids would have so much more fun if they had a scooter. Thanks for the Giveaway I hope we win.

  73. Kim Vh
    April 24, 2015 at 10:24 am — Reply

    I would take it everywhere! Our local parks, grandmas house, traveling. 🙂

  74. libby k
    April 24, 2015 at 9:58 am — Reply

    Really, mostly around our neighborhood! It would be a great energy burner.

  75. Tyler Vest
    April 24, 2015 at 9:45 am — Reply

    I’d take it to la jolla!

  76. Heather Vest
    April 24, 2015 at 9:34 am — Reply

    I’d love to win one for my daughter! We’d take it to the beach and ride it to school in the mornings.

  77. Nikki M
    April 24, 2015 at 8:47 am — Reply

    The Micro Maxi Kick Scooter would be perfect for when I take my daughter into my NYC office with me. No more running for her to keep up with me on the busy streets during rush hour.

  78. Penny Delgado
    April 24, 2015 at 8:46 am — Reply

    I would let my two little daughter take it to our park with them thanks for chance

  79. Paula Brown
    April 24, 2015 at 8:01 am — Reply

    Grand kids would use it everywhere they go from walks ,to the park, and skate park

  80. Kelly D
    April 24, 2015 at 7:42 am — Reply

    We would use this at our local parks.

  81. Jennyjenny
    April 24, 2015 at 7:05 am — Reply

    We’d take it to Monterey when we go visit the grndparents!

  82. Leslie angerer
    April 24, 2015 at 6:50 am — Reply

    I’d love to have my boys scooting around our neighborhood!

  83. Tracy Faris
    April 24, 2015 at 6:39 am — Reply

    We would take it everywhere but since we are in Carlsbad, we would take it to the boardwalk/seawall most often. Love it! I could just keep it in the back of my 4Runner!

  84. Andreana
    April 24, 2015 at 6:32 am — Reply

    We would take it to the park…we go there about 3 times a week if not more!

  85. Heather Hayes Panjon
    April 24, 2015 at 6:11 am — Reply

    We Would Take It To The Park!

  86. Aaron
    April 24, 2015 at 2:01 am — Reply

    I would take the scooter to the park with my nephews.

  87. Bryn
    April 23, 2015 at 8:01 pm — Reply

    To the Oregon Coast this summer!

  88. Rochel S
    April 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm — Reply

    We would take it to the park!

  89. Aqdas Ahmed
    April 23, 2015 at 7:15 pm — Reply

    I would let my daughter ride it to the park with me

  90. shelly peterson
    April 23, 2015 at 5:24 pm — Reply

    My son would use this around the block and take it to the park.

  91. Sue E
    April 23, 2015 at 4:19 pm — Reply

    I would take it with us when we take the grandkids places like the park, nature trails, camping, downtown bike paths, vacations, when visiting family/friends with kids, etc.

  92. Sue E
    April 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm — Reply

    My grandkids, who are the weight & age category for the Micro Maxi Kickboard would LOVE this!! It is also the highest rated scooter for ages 5 to 12. Its Safety certified by the CPSC & is recommended for kids up to 110lbs. I like that it is portable & is a great cruising scooter for urban and suburban neighborhoods alike.

  93. Janet W.
    April 23, 2015 at 1:48 pm — Reply

    My grandson would take this with us to the park and on our upcoming beach vacation!

  94. nickie
    April 23, 2015 at 7:26 am — Reply

    I would take it to California

  95. Adrienne gordon
    April 23, 2015 at 3:21 am — Reply

    it would go to our bike and hike trail.

  96. Jodi Kershuk
    April 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm — Reply

    I love the size of the scooter. We could easily take it anywhere with us. We have a great park just down.

  97. Stephanie V.
    April 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    would take it on our road trip up North to visit family and use around our area!
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  98. April 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    Scooters are awesome. I would take my daughter along with me on runs along the Bayshore. She would ride her scooter while I ran until it became un-rideable! It would be great to do that with her again.

  99. Micro Kickboard
    April 22, 2015 at 7:01 pm — Reply

    Thank you, Katie, for your insightful article on traveling with scooters! We couldn’t agree more! They are a wonderful and fun way for kids (and adults) to get around.

  100. harold
    April 22, 2015 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Our neighborhood is fairly quite so we would take and use it in our neighborhood, the Grandkids would love it.

  101. Christina Eltania
    April 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    I purchased the Mini Micro Scooter for my son and he outgrown Mini scooter but he still loves to ride on it whenever he can. This year we will be going for a family holiday to Singapore and Hong Kong. This would be his second time visiting Hong Kong and Singapore. Last year when we travel there, we didnt bring his stroller, so we had to carry him when he’s too tired to walk. After reading your article I am inspired to take his scooter in our next holiday. I think with scooter we might be able to explore a bit more of Hong Kong and Singapore this time around.

  102. Julie
    April 22, 2015 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    I was just talking about scooters on vacation with a friend this week! I would love to win a scooter for my 6 year old for our upcoming trip to Washington DC.

  103. Ann Fantom
    April 22, 2015 at 4:41 pm — Reply

    My daughter would take the Micro Maxi Kickboard to the end of the cul-de-sac where we live

  104. McKim
    April 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm — Reply

    I would give it to my grandson, who would take it camping with us this summer.

  105. kathleen
    April 22, 2015 at 3:13 pm — Reply

    my 3 year old would ride it everywhere!!! he has seen one in stores and rides the tester throughout the store

  106. April 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm — Reply

    Airports (USA, Thailand, Europe, etc., etc., etc.,); zoos (especially our hometown zoo: Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium); around Seattle…and…very likely in our living room.

  107. Missy S
    April 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm — Reply

    My son would love this to scoot to the local playground just down the street from us!

  108. Ellie Wright
    April 22, 2015 at 11:09 am — Reply

    I would take it to the little league park for my grandson to ride while his older brother plays.

  109. April 22, 2015 at 10:51 am — Reply

    My 3 year old loves her Micro Mini. So much so, that my 9 year old is jealous that he doesn’t have one. We take it to the beach, downtown to the farmer’s market, and anywhere we want to make sure she can keep up without whining.

  110. Sylvia
    April 22, 2015 at 10:43 am — Reply

    I would take keep it in the car for trips to grandparents house in LA. We do a lot of walking there and little legs get tired.

  111. Neny H
    April 22, 2015 at 10:33 am — Reply

    My daughter will use this scooter everywhere! Starting with our weekend walks, and our family travels. She does ballet, so her feet are always really sore! She will be blown away with this great option. This will be a good solution during our long (and very often) walks. 🙂

  112. April 22, 2015 at 10:17 am — Reply

    Would love to take this to Hawaii!

  113. David
    April 22, 2015 at 10:10 am — Reply

    With my kids this scooter would get lots of use on the boardwalk or bayside areas of Mission Beach.

  114. April 22, 2015 at 10:10 am — Reply

    This would be great for big European cities or even day trips to NYC!

  115. Jennifer W
    April 22, 2015 at 10:09 am — Reply

    We’ve got several great parks nearby in walking (scooting!) distance, so this would be great for us 🙂

  116. Kathryn Scade
    April 22, 2015 at 10:08 am — Reply

    We travel to Spain twice a year and will be traveling a lot for business soon. This would be great for our kids to use there, and here hanging out around San Diego. 🙂

  117. April 22, 2015 at 10:04 am — Reply

    My daughter would use it this summer on our very first California Trip! We are headed to Newport Beach for a week vacation & then a day in LA! Also, right outside our home we have a 2 mile walking path with our puppy we walk daily, two miles gets long for her. She could use it then and we all could enjoy it! 🙂

  118. Lindsay M
    April 22, 2015 at 9:30 am — Reply

    We would take it with us camping.

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