Best Travel Trays for Kids

Best Travel Trays for Kids

You’re driving and you’ve got kids in the back with drinks and activity books. “MOM!!! I dropped it!” Your heartrate rises. You reach behind the driver’s seat and feel the handle of the cup. Thank God it didn’t drop in a place where you can’t reach.

Sound familiar? After dealing with that for a couple of months, a friend of ours gave us the StarKids Snack and Play Tray. Ingenious product. Keeps everything for my 2-year old son within his reach which keeps him happy which keeps me happy. With it, I was able to take a 6 hour trip with my toddler from San Francisco to LA by myself without a hitch.

If you’re starting to book your summer vacation, be sure to order a travel tray and make the ride fun for the kids. here are Trekaroo’s top travel trays for kids from toddlers to tweens.

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Best Travel Trays

Best Travel Tray for Toddlers: Snack and Play Tray ($20)

Best Trays for KidsPhoto via Amazon


  • Fits any carseat or stroller. Many of the other travel trays don’t fit my son’s Britax Roundabout
  • Easy to use and collapsible – aka safe
  • Raised tray edge keeps toys and snacks from falling on the floor
  • Mesh bags on the side for drinks and books
  • Easy to clean and wash nylon material



  • Tray is made of foam so the surface is not entirely flat. Some customers complain that it’s hard for a child to draw, but my son has no problems with it. He had a difficult time putting his puzzles together, but I just bring a magnetic board for him to use as a flat surface


Available at Amazon and Family Travel Gear.


Flattest Table Tray: Taby Table Tray ($20)

Best Trays for Kids 

Photo via Amazon by CNC-KE

If your kids want a super solid surface to play on, then the CNC-KE Taby Table Tray is your best bet. The tray has a special spot for cups/bottles and a crayon holder to  help prevent spills. The plastic is light and easy to clean. It attaches via two straps and buckles hooked under the seat. Recommended for children ages 6 months to 4 years but can also be used for older children as a lap table alone.


  • Fits most car seats and strollers. Works best with car seats that have armrests
  • Light and portable
  • Smooth and flat surface
  • Easy to clean with wipes or in the sink
  • Special cup holder and crayon slots


  • No additional storage space
  • Meets automotive safety requirements, but it’s hard plastic, so some parents are a bit skeptical

Get it on Amazon.

Best Lap Desk for Kids: MegaCraftBrand Lap Desks ($23+)

Welland Folding Lap Desk

Photo by MegaCraftBrand via Amazon

For older kids who don’t need to have their travel trays strapped down, a simple lap desk is just what they need. The MegaCraftBrand lap trays are great because they have a hard surface to write on, fun, brilliant colors, and great entertainment storage space beneath the cover.


  • Fun colors
  • Storage area for art materials, books, games, etc.
  • Smooth and flat surface
  • Easy to clean with wipes or in the sink
  • Folding


  • More expensive which might be tough for smaller budgets

Get it on Amazon.

Look for more road trip essentials? Learn how to make any trip an educational excursion with our Road School Guide.

About the author

Esther Lee is one of the co-founders of Trekaroo. She is also the mom to a 6 year old boy and 1 year old baby girl.

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