What to Look for in Travel Trays to Keep Kids Entertained in the Car

And they keep parents sane!

Young boy in the backseat of a car.
Long car rides will never be boring for your tot with a travel tray.Beloved Belongings

The key to car rides—no matter how far you’re going—is keep the backseat organized while keeping the kids sitting there entertained. A travel tray is an all-in-one, easy-to-use solution to store your little one’s activities and keep them within easy reach. Here’s what to look for in travel trays that are durable, easy to clean and, frankly, sanity savers.

Kids Travel Tray for Toddler Car Seat | Toddler Car Seat Tray Organizer | Large ipad Holder A Road Trip Essential | Soft Padding, Waterproof, Food & Snack Lap Tray Carseat, Stroller, and High Chair
This spill-proof item has pockets for toys, sippy cups and even a tablet. It also comes with five activity worksheets and erasable markers.Beloved Belongings

The secret to a great travel tray is the ability to take it with you. Look for a travel tray that easily folds up with all the play items safely secured inside. The beauty is you can then use it inside your home, in a hotel, airplane, park or wherever your car ride takes you to keep the boredom at bay.

CarSeat Tray -Toddler Travel Tray Guaranteed to Keep Kids Occupied & Entertain for Hours, Prevent Frustration While Driving, Sturdiest & Most Comfortable Travel Tray for Car Seat (Pink)
Your child will be riding in style with this option, which includes a cup holder and fun designs like unicorns and dinosaurs on the top surface.ecoZen Lifestyle

You want a travel tray that provides a storage space for everything from the all mighty tablet to sippy cups, crayons, lovies and more. Not only does it make those items easy to find, but also makes sure they’re secure and won’t bounce around or get loose during a bumpy ride.

Upgraded Kids Travel Tray with Dry Erase Top Car Seat Travel Tray with Educational Drawing Car Seat Activity Tray with 16 Organizer Pockets Snack Lap Tray Pink for Car Stroller Plane
Drawing on the table isn’t a problem with this option—it’s top is a whiteboard material that easily erases. Pack it up and travel with it easily using the included storage bag.tomser

The table top of the tray is one of the most important to consider. And by that, we mean make sure it’s easy to clean. Most trays pull double duty during snack time and need to easily wipe away drips and crumbs. But if you’re out of coloring books or the boredom really starts to kick in, a dry erase top that they’re encouraged to scribble on is a nice, worry-free touch.

Also Consider:

US Kids Car Seat Travel Tray Pink - Carseat Organizer w/Dry Erase Board - Large Tablet & Cup Holder - Waterproof Food & Snack Kids Lap Tray Table - Road Trip Activities Toddlers & Big Kids for Years
The top of this model is a map of the United States—perfect for answering the inevitable “Are we there yet?” on long road trips.Ecofantasy
Lusso Gear Kids Travel Tray - Inspire Active Toddlers & Big Kids for Years w/ Dry Erase Board & Eating Snack Tray, No-Drop Tablet iPad Holder Stand & Art Supplies Storage Pockets
The sides and accessories of this option are lined with velcro, making it easy to detach or rearrange them to meet your little one’s needs.Lusso Gear