Last Updated on January 1, 2015 by Jody Halsted
I was contacted not long ago by Family Travel Gear, a company that specializes in products for people traveling with kids, and asked to review their products and services. Of course I was quite flattered- who doesn't like to try stuff?
I spent quite a lot of time perusing their website, which is very user friendly. You can easily find just what you are searching for with their categories by person, trip or item. As I looked through their travel items I was impressed by not only the large selection but also the fact that they have everything from games and books to GPS systems.
I chose to try their Star Kids Snack and Play Travel Tray as we were preparing for a rather long car trip. I was immediately attracted to this tray over similar items because it has a foam base which is sturdy enough for drawing or eating but will not injure the child in case of an accident.
The tray itself can attach around a car seat, stroller or the child so it does not have to be steadied on the lap (therefore avoiding being dropped numerous times which may be a fun game for your little ones but not so much for you). There are big mesh pockets on both sides to hold crayons and small coloring books, toys or drinks. It also has foam sides to keep everything on the tray, which is great for on-the-go snacking. And since the tray is nylon it is easy to clean.
Here is the overview (from the Family Travel Gear website):
- Strap buckles around car seat, stroller, or child
- Foam insert collapses on impact
- Padded rim keeps toys and snack on the travel tray
- Two mesh side pockets
- Sturdy nylon fabric
- Dimensions: Tray area 10″ x 15″; Side walls 2″ deep.
Brenna, age 3 1/2 really enjoyed the tray for drawing and other activities.
Caelan, our 1 1/2 year old, liked it best to keep her snacks from escaping.
Although they don't mention using this tray for air travel I am going to. If you use a car seat on an airplane (which I recommend if your child is under 2 and you are taking a long flight) this will come in very handy as the seat back trays will not fold flat over your child's lap if they are in a carseat. This makes it very difficult when it is time to eat. I really wish we had this product when we flew to Ireland. (It would have also been really handy during all the driving we did over there.)