A travel high chair is a great piece of gear to bring on a family city trip.
Eating out with a toddler is often one of the most tiring parts of traveling as a young family and while a high chair will not make all the difficulties go away, it can without a doubt help making meal times a little less stressful.
Over the course of the many city trips we have taken with our children, we noticed that a potable highchair can:
Make the choice of restaurant easier, allowing you to focus on menu and atmosphere rather than availability of baby gear.
Help your child relax, the familiar piece of equipment helping them settle into a mealtime routine, not matter where you are
Give you free hands to enjoy your meal, something much harder when you are balancing an active toddler on your knees!
Because of this, a good travel high chair a piece of travel gear we highly recommend getting. This is our selection of the best highchairs for travel 2019.
Portable high chairs for travel: best styles
There are 3 main styles of portable high chair you should consider when travelling:
Wrap: A wrap-style high chair is an exceptionally lightweight and portable solution consisting of a piece of fabric that wraps around the back of a chair and around your baby, effectively creating a harness.
They are great for travel as very easy to add to your luggage without creating bulk and they can easily be washed, a definite plus for any piece of gear used at toddlers mealtime!
They are a very versatile piece of gear and the only issue you may encounter is that they are not suitable to all type of chairs, either because of the shape of the back or general design.
Hook-on high chair: Hook on high chairs attach to the side of the table and they are an excellent solution as they offer a structured seat without the need for chair legs, too awkward to travel with.
Hook on high chairs are usually easy to carry as they fold pretty small and many parents notice kids love them so much on travels they then end up using them at home too, which is always a plus.
The only drawback with chairs of this type is that they do not work with all types of tables so you may find they are not great in a cafe in Paris or a street side trattoria in Rome, where tables are on the smaller and flimsier side.
They do however work great in booth-style restaurants and they can come very handy in holiday rentals.
Booster seats: booster seats do just what they promise to do: they create extra height to allow your child to seat the table with you, no matter what type of table you are at.
These are excellent for travel as super versatile and the only issue with them is that they tend to be a little bulkier than other styles.
You can hear the Little City Trips team discuss the topic of high chairs further on the City Travel with Kids Podcast here.
Best high chairs for travel 2022
This is our selection of the best brands of high chairs for travel in 2019
My little seat travel high chair
My Little Seat Travel high chair is a lightweight and easy to carry solution suitable for children who can sit unassisted (up to about 35 lb).
This is a wrap style chair harness that works with most seats and we like it for travel as it folds really small and can easily fit in the basket of your travel stroller.
The ‘My Little Seat’ chair boasts:
- Ultra portable design
- Machine washable materials
- 5 point harness
Inglesina fast table chair
If you prefer a hook on style high chair, we love the clip on seat made by Inglesina, suitable to clip on to most types of tables (and therefore a good companion on many travels!)
The Inglesina clip on chair is:
- Easy to carry thanks to compact design and carry bag
- Suitable for babies who can sit unassisted (up to about 37 lbs)
- made with washable materials
- Equipped with a storage pocket for wipes and meal essentials
If you prefer the idea of a booster seat type of high chair, we recommend the ‘Brica GoBoost’ booster seat, a handy booster suitable for kids who can seat independently and of a weight to up to 50 lbs.
The Brica GoBoost has a solid structure, gives ice extra height to your child and has a very handy storage compartment too, for all you meal essentials.
The Brica Go boost boasts:
- Ultra portable design but with solid frame
- A handy storage space for bottles, bibs etc
- Durable and easy to clean materials
- Extra-Grip traction pads for no-slip grip on chairs
- Includes handy carrying strap
First years on the go booster seat
Another great solution for parents who love the idea of a booster seat type of chair is the First Years on the go booster seat.
This booster seat is handy for travel as it can easily be used on most chairs and has some great travel- friendly characteristics:
- Compact design, which makes it easy to carry even with limited space in your luggage
- Self inflate mechanism makes it easy to set up anywhere
- Safety belt help keep your child in place, minimising the risk of falls
Summer infant Pop and Sit portable booster
A very different type of booster seat but one many parents love because of its versatility and ease of use is the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable Booster.
This booster is a real chair for kids that can be used on its own for picnics in the park or can sit on top of a restaurant chair to give your child extra height.
The Summer infant booster boasts:
- Lightweight frame, very easy to fold and unfold
- Detachable, dishwasher safe tray (BPA free)
- Handy carrying case perfect for families on the go
- 3-point safety harness and chair safety straps for use on adult chair
We hope you enjoyed this overview of the best high chairs for travel and we helped you pick the best portable booster seat for your city trip with kids!
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