12 BEST Travel High Chairs You’ll ACTUALLY Travel With

Author: Celine Brewer

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I always packed a fabric travel high chair in my baby and toddler travel essentials. Even if I was unsure on how much I would use it, it packed small enough that it was worth having my portable travel high chair with us. As parent traveling with a baby or toddler, I wanted to be prepared (without carrying too much) and packing a portable high chair was an easy way to ensure a safe and secure spot for my baby at any restaurant.

You might be thinking that it would be pointless to pack when traveling with a baby or toddler in the United States or Canada, but this isn’t always the case. Sure, almost every restaurant will have a high chair available for you to use. But even in those instances where I didn’t use it as much at restaurants, I still used the travel high chair in the Airbnb or hotel room! This was also the best way to make sure my little one isn’t getting food everywhere!

As you begin to travel internationally with a baby, you will find that having high chairs is not always the case, even if a restaurant is family-friendly.

baby in my little seat portable fabric high chair
Our daughter in a fabric travel high chair.

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Top 12 Portable High Chairs for Travel

Portable high chairs are an important part of your strategy to feed your baby while traveling. I cover everything after this list of the best portable travel high chairs for babies and toddlers, so read on as I walk you through finding the best high chair for travel for your family.

In this list you’ll find only portable travel high chairs that are exactly that – portable. I only include travel high chairs that are practical and realistic for parents to travel with. While I know that toddler booster seats like this Fisher Price portable high chair are amazing (I know, I own two of them), I wouldn’t travel with one. What they are perfect for is using both at home and taking to grandma’s house.

The best travel high chairs are the ones that fold small and that you’ll be willing to carry along with you on your daily outings. Otherwise, what’s the point of bringing it?

1. hiccapop Omniboost Travel Booster Seat with Tray for Baby

hiccapop omni portable booster seat

The hiccapop Omniboost travel seat is perfect for camping, at the beach or to travel with.

  • Portability: It’s bigger to carry than a fabric high chair, but can be stored at the bottom of a stroller in it’s own travel bag.
  • Safe to Use: It has removable “duck feet” and a wider stance for added stability. It’s recommended for babies from 6 months to 3 years old and has a 3 point harness to keep your little one secure.
  • Ease of Cleaning: It has a removable tray that is dishwasher safe and a machine washable cover.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Parents who want a chair that does it all. This one has the best value for the price! It’s great for camping, indoor use, outdoor use and even on the floor.
Baby in a hiccapop travel booster chair that is on the beach, with a woman in a green bikini sitting nearby smiling.

PROS

  • Very portable yet sturdy.
  • Easy to set up and break down.
  • Perfect for camping, the beach or grandma’s!

CONS

  • A little bulky to carry while out sightseeing.

Read our full review of the hiccapop OmniBoost Booster Seat for Travel.

2. BOMBOL Instant Popup Booster Seat

Bombol booster travel booster high chair.

If you truly want a booster seat that will bring your baby up to the height of the table, yet pack extra small then look no further than the BOMBOL!

This lightweight travel high chair for baby is so portable because it folds flat! Plus you can just pop it up when needed.

  • Portability: This portable travel high chair weighs only 2.5 lbs and folds to 12″ x 11″ x 1″.
  • Safe to Use: This sturdy baby travel high chair has a five point harness and elastic shoulder straps that still allow your little one to move around. A locking mechanism works to keep it sturdy when in use. Just unlock to fold flat.
  • Ease of Cleaning: The straps are removable and can be thrown in the wash. The rest of the booster can be wiped clean.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Parents who want to pack light and are willing to spend more to get that feature.
bombol pop up booster chair folded flat

PROS

  • Has a sturdy design.
  • Folds completely flat for easy packing.
  • Boosts baby up to table.

CONS

  • Missing a bag or cover for the seat.

Read out full review of the Bombol Pop-Up Booster High Chair.

3. Nuby Easy Go Safety Lightweight High Chair Booster Seat

Baby sitting in Nuby Travel Highchair.

The Nuby Easy Go booster seat also needs another chair to be secured to and is similar to the First Years On-the-Go booster. This travel booster seat has high density foam padding that can be removed. It helps get your baby or toddler up to the proper height to eat at the table while secured with a 3-point harness. The chair has a security strap to hold it to the chair.

  • Portability: While it’s a larger item to pack, this portable high chair seat could easily be stored in a suitcase or at the bottom of a stroller for daily outings.
  • Safe to Use: Like the First Years On-the-Go booster and because it only has a 3-point harness, I’d be concerned using this with a baby who might lean too far over the side.
  • This portable booster seat high chair is suitable for babies 9 months and older. Never leave your baby unattended.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Made of water-resistant polyester that can be wiped clean.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Budget travelers and those who have a little more room to pack a larger item.
Pocket on Nuby Easy Go Booster Seat.

PROS

  • Quick to set up.
  • Good for babies and toddlers.

CONS

  • Lack of tray means more messes with babies new to solid foods.
  • Larger to pack and carry around.

Read our full review of the Nuby Easy Go Travel Booster Seat.

4. Inglesina Fast Portable Highchair

baby sitting in Inglesina Fast Table Chair - hook on high chair that attaches to table

The Inglesina Fast Table Chair is very highly rated, it comes in an array of fun colors and can be used at home or while traveling. It fits tables up to 3.5″ thick. You also have the option of purchasing the Inglesina with the tray.

  • Portability: This clamp-on high chair comes at a higher cost and is more to carry, at 4.2 pounds. However it does fold flat and has a carry bag sewn to the bottom of the chair. For travel, it can be stored at the bottom on the stroller.
  • Safe to Use: It can be used from 6 months to 3 years old and up to 37 pounds. Your baby should be able to sit up unassisted.
  • Ease of Cleaning: It has a removable cover that can be hand washed.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Long term travelers or parents who want a multi-use high chair.

PROS

  • Packs flat for ease of packing.
  • Brings baby right up to table height.
  • Doesn’t require a tray.

CONS

  • Still larger than other more compact travel high chairs.
  • More difficult to disassemble for cleaning.

See our full review of the Inglesina Fast Table Chair.

5. The Original Easy Seat Portable High Chair

toddler sitting in Original Easy Seat travel highchair.

The Cozy Cover Easy seat is a well reviewed and excellent choice for a fabric highchair. The hardest choice will really come down to which pattern of the cloth travel chair you prefer.

  • Portability: The Cozy Cover is a portable foldable high chair for that folds up small and is easy to carry in a diaper bag.
  • Safe to Use: Similar to the My Little Seat, it has a 5 point harness to secure your baby in the seat. Your baby should be able to sit unassisted before using travel high chairs for babies.
  • Baby should never be left unattended and only for use with babies who are under 35 lbs.
  • Ease of Cleaning: This fabric travel high chair for baby is machine washable.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Budget travelers and packing light!

PROS

  • Super compact and lightweight for travel.
  • Good to keep toddlers in their chair.

CONS

  • Like other fabric high chairs, baby sits low at the table.

6. liuliuby Travel Harness Seat

toddler sitting in Liuliuby fabric high chair for travel

The liuliuby travel harness is similar to those two above. It has adjustable harness straps plus side loops at the waist for extra security. It has a design to fit chairs that are high or wide.

  • Portability: This portable highchair rolls up for easy packing in a backpack diaper bag or to throw in the bottom of your travel stroller.
  • Safe to Use: Similar to the My Little Seat, it has a 5 point harness to secure your baby in the seat. Your baby should be able to sit unassisted before using travel high chairs for babies. Baby should never be left unattended.
  • Ease of Cleaning: This fabric baby travel high chair is machine washable.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Budget travelers and packing light!
Liuliuby fabric high chair for travel set up on a chair.

PROS

  • Super compact and lightweight for travel.
  • Good to keep toddlers in their chair.

CONS

  • Like other fabric high chairs, baby sits low at the table.

7. Summer Pop ‘n Sit Portable Booster Chair

Summer Infant Pop 'N Sit Portable highchair for travel

This portable booster seat for travel has a folding frame, just like the hiccapop. It sets up in seconds and can be secured to an adult chair to bring your baby or toddler right to the table.

While the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Booster has an incredible amount of good ratings, many people complain that the straps actually fall closer to the seat of the chair instead of at your baby’s waist.

  • Portability: Similar to the hiccapop travel booster high chair, the Summer Infant can be carried at the bottom of the stroller for daily outings.
  • Safe to Use: This chair can safely be attached to a chair or used on the floor. As with most portable high chairs, it’s recommended for babies who are 6 months to 3 years or up to 37 lbs.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Detachable tray is dishwasher safe.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: It’s great for a camping high chair PLUS any indoor use, outdoor use and even on the floor.

PROS

  • Similar to the hiccapop, this chair is very sturdy.
  • Easy to set up and break down.
  • Can be used on it’s own or attached to another chair.

CONS

  • A little bulky to carry while out sightseeing.

8. Munchkin Brica GoBoost Travel Booster Seat

The Munchkin Brica is like a diaper bag and travel booster seat in one. Because it has an internal frame to create the booster seat, there’s storage room for your washable bibs, diapers, wipes and snacks.

  • Portability: This portable booster seat for toddlers and babies will take up more room in your suitcase, but it does have a strap to make carrying it around easier. It can also be stored in the bottom of the stroller for daily outings.
  • Safe to Use: It has some grip traction pads to make sure it doesn’t slip off the chair. The secure internal frame also keeps your baby from tipping to the side when they wiggle around.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Similar to the First Years On-the-Go Booster Seat, wipe it down with a wet cloth or sponge.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Traveling parents who plan to eat out at restaurants often and want something more robust than a fabric high chair. We recommend it for parents traveling with a stroller and have space to store it while they are out sightseeing.

PROS

  • Has extra space to carry essentials.
  • Good for boosting toddler up to table.

CONS

  • Larger to pack and carry on daily outings.

9. Dreambaby Grab ‘N Go Travel Booster Seat

The Dreambaby Grab ‘N Go Travel Booster Seat is similar to a fabric chair, in that it needs another chair to be secured to. This travel booster seat fits on most chairs and can boost your baby or toddler up to the table. Plus it offers some additional storage for your baby’s essentials.

  • Portability: While it’s a larger item to pack, the back of the seat folds flat and it could easily be stored in a suitcase or at the bottom of a stroller for daily outings.
  • Safe to Use: The firm seat keeps your baby from leaning too much to the side like on some foam bases. This portable booster seat high chair is suitable for babies 6 months and up to 50 lbs. Never leave your baby unattended.
  • Ease of Cleaning: The cover can be thrown in the washing machine.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Travelers who have a little more room to pack a larger item.

PROS

  • Long straps fits most chairs.
  • Secure base that lifts baby up to the table.
  • Offers additional storage.

CONS

  • Takes more space.

10. Mountain Buggy Pod Clip-On Highchair

While the Mountain Buggy Pod clamp on high chair can be used for both home and travel, it can only be used on tables up to 2” thick. This might limit its use while eating in restaurants. While it’s only slight cheaper than the Inglesina Fast Table Chair, it is lighter by 2 pounds.

  • Portability: While still larger to carry around than a fabric high chair, the Mountain Buggy Pod clip on travel high chair for baby folds flat and weights only 2.2 lbs. It comes with a carry bag for storage when not in use and it should fit easily at the bottom of your stroller.
  • Safe to Use: Use for babies that can sit unassisted and up to 37 pounds. The clamps on this baby travel highchair have non-slip rubber grips to ensure it stays put. Not suitable for use on round pedestal tables, glass tables or any other unstable tables.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Wipe down for cleaning.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Parents looking for a travel highchair that can also be used at home. Also perfect for long term travelers.

PROS

  • Bring baby right up to the table.
  • Lighter that other similar options.
  • Folds flat.

CONS

  • Not suitable for all tables.

11. guzzie+Guss Perch Clip On High Chair

The guzzie+Guss chair is almost identical to Inglesina though it is slightly heavier at 6 pounds but also has a high back at 14 inches. Where the Perch shines is with the clamps that can accommodate a table up to 3.75” thick.

  • Portability: One of the least portable with it’s heavier weight of 6 pounds. It does fold flat and comes with a carry bag.
  • Safe to Use: The Perch has a 5 point harness to keep your baby secure. It can be used from 4+ months and can hold up to 37 lbs.
  • Ease of Cleaning: The fabric is removable for washing.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: Parents looking for a portable high chair seat to use at home and for travel. Also perfect for long term travelers who want a more robust chair for apartment rentals.

PROS

  • Has a good 5 point harness and higher back for safety.
  • Good for home and travel.
  • Clamps accommodate more tables that a similar lobster clamp-on travel highchair.

CONS

  • Heavier than most at 6 lbs.

12. ciao! baby Portable High Chair for Babies and Toddlers

While we wouldn’t recommend this portable highchair for international travel with a baby, it’s the best high chair for camping. It doesn’t need a chair or a table to attach it to and it’s easy to clean. We also love that it brings your baby or toddler sitting in the chair up to the same level as a table.

  • Portability: While it folds up, it’s not likely something you’ll bring on a plane. It is the best baby or toddler camping high chair, so you can easily fold it up to bring it camping, on road trips with a baby or even to summer picnics.
  • Safe to Use: It has a five point harness to keep your baby or toddler securely in the seat. Use for babies who can sit unassisted and up to 35 pounds.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Easy to clean feeding tray.
  • Best Portable High Chair for: It’s a great camping high chair and for all outdoor use.

PROS

  • Brings baby up to table height without the use of another chair.
  • This portable baby chair has a tray.

CONS

  • Too large for international travel.

My Top Picks for the Best Travel High Chairs

I know you don’t always have time to read, so here are my top picks for the best portable toddler beds for travel:

Best Overall:

hiccapop Omniboost Travel Booster Seat – the hiccapop Omniboost folds down small enough to pack, plus it can be used on a chair or standalone. It’s a great multi-purpose chair that you’ll get a ton of use out of.

Best Fabric High Chair:

Original Easy Seat Portable High Chair – a fabric high chair will work in a pinch! If you like to pack light, then this is the portable high chair seat for you.

Best Clamp-On Travel High Chair:

Inglesina Fast Table Chair – the Inglesina Fast Table Chair is the perfect high chair that can be used at home and on the road. We love baby travel gear that works in many scenarios!

Best Portable High Chair for Camping:

ciao! Baby Portable High Chair – picnic tables rarely work well for travel high chairs, but this one is a standalone that will bring your baby up to table height while still packing small enough to pack.

Types of Travel High Chairs

There are four categories of portable high chairs: fabric high chairs, travel booster seats, clamp-on travel high chairs, and stand-alone travel booster seats.

Here is what you need to know about each type of portable high chair:

Best Stand-alone Travel Booster Seats

This type of travel high chair booster seat can either be strapped to a chair or used on its own on the floor. These are the only travel high chairs with a tray, which can be removed when using at a table.

This type of foldable travel high chair seat is the perfect baby camping chair, where you might not have another chair to attach it too. Since it’s also the only portable highchair with a tray, it’s the perfect portable camping high chair to place your baby in to play while cooking dinner over the fire, knowing your baby is a safe distance away.

I also love it for the beach with a baby and have included it in my  baby beach essentials list.

The most popular options are the Summer Infant Pop and Sit Portable Booster and the hiccapop Omniboost Travel Booster Seat. They are big enough that you might not want to carry it out every day while traveling with your toddler, but if you travel with a stroller then it can easily be stored at the bottom.

Summer Infant Pop 'N Sit Portable Booster Seat
Toddler in Summer Infant Travel Highchair.

Fabric Travel High Chairs

Fabric travel high chairs will pack up the smallest, have a 5 point harness and can be thrown in the washing machine. A portable fabric high chair is easily attached to most chairs and will meet almost every budget.

Your baby should be able to sit upright unassisted to use a fabric portable high chair.

Where they fall short is that they don’t actually boost your baby or toddler up to the table. A portable fabric high chair also doesn’t work in restaurants that have barstools or similar chairs without a back.

Travel Booster Seats

These travel booster seats are similar to a traditional booster seat, but they are portable. Similar to a fabric baby chair, they require a chair to be attached to, but will help boost your baby or toddler up closer to the table.

They only have a 3 point harness, so your baby must be able to sit up unassisted.

The travel booster seats that I like best is the Bombol pop-up booster because it packs down so small.

Neither of the other ones can pack up very small, but can easily be stored at the bottom of a travel stroller. The Munchkin GoBoost has some storage and a strap so it can be used as a diaper bag as well.

Clamp-on Travel Highchairs

Clamp-on travel high chairs are a great option for people who can use it both at home and while traveling with a baby or toddler. Unlike a high chair that attaches to a chair, these clamp right on to the table. A clip on high chair enables your baby or toddler to be sitting high up and close to the table. They also have a 3 point harness to keep your baby or toddler securely in their seat.

Despite being a much larger item to carry, these travel high chairs for babies and toddlers do fold down flat and your toddler won’t be able to push themselves away from the table.

silicone placemat is best to make sure you aren’t scratching the table surface and make sure to practice using a clamp-on portable chair before traveling with it.

The ones I have listed above have a U-shaped clamp which allows them to be used on way more tables. Even with these, there are several types of tables that a clamp-on portable highchair is not suitable for (like glass tables, pedestal tables or card tables), so make sure to check what tables it will work on before buying.

What to Look for in a Portable High Chair

How are you going to decide which one is the best high chair for travel? The main things to consider when looking to purchase a portable travel high chair are how sturdy is it for keeping your baby safe, when and where do you plan to use the baby chair for travel, the size and cost.

If you are flying with a baby, all of the ones recommended above should easily pack in your suitcase.

1. How Sturdy Is the Chair for Keeping Your Baby Safe?

The portable high chairs for toddlers and babies that I recommend are only those with high ratings and without any major safety concerns. If there is anything to be aware of when it comes to the safety of a portable baby seat, I made sure to note it.

As an extra precaution, never leave your baby unattended in a portable travel chair, they just aren’t as secure as a regular high chair.

2. When and Where Will You Use the Portable High Chair?

If you are traveling internationally with a baby and want to bring your own folding high chair, how small should it be?

baby in travel high chair being fed
Our son at 9 months using the fabric travel high chair.

Will you bring it out with you when you are sightseeing or will you only use it at the apartment rental? If you plan to carry it with you, consider trading off some functionality for size.

I travel with as little as possible and often without a stroller, so to carry a travel high chair seat along with us meant it had to fit in our backpack diaper bag.

If you plan to use your portable highchair for camping with a baby, then you’ll want something more sturdy than a fabric travel high chair. You’ll want one that is stand alone and doesn’t need to be attached to another chair, like the hiccapop Omniboost Travel Seat or the ciao! baby portable highchair.

3. Size of Portable Travel High Chair

If you are looking for a travel high chair seat for your baby that takes up the least amount of space, a fabric baby chair for travel is the best option. These portable cloth high chairs fold up to the size of a diaper.

If size isn’t an issue, then a travel booster seat, a portable baby chair with a tray or one that clamps to the table will have the most features. You’ll just need extra space to carry it around.

4. Cost of Portable Travel High Chair Seat

Fabric travel high chairs are the most cost effective of all the high chairs. The other folding high chairs for travel will not only take up more space but they’ll be more expensive too.

If you are on a budget, consider getting a chair that can be used at home as well as when you travel, rather than spending more money on a second travel baby chair.

Get our FREE printable packing list for baby travel here!

father and baby eating in restaurant with baby in portable fabric travel high chair
Our daughter at 14 months using the fabric travel high chair at a restaurant.

Traveling Without a Portable High Chair

Do you really need a portable highchair for travel?

mother and baby eating outside in paris
Eating out in Paris with a Baby

How do you eat at restaurants when there aren’t any high chairs if you are traveling without a travel high chair?  Here are your options:

  1. Find a restaurant providing high chairs. Not always possible.

  2. Hold your baby or toddler on your lap during the meal. I don’t know about you, but I don’t enjoy trying to eat while holding a wiggly baby who’s getting food in my hair.

  3. Use a stroller that has a snack tray. Not all restaurants will have the space to accommodate a stroller.

  4. Use our baby travel hack and attach your baby or toddler to the seat with your baby carrier. 

See all our recommended baby carriers for travel.

I’ve done all four of these and though they work in a pinch, they aren’t always feasible. 

baby eating
Desperate parents get creative when trying to contain a messy toddler!

Besides eating in restaurants, if you want to do some meals in your hotel or apartment rental, you can keep the mess contained by bringing your own portable baby high chair.

baby eating on lap

Baby Travel Tip: Always ask your Airbnb apartment if they can provide one. Sometimes the highchair just isn’t included in the listing.

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Celine Brewer is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's helped millions of new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade. In addition to writing on her baby travel blog, she has shared her expertise on traveling with a baby or toddler by contributing to articles about traveling with a baby with the Washington Post, USA Today, the Lonely Planet magazine and Pregnancy & Newborn magazine.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site FamilyCanTravel.com, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site TravelBanffCanada.com.

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