When you spend a lot of time on the road like I do, it can be hard to keep your smaller EDC type gear organized and together in one place. Unlike your home or office where you may have a designated pocket dump location, hotel rooms or temporary work spaces can be the Bermuda Triangle when it comes to gear. How many times have you misplaced your keys or cell phone while staying in a hotel or working on the road?
One of the best ways to keep your stuff organized is the Red Oxx Travel Tray. The Travel Tray, which retails for $25, is a portable valet tray that is designed to keep all of your wares in one single spot. Whether it is on the nightstand in your hotel room, or beside you in your tent, the Travel Tray provides a great “home away from home” for your keys, cell phone, pocket knife, wallet, and other EDC accessories.
Made from 1000 weight urethane coated, Dupont certified CORDURA nylon, the Travel Tray is the big brother to Red Oxx’s ever popular Travel Basket ($20). The Travel Tray is two inches wider in the base to accommodate today’s larger smart phones and compact tablets. It’s roughly the same footprint as an iPad Mini, which happens to fit inside the Travel Tray perfectly. The bottom of the tray features a 4 lb. Volara closed cell foam padded base to give your gear a soft pillow to rest on. The hollowfill padded side walls keep your gear from spilling over, but they also give the Travel Tray rigidity and shape.
When not in use, the Red Oxx Travel Tray folds totally flat and measures 12.5″L x 10″W x 1/4″H. Slip it in your bag or carry on and you will hardly notice it is there – especially since it weighs under 5 ounces! When you arrive at your temporary digs, snap the corners of the Travel Tray together using the stainless steel mil-spec snaps and you have a 9″L x 6.5″W x 2″D temporary abode for your gear.
The Red Oxx Travel Tray, which is made in Montana, comes in 12 different colors. I ordered mine in Red so it would be easy to spot in a room. I have taken it on a couple of trips now, including a week plus adventure in Europe, and I have been very pleased with it. The size is perfect for all of the items I typically carry in my pockets and I hardly notice that it is in my luggage when traveling since it folds flat and weighs almost nothing. When I’m not on the road, the Travel Tray fits nicely on my office desk and gets used pretty much every day.
I have used similar travel valets in the past. The fail point is typically the snaps lose their “snappiness’ or the fabric starts to wear around the edges. The Red Oxx version uses a thick binding material around the edges that is vertically woven to prevent fraying or splitting. It is nice when a company goes the extra mile, even on the smaller, lower price point accessories. At $25, the US made Red Oxx Travel Tray is a solid value. It is also backed by the Red Oxx “No Bull”, no questions asked, lifetime warranty. I doubt that you will ever be able to break this thing, but if it does meet an untimely catastrophe, you can rest easy knowing it is taken care of by Red Oxx. To learn more about the Travel Tray, check out the Red Oxx website. You can also follow Red Oxx on Facebook and Twitter.