By: Jennifer Murray

Five Tips for Potty Training on the Go

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Our method of potty training “Booty Camp” style was pretty intense, and required us to stop everything for several consecutive days, stay home, and do everything potty related.  Needless to say, towards the end of the week, we were more than ready to get out of the house!

Practically, it seemed like an overwhelming task. How would we stay on a potty schedule?  What about possible accidents?  How could we manage public restrooms with quadruplets?  What if someone needs to go while we are in the van?

It took some careful thought and planning, but it was so rewarding to have a successful diaper free outing!

Here Are Five Tips We Learned By Experience For Potty Training On The Go:

1. Invest in a Portable Potty.  It’s my #1 tip for a reason.  I could not have been more pleased with our $3.99 IKEA potty chairs.  Not only were they simple and cheap – they were mobile. We could stack two of them and fit them into a large backpack. This meant we could skip unfamiliar and unclean public toilets, and didn’t have to worry about being stuck without a bathroom in site.

2. Bring Extra Clothes.  It may seem like a no brainer, but be sure you bring extra EVERYTHING.  Shoes, socks, pants, shirt, underwear, etc. An accident has the potential of ruining all of these, so be sure you have at least one extra of each item of clothing. Be sure you also pack waterproof plastic bags for soiled clothing.

3. Scope Out Your Surroundings. Once you arrive at your destination, scope out the restrooms or a private area you can safely and easily use your portable potty. 

4. Timing is Everything. Keep on their regular potty schedule.  Be sure you keep this in mind not only while you are at your destination, but also on the road.  Set a timer on your watch or phone to remind you, because you are bound to get distracted.

5. Wear a Pull-Up over the Big Kid Underwear. Even if your toddler is doing well at home, being outside their comfort zone is a whole different challenge.  This trick saved us multiple times!  It gives you a sense of security if your little one does have an accident that the mess will stay contained, saving their clothes, carpeting, a friend’s furniture, a car seat, etc.  Lifesaver!

What are your tips for getting out and about with a potty training toddler? 

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Pull-Ups has compensated me for my time and efforts in talking about my experiences potty training. However, my opinions on the product and Potty Dance Day experience are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards Pull-Ups® or their products.

2 Responses to “Five Tips for Potty Training on the Go”

  1. Shelly Coulter
    March 21, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    We kept a potty chair in our vehicle for a long time. That really helped. These are great tips! Will be on the potty training train again soon… 🙂

    I enjoy following your blog. thanks!

  2. Carrie
    March 26, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    This is the second time I’ve seen someone recommend keeping a potty chair in the car and, honestly, I had never even thought of that before! 🙂 It sounds like a great suggestion. I’m going to have to move our potty into the trunk… 🙂

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