How do I handle potty training while traveling? Pre-School Travel

Tips from moms and experts alike on how to handle potty training while traveling.

Opt for Pull-Ups

If you are potty training while traveling, you will be on the safer side with a pull-up. If your child is not wearing a diaper anymore, you will want to treat the pull-up diapers as a regular underwear. Take your child to the bathroom on his regular schedule and make regular pit stops to allow him to use the bathroom. Consider the pull-up diaper, your insurance policy. If you are going on a road trip with long stretches of driving, invest in a travel potty with one-time use...

If you are potty training while traveling, you will be on the safer side with a pull-up. If your child is not wearing a diaper anymore, you will want to treat the pull-up diapers as a regular underwear. Take your child to the bathroom on his regular schedule and make regular pit stops to allow him to use the bathroom. Consider the pull-up diaper, your insurance policy. If you are going on a road trip with long stretches of driving, invest in a travel potty with one-time use bags - they come in super handy! - Laura, Family Travel Blogger at Frugal for Luxury, @frugalforluxury

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Remember: Change of Routine Can Cause Regression

Prep, prep, prep! If you know you want to start potty training and there’s a trip coming up, I recommend a two week buffer. If you’re too close to the trip, wait until after the trip to start. Change of routines can create regression and vacations should be fun! If you must potty train on vacation just make sure you have eyes on the potty where you are and prep before going out. - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

Prep, prep, prep! If you know you want to start potty training and there’s a trip coming up, I recommend a two week buffer. If you’re too close to the trip, wait until after the trip to start. Change of routines can create regression and vacations should be fun! If you must potty train on vacation just make sure you have eyes on the potty where you are and prep before going out. - MegAnne Ford, Certified Parent Coach at Be Kind Coaching, @bekindcoaching

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Always Be Prepared

Bring Clorox disinfectant wipes and be prepared to wipe down the public toilets. Always ask if they need to go as a preventative measure. Bring extra clothes, including shoes.  - Lakita Leonard, Travel Agent at Fun Travels by Lakita


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Consider a Foldable Potty Seat

We have a foldable potty seat which fits any toilet. Always go before you leave your accommodations and take spare clothes.


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Bring Emergency Diapers

When we travel, we carry diapers with us and throw them on her if she tells us she needs to urgently go and we can’t get to a bathroom quickly.

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Be Consistent, But Flexible

Be consistent, but also remind yourself that things will probably not go as normal.

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