Any parent will know, potty training is no easy feat, but when combined with travelling, things can get even harder.
That's why you need to find a travel potty - essential if you want an easy, fuss-free journey, and be able to keep up your child’s toilet training as you go. So how do you find the best travel potties and seats for you?
What is a travel potty?
It does what it says on the tin - a potty for when you're out and about, to help support your toddler's potty training. You can find two main types of travel potty: one that is just a training seat support to place on top of a normal toilet, and the other is a potty.
What to look for in a travel potty or seat
Ease of cleaning - Our number one tip is to choose something that’s super easy to clean, whether that's with disposable bags or bowls that can be removed and cleaned out.
Size - Think about how easy the travel potty is to carry around. There’s no point in having a fantastic, does-everything travel potty if you can’t actually fit it in the boot of your car or a luggage rack. Look for one that is lightweight or even small and foldable.
Comfort - Potties aren't the most comfortable of seats but you'll want something that your little one will be able to sit on for as long as it takes to do their business. Some travel potties have an ergonomic design or even a back rest which might appeal to you.
The best travel potties and seats
Take a look at our list of the best travel potties and seats to keep your little one happy wherever they are, before graduating to the big seat.
1. My Carry Potty
• It won Gold in the Mother and Baby Awards 2018 in the Best Potty Training Products category
• Fun animal design
• Lightweight and portable
• You can take it everywhere
• Integrated handle and a twist button for easy opening
• The bowl has a splash guard and once sealed, it's leak-proof and odour proof
Tested by mum Nicola Hogan for the Mother and Baby Awards 2018: "I would definitely recommend this product as it has been a god-send! My son is toilet-training at the minute and we were finding it a real struggle to keep up the training when out and about. We’ve been able to take the My Carry Potty with us now, meaning that he will always have a toilet on the go! My son can’t open it himself which is convenient as it means there is no risk of spillage. It is a perfect size to be portable as it’s not too big to be clumsy and fits in the pushchair tray easily. I really like the deep bowl, it means it can be used a few times while you're out before it needs emptying."
2. Potette Plus 2-in-1
• It can be used at home or on the go.* It can stand alone as a potty
• It can be converted to the top of a toilet when you're on-the-go
• It has a non-slip base for extra security and can be used with Potette Plus disposable or reusable liners
•The plastic potty is easy to wipe clean, and it's a convenient little product being able to attach it to the top of the toilet when your little one is ready
Tested by mum Rachel Robinson for the Mother and Baby Awards 2017: "I like how you can use it on normal adult toilets and also use it as a potty when away from loos. I think it’s great that it comes with the liners. It's quite small so can be taken around when out and about the sides fold down. Really like the idea of this and think it’s great for potty training."
3. OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty
• It’s useful for any on-the-go emergencies
• It's small enough to be easily transported
• It fits on to most toilets and it comes with disposable bags, absorption pads, and a travel bag
Tested by mum Sarah Jayne for the 2019 Mother and Baby Awards: "This product is extremely convenient. It is expensive but it is good quality and comparable to the cost of the average nappy brand. It is so easy to carry, folds up, fits into my bag and it has its own bag too to keep everything contained. The disposable bags are very sturdy. It can be used as a standalone potty with the legs flipped down or as a toilet seat suitable for little bottoms on any normal toilet either at home or out and about."
4. Pourty Easy-to-Pour Potty
• Multi-award-winning potty - it was Shortlisted in the 2014 M&B Awards in the Best Potty Training Products category
•It has an innovative design perfect for making potty training cleaner and easier
•With a unique pouring duct and handle, you can dispose of any contents easily making it great for travelling and disposal on-the-go.
•It's sturdiness and larger seat makes it comfortable for growing toddlers
Tested by mum Sophie Knight and her son, Eli: "This is really easy to use, the main selling point being how easy it is to pour everything away down the toilet - it's very easy to clean too, and lightweight so OK for carrying when you're out and about. It's not a compact travel potty, but for ease of use it's great."
5. Potette Max
•Absorbent, biodegradable liners to keep mess to a minimum
•Suitable for at-home and on-the-go potty training
•Includes a handy travel bag
Tested by mum Sikha for the Mother and Baby Awards 2021: As the mum of a recently potty trained toddler, and a slightly older child too, this product is brilliant. We use it primarily as a child seat for the toilet when we're out and about and both kids find it comfy and ready to use. It is ready to clean and packs up really small. The carry bag is useful. We have also used it as an emergency potty when we've been caught short and had to pull over while driving. Read our full review of The Potette Max here.
6. Pejoye Foldable Potty Toilet
•Folds up neatly and comes with a storage bag which is easy for carrying and for travel use•Easy to clean, just wipe it with a wet cloth or flush it with water•Finished with upgraded non slip silicone pads, which increase the friction between the toilet cover and potty training seat, ensuring your baby sits securely on the toilet
•Available in several fun colours and designs
Review: "My little one is just potty trained and so trips out were a bit daunting(for me!), especially as you can't bring the potty everywhere you go. She's only two years and four months old so is still little and "the big girl potty" was very daunting for her, so much so she wouldn't sit on a full sized toilet at all. This has completely changed all of that! She absolutely loves the fun design and it fits on every toilet we've used so far (a fair few!!). I was really surprised with just how small it folds down, so it's perfect to just pop in the backpack when we go out."
7. Hippychick Tron Travel Potty
Now for something completely different - a disposable, recyclable, eco-friendly potty.
•Collapsible, portable, easy to pop into your pocket
•Supports up to 30kg
•Great for camping or festivals
Tested by mum Karen for the 2020 Mother and Baby Awards: "This product is compact, light and easy to pop into a bag for potty time on the go. The product is a single-use item that is to be disposed of the following use. Due to the lightweight nature of the product, it is made essentially of cardboard, you can really forget that you are carrying it around. It can be a permanent feature in your bag without causing extra bulk meaning one less thing to pack and one less thing to worry about. The product is easy to use and child-friendly, my little girl was happy to sit on it as if it was a regular potty."
How to use a travel potty or seat
Potty training expert Amanda Jenner gave us her top tips on potty training while travelling out and about...
•Take a potty everywhere - either buy a travel potty or pack up the one you're using at home - don't expect your little one to sit on a public toilet.
•Make sure everyone who looks after your child when they are not at home, for example, nursery teachers, childminders, and grandparents, are informed about your potty training plan and what you expect - communication is key.
•Keep giving your little one reminders when out and about - you might be doing it at home, but try to ask your tot if he/she needs to use the bathroom or the toilet every 20 minutes or so.
•Remember everything is easier at home - when a child feels confident using the potty at home is different to when they feel confident out of the house.
•Overall, when away from home on a short or long trip, it's essential to stick to your routine and to get support where you can.