It’s thrilling to me that we’ve reached the stage of life that both my boys are potty trained. This is my second time around the block, and I’ve learned a lot – the most important lesson being how to stock a good potty training bag for life outside our four walls.
If you’ve ever tried potty training a child, you know it’s an ordeal for everyone. Help cut out the hassle of leaving the house by keeping your potty training bag stocked with these ten essential items:
1. Extra Pair of Shoes
Sometimes accidents can be messy. Bringing an additional pair of shoes can literally be a lifesaver. I like using Crocs – they are lightweight, easy to clean, and are relatively inexpensive for a second pair of shoes.
2. One complete outfit (+ socks)
Pack the whole outfit to avoid mismatching after an accident, especially for those kids who are fashion conscious (that does include the boys!), and do make sure you switch them out if your child advances to a larger size (lesson learned!).
3. Changing Pad
You still may need to use the changing table dependent on the type and size of the accident, so make sure to grab a small compact pad for those extra crazy emergencies.
4. Pull Ups
I tend to ditch an extra set of undies in favor of the Pull Ups. Make life a little easier – one accident per trip is enough to plan for.
5. Wet Wipes
Even when your child succeeds away from home, there still may be need to clean up with a wet wipe. (And you already know they can be used for about a hundred other things, so why leave home with out them?)
6. Paper Towels
You never know what’s really going to be available in the public restroom. I’ve used paper towels from my stash when the dispenser was empty to dry hands on in cold weather, and to help clean up the travel potty seat after accidental sprays.
This is by far my favorite away-from-home potty training tool. The travel potty seat completely covers a public toilet (and whatever may be growing there) and has handles to keep little hands from being busy all. over. the. stall. When your child is done, it easily folds to keep toilet germs on the inside until you can clean it at home.
8. Plastic Bags
It’s really important to keep a few extra plastic bags on hand to contain wet or stinky messes. I use the Munchkin Arm and Hammer Diaper Bag Dispenser because it keeps bags neat, orderly and easily accessible.
9. Travel Lysol
You really never know what you’re going to find in a public restroom, and sometimes you need a little back up. I’ve used the Travel Lysol on a few occasions when I simply couldn’t bear to put the travel seat down on a public toilet, or when I didn’t want to put a dripping (oops!) potty seat back in my bag.
10. Hand Sanitizer
I know there’s a lot of debate on hand sanitizer right now, but when there’s no soap in the restroom, you’ve gotta start somewhere. I think we can all agree this is better than nothing :).This post contains affiliate links. Questions? Read my disclosure page.