Any parent will know that potty training is no easy feat, but when combined with travelling, things can get even harder, which is why you need one of the best travel potties.
A travel potty is an 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?
There are plenty of options to choose from including carry potties and foldable toilet seats, all of which are perfect for taking out in a hurry and often more hygienic than taking your average potty out that you usually use home.
The best travel potties at a glance:
•Best portable potty: My Carry Potty - Buy now from John Lewis
•Best small potty: OXO 2-IN-1 Go Potty - Buy now from Amazon
•Best potty for travelling: Pottete Max - Buy now from Amazon
•Best disposable potty: Hippychick Tron Travel Potty - Buy now from Amazon
Take a look below 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.
The best travel potties and seats 2023
Best portable potty
It won Gold in the Mother and Baby Awards 2018 in the Best Potty Training Products category
- Lightweight and portable
- Leak-proof and odour proof
- No other designs available
Best adjustable potty
Shortlisted in the 2017 M&B Awards Best Potty Training Products category
The Poteete Plus
- Broad range of colour options
- Can be used with Potette Plus disposable or reusable liners
- Some reviewers say it could be sturdier
Best small potty
Shortlisted in the 2019 Mother and Baby Awards Best Potty Training Products category
- Smooth surface
- Travel bag included
- Quite small
Best emptiable potty
**Multi-award-winning potty - it was Shortlisted in the 2014 M&B Awards in the Best Potty Training
- Large seating area (less mess)
- Quite wide
- Not the sturdiest
5. Potette Max
Best potty for travelling
Shortlisted in the 2021 Best Potty Training Products category at the Mother&Baby Awards
- Reusable liner is removable and easy to clean
- Foldable legs for compactness
- Design isn't very exciting to toddlers
Best toddler toilet seat
Finished with upgraded non-slip silicone pads, which increase the friction between the toilet
- Available in several fun colours and designs
- Some say it's not the best for wriggly toddlers
Best disposable potty
Shortlisted in the 2020 Mother and Baby Awards for the Best Potty Training Products category
- Unfolds quickly
- Three per pack
- Not reusable
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 backrest, which might appeal to you.
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 with one of the best travel potties...
•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. Use a reward chart to reinforce positive behaviour.
•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.
Emily Gilbert is the Features & Reviews Editor for Mother&Baby and has written for the website and previously the magazine for six years. Specialising in product reviews, Emily is the first to know about all the exciting new releases in the parenting industry.