What’s in my “Potty Trained” Bag?

Back when Evita was a newborn, I put together a post on the things you could find in her diaper bag. Now that she’s out of diapers, I wanted to share what I lug around on our outings. I’m not sure what to call this bag since there are no diapers in it anymore. A potty-trained bag?
I’ll start with the actual bag. I have never, ever used anything that calls itself a diaper bag. I’ve always managed to find an oversized purse to stuff all my things in. The bag I’ve been using for a while is the Vans Junction Doctor’s Bag in checkerboard (pictured below). I seriously love this thing, but unfortunately (if you’re looking for one) it’s out of stock everywhere. I did find one on E-Bay, but I personally don’t shop there. I did find a bunch of other cute Vans bag in my quest to find it, such as the Vans Westerly shoulder bag and the Vans Hobo shoulder bag.
Now I’ll get to the important stuff… what you’ll find in the bag.

1. Folding Travel Potty Seat– This thing is awesome for so many reasons. When I was potty training Eva, she was terrified of public toilet seats. I don’t blame her, I’m still terrified of public toilet seats. This folding travel potty creates a nice barrier between my baby’s bum and that awful seat. It comes with a a little plastic bag to keep it separate from everything else in my bag, but I still like to wipe it down with an antibacterial wipe after each use. I’m usually not a fan of “character” things, but I’ve found the smiling faces on Eva’s folding potty seat make going in a strange place a little less intimidating. To me, this is a must for potty use on the go.

2. Antibacterial Wipes– Like I just said, I use them to wipe down the toilet seat after every use. They also come in handy when your public restroom runs out of soap (or simply never had any to begin with… yuck.)

3. Baby Wipes– I still like to use baby wipes on Eva, especially after #2. They do a much better job than regular toilet paper. And honestly, I think I’ll carry around baby wipes for the rest of my life now that I’ve discovered how convenient they are for other things.

4. Extra Underwear– Accidents happen, especially with tiny bladders and far-away restrooms. I like to carry two extra pairs with me just in case.

5. Extra Outfit– For the same reason stated above, I like to carry around an extra outfit for Eva in case she messes up. (PS- If you like this particular outfit I used in the picture, you can find the shirt here and the pants here.)

6. Sippy Cup Eva is pretty good about drinking from a regular cup now, but I still like to keep a spill-proof sippy handy for when we’re on the go.

7. Snack Catcher (with Snacks)– This, of course, is a toddler essential. I love these Munchkin Snack Catcher’s because they don’t require opening and closing a container while still managing to not spill snacks all over my bag.

8. Toy Cars– I always try to carry around at least one toy for Eva that a) doesn’t make noise, and b) doesn’t take up a lot of room. She loves these little toy cars from Fisher Price.

9. Wet Bag– This, again, is in case of an accident. I have this exact same Planet Wise Day of the Dead wet bag and I love it. It’s too cute.

10. Back-up Training Diaper– Sometimes there are situations (especially here in Tanzania) where you really don’t know how long it will be before you find a semi-sanitary bathroom (especially on road trips). Since toddlers aren’t always great at holding it, it’s probably a good idea to carry around a back-up training diaper just in case. If you buy a reusable cloth one, it saves you from having to buy a big pack of pull-ups that you might not ever have to use. I just use one of the cloth inserts from the old diapers I have to make it a little more absorbent, but she can still pull it up and down like panties.

Other: Summer Infant Deluxe Piddle Pad Car Seat Protector– This doesn’t belong in my potty-trained bag, but if you are just starting to potty train your toddler or if you spend a lot of time commuting, this thing is great for protecting your car seat from accidents.


  1. That folding potty seat is awesome! I can’t believe I haven’t seen one till now. I’ll definitely have to look into getting one to keep in the car. I bet it comes in handy when traveling. I always hate having Emery use public bathrooms. And that vans bag is pretty sweet too. 🙂

  2. okay, how much do i love “what’s in my bag” posts? a lot.
    i find that going out and about with baby in “exotic” locations like the ones you and i live in really require a bit of preparedness, and a bit of flexibility. (like how often have you held your kid in squat position over a very questionable toilet??} even though stella is three and a half and a long time trained, i still bring a backup diaper with me. because you never know when you’ll get stuck in traffic for three hours (on a 20 min journey) and your kid needs to pee. it’s always kind of hilarious convincing her that it’s okay to pee in the diaper though. she’s like shocked that she is not covered in pee when she eventually does give in and go.

  3. I’m still finding it hard to transition from home potty training to outdoor. The folding potty seat is real cool. I love the list you have up here. I don’t have all of them because my bag gets over the top with things but the way you show your potty training bag helps

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