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.
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.