How To Master Potty Training On The Go

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How To Master Potty Training On-The-Go includes the tips we used to help potty train. This post is sponsored by Pull-Ups® Training Pants. All opinions are my own.


As we travel more and more often, one of the questions we are asked the most is, “How did you potty train on-the-go?”

It’s a really good question because it does appear to be a difficult thing to do, but it doesn’t have to be. We used some of the same principles that we’ve used with other parts or our parenting life – we let each of our children lead the way as they were comfortable. We also worked to create a partnership with them….just as we did when they tried new foods or started school. “We are all in this together” and “we will help them each step of the way” was our mantra. We were also really careful to listen to signs from them as to when they were ready for potty training. It happened at different times with each of them, but they were all potty trained well before their second birthdays.


When we were traveling, there were three things that helped keep our kids on track.

  1. We consistently used Pull-Ups® Training Pants. It didn’t matter if they were on a plane or on a long car drive, we never went back to diapers. We switched to Pull-Ups on day one of potty training. This gave the girls a feeling of security as well as a new tool for their potty training journey. Since Pull-Ups slide on like underwear, the girls understood from the beginning that the goal was to keep them dry, and I knew they were there for any potential accidents. We stressed over and over again that accidents can and will happen and that it was okay.
  2. We planned ahead. We made potty breaks a regular habit no matter where we were. Right before boarding a plane we stopped in the restroom.  Every hour or so on the plane, we did the same. Once the girls knew what to expect, they got in a habit of adding bathroom breaks to their lives. It is a big change from just using a diaper to building up a new normal, and thinking about using a bathroom regularly.
  3. We made a plan outside of travel time and stuck with it wherever we were. I wouldn’t recommend starting to potty train on a vacation.  Instead, start when you have a more normal at home schedule for at least two weeks. After that it’s pretty easy to work potty training in on the go.

Pull-Ups have been our go-to tool for potty training success and I LOVE the new partnership they have to help us all potty train better and easier.


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It thrills me to see that the new Pull-Ups® Potty Partnership program is based on true partnership between parent and child. Each of my girls have such distinct personalities too, and this program celebrates that. It helps parents create a plan for their child based on their individual personality and they even have a quiz that you take to identify your child’s personality traits to create the best plan for them. has tips and advice from a child development expert too to help you along your journey. The partnership follows the same principles that we’ve used all these years – potty training is a fun milestone and a great time to build family partnerships. It’s nothing but positive and fun. Plus, the tips that they offer are pretty brilliant.

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What is your biggest potty training challenge?

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • This is awesome information on how to master potty training on the go. The Pulls Ups are what I used on my boys when they were little. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  • I definitely used Pull Ups when we were out in public. I usually put them on over my kiddos under wear. It helped encourage them not to wet the underwear, but gave me a safe net.

  • These are some great tips!!! Potty training can be tough. We are currently working on potty training for my daughter right now.

  • I definitely used these when I was potty training. They helped my sons to become more independent on their own and made the whole experience very successful.

  • I always used pull ups and scheduled frequent stops for my kids. We didn’t have any troubles but we only drove a few hours away from home.

    Carry a potty chairing necessary and pull over on the side of the road. 🙂

  • Potty training is essential esp for a mom who is on the go and travels a lot. Saves you on lots of spills and lil accidents! Pull ups make a wee one feel a lil more grown up an they get into the job of learning how to keep dry 🙂

  • Potty training is always going to be a hard task & I am sure it is going to be so harder if you are going to try it on the move. These are some great tips which would definitely help many parents when they travel long.

  • Potty training on the go was definitely easier with a boy. Our son peed on a tree and on the side of the road. It made him so happy!

  • My twins were challenging to potty train because one was ready and they other had no interest. Then, she would get jealous when her sister got to wear big girl undies. I’m so glad all of my kiddos are trained now! We LOVED Pull-Ups. Such a lifesaver!

  • Mastering potty training at home is hard enough. These are great tips for how to do it while you are on the move and exploring.

  • I love this idea of potty training on the go! Its all about consistency and I really like the idea of getting rid of diapers and going full blown pull-ups.Training is made for repetition and I think many parents do too much mixing and not keeping consistent even on the go for the toddler to “go” potty!

  • I have never had the joys of having to potty train but I can imagine that it would be a mess on the road. These are awesome tips to bring some normalcy to the process while traveling.

  • I love that their is a quiz to determine personality types and what might work best for them. Every child is definitely different!

  • I remember this. We used pull ups too for my son. It took him a while to use the potty for number 2. Funny enough it was during our trip to Florida that he finally use the bathroom like a big boy!

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