Best Toddler Travel Potties for Camping

Have you ever tried holding your toddler over a gross outhouse seat, hoping that they don’t fall in, while you wait for what seems like hours for them to poo?  I have and learned my lesson.  Now, I always bring a portable toddler potty camping and it makes life easier for everyone.

There are a lot of folding travel potties for toddlers. Not all are great for camping though.  You’ll need one which works as a standalone seat so you don’t have to run to find a toilet.   It also needs to be sturdy and easy to clean, even without running water.  Below are the best camping potties for toddlers, reviewed.

 

Why? It’s easy to setup, comes with a reusable liner bowl, works on toilet seats too and is incredibly compact.

 

Types of Toddler Travel Potties

Standalone Potty

  • Meant for use with liner bags or reusable inserts
  • Can put directly over “cat hole” and have kid go potty straight into the earth
  • Not for use with standard toilet
  • May need to lug the entire potty to empty; look for ones which have removable bowls for easy emptying

Adapter Seat (Seat Reducer)

  • Goes on top of standard toilet seat
  • Must be able to get to a toilet quickly
  • Generally not useful for camping or travel

2-in-1 Travel Potty

  • Seat legs pull outwards to become toilet adapter
  • Often larger and bulkier
  • Can use seat with liners or reusable bowl

 

Which toddler potty is best for camping?

When camping, the toilets (if any) can be far away.  It’s also unlikely that you’ll have any toilets nearby when doing outdoor activities like hiking.  You want a folding standalone potty which can be set up anywhere quickly.

To get more use out of the potty, choose a 2-in-1 potty like the Potette Plus or Dr. Catch potty. These also fold out into a seat adapter. Use this feature when your child has to poo (and you hopefully have more warning time to get to the WC) and cleanup will be much easier.

 

Best Toddler Potties for Camping

1. Potette Plus with Reusable Collapsible Liner

Best For: Overall best for camping

The Potette potty has two legs which quickly fold out to become a seat.  You can also spread them out further to make a toilet adapter (a feature not on the original Potette).

If you buy the value pack, the Potette Plus comes with a reusable, collapsible liner bowl (you can buy it separately here) The bowl is awesome but has some usability flaws. First, it may stick to your kid’s butt, potentially causing a spill when they get up.  The bowl is also floppy, so you have to be careful when emptying it.  You can also use liner bags with the Potette but your kid will have to sit directly on the bag.

Despite the flaws, this is my favorite toddler potty for camping.  In the backcountry, I’ll just dig a hole underneath the potty and my daughter will go straight into the hole.  Once she poos, I cover the hole and dig a new one.

Specs:

  • Type: Seat-adapter combo
  • Weight limit: 50lbs
  • Open size: Approx. 6x9x4.7inches
  • Seat opening: 5.5×7 inches
  • Weight: 1.5lbs
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Pros

  • Fast and easy setup
  • Use as seat or adapter
  • Silicone liner is reusable and collapsible
  • Very small and portable
  • Decent pee guard
  • Fairly stable

Cons

  • If using liner bag, child must sit on top of bag
  • Silicone bowl may stick to kid’s butt
  • Bowl takes practice to empty

 

2. Folding Travel Potty with Reusable Liner Bowl

Best for: Smaller toddlers

This is one of the most versatile travel potties you can get.  It is great for camping because it works as a seat and has a reusable, collapsible silicone bowl. Liner bags are completely optional.   My major gripe is that the silicone bowl is somewhat annoying to empty.  You’ve got to remove the seat and pull it out, which can be difficult if the bowl is full.

It doesn’t work as well as a seat adapter because it wiggles around a bit on top of the toilet.  However, it’s still nice to have this feature.   The potty folds down very compact.  It isn’t the strongest though so is better for very little kids.

Specs: 

  • Type: Seat-adapter combo
  • Weight limit: 50lbs
  • Open size: 9x10x4 inches
  • Folded size: 9x10x2.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.17lbs
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Pros

  • Three legs quickly fold into seat
  • Legs pull outward to fit on top of toilet seat
  • Includes reusable liner bowl
  • Bowl is removable – can use with liner bags
  • Easy to empty
  • Splash guard

Cons

  • Somewhat flimsy
  • Slides around on top of toilet seat
  • Carrying case is from flimsy material
  • Hard to empty liner without touching sides

 

3. Honboom Folding Travel Potty Seat

Best for: Bigger toddlers, especially boys

This portable potty seat is much sturdier than other options. The four legs hold up well even with a toddler rocking back and forth on it.  There is a built-in pee guard which keeps urine from splashing – a particularly good feature if you have little boys.  The only real downside is that it is a bit large, even when folded.

Specs:

  • Type: Seat with liners
  • Weight limit: 50lbs
  • Open size: 9x 8.6×5.9 inches
  • Folded size: Approx. 9×11 inches
  • Seat opening: 4.7×7 inches
  • Weight: 1.3lbs
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Pros

  • Sturdy constructions
  • Easy setup
  • Liner can be put in ahead of time
  • Splash guard

 

4. Blue Snail Potty

Best For: Colorful potty that sets up insanely fast

The Blue Snail travel potty is designed differently than the other potties reviewed here.  Instead of folding, it opens and closes on a hinge. There are no legs but rather a complete circle base, so the potty is very stable.

Liner bags attach underneath the foam-padded seat.   You can put the liner bag in place beforehand so it’s ready when you need it. Overall, that makes the Blue Snail the fastest travel potty to set up.

When folded, the Blue Snail has a weird shape. It fits well at the bottom of a tote bag or even strapped outside of a backpack.  I like that it doesn’t look like a potty when folded.

  • Type: Seat with liner
  • Open size: 9x11x5.6 inches
  • Folded size: 11×6.6×5.4 inches
  • Weight: 1.85lbs
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Pros

  • Very quick to set up
  • Cushioned seat
  • Cool colors
  • Very sturdy

Cons

  • Weird shape when folded
  • No splash guard

 

5. OXO Tot 2-in-1 Go Potty

Best For: Girls who will mostly use it on top of a toilet

This is far from the best travel potty for camping. If you want to use it with liners, your kid will have to sit directly on the plastic.  It works okay as a seat adapter but there is a gap between the two.  The pee guard is really low.  Because of the gap, pee can spray out when boys sit on it.

My verdict is that the OXO potty is okay for girls who mostly will use it on top of a toilet seat.  If you want to use it on the ground, then get something sturdier and a seat which goes over the liners.

Specs:

  • Type: Seat-adapter combo
  • Weight limit: 50lbs
  • Open size: 3.3×10.6×12.1 inches
  • Weight: 1.5lbs
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Pros

  • Good for bigger kids
  • Use as seat or adapter

Cons

  • Not very stable on ground
  • Large even when folded
  • Child must sit on top of liner bag
  • Terrible pee guard

 

Do you use a portable potty when camping with your toddler? Share your tips in the comments section below!

 

Image credit: “Toddler on a potty in the yard. Relaxed” (CC BY 2.0) by Ivan Radic

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