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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

When You Gotta Go.... On the Road

In the next few weeks, I'll be talking about the food on a road trip and the themed activities we've been planning.  Today, I'm going to talk about kids and potty stops.

It's no secret (especially among moms) that kids will always have to go potty at the most inopportune times.  Perhaps it will be while you're waiting in line to board a ferry.  Or, just as you pull back onto the highway after gassing up.  Or, along the long stretch of road without a rest stop in sight.  If your kids are past the age of diapers, you might want to add one or more of these options to your travel gear.

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For the Do-It-Yourself family, I present to you tin can toilet.  The container is a big food storage can, packed with everything a person might need to pee alongside the road.  Most families put in toilet paper, plastic bags, and hand sanitizer.  It would also be easy to add a couple diapers (for absorbency) and some baby wipes (for easier clean-up).  This article has a lot of ideas and tips for making and using such a toilet.


If 2-day-shipping is more your speed, I have a few ideas for you too.  First, I present my pick for toddlers and preschoolers- the OXO Travel Potty.  It can be used by itself or on a real toilet.  I'm pretty sure that this will be the option I'll be buying for our road trip.  I like that it folds flat for storage and has a simple design for cleaning.

I also found this contraption if teaching boys to pee in a bottle is on your to-do list.

For adults, Amazon offers the Travel John and the Lady John.  Or this 5 gallon bucket toilet.  And a folding camping chair version.  Here's a tent that you can set up to complete your port-a-potty situation.


To be honest, I really like it when we make it to a Rest Stop.  You just never quite know what to expect.  I like to carry a little "bathroom bag" with us.  I pack some baby wipes, soap sheets (DIY version here- store in an Altoid tin), a diaper, and personal products.  A pencil pouch is the perfect size for this little kit.

The other great thing about stopping at Rest Stops is the park-like atmosphere of them, which allows the kids to spend some time playing.  We like to pack bubbles, jump rope, blow up balls, and even squirt guns to encourage activity.  Rest Stops are also great places for old-fashioned playground games like Red Light, Green Light, Simon Says, or Mother May I.

Comment below about your favorite things to do at a Rest Stop.

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