This post is brought to you by my Sis-in Law. If you get squeamish at the mention of potty words, then LOOK AWAY! Let not thine eyes look upon this post, for it will mention potty words galore like "tinkle, pee pee, tinkle town, wee wee, and wuh-whoa" (as my girls love to say).
This handy little post will address all of the above potty words, and how when traveling, those words can be just ordinary, run-of-the-mill, conversational words...and not incite sudden and extreme agitation upon the mutha.
What this post will not address are these potty words: "poo poo, dukey, and/or bump bump." (I'm sure my mother and father will be so proud of this post.) When those words are spoken during travel--you are on your own, honey! Don't blame me if those words cause you to swerve off the road, and yell in a louder than necessary voice, "Are you SURE???" Nope, I've got no help for the bump bumps of travel. Like I said--this post is all about tinkle town.
As I am sure many of you are traveling with your kids this summer, I thought I'd pass along 3 helpful tips when you hear those fateful words, "I've got to go potty!" If you're like our family, and seem to travel thousands of miles without ever seeing a gas station, then these tips might be helpful.
Traveling Potty Tip #1:
My Sis-in-Law's brother has 4 little girls, ages 8 years-8 months. 4 little girl bladders were enough to motivate them to figure out this genius solution--they travel with a child's potty chair! Oh, but that's not all! They take a maxi pad, peel off the adhesive strip, and stick it at the bottom of the little potty to help collect the tinkle and keep it nice and tidy! Whenever they are traveling on a lonely stretch of road (and it's a proven fact children never have to go potty when a gas station is within 10 miles), and someone cries "potty," they pull over on the side of the road and use the little potty. Genius! I call that--convenient, timely, and tidy!!
Traveling Potty Tip #2
This is actually my own potty tip--invented out of desperation--where all good inventions are born. When traveling, we always take along about a dozen large-size Pull Ups. I stash them in the back seat pockets, along with several plastic grocery sacks. Usually about 10 minutes after we have passed a beautiful, brand new gas station, one of our girls will call, "Tinkle town!!!" No worries--we just pull over, and she is able to slip on a Pull Up, and then put the wet Pull Up into a plastic sack for disposal. The next time we pull into a gas station, we dispose of the goods.
I have to be honest...sometimes on those lonely stretches of road, I have contemplated traveling with Adult-size Pull Ups (okay, they're called Depends, if you must know!) But, for now, I always waltz into the gas stations along the way, to use their facilities. Because, guess what? When you use the facilities, it is only polite to make a purchase! And nothing helps a trip go faster than a fresh Coke with good crushed ice and maybe a pack of M&Ms to help it wash down!!! I'm only trying to be polite, ya know!
Traveling Potty Tip #3
You all know I have daughters. So, naturally, my traveling potty tips are for GIRLS. Those of you with boys have it easy. Or, so I'm told. It appears to me that boys are equipped with built-in travel potties. All they need is a quick pull-over and a small patch of grass. Or, a small mayonnaise jar. Just be sure the mayo lid is securely tightened before any sloshing or jostling may occur.
Traveling Potty Tip #YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN
As I mentioned earlier, I have no tips for the bump bump needs from the back seat. We have used the child's potty chair before, but I'm sorry--the removal and cleaning afterward is just icky gross! Do any of my gentle readers have a suggestion?
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