Traveling to someplace where tp isn’t always available? Make yourself a PottyPack, aka travel toilet supplies on the go.

PottyPack (aka travel toilet supplies)

I traveled to Mexico City last month, and into my bag I stashed what I affectionately refer to as my PottyPack, aka travel toilet supplies for destinations where tp isn’t always a given. I took one to South America; it’s helpful for camping/glamping; and isn’t a bad idea to have one on hand just in case. Not the most delicate subject, this, but a practical one. It occurred to me that sharing this information might be helpful. So, in the spirit of everybody goes, here’s the PottyPack post.

A PottyPack, aka Travel Toilet Supplies, would come in handy in this situation. Image shows Gaudi's toilet at Park Guell. An old-fashioned toilet with a wooden squarish seat and a sink visible in the foreground. A vase sits on a shelf, and a pipe connects the water
Gauidi's toilet at Park Güell

PottyPack: Travel Toilet Supplies

When a PottyPack comes in handy

It may come as a surprise to you that restrooms in other countries do not always supply toilet paper, or charge a fee for it. The can be above and beyond the fee to use the toilet. Having to pay an attendant is one thing, but sometimes, there just isn’t any tp available at all. The soap and paper towel situation might be a bit tricky, too. This is when a little preparation with travel toilet supplies goes a long way.

From a boat ride in Mexico to an eclipse in New Hampshire

It turns out that I didn’t need to use my PottyPack that much in Mexico. However, when I needed it, it was a lifesaver. The boats at Xochimilco are a lot of fun, but there are limited rest-room supplies available, even after paying to use the loo. Yay, PottyPack!

When I drove up to Northern New Hampshire to see the total solar eclipse, I took my PottyPack with me. While I ended up not needing it, concern over tp supplies for the very long loo line came up. A fellow traveler and I piped up with, “Oh, I have extra if you need it.” We both laughed and congratulated ourselves for our preparedness, as we’d chatted about our recent travels. 

Tip!

The PottyPack is also helpful on road trips, music festivals, and other such trips

Bus from Santiago to Mendoza Border Crossing
At the Argentine border crossing, my PottyPack came in handy

Toilet paper streamers on the Argentina border

In a lot of Latin America, carrying around your own toilet paper is expected. I remember when I took my bus trip over the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza, that when we stopped at the border crossing, a woman sprinted for the loo, her toilet paper a party streamer behind her in the wind. I still giggle when I remember it.

I was grateful to have my little discreet stash so that I neither entertained my fellow passengers nor needed to fork over Argentinian pesos that I didn’t yet have to the attendant to get some. (It’s still a good idea to tip—the attendant didn’t mind the Chilean pesos for that.)

Tip!

Generally speaking, you don't flush toilet paper in Latin America. Use the wastebasket provided

The PottyPack (aka Travel Toilet Supplies). The image shows a vinyl zippered pouch with compartments containing travel toilet paper, toilet seat covers, a small plastic ziploc bag, Purell hand sanitizing wipes, Stall Mates wipes, and feminine products

What is a PottyPack?

A PottyPack consists of the following:

  • Portable toilet paper
  • Toilet seat covers
  • Personal wipes
  • Hand sanitizing wipes
  • Menstrual supplies (if necessary)
  • Body Glide (if you know, you know)
  • A zippered bag to put everything in

I use a zippered vinyl (waterproof) makeup bag with compartments that keeps my travel toilet supplies organized and handy. I prefer this to not be clear in order to keep things discreet. My PottyPack is small enough to go in my large purse and doesn’t way a thing. For smaller bags, I make a mini pack with a freezer bag.

Shop for your PottyPack

While you can buy individual toilet kits (some with hilarious names), they tend to be very expensive, compared with making your own pack. 

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Individually wrapped is the way I go

Unfortunately, my Potty Pack is not very environmentally friendly. I use individually wrapped items for hygienic purposes. While you can certainly fold up some toilet paper and stash it in a bag, I find the portable roll to work better in most situations, and it keeps everything tidier.

I do feel a bit guilty about the contents of this pack but keeping things clean is also really important, particularly in situations where a Potty Pack is warranted.

A medieval toilet at Klis Fortress, Croatia.
Outhouse at Fortress Klis

Do you pack a PottyPack?

What about you? Have you ever packed a PottyPack? Any supplies you find particularly clutch? Share them in the comments below!

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