The Travel Potty by Cool Gear (*Est. $24) is a popular pick for families who don't want to lug a full-size potty chair or seat while they're on the road. The potty chair folds into a lightweight, briefcase-like package that kids can carry with an attached handle. Unfolded, the potty is sturdy and easy to clean, parents say, and it's compatible with standard 1-gallon plastic bags to wrangle messes while on the go. While reviewers like the side storage compartments, many say they can be hard to open. Also, like most travel potties, there is no splashguard for boys.
Parents who want something a little more versatile should look at the Kalencom 2-in-1 Potette Plus (*Est. $15), which can function as both a freestanding potty chair and a potty seat that sits on top of adult toilets. The potty folds compactly, though most reviewers say it's still too large to stash in a diaper bag. Special liners are available, but it can also be used with standard plastic shopping bags, parents report. Some complain that it's too small to be comfortable for bigger kids, and others say locking the legs properly is tricky. There is no splashguard for boys.
The Primo Folding Potty Seat with Handles (*Est. $8) is a budget-friendly choice and one of the most compact travel-potty options available. The potty seat unfolds to sit on top of adult toilets. When folded, it's small enough to fit in a diaper bag or stroller basket, parents say. The seat is easy to clean and has handles to help kids feel a little more secure, but some reviewers say it can still slip and wobble. Others say they couldn't get the seat to fit properly on some toilets. The seat also lacks a splashguard, and a few parents say the hinges pinched their kids' skin.