Diaper bags come in all sizes and are made to accommodate many different lifestyles and needs. Some parents never go too far from home and only need a few essentials to tide things over until they return. Other times the diaper bag is going to the daycare center with baby and needs to have a whole day’s supply of anything that could possibly be needed, and then some. Then there is the diaper bag that’s made for travel, it has some different needs depending on how far and how long the journey is.
For The Longer Trip, You’ll Need More Things
The first thing that you should do is sit down and write out a list of things that you’re really going to need for your baby. Going on a long trip can be especially hectic if you forget something critical for baby’s tranquility. On the other hand, if you load the bag down too heavily, you’ll regret it when you have to lug it around an airport or train station.
The diaper bag for travel will need more room and more separate compartments than the usual bag. It should also have zipper closures to make sure that items don’t fall out if you have to put it in the overhead compartment, or under a seat. Plus you’ll definitely want a good, strong, comfortable shoulder strap because you’ll have to carry your baby and the bag in many instances. You may also want a bag that can be carried several different ways to take the burden off of your shoulder and so it fits over the handlebars of a stroller.
You might also consider getting a bag that is large enough for your travel essentials at the same time as baby’s. This will keep you from having to carry two bags and the baby at the same time. Many travel diaper bags come with a padded changing pad that’s made to fit into slot inside. These are great, and they should be used anytime you use any public changing table to protect your loved one from unknown diseases that could lurk there.
Consider Getting An Excellent Quality Bag That’s Not Decorated For A Baby
The reason that you might want to do this is because there won’t normally be a lot of opportunities to use a travel diaper bag. Your baby will soon grow up, plus how often do you really travel? If you get a real nice looking bag you’ll be able to use it for years in many other instances as they arise.
Some of the best quality diaper bags are finished in a nice faux leather look that is easy to keep clean and has one whole side set apart for baby items, like a pacifier, wipes, towels and even toys. Then the other side has a section for mama’s sunglasses, cell phone, keys, and travel documents.
Once you have your list of things you need to carry in the diaper bag, then you can go online and read some of the reviews other purchasers have left to get more ideas. They’ll also bring up how easy the bags are to clean, how long they last under different conditions, and other uses that they’ve found for the bag after baby’s grown up.