Parenting Tips


March 4, 2020

How to Master the On-the-Go Diaper Change

If you’ll be traveling with your baby for summer vacation (or at any other time throughout the year!), we bet one of your biggest concerns is how in the world you’re going to change a diaper without the perfect setup of your changing table at home – or without the luxury of access to those wonderful restaurants and shops that have a diaper changing station.

While it may seem daunting to have to manage a diaper change in the car, on an airplane or on a train, it can definitely be done. We’re not promising it will be convenient but, once you’re equipped with our diaper changing tips below, it will at least be a less challenging experience.

Changing a Diaper in a Car

When traveling on the road, whether it will be for a day trip or for a longer period of time to get to a vacation destination, it’s inevitable that you’ll have to change a diaper in your car at one point or another. But no need to fear – a car is probably one of the best places (outside of the home) to change a diaper – as long as you do a bit of planning ahead and have the minimum items needed to create a car diaper changing station.

A travel changing pad like the Go Change™ Designer Diaper Changer makes changing diapers in the car comfortable for your baby and easy for you. Keep this in the back of your car, along with one or two Toss™ Disposable Diaper Pails, and you have a great on-the-go setup.

Once you have these items (as well as diapers and wipes, of course!), you’ll want a flat area (usually the trunk or the back of an SUV) to lay out the changing pad and place your baby on so you can get him or her all fresh and clean so you can continue on your road trip! Not so bad, right? 


Changing a Diaper on a Plane

Depending on the airplane you fly on, you may get lucky with bathrooms that have changing tables inside, in which case, it will be much less of a hassle! In the event you’re on a plane without any diaper changing stations, ask the flight attendant to direct you to the best spot on the plane for a diaper change. 

Just be sure to have a disposable changing pad to place down, as well as an odor-absorbing bag to place the dirty diaper in, and work quickly to get the job done and back to the comfort of your seat!  

Changing a Diaper on a Train

Many Amtrak trains have changing tables in the bathrooms, especially those on long routes. But you’ll still want to pack some disposable changing pads and odor-absorbing bags, as you would for a plane. If you do need to change your baby’s diaper without the convenience of an actual changing table, you’ll have more room than on a plane since the seats and aisles on a train are more spacious.

Feel better after reading these tips for changing a diaper on-the-go? We hope so! Once you’ve done it a few times, it will become a regular part of your overall travel experience that you won’t have to think twice about.

Need some help figuring out what to pack in your diaper bag? You’ll want to read this post for the essentials, which will be extremely beneficial in getting you prepared for your travels with baby.