Disclaimer: I was provided a PacaPod Samui diaper bag to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Confession: I like to have enough supplies in my diaper bag to survive comfortably in the woods for at least two weeks. Ok, that might be a slight exaggeration, but I do like to be prepared for any scenario.
I worked in television production for many years. In addition to managing budgets and booking talent, crew, locations, etc for our shoots, I also had to be prepared to handle any potential hiccups we may encounter along the way. Time is money, people! Needless to say, I treat my diaper bag like my production bag and I never leave the house without my little bag of tricks.
I currently use the Skip Hop Duo Double. It has a large inside space, lots of inside pockets and lots of outside pockets. I’m a huge fan of the pockets because I am an obsessive compulsive neat freak like my diaper bag to be exceptionally organized. As further evidence of my compulsive organization, the kids and I each have color coded pouches for our respective items. Miller is pink, Maddox is green, and I am clear. I am also super cool and not at all neurotic. Can you tell?
Here’s a rundown of what I keep in my diaper bag:
- Changing Mat
- Stickers (toddler entertainment)
- Spbang Pouch w/markers
- First Aid Pouch – band aids, Tylenol for kids, Advil for Mom, cough drops, mosquito stickers, teething supplies, nail clippers, q-tips, hand sanitizing wipes, boogie wipes, tissues
- Maddox Feeding Pouch – bib, emergency baby food pouch, Silikids placemat, nursing cover
- Miller Feeding Pouch – bib, travel spoon & fork, emergency toddler fruit bars, Silikids placemat
- Maddox Diapers Pouch
- Miller Diaper Pouch
- Baby Wipes Travel Container
- Wet bag
- Toddler toys
- Baby toys
- Munchkin snack containers
- Cooler w/bottles/sippies/snacks
- Mom Pouch – keys, lipstick, chapstick, mirror, comb
- Binky pouch – extra pacifiers, pacifier clips, and Munckin pacifier wipes
- Skincare Pouch (diaper ointment, sunscreen, lotion, lanolin)
- Miller change of clothes
- Maddox change of clothes
- Clothing Emergency pouch – sewing kit, safety pins, shout wipes, tide pen
- Travel Purell clip on
- Disposable diaper bag dispenser clip on
- Plastic luggage tag with my children’s names and emergency contact numbers
This may seem like an unnecessarily long list, but for the record, I have yet to be caught up poopy diaper creek without a paddle. As fun as it is for my friends and family to mock my preparedness, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve shared a snack, extra outfit or yes, even the sewing kit with many of them when they found themselves in a pinch. Mock away, friends, but when you’re baby has a poop explosion and is simultaneously being set upon by mosquitos, I’ve got your back.
In any case, the opportunity recently arose to test out a PacaPod diaper bag. PacaPod is a British company that specializes in luxury ‘nappy’ bags designed for use long after your babies grow up. They also employ an award-winning 3-in-1 organizational pod system. Each bag includes an insultated feeding ‘pod’ and a diapering ‘pod’. This allows moms to grab the whole diaper bag, or just the pod they need for a particular outing. The bag easily attaches to any stroller (or ‘pram’ as they adorably call it) and each pod can individually attach to a stroller or shopping cart handle. They are truly gorgeous, well-made diaper bags.
As I looked over the PacaPod website, I noticed photos of carefree British parents with seemingly very little tucked into their diaper bags beyond the diapering and feeding pods. Would my prepared-for-any-situation-including-a-zombie-apocolypse pouch system translate to a PacaPod? Would I be able to embrace this carefree and oh-so-cool British approach to the diaper bag? You betcha.
As I unpacked my regular diaper bag, I sorted by own pouches into two piles: ‘totally necessary pouches’ and ‘we’ll see how it goes without them pouches’. Since the Samui doesn’t have any interior pockets, I placed my own pouches in the bottom of the bag and set the feeding and diapering pods on top. I put small essentials like chapstick, stickers, small toys, etc in the outside pocket. I put my ‘we’ll see how it goes without them’ pouches into a storage box in my trunk. You know, just in case.
While it took some time for me to come to terms with not having interior pockets to keep everything in place, I found that my pouch system was still effective without them (in large part due to my color coding system). I LOVE being able to leave the bag in the car and only bring the insulated feeding pod with me on short trips to the grocery store or my beloved Target. Normally, I would just bring our little Medela cooler, but being able to clip the PacaPod feeder pod right to the cart handle was magical – and allowed me the extra space to cram even more things I don’t need but can’t live without onto the shopping cart seat next to my daughter. PERFECT. I also love the shape of the PacaPod. It sits well against by body, and since it is deeper rather than wider, there’s less opportunity for anything to fall out (like say, the 14 stuffed animals my daughter likes to bring along everywhere we go).
I should also mention that PacaPod diaper bags are not only beautiful, but also easily washable and built to last. The material is as durable as it is pretty. I fully intend to use this bag beyond its function as a diaper bag. It would make a fantastic beach bag, carry-on bag or overnight bag.
While I don’t know that I look as carefree and sun-kissed as the impeccable moms on the PacaPod website, I have definitely embraced their streamlined approach to packing a diaper bag. The pods really are fantastic, and the bag itself is well, pretty darn cute!
Disclaimer: I was provided a Pacapod Samui diaper bag to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% my own.