I’ve done enough road trips with diaper-wearing kids to tell you that there is nothing more disruptive and disgusting than to have a dirty diaper go rogue in the middle of a vacation drive. In 2010 we had one such incident with our then 1-year-old daughter Briani while we were on our way to Chicago, and I was so disgusted about the faulty diaper that I dedicated an entire blog post to that rogue diaper.
The diaper we used was so bad that Briani’s urine literally went right through it as if she had been wearing a paper napkin. That experience severely impacted our trip because we had to take apart the entire car seat just to clean it so we missed half a day of planned activities. I was so angry that I came really close to calling out that diaper brand in social media, but I relented at the last moment. In hindsight, I could have done some things to avoid being put in that situation.
Here are my tips for holiday road tripping or travel with diaper-dependent children:
- Obviously, the first is to select the right brand with proper absorbency. For example, Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design provides up to 12 hours of leakage protection. This is the kind of protection that you’ll want when trying to manage a busy family on the go.
- Second, if you’re traveling by car schedule in frequent breaks so that you can properly check the baby’s diaper (plus it’s good to get everyone out to stretch their legs). This is especially important if your toddler drinks as much milk as our Naomi. She loves her “chita” so we know that she needs extra monitoring than probably most babies.
- Make sure that you pack more diapers and wipes than you may think that you’ll need. There’s nothing worse than being stuck in a remote location like a national park, en route to a glacier in Alaska or on a long flight, and realize that you’re out of diapers or wipes. Huggies Natural Care® Wipes with NEW Triple Clean Layers are perfect for travel because they’re gentle on baby’s skin, and thick enough to clean messes.
- Pack a few plastic bags (airline “motion sickness” bags are also good to use) to discreetly get rid of soiled diapers, and to help avoid offending other travelers, and of course hand sanitizer is always a must.
- Lastly, be prepared for anything and just go with the flow. Babies and toddlers can surprise you when you least expect it so if you need to make an emergency diaper change on the hood of the car, or in the middle of a busy street don’t let it put a crimp in your trip. These are the memorable moments that you and your family will be laughing about for years to come.
So if you’re packing for a holiday trip grab a pack of Huggies® Snug & Dry Diapers with New SureFit Design and Huggies Natural Care® Wipes with New Triple Clean Layers and try them for yourself. You can also visit Huggies.com/tuprueba for more information on Huggies products or join in the conversation on Twitter at @Huggies and #HuggiesLatino.