A really good diaper can last most people a good chunk of the day — but not all day.

Even the best are going to leak eventually, and there’s always the possibility of a minor tape mishap, an unexpected rip in the plastic, or other basic mechanical failures. So, most regular diaper-wearers have learned to carry a change or two with them.

Problem being, what to carry them in? A diaper bag, of the type actually marketed and sold as such, is not particularly inconspicuous, even if you do manage to get one of the more tasteful, solid-color ones as opposed to something with Hello Kitty on it. It’s also a bulky object, and not really necessary for most adult changes, which can be done without the cornucopia of changing mats, pacifiers, and so on that modern parents seem to need.

Some other potential options include:

1. Purses

A large purse has more than enough room for a spare diaper, slipped in lengthwise. Some can hold two or three, though at that point it starts to get crowded for your other purse items.

The big disadvantages here are that the top of the diaper is quite obvious any time you open the purse, and that most men aren’t comfortable carrying one.

It’s a good solution for women who were already going to be carrying a large purse, and who don’t mind if strangers sometimes get a glimpse of the diaper in it (most of whom, it should be remembered, will automatically assume that the woman has a child, and that the diaper is for the baby, not for her).

2. Briefcases

The male antecedent to a purse, in many ways, although women carry them too, a briefcase is also larger and often comes with sealing side pockets. A diaper can easily be hidden in the depths of one.

Carrying capacity is still limited to one or maybe two diapers, assuming you want to keep other things in there as well, but it’s a slightly larger and more gender-neutral option than a purse. The disadvantage is that it looks very out of place if you’re not wearing business dress, making it awkward for social and recreational outings.

3. Backpacks

They’re not very stylish, but they do work.

If you’re someone who wears a backpack anyway, your diaper bag needs are pretty well taken care of. This is how most people who go diapered in school settings are going to carry theirs, and it works fine. To conceal the diaper in the stack of books, etc. within the backpack, just lay a spare T-shirt on top of the pile. It’ll cover the tops of the books and the shape of the diaper.

For those of us that aren’t students, backpacks aren’t really ideal walking-around clothes. You can get away with one on a hike or at a picnic or the like, but you don’t want to schelp one around town if you don’t have to.

4. Large Coat Pockets

Some winter coats come with simply enormous pockets on the inner lining (I know this, because mine has them).

If yours is large enough to hold a diaper, you’re set, at least for the winder months. Just slide it on in there and relax. No one’s going to notice the extra puffiness, and with one on each side of the zipper you’ve got enough changes to last a full day, assuming you’re buying good, thick diapers.

5. Picnic Baskets

If you’re making an outing that requires a picnic basket, or some other handled carrier for food and entertainment objects, slip a couple diapers in there as well. Very simple, unless it’s a shared basket and you don’t want the people you’re sharing it with to know about your diapers — in that case, you’ll either need another carrying method, or to wrap the diapers in something innocuous-looking and hope that no one gets nosy.

6. Cars

Always keep a couple diapers stashed in your car! You never know when you’re going to need them.

The glove box can usually hold a small diaper, and the pockets on the backs of the seats can hold several. Alternatively, you can keep a whole case in your trunk, tucked under an emergency blanket if you feel the need to be discreet.

7. Drawers at Work

For office workers, a few spares in the desk drawer is a good idea. If you don’t have a desk of your own, any under-used storage space will work fine. The cleaning closet in the office bathroom is unlikely to be visited by anyone other than janitors; it may work in a pinch.

You can always ask a boss or supervisor if there’s somewhere you can leave your changes, if you’re comfortable bringing it up. Most will automatically register it as a medical issue, and therefore be very careful to avoid anything that could look like discrimination.

And when all else fails…

…you could always get an adorable diaper bag and not care what anyone thinks. It’s up to you, really!

How have you been carrying your spares around? Let us know in the comments!

By |2017-07-17T21:42:07+00:00July 24th, 2013|Uncategorized|20 Comments


  1. Nicky July 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    I know Maxpedition makes good tactical bags that can double as a Diaper bag. It would disgiues it’s true nature and no one would know that that have diapers in them. Here’s the link http://www.maxpedition.com

  2. Reggie July 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    A notebook case also works as some of the larger ones have multiple zipped compartments. That is what I use when I need to carry extras and everyone knows to leave my notebook case alone.

  3. diapers1963 July 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Backpacks are so common and popular right now I carry six heavy diapers, six to ten maxi pads, moisture barrier, large container of wipes and a bunch of other things everywhere I go. Been carrying it for at least 8 months and no one ever questioned me about it. And I am a fifty year old man. No big deal.

  4. Kevin July 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I use a messenger bag and it seems to work really well. Also very stylish. I ordered a customized bag from Timbuk2 but I am pretty sure you can get messenger bags at any sporting goods store or a store that sells backpacks. Here is what mine looks like if anyone is interested:


  5. Geoffrey July 25, 2013 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    Messenger-style bags are a good point — similar to backpacks in capacity, but a little more stylish. Should have had them on the list. Thank you to everyone that’s pointed them out.

  6. CD July 26, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I use a laptop bag for my diapers; it is great since it has multiple zippered areas and when I travel, I have a roller one that carries a few diapers for the airport mess. The best part is a lot of companies give them out for free. Mine is such a laptop bag and it holds six heavy diapers, booster pads, powders, creams, fitting garments, overpants and even some pullups for lighter days. I sling it over my shoulder and it is very inconspicuous no matter where I go.

    Take care,

  7. Nicky July 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    My bags are tactical bags to disguise what is in them. People don’t need to know what I have or what I am carrying. That’s why I think tactical bags make good diaper bags.

  8. Bambino July 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    I use a an Adidas draw string back pack. Very light works great.

  9. moostermiley July 27, 2013 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I keep 1 diaper in my backpack which has my laptop and a bunch of other stuff. I keep additional diapers in another small backpack in the trunk.

  10. Jason July 30, 2013 at 1:45 am - Reply

    I keep my diapers in the trunk of my car. I also keep some stashed in my bedroom drawer, where no one can find them.

  11. Jester August 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    personally I use a canvas medic bag from an army navy store (http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products_details.asp?SKU=8141&ST=2 ). I can hold 3 folded diapers in it and some wipes. That’s about all that matters to me most of the time.

    • Jason August 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm - Reply

      That’s a good way to carry diapers. I use a duffle bag to carry mine.

  12. Nicky August 4, 2013 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    I just used a backpack and it works fine as well

  13. Bobbie August 5, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks you people who are working the fear out of the hole experience, I have been so afraid of the public and my undies, Thanks every one for the reading,

  14. gene September 18, 2013 at 4:31 am - Reply

    I do bring a couple of extra diapers with me when Im away from home. Iv always worn the thickest diapers I could buy so frequent changing would not become an issue. Although there are times when my diapers become wet at work, and I have to change them to prevent skin issues. I carry the diapers in a lunchbox, and I change them in the mens room. Those old lunch boxs are good for that.

  15. A.J. March 30, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I carry 3 changes to work with me in a backpack.

  16. baby alex April 12, 2014 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    I have diapers in my car trunk that work and a change of clothing

  17. John January 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    My wife had a custom diaper bag made so that she could carry extra cloth diapers and plastic panties when we go out in public.

  18. JONATHAN TROTT March 20, 2017 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    @ John, where did she have the bag made?

  19. Sarah August 16, 2017 at 4:52 am - Reply

    I use a backpack for my mom. I am her caregiver. The only problem is she also has a colostomy so I have to carry supplies for that too.

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