How to Handle a Diaper Blowout When Traveling by Car

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Fact: our family is all about a good road trip.

Whether it’s seeing Hocus Pocus filming locations in Salem, or visiting a lighthouse in Maine…we’re in.

However, sometimes when you’re traveling with a baby on board, things can get a little bit…messy. Yes, folks. I’m referring to diaper blowouts—an unideal situation in everyday parenting life that is about 100 times more inconvenient when you’re traveling by car.

But fear not, loves. These 4 tips will help you handle a diaper blowout when traveling with ease.

diaper blowout when traveling by car

How to Handle a Diaper Blowout When Traveling by Car

This post was kindly sponsored by Parent’s Choice. As always, all opinions are 100% my own. 


1. Don’t panic.

It’s baby poop, y’all. Your little one has sat in it before. Your little one will sit in it again.

No matter what circumstances you find yourself in when the blowout occurs, rest assured that you are fully capable of handling them, and that your baby will be a-okay at the end of it all.

Deep breaths. You’ve got this.


2. Find a spot to change the diaper.

While finding a restroom with a changing table is certainly ideal, sometimes when you’re on the road, options are incredibly limited.

Keeping an extra blanket on hand can be a real life saver when it comes to handling a diaper blowout when traveling. As long as the weather is decent, you can literally handle a blowout anywhere.

On a recent road trip, we handled a blow out across the street from the Home Alone house in Winnetka, Illinois. So when I say “anywhere”…I literally mean anywhere. 

diaper blowout when traveling home alone house


3. Use the right supplies.

It’s a pre-roadtrip ritual in our family to be fully stocked on necessary supplies before we hit the road. It makes traveling so much easier, and allows us to use more time and money exploring—not stopping to buy essentials.

When you’re traveling with a child who isn’t potty trained, diapers and wipes are an absolute must. For us, stopping by our local Walmart and taking advantage of their Parent’s Choice baby products is a no-brainer. They are super affordable, and with recent improvements across the entire line, their products are just as good as—if not better—than all of the other top brands.

parent's choice diaper and wipes baby

For road trips, stocking up on the diapers (which really lock in wetness for drier bottoms, while still being breathable to support healthy skin) and wipes (we love the Sensitive Wipes that are infused with soothing aloe extract) are always our top priority, but with over 275 products, Parent’s Choice really covers everything for families with babies and young children.

We like to prepare everything in an easy-to-grab kit and pop it into the back of our car. This allows us to not have to drag around an overstuffed diaper bag, while still being fully stocked on supplies.


4. Know where to grab supplies if you don’t have them on hand.

If you don’t have the right supplies on hand when dealing with a diaper blowout—don’t panic. While you could always take your chances by stopping at a gas station to look for supplies, there’s never a guarantee that they’ll have what you need, and you may end up making multiple time-consuming stops (while your baby is sitting in a mess).

We always save ourselves the headache and just look up the nearest Walmart. We know the supplies we need will be there, and we can take advantage of those changing tables in the restroom at the same time. Stress-free option for the win!

diapers Walmart baby

Have you ever had to deal with a diaper blowout when traveling? What tips worked for you? Let me know in the comments!


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  • Reply Anya Monzikova

    Ugh! I remember those days all too well :O The worst is when traveling international and they dont have changing table in the bathrooms! Blow outs and messes all on the floor of a bathroom is any moms nightmare. Luckily, we traveled with a changing bag that was well stocked.

    January 12, 2018 at 3:58 pm
    • Reply Kaity

      It can turn into a complete disaster SO quickly. Having those supplies on hand can really make or break everything. 🙂

      January 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply samantha

    Great advice for parents! We have had to deal with this more than once. And every time it was always when I had forgot either diapers or cloths. So it’s always best to know where the closest store with supplies is!

    January 12, 2018 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply tiffany

    Fingers crossed. After 16 months I haven’t had this issue. I know where to go if I do. I never thought to carry extra blankets for diaper changes either. Will throw one in the car right away!

    January 12, 2018 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Tiffany Barry

    I keep an emergency stash of things in my car at all times, lol. As a nanny, I had a baby throw up all over herself on the way home from school, so now as a parent, I vow never to be caught unawares again. In my trunk I keep a roll of paper towels, pack of baby wipes, extra diapers, a new outfit for each kid, and a couple bottles of water. We were stranded for 7 hours on the highway once after a semi tipped over, and everything came in handy that day!

    January 13, 2018 at 10:29 am
  • Reply Viktoria

    Diaper blowouts are the worst! I always keep at least diapers and wipes in the car, but I feel now that I’m not really prepared for a diaper accident happening in the car :O

    January 16, 2018 at 12:51 pm
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