The 9 Best Diaper Bags for Travel of 2023

Dagne Dover’s Indi Diaper Backpack is our top recommendation.

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Chic Diaper Bags for Travel
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The very best diaper bags are pure genius: precisely placed pockets, didn’t-know-you-needed-them-till-you-needed-them accessories, ergonomic designs, waterproof everything — a parent’s dream. They also come in all different sizes, shapes, and forms. Some are backpacks. Others are fanny packs. Some carry a lone diaper. Others allow you to lug more stuff than you ever thought possible. However, the best ones do more than their name suggests: They make on-the-go changes easier, protect against spills, and happen to do so looking, well, not at all like a diaper bag.

Almost every parent we spoke to mentioned Dagne Dover’s Indi Diaper Backpack, our top pick for travel (and beyond). It’s a chic and functional bag with accessories that will long outlast the baby years.

Here’s our breakdown of the top diaper bags to bring on your next trip.

Best Overall

Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

4.2
Dagne Dover Indi Diaper Backpack

Dagne Dover

Why We Love It: It’s a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag with water-resistant neoprene and accessories galore.

What to Consider: It’s not machine-washable and, despite all of the bells and whistles, it’s pricey.

Among many new parents, Dagne Dover is the brand du jour — and its popular Indi Diaper Backpack is a repeat sellout for good reason. From the outside, it is a sleek, scuba-style neoprene bag in neutral colors with a few flat zipper pockets. Inside, it’s full of goodies: a washable zippered bag, stroller straps, a changing mat, leashes for keys or pacis, bottle holders, and more. There are three available sizes for your specific travel needs with tablets fitting in the small size and a 15-inch laptop in the largest. Flying? A luggage sleeve makes it easy to slip over a roller bag. Schlepping? Even the biggest option is only 3.5 pounds. Your stuff will be more organized than ever and your drink may even stay cold.

Price at time of publish: $165-$215

Weight: 2.9 pounds (small), 3.3 pounds (medium), 3.5 pounds (large) | Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 11 inches (small), 11.75 x 6.5 x 12.75 inches (medium), 12.25 x 6 x 13.75 inches (large) | Material: Neoprene and mesh | Carrying style: Backpack

Best Backpack

Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack

4.7
Ruvalino Diaper Bag Backpack

Amazon

Why We Love It: With a lower price tag, this waterproof bag is a good everyday pick for parents.

What to Consider: The bag falls on the smaller side, and while there are plenty of pockets, they are extra deep, meaning you may have to dig around a bit.

This functional bag is good for children and parents alike. It comes with baby basics like a changing pad and insulated bottle pockets that hold most of the wide-neck, tall bottles. It also has 16 pocket organizers to share, and adult-friendly features like a padded laptop pocket, too. There are dual zippers and the backpack straps are comfortably thick with padding. It’s durable enough for everyday use with a waterproof exterior and changing pad and, for the price, a backup isn’t too far out of reach.

Price at time of publish: $90

Weight: 1.9 pounds | Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.8 x 16.5 inches | Material: Polyester | Carrying style: Backpack

Best Tote

Colugo Diaper Tote

Colugo Diaper Tote

Colugo

Why We Love It: This classic tote has a wipeable interior and tons of pockets — plus, it’ll easily slide into the bottom carrier of most strollers.

What to Consider: It doesn’t come with extras like a changing mat, if you’re looking for tons of accessories.

You may know baby brand Colugo for their affordable, Instagrammable strollers. Whether you have one or not, their diaper tote is a standout mainly because it's kid-friendly in the way that matters most — mess. The inside of this bag is waterproof and easy to wipe down. It’s a simple pick while also nailing the basics: well-placed pockets, a good size that’s big enough to carry the things you need and easy enough to stash away, plus a detachable insulated bottle holder (for you or baby). And, when kids get beyond the age of diapers, it slides over rolling luggage as an adult bag, too.

Price at time of publish: $95

Weight: 2.6 pounds | Dimensions: 22 x 12 x 22  inches | Material: Polyester with vegan leather accents | Carrying style: Shoulder

Best Satchel

7AM Enfant Soho Carryall

7AM Enfant Soho Carryall

BuyBuyBaby

Why We Love Ii: Is it a stylish carry-on or a machine-washable diaper bag that does it all? It’s hard to tell.

What to Consider: Think of this more as a diaper-bag-slash-weekender — it may not be your pick for a short journey.

Machine-washable anything is a parent’s dream, but it’s often necessary to sacrifice looks for cleanability. However, not only can 7AM Enfant’s Soho Carryall go right in the washing machine, it’s also water-repellent and lightweight with seven pockets and cross-body and stroller straps. A unique puffer look and colors including glossy black have even fashion-forward parents hooked, too. We can’t help but love the intentional details like a fleece-lined changing pad for cushy bathroom breaks.

Price at time of publish: $85

Weight: 1.5 pounds | Dimensions: 17 x 12 x 6 inches | Material: Nylon | Carrying style: Shoulder

Best All-in-one Bag

Realer 3-in-1 Diaper Bag

Realer 3-in-1 Diaper Bag

Amazon

Why We Love It: This bag pulls out to become a travel bassinet ... need we say more?

What to Consider: Babies do grow out of small spaces fast so that bassinet feature has a short shelf-life.

Traveling with babies is a lot of work, but this bag means business. It’s a backpack, changing pad, and portable crib all in one. There are three insulated pockets for bottles (most diaper bags have two) and the bag morphs into a mini bassinet for your baby to sleep or play in while you’re away from home. It’s on the smaller size in terms of interior space, but it’s hard to argue with its versatility and affordability. 

Price at time of publish: $46

Weight: Not listed | Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 16 inches | Material: Polyester | Carrying style: Backpack

Best for Toddlers

Go Dash Dot Mini Backpack

Go Dash Dot Mini Backpack

Go Dash Dot

Why We Love It: This bag allows parents just enough space to pack for a day out and it’s small enough to be a toddler backpack.

What to Consider: The bag is fairly pricey, especially considering its size.

First, you’re packing bags to change diapers on the go, and then you’re running just about everywhere in the toddler years. That’s where Go Dash Dot’s aptly named mini backpack comes in. With its small size and seven pockets, it’s just the right size for dashing around town or to a flight. It is on the pricey side but there are extra features to justify that like a drawstring pouch (for snacks or laundry) and four little protective “feet” so it’s not sitting in the dirt if you set it down. Also huge: It’s just small enough that your toddler could wear it, and don’t worry, it’s big enough to fit an iPad, too.

Price at time of publish: $148

Weight: 1.2 pounds | Dimensions: 13 x 9.5 x 5.25 inches | Material: Polyester | Carrying style: Backpack

Best Classic

Freshly Picked Classic Diaper Bag II

Freshly Picked Classic Diaper Bag II

Freshly Picked

Why We Love It: This flap backpack was designed by moms and it comes in 15+ colorways, including limited-edition solids and prints, too.

What to Consider: You’ll have to pay for the style and features as it’s more of a splurge than others on the market.

By running focus groups across the country, the team at Freshly Picked figured out what parents wanted in a diaper bag, then created one to match those needs. The result is their big Classic Diaper Bag II with 10 pockets plus tons of central space for your things. It’s so stylish that nonparents may want it, plus it’s made of a durable vegan leather with padded straps that can be worn as a backpack or over the shoulder.

Price at time of publish: $199

Weight: 2.3 pounds | Dimensions: 13 x 15 x 7 inches | Material: Vegan leather | Carrying style: Shoulder or backpack

Best Fanny Pack

Kibou Vegan Leather Diaper Belt Bag

Kibou Faux Leather Diaper Belt Bag

Nordstrom

Why We Love It: Kibou’s fanny pack packs an impressive amount of functionality into a very small space — and looks good doing it.

What to Consider: Since it can’t hold much, this bag is likely going to be an add-on to your go-to travel diaper bag.

You know what they say about small packages? Kibou’s Vegan Leather Bag is proof of it. It’s less than a foot long but still packs a waterproof pocket that’ll fit up to 20 wipes (dry or wet), a changing pad, slots for cards or cash, and a hook for keys or a pacifier. The leather is vegan and you can wipe it down without worrying about wear and tear. While this may not be your pick as the only bag on a multi-hour flight, for a quick trip to a local playground, it’s a must.

Price at time of publish: $98

Weight: Not listed | Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 4 inches | Material: Vegan leather | Carrying style: Fanny pack

Best for Twins

Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Weekender Bag

Skip Hop’s Duo Signature Diaper Weekender Bag

Courtesy of Buy Buy Baby 

Why We Love It: Two packing cubes, a back sleeve to slide over a roller bag, and insulated double bottle holders make this an organized pick for parents of multiples.

What to Consider: This is a bigger bag that’s likely best for longer outings.

SkipHop used to make a “double bag” that fit perfectly over the back of a double, side-by-side stroller with three bottle holders and 16 pockets, and mothers of multiple loved it. But, while that variety is discontinued, this one — the Duo Weekender — serves parents of small babies just as well. Technically an overnight bag, it provides the added space you need for more than one baby and keeps everyone organized and separated with double-packing cubes. It also features stroller straps, a cushioned changing pad, and a wide open center compartment so there’s also less stress about all of the extras that get thrown in at the last minute.

Price at time of publish: $110

Weight: 3.1 pounds | Dimensions: 17.5 x 9 x 14 inches | Material: Polyester with faux leather trim | Carrying style: Shoulder

Tips for Buying Diaper Bags for Travel

Pick one with space 

One fairly universal thing in parenting is that there are a lot of things. Whether it’s toys, snacks, and bottles or, yes, diapers and wipes, you want to choose a  bag that fits all the essentials but isn’t too cumbersome for your needs either. For example, a cross-country flight with an infant will call for different stuff — and space requirements — than a short drive with a potty-training toddler.

Consider your needs

The things you need will change over time, and depend on what you’re doing. Want a built-in station to change your baby on the go? Consider looking for bags with changing pads. Know you’ll be carrying bottles? Seek out insulated bottle holders. Forecasting dirty diapers? Find something that comes with a dirty diaper pouch. The truth of the matter is that, while many of the realities of parenting (and of changing diapers) are similar, all of our needs are different. Learning what you use and what you don’t is a big part of figuring out what type of bag will be best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What should I pack in a diaper bag?

    Diapers, wipes, rash cream, and a resealable bag for dirty diapers plus a change of clothes are a good start (and pack more than you think you’ll need of these essential items). 


    If you’re breastfeeding or formula feeding, bottles of both are allowed in carry-on baggage in amounts greater than the 3.4-ounce limit (and they don’t need to fit within a quart-sized bag), per the FAA. (Just alert a TSA agent before security screening if you’re traveling with liquids for your baby.) 


    You’ll also want to think about extra bottles, burp cloths, pacifiers, sippy cups, snacks, loveys, and any other games, activities, or headphones your children may enjoy during the flight. All in all: Think about your home setup for diaper changes, and what you bring along for errands. Try to recreate those ingredients.

  • Does a diaper bag count as a carry-on?

    Not usually. Most major airlines allow parents traveling with babies or young children to bring a diaper bag that doesn’t count toward the carry-on allotment. United Airlines lists a diaper bag as one of the items you can bring in addition to your carry-on and personal item “if you're traveling with an infant or child.” American Airlines says that “diaper bags (one per child) ... don't count as your personal item or carry-on.” No matter your airline, it’s worth checking the specific policies before heading to the airport.

  • What makes a bag a “diaper bag”?

    As mentioned, diaper bags are ones that make the on-the-go changing process easier—this usually means they offer plenty of strategic pockets, they’re made of easy-to-clean materials, and they’re spacious enough to tote around all your essentials. However, lots of bags that aren’t marketed as “diaper bags” offer these same qualities. In researching this story, some parents told us that they find purchasing a separate diaper bag to be unnecessary and an additional cost to the already-expensive adventure of parenting — you may find that you have something you already own that winds up working quite well.

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Cassie Shortsleeve is a health, parenting, and travel journalist with more than a decade’s worth of experience writing for national publications including Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Parents, The Washington Post, and others. On top of her writing, she is a perinatal health coach and the founder of Dear Sunday Motherhood, an online platform for early motherhood. She is a mom to two.

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