How To Pack a Diaper Bag Backpack

This age old question has been answered time and time again for mom's diaper bag, but it has rarely been answered for dad bags. Since FlyDad puts the father first, we want to provide you with a full guide on how to pack your dad diaper bag.

You are probably thinking that the answer to how to pack a diaper bag backpack is obvious. It would be full of diapers, wipes, bottles, and other baby stuff. When we designed the FlyDad bag we thought that would be the case. But it turns out dads are using the bag for their older kids! 

If you thought the amount of stuff you need when your kid is a baby is crazy, try spending the day out with a little kid. Now that they are older they're not going to get by with just a rattle to play with. 

The methodology of packing the bag morphs from answering the question "how do I keep my kid alive?" to "how do I keep my kid entertained while keeping myself sane?"

The situation is further complicated when you have more than one kid. Now you need double the stuff!

The FlyDad bag was designed with both you and your kid in mind, no matter what the age. There is a nook, cranny, and compartment for anything that you need.

Between both of us we have 4 kids that have gone through the baby phase, and are now at various stages of the kid phase. We want to help with how to pack a diaper bag backpack for BOTH babies and older kids... and YOU!

Here's an example of a list of things you would pack for a day out with your baby:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Baby Cream
  • Pacifier
  • Burp cloth
  • Baby food
  • Formula/Milk
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat
  • Light Blanket
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Wallet
  • Keys
  • Phone
  • Charger

Here's an example of a list of things you would pack for a day out with your older kids:

  • Snacks
  • Juice boxes
  • Water
  • iPad
  • Book(s)
  • Extra clothes for weather changes or accidents
  • Wipes
  • Phone
  • Charger
  • Sanitizer
  • Wallet
  • Keys

Luckily a lot of these things are easily handled with the FlyDad bag:

There is cold storage for snacks and/or bottles. Dads have been using this compartment for everything from baby bottles to keeping their beers cold. We have even gotten an official review from a dad that testified to the fact that his brew stayed cold all day long at the beach!

There is an oversized bottle compartment for your water bottle. We never understood the point of small water bottle compartments. There is not much point in having a water bottle that will last you 20 minutes. What about the rest of the day??

There is a laptop compartment for an iPad. Yeah, yeah.. screen time is bad. But let's be real. We all cave and use it! Whether it's your kid's iPad, your laptop, or a Kindle there is a safe place for your device to live.

There is an easy access wipes pocket. The is a feature favorite! The wipes pocket lives on the outside of the bag. You don't even have to take the backpack off to pull a wipe out! Just grab a stack of wipes and keep the pocket full at all times.

The FlyDad branded phone charger is included. There is a pocket on the inside of the bag that fits the charger perfectly. A charging chord weaves through the strap of the bag neatly to the phone holder.

There is safe storage for your wallet. It's rough out there on those streets and you definitely don't want your wallet living in an outside pocket

There are tons of compartments for everything else. Clothes, random toys, and books each have their own spot. Digging through a bag is literally THE WORST.

To illustrate the packing process further, we put together a video of a real live example of a dad packing his diaper bag backpack.

Daud is a single father to 2 girls, ages 5 and 10. They live in NYC and often spend the day out on the weekends. Traveling around NYC is very easy since the subway goes almost anywhere. The challenge is that you can't just throw your stuff in the car. Everything that you need for both you and your kids needs to be packed.

This particular day Daud had a plan to spend the day on Coney Island with the girls. 

It was one of those rare good weather days in NYC where no one wants to stay inside. After a day of rides on Coney Island the plan was to stop at a friend's house for dinner downtown. Since Daud lives uptown he would need to pack his bag for the entire day. He needed to pack enough stuff for both himself and the girls.

Check out the video of Daud packing his dad bag!

Packing FirstBorn Video

Packing the bag the first time is the hardest part. Once you get a sense of everything your kids need it becomes second nature. In fact, dads often keep the bag partially packed all the time so that there is no need to start over.

We often hear that the FlyDad bag becomes dad's main bag for kids, work, and life. Since there is a laptop compartment and a phone case it is very easy to transition the bag for when you are childless. Just throw your laptop, phone, wallet, keys, and sweatshirt in the bag and you are ready for a day out on your own.

The last popular use case for the FlyDad bag is travel. Airports require you to take your phone out every 5 minutes to show your boarding pass, check departure times, check gates, etc. Since the phone is easily accessible on the strap of your bag this will be no problem. There is also a compartment to store your ID on the other strap so that going through security is a breeze. You can store your credit card in the same strap pocket for all your pre-boarding purchases.

However you use your FlyDad bag, there is no doubt that you will not only stay functional, but also stay fly!