When you travel with a small child, a properly packed diaper bag is the key element to a successful journey. The necessities of young children are many, and a pre-prepared diaper bag containing all of the required paraphernalia is of fundamental importance. When the diaper bag is not well stocked, the minutes before leaving the house are spent snatching diapers, seizing bottles and formula, searching for pacifiers, and scouring the playroom for favorite toys in a haphazard attempt to collect all of the essentials. From my experiences, certain fundamental apparatus must be contained in the diaper bag at all times.
First, and perhaps the most obvious, are correct size diapers. Unfortunately, more than once, I have found myself locked in a bathroom stall at supermarket with three size 2 diapers, and a wet and cranky baby who wears size 4. Since it is impossible to tape two of the size 2 diapers together to make a size 4, it is essential to update the stash of diapers that remain in the diaper bag.
Secondly, the various diaper changing accessories, butt cream, baby wipes, dry washcloths, etc. need to be inspected regularly restock. Again, I speak from miserable experience. Once, my inventory of baby wipes unexpectedly dried out leaving me with a pile of crunchy paper cloths. Another time, I found the butt cream tube empty, and so my son had to endure an undoubtedly painful diaper rash. Yet a third memorable time, I discovered that I was out of sanitary changing pad, and ended up changing my son on a plastic grocery bag.
Food is a third commodity that must be carried at all times. Because my son is still an infant, he is only able to eat baby food, and to drink baby formula. Since this special food cannot be purchased at a fast food establishment, I must keep my supply current. The formula powder must be refrigerated after it is mixed with water, so I must carry two bottles. One of the bottles contains water and the other contains the formula...