Monday, August 9, 2010

The Tactical Diaper Bag

When I was in the hospital waiting to take the baby home we were offered a couple of "diaper bags".  They were full of stuff like formula, butt wipe samples and baby books.  Most of the stuff was useful.  Against my wishes and better judgment we went with formula because the wife couldn't stand breast feeding.  Luckily, a few days after bringing the baby home I found a crapload of formula on clearance at a local grocery store.  At least it wouldn't be too expensive.  Anyway, all of that free stuff was great.  The "diaper bags" provided SUCKED, though.  Then I picked up a Maxpedition Versapack EDC.

This thing seems to have been made to be a diaper bag.  It's got plenty of room, it's got a ton of accessible compartments, it's extremely comfortable, it's very durable and it's got a pocket for a gun.  What more could you want??

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Did I mention that it makes carrying a full sized handgun easy?  I'll admit it...I'm a wuss when it comes to carrying.  I compromise by carrying a Keltec P3AT most of the time.  But when I've got my kid with me I hate to make that compromise.  I don't have to when I'm rocking this pack.

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The water bottle pocket that's obvious in all of the pictures is extremely handy.  It's also got a few other handy little pockets that I use to carry everything from multitools to spare lighters to bandanas and maps, pens and notepads.

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and even butt cream when I think the baby will need it. BTW Boudreaux's Butt Paste is the only stuff that worked for us after our kid came home from the hospital with a rash. After a 2 oz bottle the rash was gone and her butt has had no problems with any kind of rash since.

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When I want to leave the baby at home there's plenty of room for my netbook.

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This pack easily fits everything from my get home bag minus the pot (and everything inside) and the water bladder.  The water bottle almost makes up for the missing bladder, though.  I hate to leave behind my pot and alcohol stove but I think that I could manage to fit them into the kit with a bit of ingenuity.  I'll have to take a look later.  Anyway, if you've got one of these packs lying around and you've got a kid on the way they make a first class diaper bag while retaining the features that make it a good bag for any guy, anyway. If you don't have a kid on the way then it makes an outstanding day bag. It allows you to carry a lot more than you could normally carry in your pockets without even noticing it. I'd recommend it to anyone.

16 comments:

SHTF blog said...

LOL - "tactical diaper bag" - that's awesome.

Anonymous said...

I hope you didn't expect free diaper bags to be real quality. : )

Bitmap said...

"the wife couldn't stand breast feeding"

Too bad. It's better for the baby and the mom.

I still use the old diaper bags for trabeling.

russell1200 said...

I didn't see any of those shoulder blankets. If your little one winds up being in the "barf-when-burbed" (and they all do sometimes) catatgory, you will need them: believe me you will need them.

The Urban Survivalist said...

I had a blanket underneath the diapers. She stopped puking when she was just a couple of months old, though. As for the breast feeding, I REALLY encouraged her to do it but she just hated it. I made my disappointment totally obvious but it didn't help.

Anonymous said...

Every woman makes up her own mind. You've got to be comfortable with breast feeding or you won't be very successful. Mom AND baby will be unhappy. I can't imagine throwing away perfectly good free food that's the best kind of food there is, but that's my take. Some women just don't want to, and we all have to respect that.

Anonymous said...

I *hated* nursing but I did it to 7 months with my oldest and a year with my twins. It is HARD work. Especially if you also have a job. So yeah, I can see that no amount of external pressure will cause mom to cave and do it. You've already lost the first rights to your body for 9 months, and then another year? But if your wife did it for just a couple of weeks (or even days) studies show it's a big benefit anyway.

Suburban Survivalist said...

You have to potential to store WMD in such a bag...

Survival Chick said...

Hahahahaha.. laughed so hard at this.

Anonymous said...

just found your blog - awesome man. Keep prepping and blogging!
Cheers!

Bitsy said...

Loved this post! Just discovered Maxpedition myself, and bought the Last Resort Tactical Attache for a diaper bag (I needed something a bit bigger... got a toddler now and another on the way). I find the spot to CC a bit tight for my .380, but I love the way it's almost invisible on the bag.

Alex said...

Nice!

I looked high and low at the baby stores for diaper bag that I would be proud to carry, most are made too dainty and feminine. I finally found a but pack from mountain hardware that I was able to make work quite well. It held my Ruger Sp101 just nicely!

I think there is a market for someone to design baby bags for men.. seeing how many more of us Dads are sharing that duty.

top baby shower gifts said...

Hello all,

Diaper bags are generally small enough to fit on or under a stroller or buggy. There have been fashion trends against large bags, as mothers learn to reduce the number of necessities carried. Thanks for this nice idea.....

Kent Jennings Brockwell said...

I did the same thing. I looked everywhere for a cool diaper bag, but there truly aren't any. So i made my own. I went with a 5.11 PUSH pack. After adding a compact fold-up drop bag for soiled clothes and a water bottle pouch (which is perfect for 32 oz. of bourbon-ginger mix!), it's awesome. I can pack 15 #3 diapers, two disposable changing mats, a full bottle, 5 bags of frozen boob juice, a full pack of wipes, various tubes of Butt Paste/creams/etc., three full changes of clothes, 3 binkies, a fleece blanket, my iPad, and a S&W M&P compact .45 and two extra mags!

I love the looks of envy from all the guys I meet in my path toting their lady's pretty pink diaper purses.

LB said...

My fiance who is in Afghanistan just sent me your blog. We are expecting our first child soon and I have to admit, I think this will make him a whole lot happier about carrying around the baby bag. It's funny as hell what you did but completely commonsensical. I think you just made the Marine side of him turn into a tactical dad! Thanks for your blog.

By the way, have you checked out the Babiators (designed by a Marine) for wee ones? You can go to the link to check it out or just google "Uncommon Goods + Babiators."

http://www.uncommongoods.com/product/babiators-sunglasses

Dusty said...

This should solve the stove problem ... and just keep the pot in your pocket :)

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