Travelling With The PacaPod Changing Bag (Review)

I was recently introduced to a new concept in travel changing bags called the PacaPod, and was asked if I would give them a try.  As a family that is always on the move and constantly looking for ways to make our trips easier I had to give one of the PacaPod changing bags ago.

When we set off to Warwick for the weekend, it was the ideal opportunity to put our PacaPod to the test.  I wrote my lists of what we needed and set to filling our changing bag with the essentials we needed for a weekend away.

I really wish I had of had a PacaPod when the girls were smaller as this bag is designed with parent and baby in mind.  Inside the bag you have two Pods, one for your milk, bottles or weaning foods and the other for nappies and wipes.  The Pods sit neatly in the bag and contain everything they need to, as well as keeping any food, milk or drinks fresh.

On the other side of the bag, you’ve got another compartment which you can use as a handbag for all your essential items.  I’ve managed to fill it with a camera, phone, purse, colouring books and pens for the kids and a whole manner of other stuff.  In short, you can pack your PacaPod with everything you need for travelling with kids. There is a pocket on the front which is perfect for putting any travel documents or tickets you need easy access too and there are some extra internal pockets for securing things you don’t want to get lost in between everything else.

Our PacaPod has now become our changing bag of choice, whether we are travelling, going out for the day or just going to the park.  It’s got so much going for it.  It’s a great rucksack, which is also comfortable to wear due to it’s flat design.  It can be used as a messenger bag in seconds by pulling the strap through if you just want to throw it over your shoulder.

The thing I loved the most about it was I couldn’t over fill it.  My old changing bag had an open top and you can keep pushing in extra nappies, changes of clothes, wipes etc in which isn’t always helpful.  The changing bag can look full, but when you are dealing with an accident in the changing room and you start pulling things out and you realise you’ve got 10 pairs of trousers, no tops and you’ve completely run out of wipes.  Perhaps it’s just me, but that has happened to us a lot!

Wearing the PacaPod as a rucksack was just perfect for us as well.  It meant I could easily hold both the girls hands without the bag getting in the way.  Also, it stopped the bag swinging round off my shoulder.  I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve bent down to do something with one of the kids and nearly knocked them out with the changing bag as it’s swung round and hit them in the head, or is that just me as well?

The PacaPod is also great for Mum’s and Dad’s as the style is unisex, and the bag design is practical.  If you know both parents are going to be using the changing bag a lot, PacaPod is a great one to go for.  My only criticism of the bag was that I would have liked to have seen some expanding pockets on the side to put my own bottle of water or drink in.  I could fit one inside the bag, but having it on the outside would just have made it easier to access.

PacaPod Hastings Changing Bag Giveaway

If you have fallen in love with the PacaPod  changing bag, I’m delighted to announce that I have a fantastic giveaway for you.  If you are chosen as the lucky winner, you will receive a Hastings bag in either sand or ink stripe.

If you would like to enter this giveaway, all you need to do is complete the Rafflecopter below.  You can unlock bonus entries if you have more time, and these will give you more chances to win.  Good luck to all those who enter and thanks for following Zena’s Suitcase.  Competition ends 28/3/17.  Other T & C’s apply.

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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Sue McCarthy
    February 24, 2017 / 3:58 pm

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    February 24, 2017 / 4:47 pm

    What a BEAUTY my neice would be delighted for her daughter esmay

  3. Joo Dee
    February 24, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    i havent got kids but my Dad bless him, was left in charge of me and my brother one night and Mum came back to find him heaving over a bucket whilst changing both of us!!

  4. laura banks
    February 24, 2017 / 6:37 pm

    i’d never changed a nappy before having my son so got peed on an awful lot before i got it right

  5. sb
    February 24, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    in a silver service café,my daughter decided to poo right up to her neck,i had already used the spare nappy…………..the waitress was not amused

  6. lucy higgins
    February 24, 2017 / 8:53 pm

    My nephew decided to have a poo explosion on me the last time I saw him, it was as soon as he arrived which was a lovely welcoming! 😉

  7. Agnes Dela Cruz
    February 24, 2017 / 10:08 pm

    I love bags specially the bulky ones were I can place anything in it. Goodluck to who ever will win this giveaway. 🙂

  8. February 28, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Twins due August, first Grandchildren so mega family excitement!

  9. February 28, 2017 / 10:49 pm

    Twins due August, first Grandchildren. so mega family excitement!

  10. Keri Jones
    March 1, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    We were visiting my in-laws when my son came out in a rash. We took him to the nearest doctors and while we were waiting he had a poop explosion. Because we left the house in such a rush we forgot his changing bag. Luckily the attached chemist had nappies and wipes, and a nurse let us use her room to change him & the cleaner gave us a couple of bags to put the dirty bits in. We had to keep it all with us & the smell was awful. We sure learnt our lesson after that ( & luckily the rash was nothing serious!) x

  11. felicity smith
    March 1, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    a classic boy change in a car on route to visit relatives and the arc just went everywhere…

  12. Claire Sutherland
    March 1, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    A 4 nappy change when my wee one was only a few weeks old. Novice parents, every time we put a new nappy in place she did more poo!!

  13. Kat Lucas
    March 1, 2017 / 11:47 pm

    We were at a Mexican restaurant with our little one and smelled it first…went to pick her up to change her and all down the high chair it looked like we dumped guacamole all over the chair and the floor….we were soooooo embarrassed

  14. iain maciver
    March 2, 2017 / 11:22 am

    this would be perfect for my niece

  15. Samantha O'D
    March 2, 2017 / 11:32 am

    My and my husband regularly tag team when theres a nappy explosion

  16. Katie Skeoch
    March 2, 2017 / 4:14 pm

    Walking round the park we discovered we’d had an accident that covered the whole of the babygro!
    Finding a spot to change my boy and finding everything I needed before he ran out of patience was a bit if a nightmare!

  17. Michaela Hannah
    March 3, 2017 / 7:21 am

    My eldest decided to have the messiest poo ever on a plane journey descent so we couldn’t even get up and change him. I had white linen trousers on at the time and i was covered! i felt so sorry for the people sat around us ha ha

  18. Susie Wilkinson
    March 3, 2017 / 1:02 pm

    The messiest, spreading poo ever! It went up her back, down her legs, and in her hair (thanks to her putting it there!). It was a quick dunk in the bath, nothing else would have sorted it properly!

  19. Victoria Hall
    March 3, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    I was in France when one of my twins decided to have the biggest blowout poo of his life it was up to his neck and down his trousers I tried to ask where to change him but noone could understand me, I ended up bursting into tears (still hormonal!), the manager came to my rescue and let me use the staff changing rooms!

  20. zoe brown
    March 4, 2017 / 8:36 am

    be ideal for my sister and her boys

  21. Ems
    March 4, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    First baby is on it’s way, so no mishaps as yet!

  22. kate andrews
    March 4, 2017 / 4:42 pm

    My daughter decided to pass a motion when I was feeding her in the back of the car in Tesco Car Park, so I changed her, as I was changing her she decided to wee, but I hadn’t put the new nappy down yet, then as I was cleaning her and had her legs lifted in the air she decided to pass a motion again with some gass behind it, it shot up and as I was leaning over her went over my top and into my bra!

  23. janine atkin
    March 5, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    i often got poo on my fingers because mine was a wriggler.

  24. Katrina Fox
    March 6, 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I don’t have children yet, my first is due in September and i’m sure i’ll have lots of funny stories to share but for now my only ‘accident’ stories relate to fully grown adults who’ve had too much vino!


  25. Solange
    March 6, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    My son pooped mid nappy change once and it shot three feet and hit the wall.

  26. March 6, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    Dont have any majorly funny stories but the 1st wee my son did after birth just happened to be all over the midwife that had just delivered him!

  27. Katy Malkin
    March 7, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    Explosion on a 5 hour car journey to Cornwall! On the motorway with no services for 15 miles. It was everywhere!! Plus the clothes etc were in the boot. Not well thought out at all.

  28. Lisa Wilkinson
    March 8, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    I remember my little girl having a poo explosion in Asda once and having to change her in the boot of the car

    March 9, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Changed babys nappy (terry nappy) turned round and the dog had eaten it

  30. Jennifer lees
    March 10, 2017 / 10:14 am

    Would love to win this. I’ve got 2 children under 4 with a huge very unorganised changing bag. Would make life so much easier.

  31. Lin martin
    March 10, 2017 / 11:21 am

    Running out to local shop with my daughter in a bright green hand towel used as a nappy when I sure I had another packet but didn’t !

  32. Em S
    March 11, 2017 / 4:39 pm

    It’s not really a funny story, but I’ve neededa quick change due to breast milk leaks, quite embarassing.

  33. Becky John
    March 12, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Every time I took my son’s nappy off, he would wee in the air as soon as the cold air hit him!

  34. John Jewett
    March 12, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I recently got peed on by my friends baby son at another friends wedding.right at the start

  35. Jade Nuttall
    March 15, 2017 / 11:10 pm

    so many explosions, once straight down into the feet of his baby grow… impromptu bath!

  36. Claire Woods
    March 18, 2017 / 11:44 am

    I have had to deal with accidents when out and had to go and buy new baby clothes.

  37. EJ Dunn
    March 18, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    I’m currently expecting my first child, so I can’t share my own experiences.

    However, my mum told me a story about the first night after I was born when she was still in the hospital. I was her first baby. I woke up crying, so she changed me. Only, when she took my nappy off I decided to do a massive poo explosion and covered EVERYTHING in poo: myself, my mum, the cot thing etc.

  38. Richard Tyler
    March 18, 2017 / 11:45 pm

    At a wedding on the top table – not his finest moment! lol

  39. Fiona
    March 19, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    When my daughter was very young, probably about 5 or 6 months, I was holding her whilst hubby was changing the bed. Well as he shook the quilt out she laughed like we’d never heard before, huge belly laughs for the first time. Next thing we knew there’d been a poonami all up her back! She laughed so hard she actually pooed herself!!

  40. Hazel Murphy
    March 19, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    I changed my granddaughter in a toilet with no facilities , balancing her on my knee. A great challenge !

  41. Kelly B
    March 20, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    The worst for us has to be when the midwife arrived for the 10 day check up. She sat down to do the heel prick and his nappy fully exploded everywhere! I managed to wrap a muslin cloth around his bum before he projectile vomited luckily she had just moved out of the way! So, my little one was wrapped head to toe in muslin cloths!

    March 20, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    My grandson did a poo explosion whilst I was changing his nappy, I got covered!

  43. Sadiyya Maryam
    March 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I took my daughter once to a charity conference which my husband was organising and it was somewhere I had not visited before. Cue nappy changing time…only to find out I had no nappies I had forgotten them! There were no other babies or toddler present and husband was too busy so we me and little one had google maps and a 40 minute walk to find a shop, any shop that sold nappies and we found pampers size 5 which was way too big for her but best we could manage with! I still can’t get over how I could have ‘forgotten’!!!

  44. Liam Bishop
    March 24, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Was doing a photoshoot with my son at 1 month old, changing outfits and a wee-y nappy and he did projectile poo all over a leather sofa. Classy!

  45. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)
    March 24, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I’ve been lucky so far!

  46. leigh boyle
    March 25, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    i have to say ive always been lucky in the nappy changing department!

  47. Jodi hill
    March 26, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Got my 3 month old daughter ready for a family meal as family we’re coming down from Yorkshire …. at home waiting for my grandpa to fetch us, I strapped her in her car seat & she started having a poop!
    So I got her out & started changing her!
    The little munchkin wasn’t finished! She sprayed all up my new dress! SO I quickly cleaned us both up & got changed….. turned up at the meal and someone pointed out I had poop in my hair!!!! I was mortified! My first impression seeing family I hadn’t seen in years was a mess! Haha!

  48. Allan Fullarton
    March 26, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    This would be perfect for my niece

  49. christine westlake
    March 26, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    sons always poo’d as we were leaving to go out , talk about timing!

  50. paula cheadle
    March 27, 2017 / 12:08 am

    my son always did a wee in the bath, then laughed, my ex mother-in-law did not find it funny

  51. Gemma Cook
    March 27, 2017 / 9:12 am

    Our baby girl pooped everywhere when my husband was changing her, thankfully it was at home, but he was covered lol! Since then, he has made many excuses to not change her. It was so funny though.

  52. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir
    March 27, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Pacapod is brilliant.

  53. Tammy Stevenson
    March 27, 2017 / 10:48 am

    I still remember the day I left the baby wipes in the house while going out alone with my son. He ended up doing the messiest poop ever! It was all over his vest, trousers, up his back and I only realised I didn’t have any wipes after removing all his clothing, and nappy!! I ended up having to use tissue paper and water in a public bathroom. It took so long to clean up. I always checked I had wipes before heading anywhere after that!

  54. Rebecca roberts
    March 27, 2017 / 10:57 am

    I once cough something in my hands I will leave that with u ha

  55. Nicki simpson
    March 27, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    My child has the biggest
    Poops known to man! My hubby and I
    Fight over who has to change her in public places! ?

  56. Christine Edmonds
    March 27, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    My husband had taken our son swimming and when they came out of pool the the whole bag had been stolen – not funny – but my husband wrapped our son in toilet paper and then put his jumper on the top, he looked so funny.

  57. Victoria Thurgood
    March 27, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    my daughter blew off while i was changing her and poo flicked all over me i don’t think my older kids have ever laughed so much

  58. Danielle Pooley
    March 27, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    We were out on a shopping trip & my little boy had a massive poo, that went up the back of his vest. Went to the baby changing toilets, to find I had know wipes in my bag. Had to use wet tissue

  59. Kim Neville
    March 27, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    When my OH first changed our son’s nappy getting wee in his face

  60. Justine meyer
    March 27, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    When my son peed through his nappy when sat on an elderly ladies lap when we were visiting a nursing home x

  61. Malcolm Ewing
    March 27, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    I was so proud of my first ever nappy change, until I picked my son up and the nappy fell straight down to his ankles!

  62. Rachel Craig
    March 27, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    Not mine, but a family one. My Sister – In – Law told me of one time she was changing her baby son’s nappy ( her second child, the first being a girl). She said nappy was off and had cleaned him preparing to put on a fresh nappy when hai ho :- He piddled and fired wee into her open mouth, as she had been chatting to him.

  63. katie w
    March 27, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Ive never had one as I don’t have children yet, due soon

  64. Jemma Dwyer
    March 27, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    driving down from essex to brighton we had to pull over on the motorway to change my little man as he had an explosive poo lol

  65. Diana
    March 27, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    My daughter while changing her nappy had an explosive poo and it went on the wall!

  66. Jamie C Millard
    March 27, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    so far, no major story worthy disasters. long may that continue.

  67. Alicia Fenton
    March 27, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    When my son was about a couple of weeks old. He had pooed and I was changing his nappy and as I was he started to poo again. I don’t think I’ve ever panicked so much. He’s my first a only child.

  68. Nancy Bradford
    March 27, 2017 / 8:29 pm

    We took my daughter to meet her (adult) cousin Emily for the first time and Emily bought her a beautiful little dress set. We put it on her and as she sat on Emily’s lap we saw “the look” come over the baby’s face and a horrible sound and smell and she had basically pooped all the way up the back of her new dress and it was even in her hair. We had basic wipes, etc. but weren’t really prepared for this so quickly rushed her upstairs and gave her a bath. Emily said not to worry about the dress – she would get her another one lol

  69. Oksana Fitzgerald
    March 27, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Once we had to change my 2 months old daughter on the table in the pub as they did not have baby changing facilities

  70. Maria P
    March 27, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    The funniest and craziest thing was when I was at home with my daughter(15 months old) and her cousins (20 months and 3 months old). Well, I felt that I was changing nappies all day…

  71. March 27, 2017 / 9:05 pm

    We went to South Africa when my son was 6 months old, we were travelling as light as possible, just before we boarded the 10 hour flight home my son had an unfortunate nappy situation, it was all over me! He was fine as I had a change of clothes for him but I didn’t have anything to change into to. Our flight was boarding so I couldn’t even try find something from duty free, i ended up cleaning my top as best as I could with wet wipes.

  72. Julie Ashmore
    March 27, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I remember going to bingo one night leaving my husband alone with our 2 year old he was furious when I got home as there were no nappies in the house and he’d tied a massive towel around our sons bottom to stop him wetting the bed.

  73. Farhana
    March 27, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    I remember using a womens changing room in one of the small shops near a market as a makeshift baby changing room. Sadly my DS did a massive smelly poo and I could hear everyone around complaining of smell from outside the cubicle.

  74. Lia Burns
    March 27, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    We were once travelling with my 4yo and there was nowhere to go for the loo, she was desperate so we stopped in a secluded wooded area where nobody was around, she pulled down her tights and thought she could wee like a boy
    Only she’s a girl.. we were both covered!

  75. Natalie Crossan
    March 27, 2017 / 10:25 pm

    My first night out about 3 months after having my daughter, I got all dressed up (it was my birthday) and changed my baby daughter whose poo shot straight across the mat and all over my dress. First and only time she ever did that!

  76. March 27, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    flight, diarrhea and extreme turbulence meaning we were stuck in our seats and H was sat on my lap. No further detail needed I am sure you get the picture 🙁

  77. Hayley Colburn
    March 27, 2017 / 10:48 pm

    When our eldest was getting used to a new milk he had a habit of doing a lot of wet poo’s sometimes in quick sucession, anyway, to cut a long story short, I was cleaning one of them moments up only to have another aggressive and quite impressive second wave spray all over me, rather than help me, my lovely other half ran off laughing and instead of coming back with some form of help, he came back with a camera

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