Where to change a diaper when you have limited choices to where to change

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I went on a ride last weekend fully diapered to a neighboring state to do some nature and small town photography. Eventually, I needed a diaper change. Usually I have no problems as I find that any public building or public transportation facility have to provide some sort of accommodation for disabled people or people using medical equipment such as a diaper to be in compliance with the ADA act and recieve fed funding (I used to work for a DOT) or i go into a Walmart. However, I was in the middle of nowhere but was lucky as there was a welcome center ahead. I pulled in thinking there was some sort of family or disabled restrooms that I could change. I was wrong, there was none and the men’s room was crowded even the handicap stall eventually I went on and found a truck stop restroom to change and went on my way. Fast forward ahead to later in the day. I had stopped to get some dinner and I had a soaked diaper this time in a fairly busy shopping center with very few places I could change or look wired as I had black backpack that I use a diaper bag. So this time I found a parking spot far away and did a quick change in the back seat of my SUV (which is dark tinted and hard to look in) praying nobody was looking in. i want to know how do y’all handle this type of situation when you in situation like mine (an area you’re not that familiar in and you need a change) or do you go find some place and change in the back of a vehicle. Also do you have a place (restaurant, store, building, etc) that you know regardless of where you are that you can safely and cleanly change your diaper at?
 
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Mapboy said:
I went on a ride last weekend fully diapered to a neighboring state to do some nature and small town photography. Eventually, I needed a diaper change. Usually I have no problems as I find that any public building or public transportation facility have to provide some sort of accommodation for disabled people or people using medical equipment such as a diaper to be in compliance with the ADA act and recieve fed funding (I used to work for a DOT) or i go into a Walmart. However, I was in the middle of nowhere but was lucky as there was a welcome center ahead. I pulled in thinking there was some sort of family or disabled restrooms that I could change. I was wrong, there was none and the men’s room was crowded even the handicap stall eventually I went on and found a truck stop restroom to change and went on my way. Fast forward ahead to later in the day. I had stopped to get some dinner and I had a soaked diaper this time in a fairly busy shopping center with very few places I could change or look wired as I had black backpack that I use a diaper bag. So this time I found a parking spot far away and did a quick change in the back seat of my SUV (which is dark tinted and hard to look in) praying nobody was looking in. i want to know how do y’all handle this type of situation when you in situation like mine (an area you’re not that familiar in and you need a change) or do you go find some place and change in the back of a vehicle. Also do you have a place (restaurant, store, building, etc) that you know regardless of where you are that you can safely and cleanly change your diaper at?
Sometimes you have to be resourceful, as you clearly were. I have changed in similar places over the years. Probably the worst mistake I've made in this area was not checking my diaper bag to make sure that I had a spare diaper when I needed one. I was visiting Tombstone, AZ with my wife and sister-in-law. First the only place to change was a stinking port-a-potty, and when I went back to the car to retrieve my diaper bag realized, to my dismay, that I had one pair of cotton briefs but no diapers. Anyway, I ended up changing out into dry underwear in the back seat of our car while the women shopped around. Alas, for the perfect ending to a perfect day I ended up wetting my pants on the drive back to Tucson. Lesson learned!
 
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As long as there's any stall with at least a half functioning door you, should be able to change standing up. Not really sure why disabled/handicapped/family restrooms or stalls are needed.
 
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I have changed in many regular stalls but prefer handicapped as there's more space, and that makes a diaper change a lot easier. Between space needed to place my diaper bag, prep the new diaper (diaper plus booster), pull down my pants and plastic pants, remove my wet diaper put on the fresh diaper, etc, anything helps.
 
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I've changed in 'normal' sized stalls, and even the dreaded normal sized port-a-potty a couple times.

There was one instance me and the "2 year old" where on a hike in a Philadelphia 'green belt' (nature preserve) and my diaper was leaking very badly. Was forced to step behind a building where other people could not see me, and change there.

My most interesting experience changing, would have to be while sitting in a car out-of-view.
 
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I’ve changed in all sorts of places on road trips.

the questionable rest stop stall has been some of the most memorable experiences.

I’ve been in one with people all around my stall, with wide gaps ripping tapes off and that’s all you could hear.
 
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I always try to find a gas station with a family bathroom, there is an app on a phone that you can use to help find a bathroom as well.
 
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schooner said:
I have changed in many regular stalls but prefer handicapped as there's more space, and that makes a diaper change a lot easier. Between space needed to place my diaper bag, prep the new diaper (diaper plus booster), pull down my pants and plastic pants, remove my wet diaper put on the fresh diaper, etc, anything helps.
Along with having enough space to pull it up from the front to attach to landing zone. Need a bit of space for all that.
 
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Pinkman123 said:
Along with having enough space to pull it up from the front to attach to landing zone. Need a bit of space for all that.
You've got that right! It's easy enough to position the diaper properly with pants and plastic pants off and in the privacy of your room, but much more difficult from the confines of a public restroom stall where your shoes, socks, pants and plastic pants are still on.
 
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I wear pinned cloth diapers and rubber pants so I avoid needing a diaper change as much as I can, but sometimes I can't avoid it. I have changed myself in handicapped stall, they are roomy enough to give me the space to unpin my diapers, wipe and powder myself and pin a fresh diaper on mostly while standing up and using a wall or door for support. For the past 10 years or so, my wife has helped me when I needed to be changed when we were out. We do take my diaper beg just in case, and when my diapers do need to be changed we mostly use restrooms for one person at a time, or if we can't find one like that, she takes me into the ladies restroom and we use the handicapped stall. Some restrooms have changing tables for children which we have used and they are great. Standing up and pinning my diapers on correctly is a challenge so having my wife to help is great.
 
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January 2022 I flew to Houston from nearby Madison, Wisconsin to drive back a VW Jetta SportWagen TDI I had bought online. Public restrooms were nearly impossible to find open due to Covid so I found myself with an over saturated Abena Abri-Form M-4 a couple of times. This resulted in me reclining, and sliding back, the front seat to get in a position where I could slide my wet diaper out and get a fresh one in its place at night in a deserted convenience store parking lot. Fortunately I was wearing plastic pants in my belt and suspenders approach to preventing leaks, but at least once I knew that I had large wet smiley faces under my butt cheeks on my pants and wore a long shirt untucked to conceal it. It seems that many businesses have used their Covid excuse for closing their restrooms to continue their policy to the present day. I suspect the labor shortage and hiring difficulties make filling restroom janitorial positions especially difficult these days.
 
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When I know in advance that there will be limited changing areas, I will wear either an ultra high capacity Trest Elite or a NRU str8updiaper.
 
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Pinkman123 said:
Along with having enough space to pull it up from the front to attach to landing zone. Need a bit of space for all that.
I totally agree. When I change myself standing up, I spend equally as much time readjusting my diaper as I did changing it. I find it infinitely easier to change when I am lying down than standing up
 
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Yes, ! have been and done near all of those! I have come to except the reality that at some point, changing the diaper is more important than my want for a private place. Not saying I am out in the middle of a larger crowd, but any corner or somewhat sheltered place has to do!

It does encourage oneself to double check your bag to assure that you have extras!!
 
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Jorelaxed said:
When I know in advance that there will be limited changing areas, I will wear either an ultra high capacity Trest Elite or a NRU str8updiaper.
Thanks, I should probably wear a M-4 the next time I am outside an area with limited changing options.
 
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Mapboy said:
Thanks, I should probably wear a M-4 the next time I am outside an area with limited changing options.
No problem!, I wear 24/7 and are not usually able to change my diapers for many hours. I have gotten quite resourceful when it comes to having to wear for extended hours.
 
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My most limited change happened at a cabin, in an outhouse without a door, and facing the lake (similar to photo). So not only did you hope that none of the other cabin inmates dropped by, but you had to be on the lookout for passing boaters.
 
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schooner said:
I have changed in many regular stalls but prefer handicapped as there's more space, and that makes a diaper change a lot easier. Between space needed to place my diaper bag, prep the new diaper (diaper plus booster), pull down my pants and plastic pants, remove my wet diaper put on the fresh diaper, etc, anything helps.
Not to mention they're usually next to a physical wall, not partition. That generally makes for a better brace for me to tape up a diaper rather than lean against a partition, this maybe drawing attention to myself.
 
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Pbanimal908 said:
I always try to find a gas station with a family bathroom, there is an app on a phone that you can use to help find a bathroom as well.
What app is that?
 
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diapernh said:
The app Is called Flush. Sometimes it doesn't work but it does help me most of the time
 
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