I don’t really consider myself a die hard cloth diapering mama, but I think I’d better just go ahead and accept the title since we now exclusively travel with cloth diapers….except if we’re traveling by air. I’m not crazy. P.S. If you take cloth diapers on an air plane, please email me with your technique.
When Gracie was a baby, we tried bringing the diaper pail along a couple of times. At the time we had enough diapers and covers that we could go about a day and a half between washings. So if we went for a weekend to visit my in-laws, we had to wash diapers while we were there.
Traveling with an infant plus doing laundry while there wasn’t really my cup of tea. So we gave up on it. We would just purchase a package of Seventh Generation disposables, or some other organic diaper and wipes and we’d head out of town. We did that with Gracie and Ava.
A diaper service is what actually convinced me that it would be okay to travel with cloth diapers again…
I know you’re probably thinking “Oh sure, traveling with cloth diapers is super easy when someone else is going to wash them for you.” And you’re right that does make it a bit easier. However, when it came time for our first weekend trip after having twins, I was just planning to use disposable diapers again.
And then I was like. Hey! We already pay about a hundred and fifty some odd dollars a month for diapers. I think maybe we should not spend another twenty something. So, yes. To be honest it was the money that made me explore the option of traveling cloth.
But, we’ve never looked back. If you are laundering your own, the trick will be to have all of your cloth diapers clean before your trip. I mean as much as possible (no one can predict if there is going to be a blow out diaper at the last minute).
We’re leaving to go on a longish trip soon (longish for us is half a week). How I pack:
We fill our largest suitcase with things for the twins. We bring the clean diapers inside huge wet bags that the diaper company delivers… While we will be using cloth diapers on this trip, we are going to bring along some disposable wipes for the road. We may bring cloth wipes for when we reach our destination…I haven’t decided on that yet.
Also in the suitcase will be two spare travel sized wet bags.
So the clothes in the suitcase in the back of the van with the diapers will be packed in the large wet bag in the back of the van, empty and ready for dirty diapers. Then I will pack our diaper bag as if we’re going to be out and about all day. Dirty diapers will go in our small travel wet bag until we arrive at our destination and then we will get all the clean diapers out of the large wet bag and transfer the dirty diapers into the large bag.
So, in the diaper bag for the road at 18 months old, that means that each boy will have two complete outfits and four diapers and four covers each. Last summer when they were seven months old for our vacation it was twice as many outfits, diapers and covers. And I’ll also have a smallish container a baby wipes in my diaper bag, something to change their diapers on, and the small wet bag that I mentioned earlier.
As we move through our days while we are away, we will slowly fill up our big wet bags. And as our travel sized wet bag gets nasty, I’ll set it aside and start using the two that I have packed as reserves.
We normally stay at a place with laundry facilities, so I do normally do at least a couple of loads of laundry while we are on vacation so that we aren’t completely overwhelmed when we get home. On the way home, usually our big huge suitcase is mostly empty of diapers and baby boy clothes, so any dirty clothes that we have left from the trip go into the huge suitcase.
I guess I should mention that our diaper service washes once a week, so we always have a week’s supply of clean diapers on Saturday. If we’re going out of town in the middle of the week we schedule a diaper pick up/drop off on the day before we leave. If you are like most of the rest of the cloth diapering world, you can do the same thing for yourself. You can wash and dry the night before, and then leave a single super soaked night time diaper in a bag at home to be washed when you arrive home.