December 19, 2011

Traveling with Cloth Diapers? It can be done, if you're prepared!

I have a confession…I have traveled with fluff once. It was almost three years ago and I was staying at my parents’ house in Galena, IL, during the last week of tax season. My hubby’s an accountant so the week before April 15th is long, tiring and very lonely. I usually escape for some comfort and company. I brought my cloth diapers on the road three years ago. I’m used to using a diaper sprayer for the dirty diapers and my parents don’t have one. I had to rinse off the poo the old fashioned way…in the toilet. Yuck.
That was enough to make me not want to travel with cloth again.

So why attempt this again three years later? Chalk it up to experience and confidence.

Here’s what I’m packing for my trip:
  • Cloth diapers – (um, duh! I did have to state the obvious though!) I have pockets but I’ve recently gotten a few AI2/3’s and a fitted diaper. I think I’m going to bring 15 of my 27 diapers with. I love the idea of bringing a few inserts and covers with you when you travel. You should be able to reuse a cover for up to two days as long as the fecal matter stays off of it. It’s less to pack which is why I think it’d be a great diaper to take with you on the road.
  • Liners – To help lessen the nastiness of swishing the diaper in the toilet I’m going to use flushable liners. Or if you want to cut on costs and you have some old fleece blankets laying around that you don’t want any more you could cut those into liners and use them. They’re smaller than the diapers so it’s easier to swish. Swish, swish, and swish.
  • Detergent – I use EcoSprout so I’ll be bringing that with me so I can do laundry.
  • Large Wet Bag – I need something to store the diapers in when they’re wet and/or dirty.
  • Cloth Wipes & Solution – I love Knickernappies’ Baby Bum Drops and since I’m going to be away for about five days I think I can get away with only bringing one drop with me. I’ll fill a wipes container full of my cloth wipes and then use those while I’m away.
I think this’ll be a better experience than last time. For one thing, the liners will be MUCH easier to work with than rinsing the diaper in the toilet. Can I say it again? Yuck.

Are you travelling with your fluff? What do you pack?

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.


We use cloth when we travel. I just make sure to have everything washed and dried in time to pack exactly the diapers I want and so far we've never been gone more than 3 days (I have a 4 day stash) We've camped, stayed at a waterpark/hotel, and will be going to my mom's house over the holidays.

I pack a diaper for every two hours just to be safe, all the covers I own since they don't take up much space, my nighttime fitteds, and some doublers for the long car rides. I prefer my BG pockets or AIO's for easy pit stop changes. I also make sure I have wipes solution, 15-20 cloth wipes and cream.

I think the only time I would ever consider spending money on disposables is if we flew somewhere. Cloth takes up so much room but that's not an issue for car trips.

We've traveled with our fluff before--a few long weekends in the city and that kind of thing. We always packed just about all our diapers (a 3.5 days stash, I guess) and a few flannel cloth wipes; mostly we used disposable wipes when we were away. Right now, though, we're staying with my parents for the holidays, a nice 2-week long visit, and I ordered some AppleCheeks just for the visit. Two shells and five or six inserts got us from Seattle's Sea-Tac to Toledo, Ohio (about 12 hours from beginning to final destination). We also packed a big handful of cloth wipes and a bag of Rockin' Green for hard water, which I was lucky enough to win from a Twitter party months ago; my parents have very hard water. Overall, we have with us four AppleCheeks shells/diapers plus four inserts for each, and a few of our pocket diapers + inserts (including, of course, our Knickernappies Super Do's for nighttime), two travel-size wet bags and two FuzziBunz hanging pails with us.

We have, though, been using a wet pail method while here, as the hanging pails are, for some reason, making the room stinky (which we don't notice at home).

We just started using cloth diapers on our 20 month old, to learn for when our 3rd baby comes in April. We are travelling in 2 wks and I am terrified of travelling with cloth diapers. In your blog, you gave lots of good tips, like using flannel blankets and having a wet bag! Thanks for the tips!