Traveling with babies and little ones can be challenging on its own. But what if you are traveling with cloth diapers? Using cloth outside the home is just as easy as using it every day but here are a few pro tips and essentials that will take the guess work out of traveling and make it even easier.
If you’re packing the family into the car you have the obvious advantage of space and weight, and because of this you will likely be able to bring an entire stash of diapers with you. However especially if you have access to a washing machine, we recommend to keep it minimal and stick to the basics with 15-20 diapers.
If you plan to travel with cloth diapers, you must invest in a wet bag (or if you have one of our 7 packs you already do!). A medium sized bag that holds 5-6 diapers is perfect for day trips, whereas a large bag or diaper pail liner is best for overnight use. Another must have while traveling with cloth are flushable or disposable liners, they allow you to flush the liner (& mess) without storing a spoiled diaper for days.
Ideally, you will be traveling somewhere with access to a washing machine. That way, you can bring sample-sized detergents to save space and be able to wash when needed. But remember, bring your own detergent and a way to measure it - this is one that’s easy to forget. In a lot of hotels there is access to washing machines but the detergent may not be A-Okay for cloth diapers. If you bring your own you can wash & hang them up over shower curtain rods or suitcase holders to dry.
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A great option for continuing to use cloth while traveling is a diaper service as it allows you all the benefits while getting to leave behind your diapers and laundry! A typical cloth diaper service will drop off a large bag of clean diapers and pail/bag at your hotel or destination and will pick them up once your trip is done. To find a list of diaper services simply use a search engine for your destination’s city to discover local companies.
When traveling, you want to enjoy your time away from home and welcome all adventure. And despite what you may hear, traveling with cloth is no harder than using disposables. If you are already comfortable using cloth at home, using cloth while traveling simply takes a bit of planning ahead. However, it’s important to be realistic and allow flexibility. It’s great to try to cloth diaper but if you don’t have access to a washing machine or plan to use a cloth diaper service it may not be the best (& most enjoyable) option.
Welcome a backup plan - it is perfectly fine to have some disposables with you if things get stressful. Even if you don’t end up using them it is nice to know you have them just in case. Especially if this is a first time traveling with cloth it is great to have an emergency stash until you get the hang of it.
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