Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Helpful Tips for Traveling with Cloth Diapers

First off, why would you choose to travel with cloth diapers? Although I cloth diapered my first son at home, I never was brave enough to go further then a day trip whilst using cloths. I decided to test the waters the first time when Blaise was really tiny due to the rashes and leakage we got if using disposables. I was pleasantly surprised that with a few changes to our typical cloth diapering routine, they really weren't too bad to travel with. It saves us a fair amount of money, and with the few items we had to purchase to ease our travels, we have not traveled without cloths in over nine months.



It truly is not as hard as you might think. Here are a few things that I recommend you do to make your travel with cloth diapers easier.

Bio liners. I cannot even tell you how helpful they are when traveling. Well, really they're helpful for anytime you're out of the house since they make clean-up in times when you are without a Diaper Sprayer so much more doable. You take one of these eco-friendly, biodegradable suckers, lay it between baby's bum and the diaper (works with any and all diapers), and then you just shake it into a toilet if soiled, or a trashcan if wet when you change your kiddo.
Yes, they are not quite as eco-friendly as using straight up diapers or a cloth liner, but they still beat using all disposables, for not only your conscience, but also for baby's bum and your wallet.


I personally use: Bummis Bio-Soft Liner but I have also tried the ones made by GroVia and Imagine and both have worked equally well. For my almost one year old, I like the coverage I get from the Bummis size Large. I can tuck it around the edges of his prefold, and rarely do I have messes that aren't easily taken care of.



If you're going to be away for more than 2 days (or however long your diaper supply will last you), I highly recommend having Eco Nuts Soap Nuts with you, so you can easily do a quick load. No need to bring around any liquid or powdered soaps that could spill into your other luggage. These handy little doodahs are stuck right into a cloth bag that comes with the box. They are then thrown right into the washer with your diapers during your hot/cold wash, and then the soap nuts are reusable for up to 10 washes. Plus, if you have other dirty laundry during your trip, these work for any and all laundry.


Otherwise:
  • think about your washing options before you leave for your trip. If you're going to have to use a laundromat, you're going to want to know where they are before you are down to 2 diapers
  • take as many diapers as you own (that don't leak of course!)
  • consider bringing clothespins if you hang your diapers/covers and you don't think you'll be able to easily find a hanging solution
  • plan to have suitcase space for diapers
  • if you use cloth wipes, pack them to be readily available (I pack ours into a Reusable Produce Bag with a small spray bottle of wipe solution to keep them contained)
  • bring whatever wet bags you own - I usually pack my diapers into one of my Planet wise Wet/Dry Hanging Diaper Bag, and then I leave my other one empty, ready for dirty diapers. Then I carry my usual small wet bag in my diaper bag


I realize this is nowhere near a great starter point for the subject of cloth diapers, so bear with me as I kind of begin somewhere in the middle. At some point I shall compile the many emails and chats I have sent new mamas into a post for beginner cloth diapering parents. But this post is definitely for those already cloth diapering with their little ones. Good luck in your travels with cloth!

Do you have any go-to ways for making your traveling adventures simpler when taking cloth on the road? Have you ever traveled by air with cloth? I'd love to hear what works great for you!




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