Day 4: Have cloth, will travel (most of the time)! With the holidays fast approaching you may be curious about how to travel with your cloth diapers. I’m going to be honest with you – there are times when we’ve chosen NOT to take our cloth diapers with us. We are a very mobile and active family and we’ve mastered traveling with kids. We haven’t mastered traveling with cloth diapers though – but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up either. I kinda like the challenge but only when it doesn’t send me into a panic attack.
- small wet bag (zippered works best)
- cloth diapers (number depends on length of trip)
- wipes (either disposable or cloth – we’ll talk about wipes another day)
- changing pad
- change of clothes
- What mode of transportation are you taking?
- Do you have any restrictions on the number of bags you can pack?
- Will you be staying with friends or family? Or in a hotel/condo/etc?
- Will you have do-it-yourself laundry facilities available at your destination?
- Do they have pay laundry services available?
- How many days will you be gone?
- Is coin laundry available nearby?
- Do they have a cloth diaper service in the area that has a vacation rental program? (Many offer delivery and pick up at your destination as part of their service.)
- Hand washing – while not exactly my preferred choice some diapering experts have mastered the hand washing using pre-folds or flats.
TIP: When traveling with your cloth don’t forget to take along your favorite cloth diaper detergent.
- Flying AND staying in a hotel/condo – limited space in our luggage and no laundry facilities would become a burden on our family. It’s not impossible to do if you have a coin laundry nearby and have the time to spend at the laundry. For this option we would probably choose a diaper service if it were available; otherwise I’m afraid we’d have to use disposables.
- Trips out of the country with no self laundry – again limited space and no laundry would give me a panic attack. Add the fact that you are in a different country and I wouldn’t know where to begin. It can be done if you don’t mind hand washing pre-folds or flats or if you don’t mind looking for a coin laundry.
Confused?Aren’t I suppose to be telling you why I LOVE cloth diapers? I love the challenge of researching options to take our cloth with us everywhere. We’ve actually lucked out on several of our planned trips (BlogHer) and my parents ended up watching the baby. And even though I’m an advocate for cloth diapers and a supporter that cloth diapers should be used 100% of the time that doesn’t mean that it’s feasible for everyone all the time. Every family has to set their own limitations.
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First, I wanted to share that it’s actually not that difficult to do laundry in other countries (well modern ones). Many travelers, myself included, use coin laundry when backpacking due to the limited space you have for clothes. I found locals to be very friendly & helpful when I needed help – the washing machines are different with instructions most likely in a foreign language. Kinda a fun experience 🙂
I agree that traveling with cloth diapers takes planning. We went on our first trip with our baby, and I had everything WAY planned. I used softer, more comfy diapers (Rumparooz) for the long car ride with extra hemp to keep him dry & happy in his seat.
Ana Brightful says
This summer we travelled via plane and stayed in a hotel for vacation. We took gDiapers and flushable biodegradable inserts. They worked out fantastic. I didn’t have to worry about laundering my precious stash in a hotel machine. If (when) the vinyl liner became soiled we hand washed it in the bathroom sink and hung it to dry. I brought 1 or 2 extra liners. We brought 4 gPants and they were plenty. We noticed the hotel toilet was a little weak so we opted to toss the inserts rather than flush to avoid causing any problems. I was so happy with the gDiapers for travelling and will bring them again on another trip. Good luck with whatever you choose!
Tracy S. says
Whenever we’ll be somewhere we have access to laundry facilities, I love to travel with fluff. It usually gives me a good chance to go on and on about how great cloth is, and people are always surprised to see how cute and functional modern cloth diapers really are.
I did have one tough trip to Maine, when the house we’d rented had one of those Bounce (fabric softener) things that is stuck to the inside of the dryer, so I couldn’t use it at all, and it was cold enough that air drying took foooooorever. Luckily, I usually stick a few gdiaper (I don’t use gdiapers but the inserts always work fine in whatever wraps or pockets I’ve brought) inserts into my bag when we’re headed somewhere new, and I can use those in between laundry days.