Friday, May 4, 2012

Traveling with cloth diapers? Here's what I'm packing!

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 and 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?

This post was previously published on the I Love Cloth Diapers Blog.

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.


Jena said...

I have traveled with our fluff before. We went to Ohio for two weeks at Christmas (from BC), which involved several nights in hotels. We took pockets in our checked luggage, but for road and plane travel, we relied on our AI2/hybrids, and flushable liners when we remembered them. (We were lucky--no poops to deal with in public bathrooms!) We took a bag of Rockin' Green with us and washed diapers every day and a half or so; we used hotel washers two or three times. When my sister arrived, she had some of her cloth with her, too, so we tried to wash them all together.

Also worth noting--if you get offered a relatively cheap upgrade when traveling with a baby on your lap, to 1st class, take it.

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