We’re in the thick of holiday season now, which means there’s a good chance you’re looking at packing up your family and heading back home to be with friends and loved ones for a few days. Whether it’s a weekend trip, or a weeks-long family vacation, you might find yourself wondering if you can take your love of cloth diapers on the road, instead of having to switch to disposables – and the answer is yes, ABSOLUTELY! Cloth diapering on-the-go might seem a bit intimidating, but it’s actually super easy, especially with the help of a few key essentials.
Wetbags…and More Wetbags!
A good wetbag will quickly become your best friend when you find yourself out and about with cloth diapers, and having a variety at your disposal means you’ll be ready for any situation that might come up! My favorite versatile size for a wetbag is a medium – large enough that I can easily fit 4-5 dirty diapers, but not so bulky that it becomes obnoxious to haul around. Bonus points if it happens to be a double-pocket wetbag – this is a huge help when it comes to keeping your diaper bag super-organized, and will allow you to separate out wet and dry components.
If you happen to use cloth wipes, and want to pack some dry wipes and a spray bottle with you, I would suggest looking at a small or mini wetbag for those. As an added bonus, wetbags can easily be re-purposed after your cloth diaper days are over – using them to pack away sopping swimming gear or to hold family toiletries on road trips are just a few of my favourite ways to repurpose these helpful totes!
Knowing whether you will have access to a washer and dryer on your trip can help you to determine exactly how many diapers you’ll need to pack along with you. If you’re washing while you’re away, it’s best to bring your preferred detergent, along with approximately two days’ worth of cloth diapers.
For those long-weekend camping trips that end up running for three or four days, you can get away with bringing along a few more diapers (if your stash allows) and a couple of extra-large wetbags for dirty storage. Knowing that you won’t have access to a washing machine out in the middle of the woods, you can plan to give your whole diaper stockpile a good clean right before you leave, and then again as soon as you’ve returned home.
Prefolds and covers – or all-in-twos – can make for a very economical approach to packing the most cloth diapers into the least amount of space. If your stash is composed of pocket diapers, it’s usually most advantageous to pack the covers and inserts unstuffed, in order to take up the least amount of suitcase space possible.
Also, if you’re headed to a pool, lake, or beach, be sure to pack your reusable swim diaper! These are incredibly easy to use: just wear, and wash!
We have no problem making arrangements for a double-delivery before your trip, so that you’ll be able to ensure you have enough diapers to see you through.
If you’ve got any additional questions about travelling with cloth, please feel free to reach out to us – we’re always happy to chat, and will do what we can to help make your cloth diaper vacation a success!