Wednesday, December 11, 2013

5 Tips for Traveling with Cloth Diapers

If you use cloth diapers at home, you might be considering traveling with cloth diapers during the holidays. There are many reasons to consider adding cloth diapers to your packing list.  Cloth diapers might prevent rash for your child, work better than disposables, and keep your child more comfortable. Traveling with cloth diapers may seem a little overwhelming, but it's very easy.  Here we list several tips to make your trip comfortable and uneventful.

Plan for diaper laundry issues that might arise at your destination.
  • You will need to arrange a way to launder your cloth diapers during longer trips away from home.  If you're going to visit family, ensure that your relatives will allow you to wash diapers in their washing machines: do not assume that everyone will be OK with you using their equipment.  You can plan to handwash your cloth diapers if you don't have access to a washing machine at your destination. 
Do not test a new style of diaper while traveling with your child.
  • Hybrid diapers aff link (partially disposable) are good options while traveling, but be sure to test these options before leaving home so that you can ensure these systems will work.  Hybrid diapers might work well during the day, but could fail for overnight diapering.  Select your most trusted diaper styles and pack those for your trip.
Do not overpack and bring too many diapers.
  • You don't need to bring your entire cloth diaper stash along for your trip.  Plan to do laundry every day or every other day.  Count the number of diapers that your child uses in a normal day and pack twice as many diapers. It can be really helpful to pack a few extra flats, prefolds, and cloth wipes to use in the car: they make great tools for cleaning up spills or wiping messy hands.
Bring a few essentials.
  • Keeping a few essential diapering items will be extremely helpful for your trip. Be sure to bring a small diaper bag for short trips you might make during your visit, and keep the diaper bag easily accessible while you are in the car.  When I travel long distances, I like to pack my clean diapers into a wet bag.  I arrange the diapers after we reach the destination and then I use the wet bag to hold dirty diapers until laundering. Bring along your favorite cloth-diaper-safe rash cream and your favorite cloth diaper laundry detergent.
Do not leave dirty diapers behind. 
  • You don't want to return home and find a dirty diaper that was sitting around for five days.  This is bad for the diaper and will make for a stinky welcome home surprise. Try to do one last load of cloth diaper laundry before you leave so you will have clean diapers for your return.  If you have one stray dirty diaper, you can handwash it or you can bring it along for the trip and wash it with the rest of your diapers.


  1. These are great tips. I've never been away with cloth long enough to need to do laundry. I usually travel with a combination of hybrids with disposable inserts and covers with prefolds to make it simple.

  2. Fantastic plan. Nothing says "yuck" like coming home to a stinky (or worse, moldy) surprise!

  3. Wow what a great list! I wish I had money to go shopping for diapers right now!
    I am glad to come across your post about diapers cloth. These all are just amazing. Great work. Thanks for sharing.