If you’re taking a short or long family trip and are worried that using cloth diapers may end up ruining your happy moment, don’t worry. Although cloth diapering while traveling is not as easy as using disposable diapers, it’s not complicated as some people assume.
Traveling with reusable cloth diapers requires proper planning ahead of the trip. Plus there are a few important things you need to consider to make your trip less stressful.
Here are a few useful tips recommended by experts as far as traveling with reusable cloth diapers is concerned.
How to travel with Cloth Diapers
1. Plan Ahead
You definitely need to plan ahead. This means finding out what facilities are available during transit and at your destination. Call the hotel you’ve booked about the availability of laundry machines and whether you can use them to wash the cloth diapers. Most hotels have laundry machines so you can as well as the hotel staff after arrival. If you plan to book an Airbnb or are visiting a friend or family, be sure to ask your hosts about using their washing machines to clean the diapers.
Another great idea that will really come in handy is writing down your home cloth diaper care routine. This is the routine you’ll follow to avoid any issues.
Something else to keep in mind is that the dryers and washers at your destination may take a little bit longer than those at home.
2. Don’t Forget to Pack the Essentials
Planning ahead is key to a smooth traveling experience with cloth diapers. In this case, start by making a list of all the essential diapering stuff and other items.
In the baby bag, pack enough cloth diapers and include a few extras in case you are not able to wash them during the trip. Pack laundry detergent, a few large wet bags, wipes, liners, cream, and a couple of coins for laundry. You can even stuff all this stuff into a laundry basket if traveling by car.
Some parents prefer traveling with diaper flats as they don’t require much space. You can pack as many as you want in a compact bag. Diaper flats fold up for excellent absorbency where you need it under a cover and are really easy to wash and dry pretty quickly. Basically, diaper flats are a little bit more convenient as opposed to regular cloth diapers.
Experts also recommend pre-folds and covers or all-in-twos as their inserts are significantly smaller and the covers can be reused. They are also space-saving.
3. Try to Keep it Simple
With proper planning, traveling with reusable cloth diapers can be as easy as traveling with disposables. They are not only good for the environment, but they are also more budget-friendly compared to disposable diapers, not to mention that they are good for your child’s health.
Try to keep everything simple and also make sure you are following the same home diapering routine. Avoid trying out a new system while on transit as this can fail you big time.