Traveling with cloth can sound like a daunting task at first, but with some pre-planning it can be a breeze. Here are some of my general tips based on a few of the trips we’ve taken:
1.) Over pack. I’m a notorious over-packer in general, so it’s hard when packing for myself and the baby trying not to overdo it. But, with diapers, you can’t. You’ll use them, and it is definitely better to be over-prepared than under in this scenario. I suggest having enough for at least 3 days without washing, just in case. This goes for wetbags, too – I found that bringing 2 of our larger bags plus a medium sized bag was perfect.
2.) Pack wisely. If you’re taking more than one suitcase, split up the diapers. Bring more than you’d expect on the plane, because you can never predict what will happen diaper or lost luggage wise.
3.) Consider prefolds or fitteds. These dry faster since you can toss them in the dryer and don’t have to wait for things to air dry.
4.) Buy small sample packages of detergent to bring with you. Most companies make very affordable smaller sizes, which are perfect for traveling (and great to see if you’d like to try something new, too).
5.) Plan out laundry details before you go. If you’re staying with friends or family, you can easily use their machines (turns out I’m in love with my mother-in-law’s top loader!). If not, see if the hotel has service you can use, or another alternative. There are several websites and videos with tutorials on handwashing, too. Having an idea of how you’ll dry things is helpful as well.
6.) Consider a few disposable inserts. Many major companies make these (flip, grovia, etc.) and can be a convenient alternative; we bought a package but haven’t used a single one – cloth was very manageable while traveling for us.
7.) Be prepared to educate and share the cloth love! Lots of family members didn’t know we cloth diapered but were very curious as to how they work. Educating the curious – and the potential diaper changers – will surely come up, but what a great opportunity.