Re: Handwashing diapers.
Ditto on the flats for handwashing. Our family spends 4+ months in the Philippines every year without access to a washer. I used to wash them in a tub, and since have created a camp-style bucket washer & plunger for the agitation. Works like a charm, and I feel empowered. Flats are great for thorough cleaning, quick drying, and adapting (via various folds) to your growing baby. Best of luck!