Thank you to Amber, who shared her story with us about traveling with cloth diapers.
Amber, where have your adventures taken you recently and what was your diapering strategy while you were traveling?
We have just returned from two international trips in the last few months in which we used cloth diapers and did not have access to a washing machine
Our first trip was to the UK for 10 days in which I took an assortment of bumGenius 3.0 pockets diapers
for nights and long days, bamboo fitted and Bummis covers
and two g-diaper covers with both disposable inserts and cloth inserts. England was pretty easy. On the plane (for both trips) I used the G-diapers so that I wasn't traveling for over a day with wet and soiled diapers. I would put a bumGenius on if I knew that she might be down for a longer nap on the plane to ensure no leaks. I actually didn't have any major disasters the whole time!
During the day in England we used the fitted and then at the end of the day I used the normal powdered detergent I usually use at home and rinsed and scrubbed down diapers. In England, the radiators came in very handy for hanging and drying (no access to sun or outside here) and they were usually dry over night.
Our trip to Vietnam and Thailand I pretty much brought the same amount of diapers. I should have brought more bumGenius pocket diapers as they dried much better in a humid climate. This time I did bring a whole package of G diaper inserts as we had many travel days and airplane rides but did not use the whole thing in the end. It was good to have the mix of diapers though. We were usually in one place for at least 2 nights, so we were always washing and hanging.
We spent a week on an island that pretty much could be described as paradise. My daughter, Safia, pretty much only wore a diaper the whole time or a t-shirt and a Swimmi Swim Diaper
. Drying was great here as we had a line on our bungalow and the wind and sun had them dry in no time.
I was worried that my diapers would come home pretty worn and with soap build up but because of the sun and our washing, I think they came home whiter and brighter than before.
My one difficulty with traveling with cloth diapers and a baby of course, is the amount of suitcase space they take up. We were travelling very light for the month but the diapers eat up a lot of space!! Looking back I wouldn't have done it any differently. My husband and I discussed the amount of garbage we would have created over the month and especially when we were on the island where everything’s is boated in and I am pretty sure they just burn the local garbage.
This in its self is worth the effort.
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