Traveling across the country with Cloth Diapers.

When I decided I was definitely going to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas the next question was how was I going to diaper my son?  Disposables are the easy answer, followed by G Diapers or Gro Baby Bio Soakers.  The hardest answer would be full time cloth diapers.  Now, I have mentioned before that I have an issue with leaving dirty diapers at home and also with bringing dirty cloth diapers with me to a location.  I don’t like to think of my diapers sitting in the pail for more than 3 days.  Yuck!  I have read the horror stories about mushrooms and mold growing on diapers.

Picture 38I set about looking for a local diaper service in Las Vegas.  I figured that if I could find one perhaps we could arrange a way for me to use them.  I lucked out and found Happi Bunz Diaper Service.  They were more than accommodating and arranged for my diapers to be delivered to the Hilton.  They delivered 40 bleached regular size prefolds and a Pail.  I packed my own covers and snappi, and brought wet bags to keep my dirties in until I got back to the hotel each day.

What about my flights?  For my airport and plane time I used Gro Baby Shells and the new Bio Soakers.  I was able to try the Bio Soakers a litle bit before their release because I like my Gro Baby shells more than G Diapers.  I wasn’t disappointed by the Bio Soakers!  Because they have elasticized edges they hold in the poop really well!  And, even though they have way less SAP gel than a disposable they were plenty absorbent.  I didn’t notice having to change any more than I regularly do.  I will give one tip, when placing your soaker in make sure that it is very close to the edge of the front.  Somehow the very first one I used at home leaked from the front.  When I removed it I saw how I placed it.  If there is hardly anything in the front to catch the pee, then it is going to leak!

Like I said, the Bio Soakers lasted me until I got to the hotel.  Happi Bunz left a baggage claim for me and I wheeled my pail and clean diapers up to the hotel room using my stroller.  I changed Fletcher from a Gro Baby to a prefold with a cover.  We used these exclusively until check out four days later.  This was my first time ever using a service.  The prefolds were very absorbent, I even used them at night with a wool cover or a PUL cover.  He never leaked.  I did notice that the prefolds were very pilled and they weren’t the softest things on the planet.  If we were using the service full time I might have an issue with that.

We have used prefolds at our home but not as much as we used fitteds or pockets.  Apparently, Fletcher is always a pain to put a prefold on.  My diaper changes lasted 10-15 minutes each.  No kidding.  I was sweating and out of breath by the end of each one.  He squirmed, crawled away, turned upside down, and in general made each change a nightmare.  I am not a prefold master.  I can get them on, but it isn’t second nature.  This experiment has reaffirmed to me that pockets are the best thing for our family.

Once we checked out of the hotel I left a baggage claim for Happi Bunz.  The dirties and the pail were left in the hotel and I walked away with no laundry to do and no dirties to carry with me!

There is almost always a way to use cloth diapers on vacation.  It might not be the easiest or most convenient thing, but you can do it.  Do I think you should always?  No!  Disposables were invented for traveling, and became the norm.  If cloth diapers were the norm, then maybe using a few sposies for traveling wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.  I don’t think that if you use them for your trip you are the devil!  I do think there are ways to make responsible choices, like more earth friendly disposables, or disposable inserts for your cloth.  I hope my experience has given you some ideas for your next trip!

What do you use when you travel?  I’d love to hear!

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  • We have always brought our regular cloth diapers with us on trips, and found a way to do laundry while we are away. The trickiest thing is probably doing a load of wash RIGHT before leaving the house so that we’re not leaving any dirties in the pail at home, maybe only starting the trip with 1-2 in the wet bag. One thing I have learned is I would definitely use flushable liners next time we fly, just in case of poos. Driving it’s not so bad because you can put the wet bag in the trunk, but flying you are stuck with it in your carry-on.
    .-= Rose´s last blog ..The Ever-Changing Nature of Breastfeeding, Or, Nursing a 6-Month-Old =-.

  • I travelled from NC to Quebec Canada with cloth. Everything from our prefolds to AIOs. It was great because I was staying with family and I learned that my aunt used cloth diapers. My cousins were also exposed to cloth during that visit. I had access to a washer so that was great. On shorter overnight trips, I use cloth but I just use prefolds. I rinse and a mini handwash so they don’t get yucky.

  • We just put all the dirty ones in a big garbage sack. If I was gone for more than a few days, I wouldn’t travel with cloth because I wouldn’t be able to, or want to do laundry but so far we’ve just been away for a couple days.

    I’m about to go on a actual “vacation” for 5 days and we’ll be on a plane and everything and I just plan on using disposables.
    .-= Samantha @ mama Notes´s last blog ..Stay-at-Home Mom Bored Rut =-.

  • Kudos to Kim! We have yet to do any traveling over two hours, but we would still cloth diaper, no questions asked. Although, hubby will probably want to buy a small pack (eco-friendly). Cloth diapering services are not available where we live, but I’ll look for one when we do travel. That was so nice of them to deliver and pick-up for you. My LO is 6 months now and prefolds (what we use) are getting a bit tougher to put on, but I guess I have a bit more practice that you. I ordered my first AIO… can’t wait to see how we like it!
    Way to go on a successful trip!
    .-= Cinella´s last blog ..Menu Plan Monday ~ Draft =-.

  • THANK YOU!!! I had never thought about a service while on vacation! Duh! I’m so gonna have to look into this for our next trip…seems like we are always going somewhere! I hate leaving the fluff behind when we travel!
    .-= Calley´s last blog ..We Care Clothing =-.

  • Thanks for an honest look at using cloth on trips, as it can be quite an effort to plan for it. Sometimes, though, a disposable is just the thing. Even full-time cloth-diapering mommies use a disposable every now and then. I am glad you were able to use the diaper service…thanks for checking it out for all of us!
    .-= Stacy Whalen´s last blog ..Big Blog Update =-.

  • Tammy in TN

    This was a great post, and I admire your devotion to cloth diapering. Finding the service was a great idea, however you were still left with the problem of leaving a few dirty diapers at home for a few days, which is always my problem too. Even though my baby is only 3 months, he has already been on 2 long trips across the country, which we always use ‘sposies. However, your blog inspired me, and last weekend was the first weekend we brought cloth diapers with us to Grandma’s. My mom loved how easy they were to use, but we had a stinky bag of them in the trunk for the 2 hour trip back last night. I couldn’t wait for first thing this morning to get them into the washer.

    Bottom line, we will continue to use the cloth for the weekend trips to the grandparent’s, but for longer trips across the country, it is disposable all the way.