Cloth Diapering Vacation Strategy
I think too much attention is being paid to how to diaper while on vacation and not enough to before and after the vacation strategies. Where is this attention being misplaced, you might ask? Well, fine. I just made that part up.
But, even so, you see lots of advice about what to take on a trip, but very little on what to do the day before a trip. And suddenly, you’re heading out the door for a 2 week vacation and you’re struck with panic about what to do with the 5 wet or dirty diapers you have in the diaper pail.
Here’s what our family does.
Day before Trip: wash diapers. Pack diapers.
If we’re getting up really early to leave in the morning, I’ll collect all diapers used between when i washed and when the kid went to bed and wash them, too. Dry if I have time, otherwise, tossing them randomly over pieces of furniture to air dry works, too. This just leaves the diaper that’s actually on the kid, and here I do one of three things when it’s time to change her and throw her in the car – I rinse the diaper out quick and hang it in the bathroom, or I just hang it up to dry without rinsing (outside if possible), or I bring the wet diaper along with us in the wet bag.
If we’re not leaving until later in the day, I’ll collect all diapers used between when I did laundry and about an hour before we’re planning to leave and I’ll wash them, then set them out to dry, and will treat the remaining diaper as above. If i, in fact, need those diapers in order to have enough diapers on our trip, then I’ll just bring them along and wash them on our first laundry day on our trip.
I’ll stop here to note that we don’t use diapers all that often when we’re at home, since we EC.