Cloth Diapering on Vacation & Traveling the World! How to, Tips, Hacks


Aloha! This is Heidi at EC Peesy. Please
subscribe to learn more about elimination communication and cloth
diapering. In this video I’m going to talk all about cloth diapering while
traveling. It is possible to cloth diaper while traveling, whether you’re going on
a short vacation or you’ll be traveling long term. Our family of four is
traveling the world full time. I’ve been cloth diapering our daughter for seven
months while traveling, until just recently when we switch to underwear. I
also asked for input from other people in a couple of Facebook cloth diapering
groups, so I’ve compiled everybody’s tips, tricks and hacks for a cloth diapering
away from home. I’ve organized this video by frequently asked questions about
cloth diapering on the road and I’ve included an index in the description box
below the video. How to store dirty cloth diapers while traveling? The answer is: wet bags! These are my favorite cloth diapering accessory. When
I’m traveling I like to bring a few different sizes of wet bags. This is a
Kanga Care wet bag. It’s about a medium size but it’s big enough to fit all the
diapers that we brought with us. I like the round shape. It makes it easy for
putting wet diapers in, and it can hang from any hook or door handle or bar. I like to use these Planet Wise wet/dry bags. They have one pocket that’s for dry
items and then they also have a waterproof pocket. This Berry Pod that’s made by Blueberry Diapers. This is a really great cylindrical shape, if you’re
packing something like fitted diapers or all-in-ones or pocket diapers. You can
just stack them up in here. For packing my diaper bag I really like to bring
along a small diaper clutch. For instance, when we’re going on the airplane I may
pack just one or two cloth diapers in here, a few cloth wipes, and a change pad. A small clutch like this is perfect for the airplane
bathroom because it’s really cramped in the bathroom. You don’t want to be
bringing along your entire diaper bag into an airplane bathroom, but a small
clutch with one change in it is perfect and then you can just swap out and put
another clean diaper in here when you return to your seat on the plane. I also
like to carry something like this clutch or a small Grovia wet bag in my purse when we’re out and about day-to-day. For those who like to go the all-natural route, there are even wool wet bags! So that’s something to consider, as well. This one
has these two little loops so that you could hang it from a stroller. How to wash and dry cloth diapers while traveling? If you’re going on just a short weekend getaway, you might not need to wash the diapers while you’re away.
Maybe you can just pack them all up into wet bags and bring them home and wash
them in your normal washing machine with your normal routine. That’s great! But if you’re going on a trip that’s longer than about three days you’ll probably
want to wash and reuse your cloth diapers during your trip. There are a ton
of different options of how to wash cloth diapers while traveling. On our
trip I’ve used washing machines in Airbnb apartment rentals; I’ve used
washers and dryers in a laundry room in a hotel; I’ve used a washer and dryer while
we were RV camping in Furano Japan. My toddler likes to help out and hand wash
her cloth training pants and wool diaper covers in the sink. Some other
methods I’ve heard of people using are the bucket and plunger method while
camping in an RV when they didn’t have access to a washing machine. If you’re
going to be staying with friends or family, I recommend asking them ahead of
time if it’s going to be okay with them that you wash cloth diapers in their
washing machine. Just because it’s so normal to us as cloth diapering parents
but somebody who’s not familiar with it, they might be a little squeamish about
the idea. So it’s a good idea to ask permission first. While traveling throughout Southeast Asia we’ve also sent my kids’ cloth training pants to
laundry services to be washed and dried. And that’s one of the reasons that I
personally opt sometimes cot actually cloth training pants
instead of full-on cloth diapers. Is when I send them with our clothes laundry to
a laundry service it doesn’t look like “Oh my gosh, she sent me her kid’s dirty
diapers!”. I just rinse them out really well and I include them with our clothes. One aspect that maybe people forget to think about when it comes to washing and
drying is that not everywhere has tumble dryers. In the U.S. it’s really common that we have both a washing machine and a dryer. But outside of the US
many people just hang their laundry to dry. That’s been the case for us most of
the places we’ve gone on this trip. We’ve visited my family’s cabin in California
and I hung fitted cloth diapers and training pants out on the line to dry in
the sunshine. We’ve been to Japan and I also hung the diapers out to dry there.
We’ve also been in Thailand, Malaysia and now we’re in Vietnam. And in all that
time there’s only been a few places that had dryers and most of the time they
were not very effective. So I came up with some hacks to finish drying the
diapers. In one hotel room I hung up the diapers in the bathroom and then used
the hairdryer to dry them a bit more and left them hanging there the rest of the
night. In Japan I realized that inside the bathroom the dehumidifier has a dry
setting that can be used for drying clothes. So I was able to hang up the
diapers and training pants in the bathroom above the bathtub and then set
that on the dryer setting and that was a really good way to dry the diapers if it
wasn’t sunny enough to hang them outside. So we’ll talk more later about which
type of cloth diapers to take traveling but this is something that you’re going
to want to keep in mind, is the dry time. How easily those diapers are going to
dry if you don’t have access to tumble dryer. How to deal with poopy cloth diapers on vacation? The big question! I think there’s two different main approaches you can take towards this. On the one hand, you can try to prevent the
poop from getting on the cloth diaper in the first place. And on the other hand
there’s some options for how to get the poop off the cloth
diaper once it’s gotten there. So the two options to prevent it from getting on
your cloth diaper: is first it’s really popular to use a disposable diaper liner
that you just lay inside the cloth diaper. And depending on the type you may
be able to flush that afterwards or plop the poop into the toilet and dispose of
the liner the way you would a disposable diaper. I personally do not have very
much experience using diaper liners. I only used them very briefly with my son.
The other option that I am very familiar with is something called “elimination
communication”. If you’re new to the concept and you’ve never heard of this
before, it’s a gentle method of allowing a baby opportunities to pee and poop in a potty or toilet. It can be started anywhere between birth and 18 months old. So with elimination communication you’re catching some of
the pees maybe some or all of the poops in the potty and that prevents them from
getting in your cloth diapers. Many families who practice EC with babies
around 6-months-old have great success with catching most of the poops in the
toilet. With our first baby from the time he was 6-months-old
we caught most of the poops in the toilet with a bit of a pause around 1-year-old. With our second baby we weren’t so successful. We caught most poops from 3 to 6 months old and then when she started crawling and then shortly after
walking at 8-months-old we weren’t catching the poops anymore. So we
personally did have to still deal with poopie cloth diapers while traveling. But
some families who do EC don’t have to. It’s not something I would recommend
starting while you’re traveling but if you know that you have a trip coming up
a couple months from now, half a year from now, then you might want to look
into elimination communication. I’ll include a blog post in the description
box on how to start EC for anybody who is interested in that little-known
option. Now, if you do get the poop on the diapers there are some options. Some
people bring along a diaper sprayer. That could be easier done on a trip where
you’re driving, but maybe you can pack it in your suitcase as well. Since we travel
throughout Southeast Asia there’s often a bidet sprayer attached to the toilet. So it’s been really easy for us
in places like Vietnam just to use that sprayer that’s already attached to the
toilet. I also always bring along gloves in my laundry kit. So if I want to do the
dunk and swish it in the toilet method I have gloves to protect my hands. Similar
to a diaper sprayer, somebody mentioned that they brought along a peri bottle
while they were camping, so they were able to use that to spray the poop off the cloth diapers. I hope that helps you to feel more confident about cloth
diapering, despite the fact that there could be some poopy diapers to deal with.
Another aspect of washing cloth diapers while traveling, is that I bring along my
own laundry kit. If I’m traveling somewhere like the United States I’ll
bring a couple rolls of quarters with me in case I’m staying somewhere where I’m
going to be using a coin-operated washing machine. I don’t want to spend
all my time hunting down a bank to get coins. I’ll just have those quarters already
packed with me. In Thailand the washers and dryers take 10 Baht points if you’re
going to be going there. And I also bring along some cleaning supplies. With
laundry detergent, there’s some things to keep in mind. It can be really heavy, it
might be liquid, and some ingredients are actually prohibited to go on an airplane.
I didn’t realize until after I had actually made this mistake, but laundry
detergents that have oxygen bleach that basically turn into peroxide when
mixed with water, are a prohibited item to pack when you’re flying on an airplane.
So one way I’ve gotten around this is I just use Amazon and if I’m going to
visit friends or family where they have really fast Amazon shipping, I will have
the laundry detergent delivered to their place and then that way it’s there
waiting for me the day I arrive. Another thing I do is I bring along Eco Nuts. They may not be the best overall thing to use for washing cloth diapers, but I
have these on hand so that if I need to wash the cloth diapers once before I’m
able to go out and buy laundry detergent at my destination, I have something just for
that first wash. Eco Nuts work best when you’re washing on warm or hot water, so
if you only have cold water in the washing machine you’re using or if
you’re hand washing, then it’s best to add these to a cup of boiling hot
water and make kind of little tea out of them to use as your laundry detergent. I
also like to bring along a stain remover stick. This one’s from a Bunchafarmers.
So that’s another tip for dealing with the poop, is to have something to
remove stains. We use wool diaper covers while we’re traveling and so I bring
along cleaning supplies for that as well. I bring some solid wool wash bars and I
also bring my lanolin for re-lanolizing the wool diaper covers. And I’ll talk a
bit more about that later. I like to pack my laundry supplies in a wet/dry clutch
so that I can have any of the dry items in this outer pocket and then if
something gets wet but I have to rush to check out of a hotel room or an Airbnb and
I’m leaving it with some wet items like maybe my gloves or my stain stick
are wet, I’ll put them in the waterproof pocket of this right before we rush out
of the hotel. A couple other items you might want to pack in your laundry kit
are a sink stopper if you’re gonna be hand-washing, along with some gloves. And also you might want to bring either a clothesline or one of those little
hanging clippy racks. I’ve used those for hanging cloth diapers. And if you’re
going to be doing the bucket and plunger method for washing the cloth diapers, then
of course you’ll want to bring those along as well. How often to wash cloth diapers while traveling? I personally like to wash diapers every other day. I don’t
like to leave wet diapers sitting too long that they might either develop
ammonia smell or they might mold, so I try to do every other day. On one trip
when I took a limited supply of cloth training pants with us, I was washing
every night, but the relatives I was staying with they had washers and dryers and it was pretty easy for me to do once my daughter went to bed. But if I was going
on an action-packed vacation where I really wanted to enjoy the whole time,
then I might go one or two days between washing. what to do if your wash routine wasn’t perfect while you were traveling I say
if you’re gonna be washing your cloth diapers away from home – twice maybe
three times don’t worry so much about if it wasn’t the perfect washing machine
there might have been some buildup and Sheen you didn’t have your normal
laundry detergent you couldn’t get your washing routine just right it’ll be okay
just wash them your normal way once you get home and maybe do an extra hot rinse
on them to really get out any extra buildup that could be in them if you
think there has been a lot of buildup you could use a product like raffia
mighty bubbles to strip that out someone asked me specifically to talk about what
my biggest challenge has been washing cloth diapers for traveling and it’s
been that most places we’ve gone in Asia Japan Thailand Malaysia there was only
cold water in the washing machines this made it very difficult because ideally I
like to do a warm rinse with a little bit of detergent and then my hot wash
with the main amount of detergent and another warm rinse afterwards but that’s
just not an option when the washing machine only has cold water in it so I
had to come up with some hacks to get around this most of the time what I was
doing is I was kind of pretty hand washing them in the bathroom sink
with detergent and hot water because for some reason you can get scalding hot
water coming out of the bathroom sink but only cold water in the washing
machine so I basically hand washed them in the
hot water and then I put them through the washing machine on the cold setting
for good measure another thing I would do sometimes is once the cold water was
running in the washing machine I would get a pan of hot water from the bathroom
sink and pour it in to the cold water in the washing machine so those would mix
and I’d end up with warm which isn’t ideal but it’s still better than
straight-up cold or I could use a kettle hot water and pour that into the cold
water in the machine if anybody has any other tips of how to deal with cloth
diapering when there’s only cold water please let me know in the comments it
seems like since people do cloth diaper in these countries where the washing
machines only have cold water they must have come up with some work around that
which style of cloth diapers to bring on vacation
this is really a personal preference if you have a style cloth diaper that’s
working really well for you and your baby or toddler at home that’s probably
what you should bring along on vacation if you try something new that you’ve
never tried before at home it might not end up working and might not fit quite
right but if you’re still in the planning stages for your cloth diapers –
or you really want to invest in some cloth diapers specifically for traveling
then here’s some things to think about you’ll want to consider how bulky are
they how much room will they take up in your luggage how easy will they be to
wash and dry will be an option to hand wash them or to hang dry if that’ll be
necessary on your trip how well do they contain pure poop the last thing you
want on vacation is leaking diapers or poop splosions if you are looking for
cloth diapers to take traveling I can recommend three types one type of cloth
diaper that’s really popular with a lot of people for traveling is flat if
you’re not familiar a flat cloth diaper is basically a big square piece of
fabric and there’s all different ways that you can fold it you can wrap it
around your baby and secure it with a snappy fastener or pins basically our
grandparents way of cloth diapering or you can just pad fold it into a
rectangle and lay it inside a cover and you can use flats with different types
of covers you could use a polyester cover that has a waterproof TPU or pul
lining or you could use flats inside a wool diaper cover the type of cover
you’re using will determine whether you can just pad fold and lay that flat
inside or if you’ll need to really secure it around your baby first flat
diapers will be the easiest option to wash and dry if you check out the
accompanying blog post that goes along with this video over on the ezpz website
I made a chart that lists a whole bunch of different types of cloth diapers and
consideration as to bulk when packing them and ease of washing and drying them
another option that you could take or what’s called hybrid cloth diapers so
when it’s a hybrid that means it can be used
you there with a cloth insert or it could be used with a disposable insert
and the two main brands of hybrid diapers are Rovia and G diapers so with
growth via you could snap in a cloth insert or you could lay something like a
pre fold inside the cover but you can also use their disposable insert inside
the cover with G diapers there’s a pouch and you can either put in a cloth insert
from G diapers a flat a pre fold or the disposable G diaper inserts and with
their disposable inserts to get rid of it you rip off the side dump it into the
toilet it comes with a little swish stick to mix it around and it really
breaks apart before you flush it down the toilet
another option with the G diaper disposable inserts is for ones that only
have pee on them no poop but just pee then you can compost those inserts so it
is an eco friendly disposable diaper option if you’re using hybrid diapers
you can choose if you want to take a mix of cloth and disposable inserts or if
you want to use them just entirely as cloth or entirely as disposable ones the
covers themself could just get washed along with regular laundry the option
that I personally use the most for traveling is cost training pants with
roll diaper covers over I mentioned before that our family practices
elimination communication so along with using cloth we’re also bringing along
travelpod eaves and catching some of the pees in the potty so we don’t normally
need a super absorbent cloth diaper on this trip for overnight travel days and
out and about long days sightseeing I had brought along some fitted cloth
diapers as well so those are three really good possibilities you could
bring while travelling flats with covers hybrid diapers with a combination or one
of the other cloth inserts or disposable inserts and cloth training pants or
fitted diapers with wool diaper covers fitted diapers wouldn’t normally be
recommended because it could take longer to dry and they are a bulky option but
we brought along lovey organic cotton bowler diapers and they
actually dry it pretty fast we’ll hang drying they only took a little bit
longer than the cloth the training pants to dry
how many cloth diapers to bring on vacation I kind of touched upon this
earlier on the washing section but basically I would recommend bringing
enough cloth diapers that you can wash every other day or if you’re going on a
really short trip like two or three days and you have enough cloth diapers you
could just bring enough for your whole trip and wash them when you return home
how many cloth diapers you personally go through per day it really depends on how
frequently you change them and you probably know your baby best so if I was
traveling with a really young baby I would be bringing at least 10 to 12
cloth diapers per day but it might be totally different for you based on how
frequently you change them also think about if you’ll need any diapers for
overnight or other special circumstances like the airplane flight what if you run
out of clean cloth diapers don’t worry it’s not the end of the world
pretty much every place we’ve traveled and we’ve traveled quite extensively
it’s possible to buy disposable diapers on this particular trip we brought with
us a pack of honest disposable diapers because those are the ones that I prefer
using on my baby and we were using those the night before an airplane flight so
that I could wash the cloth diapers put my baby into the disposables just for
overnight and then she would go back into cloth the next morning we did
eventually run out of those honest diapers so we’ve bought disposables
other places too on our trip and it’s really not that big of a deal but if
your baby does have an allergy or there’s really one specific type of
disposable diaper you’re okay with using then just bring a pack or two along with
you just in case if you’re not able to wash and dry a cloth diaper sometime
then you could use those disposables how to pack cloth diapers for travel
this is the fun part for me because I absolutely love to pack if you’re going
on a road trip then you could pack your car with a couple baskets or if you have
like those big plastic storage tubs and you could do one basket with clean cloth
diapers and then the other basket either with a diaper pail liner or a large wet
bag in it to keep the dirty ones in if you’re using like the plastic tubs you
could probably put the dirty diapers straight into it but I’d recommend
leaving the lid off because air flow actually is better for them to not smell
so much so for me my biggest question when I was planning for this trip is how
can I pack all of my cloth diapers clean so that when we’re heading out to the
airport it’s completely clean and I don’t have any dirty ones to bring with
me so my solution that I just mentioned is that the afternoon before flight I
would put the cloth diapers into the wash and change my baby into disposable
diaper at that point she’d wear disposable overnight and in the morning
right before we headed the airport I’d put her in a cloth diaper but I also got
a suggestion from somebody that I really liked idea and she said to pack all of
your cloth diapers in a designated carry-on suitcase and that way if you
end up with one or two wet diapers when you’re headed to the airport it’s not
such a big deal because you can have them in a wet bag in your diaper only
suitcase and you don’t have to worry about the smell from the diapers
mingling with your clean clothes or other items at the beginning in this
trip we didn’t have a rolling carry-on tie a suitcase so I didn’t do that
method originally but I was kind of struggling with figuring out how to best
pack the cloth diapers for taking them on the airplane so as soon as we got
this 20 inch small rolling carry-on suitcase I went to work test packing it
and seeing how I could fit the cloth diapers and training pants we hit
brought on the trip and I also tried packing a couple of travelpod E’s in it
so if you have a potty training toddler or if you’re practicing ec with a baby
you can idea of how those travelpod into a
suitcase I’m going to pack this rolling carry-on suitcase with cloth diapers and
accessories these are eco nuts for washing bunch of
farmers stain remover stick solid wool wash bar in here I have fitted diapers
by lovely bums one two three four five and six bit
inside here this is a berry pod it’s made by blueberry diapers on this side
it has a nice handle to hang that fits nicely in there this is a kanga care wet
bag I use this wherever we’re staying like a diaper pail to put all the wet
and dirty diapers in and fold it up and put it in there this is a planet wise
wet dry bag it’s similar to their medium wet bag I’m putting cloth wipes in there
these are comfy baby organic cotton underwear my daughter wears them over
her cloth training pants since they fit her bed around the legs I’m going to put
them in by stacks of to another to another to these are under the Nile
organic cotton training pants size 12 to 24 months I’ll stack up two of those two
more into the wet dry bag and two more I like that this pocket is breathable
cotton flip it up and that goes right there this is a bubela holding travelpod
a it’s a nice small size for babies who practice easy or for young toddlers and
it’s really compact once you squeeze it like this it doesn’t take up much room
at all and it’s also very lightweight this is the carry bag that you can
purchase for the booklet travelpod a I’ll rip it up in there
and it fits just perfectly in the suitcase
this is a girl be a wet bag I carry this in my purse full world out and about it
can easily fit two wet fitted diapers in it we’re done with that side this is a
wolf puddle pad bye little bunny bear I use it to protect the bed where my
daughter’s sleeping since I pack wool I bring along these cedar blocks to keep
the moths away here are a couple of her wool diaper covers this one’s a skirt II
and this one is her capris and I packed them into this wool bag this is by
organic caboose has two straps on it put that right there this is a Logan on moon
or aportfolio it has one waterproof pocket and one not a waterproof this is
a pocket plus it’s a folding travelpod it can be used as a small potty or as a
toilet seat reducer on a big toilet and I have the collapsible liner for it
sometimes the legs are a bit hard to fold I put that in the waterproof larger
pocket portfolio I like to bring this on the airplane – it works well as a seat
reducer on a small airplane toilet these are preemie pre folds that I line the
potty with if I can’t dump it right away and also a black plastic bag that can be
used to line the potty I’ll put the portfolio right there this is a swim
diaper by blueberry diapers I like that I unsnaps on the sides zip it up and
there you have it our cloth diapering accessories for travel wine will diaper
covers are awesome for travel walls awesome because it’s natural
breathable biodegradable temperature regulating and it barely ever needs to
be washed I’ve been washing her Woolies about once every two months on this trip
which is super cool for travel personally I love using wool diaper
covers both at home and while traveling we’ve been using wool covers on our
daughter ever since she was a newborn and now they’re great
while she’s a toddler as well these styles are made from interlocked wool
wool is a natural fiber and it’s breathable and temperature regulating
which means that sweat vapor can escape out of the wool and if you’re somewhere
where it’s hot the wool helps keep you cool if you’re somewhere where it’s cold
the wool helps keep you warm what I really like about these interlocked type
of wool this one’s called capris and this one is
skirting is they serve both as the waterproof diaper cover if they’ve been
properly analyzed to prep them and they’re also clothing so for my daughter
we brought her along four pairs of bullies and her whole travel wardrobe
was based around that they functioned both as her diaper covers and as her
clothing if you want to see more about that I found a separate video on her
travel wardrobe since they function both as diaper
covers and clothing it really reduces what you need to pack so that helps to
keep your luggage more minimal for the wool it can be used directly over an
absorbent diaper like a fitted cloth diaper a flat diaper of prefold if those
are properly attached around the baby or over cloth training pants and even when
the diaper is peed on the wool can keep being reused all day because the lamb
Lynn in the wool neutralizes the urine so they stay fresh and smelling clean
and I really like that instead of having to change the diaper cover multiple
times a day my daughter just keeps wearing the same pair of Woolies all day
well diaper covers can also grow quite a long time in between washes it can be
anywhere from a couple weeks to a couple months between washing
on this chip my daughter was really good about using the potty while we were out
and about so when she was wearing her Woolies out and about they stayed
relatively clean so I was going about two months hit between washing them if
she hadn’t regular cotton pants I’d be watching them every week and I’ve had
regular polyester diaper covers I’d be watching those really frequently as well
wool was also really good the times that we got rained on while we’re out and
about because it can kind of repel the rain and if it does get wet the child
will still feel warm even though the wool as wet as I mentioned before since
we do take a mold I / covers we bring some cleaning supplies that are specific
to that but we’ll wash bar stain remover stick and lanolin for Lana lysing the
Woolies if you’re interested in learning more about wool diaper covers I have a
whole video I did before on wool diaper covers 101 where I cover a whole bunch
of frequently asked questions about using wool as a diaper cover that wraps
up my tips tricks and hacks on cloth diapering while traveling if you still
have any other questions please let me know in the comments below I hope I
remember to say everything but this was a lot of information we covered so I may
have left some things out so please refer to the blog post that I have over
on the ezpz website and if you’re interested in learning more about
elimination communication and cloth diapering please subscribe and if you
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4 Replies to “Cloth Diapering on Vacation & Traveling the World! How to, Tips, Hacks

  1. Your Ideas are beyond amazing. Not only are you saving the world by the THOUSANDS of diapers you’ve saved with your two babies, but also normalizes and makes it easier for new parents to try these awesome tricks. I also absolutely love that you’re proving the “if you have kids your life is over , you can’t travel” and “I want to help the environment but I travel and can’t” OUT THE WINDOW! THANK YOU! Have fun in your travels 😊

  2. I completely understand your excitement over packing! When we were still using cloth diapers (thankfully past that stage now), we’d travel with flats and covers. I felt more confident in washing and drying them in a foreign place then any of the other type of diaper.

  3. Thank you for this very informative video. I feel compelled to add that some diaper liners packaged as "flushable " are not. In the US it is a big problem in some areas, where water treatment plants have been damaged by these liners. If you are not willing/able to throw liners in the trash, please make sure they will actually dissolve by placing one of your liners in a container of water and observing if it falls apart. Thanks for reading this.

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