Thursday, August 8, 2013

5 Tips for Camping with Cloth Diapers

5 tips for camping with cloth diapers

I know I've written about camping with cloth diapers in the past, but I figured there might be a few people out there that would still appreciate a quick rundown on what I think are the most helpful tips. Seeing as how I've just gotten back from yet another family camping trip, I thought this would be the perfect time. Actually, back at the beginning of the summer probably would have been the perfect time, but let's not worry about that. (some affiliate links are included in this post)

1. Good Quality Wet Bag. It doesn't have to be expensive - just water proof and large enough to hold all the diapers you expect to use on your trip. I have a large Planet Wise wet bag I use, but I've used a large garbage bag on more than one occasion and that worked well too.
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers
The garbage bag hanging in the background? It's full of dirty diapers. Nice, right? Camping!

2. Flats. The reason I like using flats while camping is because they take up so much less space - in the diaper bag and the diaper pail. When camping with a family of 4 that includes a little one in diapers, space is a huge commodity. Other times, I have used AIO's (all in ones) for the simplicity, so it really just depends on what you're comfortable with and what's more important to you.
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers



3. Liquid Wipes Solution. My preference is LuSa Organic Baby Wipe Juice. It's super easy to mix up out in the woods. I take a bottled water (and then reuse the same bottle), add a little solution, put the cap back on and shake.
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers
If that still seems like too much of a hassle, I sometimes take flushable wipes with me when I travel. Then I can either put them in a trash bag when I'm done, or roll them up inside the poopy diapers and dump them in the toilet when I get home. 

4. Ziploc Bags. Or any brand of storage bag, really. Instead of using a wipes dispenser (like I do at home), I throw two days worth of wipes into the bag, then pour a bottle of solution in and close it up. I also like to use these for keeping poopy diapers contained until the end of the trip. No wet bag seems to be strong enough to keep in the smell of a week's worth of poop, but if you roll the diaper up, put it in a ziploc, and then put it in a (separate from your main) wet bag - you're pretty well good to go. I can generally fit about 4 diapers in one gallon sized bag.
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers

5. Flushable Liners. My personal favorite are Eco-Bottoms by Eco-Sprout. These make cleanup super easy for traveling. If the poop is semi solid, you can just dump the whole liner into the toilet.
5 tips for camping with cloth diapers

I think I may already have gone over the 5 tips I originally planned to share, but here's one more - Common Sense. Don't over think this. You're just doing what you do at home. If you forget something - you make do or do without. You're just camping. No one's even showering. You'll be okay even if you don't do everything "perfectly."

Have you been on any fun camping trips? Where to? Did you bring cloth diapers along? Any tips you can share?
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