How I do I camp with cloth diapers?
This isn’t a straightforward answer because everyone’s camping adventure looks a little different based on how long you are camping and the type of camping trip you are taking.
- Sarah’s Advice for camping with cloth diapers (including backcountry, canoeing, and other adventures)
- 2 Under 2: Why I am Going Camping with Babies!
- Tips for Travel with Cloth Diapers [especially road trips]
- 5 Things About Travelling Alone with Toddlers that Suck
Some families spend a weekend while others spend a week. Some families are staying in a family cabin, or visiting a provincial campsite. Some families might find themselves backpacking into a campsite. Some families live it up in an RV, and others enjoy the tenting life. There is probably even a dozen more ways to do it.
There isn’t a right or wrong way to camp with diapers. I will walk you through some of the options below and maybe help you feel confident in your choice. Choose whatever is going to work best for you and your values, while ensuring that you still enjoy the trip.
FOUR WAYS TO CAMP WITH DIAPERS
1. Bring enough for the trip.
This is a really great choice if you are only going car camping for the weekend. Bringing 2-3 days worth of cloth diapers may be a great choice for larger stashes. Bring a pail or bucket to store the dirty diapers in the vehicle overnight and away from animals.
Pack enough for the ENTIRE trip and wash diapers when you return.
2. Bring only cloth and wash during your trip.
Bring cloth diapers and wash them during your trip. Your campsite might have washing facilities or hand washing.
For some families this will look like handwashing at the campsite or using the campsites laundry facilities to continue cloth diapering (like Tyanna in RV living story). If you plan to hand wash, you might find using flat diapers is an easier choice for your family.
- The Scrubba Wash Bag for Cloth Diapers
- 9 Lessons from the Flats & Hand Washing Challenge
- My Travel Cloth Diaper Stash – When I travel somewhere with a Washing Machine.
3 Take a Hybrid Approach
Bring some cloth diapers and some disposable diapers. Use as needed.
Remember cloth diapering is not all or nothing, you can intermix your stash. Maybe you decide to use cloth diapers for the last day, and disposable for the first few days. Maybe you say, let’s try to make cloth work but then you realize it’s not what you wanted.
It’s okay to do a. little of everything when you decide to go camping with cloth diapers.
4 Use Disposable Inserts or Disposables
Bring all disposable diapers is a totally acceptable choice when cloth diapering. If you are in a pack it out kind of situation, do keep in mind how you will pack out your diapers.
I also recommended to bring a few cloth diaper covers to prevent blow outs, leaks, and more.
You can also use your favourite cloth diaper covers with a few disposable inserts to create a hybrid solution that is great for camping while offering you the leak proofness of cloth. Hybrid diapering like this can be great because you don’t have to worry about what size diaper you need. Disposable inserts with cloth covers are always the right size.