Saturday, May 22, 2010

Cloth Diapering on the Road

Cloth diapering on the road is often thought of as a big inconvenience.  However, it isn’t as difficult as one might imagine.  Over the years I have had many opportunities to use cloth diapers on a road trip even when I have had more than one child in diapers.

For most of our road trips we were traveling for 2-3 days in a vehicle and stopping for the night.  I put all my clean diapers in a large diaper pail liner.  I had all the cloth diapers ready to use and the night time diapers all set to go.  Cloth wipes were important.  I had them all set aside so they were easy to reach.  I stored them all dry and when it came time to use one I would spray the wipe with a spray bottle full of water and a little baby soap or with Kissaluvs Diaper Lotion Potion.  The spray bottle and cloth wipes also came in quite handy for messy hands and faces during our road trip. 

When I had a soiled or wet diaper I would put it into a pail liner or wet bag reserved for dirty diapers. It is helpful to keep them in a wet bag that you can secure shut especially if you are travelling in the heat.  I stored both the clean diaper bag and the dirty diaper bag in the trunk of the car.  When it was time to change a diaper I opened the trunk, pulled out a clean diaper, changed the diaper, and put the soiled or wet diaper in the dirty diaper bag. 

It is best to empty soiled diapers in the toilet by the end of the day, but it may not always be possible.  If you are on the road more than 2-3 days you will need to stop and wash the diapers. 

While cloth diapering on the road is not as simple as cloth diapering at home, it doesn’t have to be difficult.  You can still enjoy the comfort and benefits of cloth diapering when away from home.  Visit Thanks Mama to find a selection of wet bags and pail liners.


  1. Thanks for sharing... We switched to cloth recently and are preparing to use cloth diapers during an upcoming surgery (in 9 days). I'd love to hear your thoughts on what would be helpful to have/get.

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  2. The one having surgery is wearing the cloth diapers? I used cloth diapers when my son was recovering from surgery and just used what I normally used everyday.

  3. We just completed our first camping trip using cloth diapers. It wasn't that bad. I so wish we would have started cloth diapering sooner.


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