I’m always intrigued by blog posts where cloth diapering families talk about what they do when they go on vacation or are out traveling for more than just a few hours. We have not had to worry about that yet as we haven’t taken W on any trips. This summer we are planning a weekend trip to visit some close friends for a weekend. We will be traveling 4 hours away from home and staying overnight. It’s not an extremely long trip, but it does have me thinking about everything I will have to take along with me to travel with W.
I’m lucky enough to have a large enough stash that I won’t have to worry about needing to wash diapers while we are traveling on such a short trip. I also have an extra-large Planet Wise Wet/Dry bag that is big enough to hold a ton of diapers. So, aside from having to lug it around when it’s full, I shouldn’t have any problems with storing the used diapers either. The idea still sounds bit intimidating to me, but I’ve never let that stop me before! I will have to keep you updated with how our first overnight travels go!
Of course, traveling overnight or for an extended period of time isn’t the only time when you have to consider how to handle your diapers. Just going out for a few hours to run errands requires a bit more thought than throwing a disposable in the diaper bag and heading off (as if it were that simple) to the store! You not only have to plan for the diapers you need to take with you, you have to figure out how to fit them into your diaper bag (something my current diaper bag and I struggle with), what wet bag you’re taking with you, and any other supplies you might need such as cloth wipes! Combined with extra bibs, changes of clothing, empty bottles, our formula container, and a variety of toys packing the diaper bag takes on epic proportions! (Yes, the photo on the right is the diaper bag we have!)
I have discovered a great solution to the fact that cloth definitely takes up more space in the diaper bag and it didn’t involve buying a new diaper bag. I cannot promise I won’t buy a new diaper bag in the future but that won’t be because of the diapers! It would be because I seem to see a new one I love every time I’m out shopping! The diapering solution that works best in terms of space-saving in the diaper bag are my hybrid systems.
A hybrid cloth diapering system includes an outer, waterproof cover or shell and an inner soaker pad that may be reusable or disposable. There are a variety of hybrid systems available including GroVia, Best Bottom, Flip, and gDiapers.
I have tried two different hybrid systems, the GroVia and the Best Bottom system. The space-saving aspect comes from the fact that the shells can be reused and you can remove the insert and snap in a new one and you’re ready to go! As long as the shells are not dirty, they can be used again with a new insert snapped in. Extra inserts save a lot of room in the diaper bag! Even if you have to take some extra shells along, they fold down smaller than pockets or AIOs so they fit better in the diaper bag. These are definitely my go-to diapers when out and about with cloth.
This is a picture of our diaper bag stuffed with everything we normally take out when we run errands. In the large pocket there is a change of clothes, two bibs, a flannel receiving blanket, a chain of links, a travel formula container, and a diaper and wipes case with baby wipes and emergency disposable diapers. In this picture, there are also three pocket diapers — 2 BumGenius 3.0 One Size diapers and a medium Happy Heinys. Everything fits in okay but there is little room for other things I often take with us including my wallet, an extra empty bottle, and an extra bottle of water.
This photo shows the diaper bag stuffed with the same items except for the diapers. Instead of the three pocket diapers, I have included my 2 extra Best Bottom inserts. I only have one Best Bottom shell but without an insert snapped in, it would fold down extremely flat. This leaves an amazing amount of room in the diaper bag. I could fit my extra bottles, another outfit, and my wallet without a problem!
Once again, this photo shows the same initial diaper bag, but instead of the three pocket diapers I have included my extra GroVia shell and two additional inserts. In this photo you can see how flat the extra shell folds down. This arrangement provides a great deal of extra room, just as the Best Bottom inserts did as well.
If you’re wondering what I do with the wet diapers when out and about, I use a medium size PlanetWise wet bag. with the GroVia and Best Bottom diaper bags, I can stick it in the diaper bag right on top once it has wet diapers in it. It works well for us when there is space available in the diaper bag! Otherwise we just carry it along although that’s not the method I prefer as the medium size doesn’t have a handle of any kind.
Although I have never used the Flip or gDiapers systems, I assume they would probably work the same way in terms of space-saving in the diaper bag. If anyone has used these systems, I would love to hear about your experience using them when you’re out and about!
So… how do you travel with cloth? I would love to hear what other cloth diapering families do so please share your experiences!
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