cloth diapering while traveling (or during a hurricane!)

Since the hurricane is coming through, we are fielding lots of questions about using disposables, or which cloth options are easy to use, and this can also play into trip planning.

As far as disposables/hurricane issues, this is my response to those customers:

My thinking is, since Irene has such a wide path of possible destruction, if you think you will be out of a washing machine for a few days, a $7.00 pack of disposables will give you one less thing to worry about while you look for shelter, drinking water, etc…If you never use them, your local women’s shelter will be happy to take them off of your hands. If you need them, you will be glad to have them. In no way am I saying disposables trump cloth 😉 But, when mother nature decides to rear her head, you have to protect your resources and time to keep your family safe.

Not related to hurricanes, but for traveling we have been fielding lots of easy cloth options, this is a two part article session, so we will start with some of the all-cloth options. Some of the easiest diapers to use in travel is the system of covers/prefolds or flats. Thick fitteds, thick microfiber inserts, thick hemp inserts will be hard to hand wash in a hotel bathroom. covers hang dry very quickly, and you can hand wash prefolds and flats somewhat easily in a bathtub if you have a way to spray or use liners on the soiled ones.

If you are using a hotel laundromat, I highly advise washing a load of clothes first. If you see a full load of clothing get dry in less than 45 minutes, it is too hot for your diapers. Hotels frequently get industrial machines that can melt diapers, we had one customer a few years ago who had 24 pockets literally melt into one big ball in a a hotel dryer. If your clothes get dry that quickly, hang dry the diapers, and ask your hotel desk if the hot water in their machines is set to 120 or higher. If it is higher, use the warm cycle instead of hot.

Next week we dish more on traveling, be safe this weekend everyone!

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August 25, 2011. cloth diapers, Diaper Chatter.

8 Comments

  1. Melanie L replied:

    Wow, good to know about hotel washers/dryers! I usually just wash in bathtubs in hotels, but have used a w/d once.

  2. Enas Farrell replied:

    i completely agree . Do what ever you can to not use disposables but if you have no choice then u have no choice. sadly i am using disposables until we find out why DD has a bad rash for last 9 months . 10 months before since she was born never had a rash with cloth diapering . but i am knot giving up just yet …

  3. Enas Farrell replied:

    not * sorry LOL

  4. Vanessa replied:

    Hotel hand towels also work well as in insert in a hand washed and blow-dryer dried pocket!

  5. Anonymous replied:

    I’ll be eagerly waiting for part 2. We are debating cloth diapering on a cruise. I know all of the reasons NOT to, but very little about the decision to do it. One question on my mind about sink washing…how do I know if the water is hot enough?

  6. -P replied:

    I’ll be eagerly waiting for part 2. We are debating cloth diapering on a cruise. I know all of the reasons NOT to, but very little about the decision to do it. One question on my mind about sink washing…how do I know if the water is hot enough?

    P.S. Will you delete my previous comment. I didn’t realize my full name would show.

  7. Traveling with cloth « It's The Cloth That Counts. replied:

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