How To Use Cloth When Away From Home

The first thing to remember is there is no pressure to use cloth nappies whilst you are on holiday - either full time or part time! You have to decide what works best for you, your family and your holiday! If you already use cloth nappies full time or part time you should feel no pressure to make them fit in with your holiday plans, the last thing any one wants is to spend their holiday working out when/how/if to wash and store their nappies! 

Working out what you need to take

 

Working out what you need to take will depend on if you cloth full time, if you have access to a washing machine (and the desire to use it whilst you are away) and what works best for your family. We have just been away for 3 nights at Alton Towers and we chose to continue to cloth full time whilst we were away.

Our packing list
- 4 day nappies per day plus 2 spare
- 4 night nappies and 2 wraps
- 2 nappy pods
- 1 medium wet bag for each day
- 1 large wet bag
- travel changing mat

We took with us 4 day nappies for each day plus 2 spare and we have found that this is the perfect amount for us at this stage. Immy is nearly 2 and we generally only need to change every 3-4 hours. We also took 4 night nappies and 2 wraps with us as I like to have a spare night nappy just in case. All of this was transported in 2 nappy pods except 4 day nappies and a medium wet bag in our changing bag. 

An open nappy pod showing 7 reusable cloth nappies in various prints and a wet bag

Whilst we were on the go we used the nappies from our changing bag, storing the dirty nappies in the main pocket of the medium wet bag (and dirty bibs in the small pocket of the wet bag). Once we returned to the hotel room at the end of each day, I transferred the medium wet bag into our large wet bag. Whilst this wasn't necessary, it meant by the time we got home, I had one large wet bag full of dirty nappies and wet bags ready for the washing machine and it helped keep me organised as we stayed in 3 different hotels whilst we were away so I wanted to keep it easy to transport everything in and out and keep the car organised! 

I also used disposable liners in all of the day nappies whilst we were away. Whilst generally, the poo is easy to get rid of and she only goes once a day I didn't want to chance having a super messy nappy with me for 3 days so disposable liners meant I just binned the liner and it's contents which made the process easy and travel friendly for us. 

Which nappies to take? 

I took a mix of pocket nappies and pull ups with me. This is because I like to be able to adjust the absorbency when we're on the go (I added an additional slim booster when we were travelling just in case we were held up or stuck in traffic). Which nappies you choose to take will depend on what works best for your little one and makes it easier for you whilst you are on the go. 

Small child holding up a soft toy wearing a nappy and a tshirt

Links to the products mentioned in this post

- Reusable cloth nappies (birth to potty size)

- Nappy accessories (including pods, wet bags, liners etc!)

 

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