Sunday, August 28, 2011

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Camping with Cloth

When we decided to take our 19-month-old camping for the first time, it was a no brainer that I'd bring along our cloth diapers. Since there are no garbage cans where we were camping it just made sense that we'd tote back the dirty cloth diapers instead of loading dirty disposables into our car. Luckily we were just spending two days and one night so I got to be selective about which diapers I chose to bring. I opted to leave the dozen prefolds I have at home as I wanted to use primarily one piece systems while in the great outdoors. I brought my pre-stuffed FuzziBunz, Rumparooz, and bumGenius pockets, one Grovia with the insert already snapped in, a bumGenius Elemental all-in-one, and a Flip insert placed in a Thirsties duo wrap. I packed all of these in a duffle bag along with my Thirsties diaper pail liner; I chose to bring my Thirsties pail liner instead of the FuzziBunz one I own because it has a drawstring on it which I knew would work better for storing in our tent. Funnily enough, at the end of the night when my husband was looking for a makeshift pillow he initially grabbed the half-stuffed pail liner before I told him what was in there.

Some of you are probably wondering the age-old cloth diapering question…what about the poop? With camping poop is obviously handled a bit different as we didn't have access to toilets or my coveted diaper sprayer. The people we went camping with had brought along a poop shovel. Dig a hole in a not-so-trafficked area, plop the poop in, and cover it back up. It worked like a charm the first time, but with the peanut butter poop that wasn't an option. I had brought with me a couple of plastic bags so I put that diaper in a plastic bag before sticking it in the Thirsties pail liner, that way when I got home the other diapers remained poop-free and I just sprayed it off.

Camping with kids is definitely a lot more work, but since you'd have to haul diapers there and back anyway, why not use diapers that are already paid for?

Ann J. is a cloth diaper fanatic and mom to a 19-month-old girl with the cutest cloth diaper butt on the block!

11 comments:

Laurie said...

I thought about making a camp style washer, but with the kids this age we normally only stay one night anyway. So, thank you for the advice in advance.

Diddlepoyner said...

your very brave to go camping number one and number 2 with cloth lol. Sounds like you had a good time

ReBecca Hunt-Foster said...

Thanks for the post! We took our 5 month old camping for the first time and were faced with the CD issue (we were primitive camping in the Mojave Desert in March). We opted to use our GroVias with the disposable insert, since we had to pack all of our trash out anyway. It worked well for us, and I broke out the CD for the ride home so they would be ready to wash after the drive. I was worried that if we left our CD wet for a week in our tent (or car) they would get gross/mildewy, not to mention smelly for the 12 hour drive home.

thewrightlife said...

Those wash plungers work amazing in a 5 gallon bucket!!!

thewrightlife said...

those washer/plungers and a 5 gal bucket work amazingly!!!

Nicole said...

Good for you! We went camping for 5 days and decided not to cloth and to use disposables. I learned that after using cloth for most of her life when I put huggies on her she breaks out. If we go camping for a short period of time I'd definitely cloth! Yay for using cloth when camping.. I'm very excited that you did this and wrote about it!

Rebecca said...

We went camping...lol. it was 3 nights and 4 days with my 15m old. I brought all our diapers...thank goodness because she had a lot of poop these days. But we googled a local laundromat and went there, just had to do it. So for around $6.50, we had clean diapers...still less than buying sposies and tossing them out:D

DazzleMea said...

Hm. I never thought to place the poopy ones in a bag with the other dipes. Great idea, wish I would have thought of that! lol

Brittany said...

Brave to camp in cloth! I'd totally do it too though!

Traci said...

i always struggle with using cloth while going on trip rather road trips or out of town for a couple days! im always worried about the smells!!! love this post:)

HIS Brave Storm said...

Thank so much for this post! It is super helpful. My husband and I are big outdoors people and have a now almost 2 month old. We've been wanting to get back to camping, probably within the next 2 months or so, and we had no idea how it would all work. I'm sure it will be an adventure still but that's half the fun of camping, right? Just a little more insight on what to expect.