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!