We recently asked you for your top tips on packing for overnight stays with your little one. I think I can count on one hand the times I have packed too little, the majority of the time taking far more than I needed for a night or two away.
Here are our top five tips for a stress-free cloth nappy trip away from home.
1. It’s all in the planning. Massive fans of a list here, try breaking it down to what you use on a daily basis to make it easier to work out exactly what you need take and you will know you have all bases covered.
2. Wet bags are your best friend when it comes to trips away. Snack bags, toys, wellies, swimming gear, changes of clothes, shell collecting and of course to transport your nappies and wipes on days out. It might be easier to take a large wet bag rather than your bucket, saving precious room in the car. What did we do before wet bags?
3. Stuff your nappies before travelling, save yourself precious holiday time by having your nappies good to go and consider taking a few spare boosters for back up. A lot of you have also recommended packing cubes to keep your nappies and wipes organised and easy to store whilst away. Minimal unpacking, always a winner.
4. If you do take a nappy bucket, use them to pack your clean nappies for the journey there. A space saver on precious boot room! Don't forget you can store used nappies in your car if you are short on space in your apartment/tent for example.
5. If you don't have any washing facilities but don't want to buy single-use nappies, you can try hand-washing your nappies. Where there is a will there is a way. If you do decide to go down the hand-washing route, ensure you give them a good strip-wash when you get home. You could also take pegs and a clothes line - especially if you are camping or going to a festival, essential for getting them dry.
Keep it simple. It doesn't have to be all or nothing with using cloth nappies - on holiday or at any time. Lots of parents take as many cloth nappies as they can both at home and abroad, then when they run out, they will use single use nappies. Single use can have their place in situations like this.
Most importantly, enjoy watching your precious cloth bum explore the world. Happy travels!