Posted by: Amy Fong
We just returned from a 4-day family camping trip where we used cloth diapers exclusively. It was Elise's first camping trip and I wanted to ensure that she continued to be in cloth diapers while camping since I didn't want to set off a rash on one of the only few eczema-free, rash-free areas on her body - i.e. her bum. Using cloth while camping wasn't as inconvenient as we thought it would be--think of it as cloth diapering on the go, but for 4 days instead of 4 hours. We brought with us a 4-day supply of cloth diapers (i.e. approximately 36 changes), so that we wouldn't have to deal with the logistics of washing and drying cloth diapers while we were camping. In some ways using cloth diapers while camping was more convenient than using disposable diapers, because rather than having to go to the nearest campground garbage disposal unit to dispose of the used diaper after a diaper change (garbage should not generally be stored at the campsite to avoid attracting bears), we simply had to toss the used diaper into our zippered wetbag, which sealed in all the odors, and stored the wetbag in the trunk of our car. To make it easier to dispose of solid waste into the campground toilet, I lined her diapers with flushable liners.
I set aside a separate wet bag for poopy diapers, and stored that wet bag in a second clean wet bag. Once we returned home, I used the diaper sprayer to spray out any remaining solid waste from the diapers into the toilet, and then gave everything a pre-wash rinse in cold water, followed by a 1 hour pre-wash soak in hot water in 1/4 cup Oxiclean, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup vinegar along with our usual detergent (2 tbsp of Nellie's Laundry Soda). After running a regular hot wash cycle and rinsing twice, the diapers came out smelling fresh and good as new.