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After our first time backcountry camping with cloth diapers, we returned home feeling wise and wrote a list of do’s and don’ts. That list served us well in preparing for trip number two, and we had more success this time around. We repeated our do’s and avoided most of our don’ts and lightened our load with wool!
One thing you quickly realize when backpacking is that you always end up with a pack that is heavier than you’d like it to be. We are constantly assessing and reassessing what is in our packs and whether or not we really need it. If we question the utility of something, it’s gone. If we can find multiple uses or important uses for it, it stays. And when it comes to baby items, it’s so hard to rid yourself of the “just in case” items. Who packs their entire house when they go away for a weekend? Yeah, you can’t do that when you hike into a campsite with only what you can carry on your back. We found a way to cut down just a little bit on baby items, though, and learned that we can do even better next time. What’s the secret? Our BabeeGreens wool diaper cover. Instead of packing half a dozen or so diaper covers, we could get away with 2, max 3, by using wool. For this trip, we brought along a few extra PUL diaper covers (just in case) since it was our first time using wool, but we quickly learned how unnecessary that was. We would have been fine with just our Mother ease air-flow cover for overnight, and our BabeeGreens wool diaper cover. And really, we would be perfectly happy with 2 wool covers. There’s a part of me that thinks I might still bring one more as a back-up, for the big messes, but that’s it. Promise! Then a pile of inserts, some wipes, some wet bags and we’re off!
This is everything that we packed for 48 hours of camping with cloth diapers:
- AMP Diapers wet bag – to store clean diaper change bundles
- AMP Diapers wet bag – to store dirty diapers
- Funky Fluff double pocket wet bag – to take on the hike with a change or two in the front pocket, and a place for dirty diapers in the back pocket
- Lil Helper charcoal change mat – to change diapers wherever, whenever
- Ziploc bag of 3 pre-moistened wipes – to clean up the big messes
- *GoToob of Les produits de MaYa – to clean and moisturize with each diaper change
- *Motherease Air Flow cover & 2 *Sandy’s bamboo fitted diapers each with an *AppleCheeks Microfleece liner – to get us through the nights
- 12 diaper change bundles made up of a Grovia prefold, a *Bummis Bio-Soft liner and a wipe – to change a dozen diapers
- BabeeGreens wool diaper cover – to pair with each of those dozen diaper change bundles
- 3 Borrowed Planet Cloth Diapers diaper covers – just in case
Not pictured but 100% necessary: a headlamp. Oh man, how useful that was when it got dark at 6:30pm!
The only items that I would deem “luxury” or “unnecessary” would be the few extra diaper covers that I already mentioned, the third wet bag, and maybe 3-5 of the diaper change bundles.