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All three of my boys are still diapered. My older two children both are autistic and show no signs of potty learning prior to our upcoming trip. We are planning to visit relatives on the East Coast and are anticipating four days of driving each way, with 7-8 days of visiting, so just over two weeks total. I will definitely be able to wash during our visiting - not sure about the travel days. I do not have four days worth of diapers and can't afford to purchase any new dipes right now.<br><br>
The easiest would be disposables, but again we are so broke that I hate the thought of throwing all that money away. I have a sewing machine that I am sadly unfamiliar with but can manage a straight stitch fairly well. I have tons of receiving blankets and old Gerber flats that could be stitched together.<br><br>
Has anyone successfully CD'd through a trip such as this? We will be traveling with my parents, who are fine with the CD's themselves but we will also be sharing a hotel room with them and I'm not sure they will want to be hanging out with stinky dipes if I can't get them washed ...<br><br>
The other thing is that my DS2 in particular hates disposable dipes ... he will wear the disposable swim dipes only if they have the right character picture on them (one that he is into right then) so I have some that are a couple of years old that we are still working through and I usually end up just putting him in a CD or cover anyway ... I don't really want to add stress to the trip by having him in diapers that make him miserable.<br><br>
Any tips? If you have done extended trips successfully, how many dipes did you take for traveling time? I don't want to be up all night washing dipes if possible and I don't know how much time we will be spending in the hotels - my oldest is a great escape artist so getting there as close to sleeping time as possible is ideal, and leaving first thing in the morning as well, to hopefully avoid him escaping the room and getting in danger. I know I could rinse the dipes I just don't know how to get through four days without washing ... I can only go 12-18 hours right now since I have a pretty small stash (that happens to be on its last legs functionally after 4+ years of heavy use and 3 kids ... sigh).<br><br>
TIA!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Whew, that sounds like a challenge for sure!<br><br>
I'd for sure do cloth since that's what it sounds like you're leaning towards from the sound of your post.<br><br>
These are the tips I can think of:<br>
Plan to us a Laundry Mat instead of a hotel machine. They're faster, bigger & cheaper usually. You can get food to go for you, drop the dipes in the wash while you eat your food & your family plays at a playground or eats a meal, then when you're done at the laundry mat, they can come pick you up. OR drop the dipes in the wash, wait until the wash cycle is done (pretty fast) then pop into the dryer & go eat a meal as a family or play somewhere & return to your dry dipes.<br><br>
Scented garbage bags for storing dipes in car or hotel room. They're really waterproof & while they do cost a bit more, they really work the best that I've found to contain order.<br><br>
Bring an air freshener that you like the smell of or essential oil diffuser or something for the hotel room. Diapers can just get rank in closed in spaces waiting for wash day.<br><br>
If you run out of diapers, stores always sell disposables until the next laundry mat stop.<br><br>
I'd bring along the flats & receiving blankets just in case. You can always just fold them & put them in a cover. Same thing with hand towels if you have some older ones.
 

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I brought one diaper per hour on the road. Something about traveling made my daughter have to go alot more.<br><br>
If you are apposed to paper diaper bc of the cost many org. will donate a pack or two to you. Or you could check out your local freecycle or craigslist.<br><br>
Glad brand trash bags sell scented bags to put stinkies/wet diapers in. It will help to keep the odor down.<br><br>
Kinda off topic but I found it helpful to drive for a few hours ( 4 or 5) then take my brothers and sisters to a local park for an hour or so and and get back on the road. It gets the energy out and they usally would take a nap when we got back in the car. Even in you have to stop at mc donalds and order tea off the $1 menu, the play places along the way are life savers.
 

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When we drove all day and stopped at the hotel just to sleep, I went straight to the hotel laundry room and got my diapers started washing. That way they were going while I was getting everyone ready for bed. It didn't take that long to wash and dry a load of diapers and since it was late at night, there was no one else using the machines. It's very doable, just don't stress. Like PP said, if you get in a situation where you HAVE to grab a pack of disposables, then so be it.
 

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You can also "compromise" a bit and buy/bring just one pack of sposies for each size just in case you can't find washing facilities on a certain day, or if there are other problems. I know you'd rather not, but just throwing out a variety of ideas.
 

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I only have one in diapers, so our needs are probably much easier than yours. We just took our first trip, and I brought 2 full days of diapers (2 dozen + a couple) and washed them every other day. It was actually sort of nice, since it went so quickly using a dryer (and they were so much softer than when we line dry them at home!) Bring big ziploc bags so your car doesn't smell of poop!<br><br>
I like the idea of bringing some disposables for emergency, and bringing your entire stash. Could you stock up on some prefolds? They're not so expensive, and may even pay for themselves by the time you get back from your trip!
 

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions!! I will definitely get the scented trashbags and see what I can find for prefolds - I'll be needing some more anyway before too much longer I think, since mine are starting to look more like rags than diapers. I know I can get the Gerber ones locally - maybe doubled with the flats or receiving blankets they would hold my DS1 - he can be a pretty heavy wetter at times. If I took one diaper for each hour it would mean 3 dozen dipes minimum between the kids per day ... but if I could wash each night (I liked the suggestion of washing while the others eat - that might work if my mom and I took turns tending kids while the other tended diaper washing so she doesn't get overwhelmed and gets a chance to eat herself) it might just work out. I don't think I could fit more than that in the van since there will be three adults and three kids together in the one van, and my kids don't travel too light. I am definitely going to go that route, but will also probably do the one pack of sposies in each size just in case - I can always return them once we get home if we don't use them.<br><br>
Thanks again!
 
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