Our Travel Laundry Bag – The Scrubba Bag is one of the best products we have purchased while travelling. Family laundry is daily and no matter where you are in the world, needs to be done and cannot be avoided. There are various ways to wash clothes while travelling, but our trusty method wont let you down when others can. Coming from a Travel Mum, thats saying something.
The BEST Travel Laundry Bag
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Many years ago I started travelling the world with my kids as a young single parent, we often had only room for 3 days of clothing, so washing was nightly affair with everyone helping. Those days of slaving over a bathroom sink were long and often a messy event. I swear more water went on the floor than the clothes, but the laundry did get done, was hung out and often dry by morning before heading out for the day.
At some point in our travels, we discovered The Scrubba Bag. This brilliant Travel Wash Bag has changed how we do our laundry while living out of suitcases, and or camping and having minimal space for laundry equipment.
Our washing is still done nightly (preferably) but now we all are happy to get the job done and often we don’t need anymore than 30 minutes to get the washing on the line.
Travel Wash Bag
The great new is, is that you can now purchase The Scrubba Bag though Amazon and have it sent to your door. Check out prices by clicking on the Scrubba Bag image below.
In this short video, my husband John shows you step by step how we use our Scrubba Bag. Sitting on a chair ,bench or even the end of a bed, with a cool drink makes time pass quickly and before you know it, all the washing is done.
Travel Washing Liquid
We don’t particularly use one product over another except for the fact we use liquid washing detergent over washing powder. It makes sense to use liquid over powder so you can save time by starting washing immediately, but you will need to find washing liquid in packets rather than bottles for travelling. So choose your product to suit your travels and where you are moving to and from.
Grab something like this
The second best purchase I made for my Travel Laundry was a Travel Clothesline. The first time I used mine was in 2005 in Cambodia. I strung it up between my window and a curtain rod and I instantly had a laundry line for our washing that was safely hung in our rooms out of thieves sight.
If you have a little more space and are heading outdoor camping, then a simple thin synthetic rope will do the job perfectly between two trees.
Use whatever clothes pegs you like but I like these ones listed below. They actually peg the clothes on the line and not pin them so when outdoors, your clean washed clothes are less likely to fly away. If you buy the Travel Clothesline above, it uses a double line winding system to keep your clothes in the line. Technically you don’t need pegs, I prefer to bring pegs and use it as a normal line.
Why we try and avoid Laundromats and Laundry Services while travelling.
Almost all hotels or accommodation options offer some sort of laundry facilities. Whether its a paid option to use washing machines or a full laundry service. They can certainly help you attend to your families laundry. But what is the down side to this? Over the years I have lost items that went off to the laundry in both cheap hostels and high end resorts. Even if its only one item you loose? How much disruption or upset will it cause you during your trip? I have seen laundries at 5 star hotels spray oil on expensive clothing, and even burn suits when pressing them (I am a wedding photographer and believe me I have seen it all)
Have you ever wondered what else is being washed with your clothing? I never did till I was in Asia and notice my whites where coming back brown. Not grey or off white, BROWN. I don’t want to know but I am assuming, it was thrown in with one big nasty dirty wash.
Its also annoying when you send off your clothing to be told it will be back later that evening, pay a premium price to have them popped in the dryer and then 24 hours later, you get an excuse that its been wet so clothing is still drying. If you need to catch a flight, bus, etc, thats going to stress you no end, and it happens.
Lots of times we have had great experiences, and in Asia, getting your clothes, washed, dried and folded, is super cheap. But for the times we have had bad experiences, we are no longer playing Russian roulette with our clothes. We don’t pack a lot when we travel, western size clothing isn’t always easy too find and replace so we prefer to organise our own washing where we know its taken care of, wont be lost and will be ready for use when we want it.
Tips for washing clothes while traveling
- Wash clothing regularly to avoid a big nasty job after several days. We try and do ours daily and it works well.
- Before washing, soak clothing with a little detergent & water in your Scrubba Bag over night to assist in removing stubborn stains.
- Also have a stain removal soap to clean and remove what the scrubba cant (grass stains etc)
- If you have limited water, use a wool wash that is gentle on clothing so you don’t need a second lot of water to rinse.
- Wring out as much water as you can to help clothing dry as quickly as possible. Once you wring out the excess water, lay item flat on a towel (Microfibre Travel Towel is best), roll up tightly and use pressure to squeeze out yet more water before hanging.
- Peg your clothing correctly to decrease wrinkles.
- If you need your clothes dried overnight, they will need a breeze or access to warm dry fresh air. We have not always had that luxury so hang your line indoors and turn on the ceiling fan!
- Once dry, immediately fold your clothing and pack away properly. This will give your clothing a pressed ironed look.
- Your Scrubba Bag once dry becomes a great dirty laundry bag separating your smellies from your clean clothes in suitcases
If you are looking for the Ultimate Scrubba Bag pack with all the added accessories including inflatable clothes hangers then check out the below pack. Its got everything you need to do your Laundry during your travels
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Its not hard to pack a Travel Laundry Bag in your suitcase and take your portable washing machine with you where ever you go. If you want to do your own washing while travelling on the road, then the Scrubba Bag set up is perfect and what we prefer to use. We love our bag, it goes with us everywhere and has saved us countless $$ and time while travelling the world 🙂
Whats your favourite tip for washing clothes while traveling? We would love to hear from you in comments.