Laundry from the Road

Doing laundry while on the travel trail isn’t quite the same as doing it at home back in the states. At home, the process is as follows:

  1. Gather dirty laundry
  2. Shove dirty mound of clothes into washer, dump some detergent in, and click start
  3. Wait 25 minutes
  4. Move clean mound of clothes from washer to dryer and click start
  5. 60 minutes later, your laundry is done and ready to be worn again.

That’s less than 2 hours end to end. Laundry on the travel trail is generally a bit longer process. Depending on where you are of course; Europe is considerably more westernized than the rest of the world. In Chiang Mai, my laundry takes two days end to end. I drop it off at the laundromat downstairs in the morning, then come back and get it around 5 or 6 pm the next day — assuming the next day is not Wednesday as the laundromat are closed on Wednesdays. The problem with that is that I generally like to do ALL my laundry at once — and when you’re living from a backpack with a very minimal selection of clothes — that means sporting a swimsuit for 2 days and not washing 1 of my 5 shirts with that round of laundry (making it really stinky by the next time I do laundry).

Enter the Scrubba Wash Bag

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Based on the video, the scrubba wash bag seems like a piece of travel gear I’d use. And that hunch stems from my firm belief that clean clothes are a good thing – and I’d rather not have to wait 2 days to get them clean.

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Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers is the co-founder of Horizon & Oh Hey World. He worked for Zillow.com from September of 2005 to January of 2010 on the marketing team managing Zillow’s API program and various online partnerships. Founder of Geek Estate Blog, a multi-author blog focused on real estate technology for real estate professionals, and myKRO.org, a blog devoted to exploring the world of microfinance. As passionate as you get about travel.

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