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:
- Gather dirty laundry
- Shove dirty mound of clothes into washer, dump some detergent in, and click start
- Wait 25 minutes
- Move clean mound of clothes from washer to dryer and click start
- 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…
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.