Whether your are traveling with or without kids, thinking about doing laundry while traveling can be an added stressor when planning a trip. No one wants to deal with the added weight and expense of overpacking, but the thought of doing laundry in an area that is foreign can sometimes be even more intimidating than oversized luggage.
After many years of traveling and experimenting with packing and laundry (on one trip I even tried to buy all bargain clothing instead of packing… and unsurprisingly, it ended of being a complete disaster), I ended up figuring out that moderate packing and some laundry essentials can keep the stress at bay.
Here are some essential items for handling laundry while traveling:
The Aloksak is the granddaddy of waterproof bags. They are touted for the ability to withstand underwater pressures below 150 feet deep and come in many sizes. And while they also work great for keeping things like electronics dry, they also have the opposite ability to keep water in and became a makeshift hand washing basin.
A Microfiber pack-towel
To help clothes dry much faster, consider investing in this light-weight item to help absorb excess water. To use after washing, squeeze off excess water in clothing, roll in the the towel, and apply pressure to the garment.
If you want to step it up a notch from the Aloksak, then definitely try this Scrubba portable laundry system wash bag. It is easy to use and doubles as a dry-bag.
Hand-washing detergent is created specifically for hand washing clothing, but be warned that it will not work in a washing machine.
We also like these travel laundry soaps that come in a tube!
These elastic Clothesline were created to pack easily and work in all environments, whether it be your bathroom area in a hotel, or camping in the the great outdoors.
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