I have a hard time doing anything halfway. I’m either on or I’m off.
So when I pack light, I am not messing around. Josh and I traveled through West Africa for four months with only day packs. When we got home, I literally threw the entire contents of my pack into the garbage can – my clothes were so thrashed, and I was so sick of them, that throwing them away felt like some kind of purification ritual. Maybe it was.
Anyway, I digress. My point is that packing light has its merits, but it’s also got limitations. One of those limitations is that if you’ve only got 12 things in your pack, then you’ve only got a few days before you need to do laundry. If you’re traveling overseas, this process can be a big pain in the booty unless you come prepared.
Of course, if you are staying in a hotel that offers laundry services, or if you can easily find a laundrymat or another service that will do your laundry for you – great!
However, sometimes finding a laundry solution while traveling can be unpredictable, time consuming, expensive, or a combination of all three.
I find that it’s a great insurance policy to pack a little laundry kit. That way, you’re always prepared.
Five easy pieces.
1. Universal Rubber Sink Stopper. You can use this in any sink, anywhere.
2. Twisted Clothesline. Eliminates the need for clothespins. Stretches to 6 feet. Adjustable straps attach to towel bars, shower heads, door knobs, or wherever you can make them work!
3. Laundry soap sheets. I love these because they aren’t liquid. You can cut the sheets in pieces if you aren’t washing many clothes.
4. Aloksak Bags. These are awesome if you don’t want to use the sink. You just toss your clothes in, add water and soap, seal the bag, and shake. These bags double as wet-packs, so you can keep things dry in the rain, or separate your wet bathing suit from the rest of the items in your pack. Genius!
5. Inflatable Hangers. I am not a huge fan of these, because they take up extra space in my pack. However, as we have discussed, I am an “on/off” kind of person, and these may be fantastic for those of you who want to add a touch of luxury to your travel laundry rituals.
That’s it! Easy.
How do you “wash and go”? Do you have any tips to add?
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