Travelling is one of life’s many pleasures – exploring new cultures, landscapes, cities & cuisines.
What could be better?
For travellers looking to remain clean & presentable, laundry can become an important issue to address.
Do you overpack and drag unnecessary kilos around? Continually purchase new clothing, using money that you could instead be spending on food, gifts or experiences?
So what is the best approach?
For the thrifty backpacker to the extravagant over-packer alike, here are Zipjet’s top 5 tips to manage your laundry while travelling abroad.
1. Use the Sink
While this is not the most luxurious approach, it’s free and can be done in almost any accommodation. All you need is a sink, some laundry detergent and hot water. For backpackers – this is a fast, easy solution.
Start by blocking the drain with a plug and filling the sink with hot water & a capful of laundry detergent. If you can’t find a plug, use a plastic bag or rolled up sock.
Place your dirty items in the water and using your hands, rub the detergent in and the dirt out. After you’ve scrubbed sufficiently, you can let the clothing soak for a bit.
Then, drain the sink and rinse your clothing well using cold water. Make sure to spend a few minutes on this step, as leftover detergent can irritate the skin.
Once rinsed, you can easily hang dry your items around your room. And voila, good as new!
2. Buy a Reusable Platic Bag
There are plenty of options available for bags to use while travelling that will separate your dirty clothes from your clean ones. This is always a great idea, as you don’t want your clean clothes smelling of sweat!
But some bags are dual purpose & double as receptacles to wash your clothing as well! There are bags like the LOKSAK – which is a resealable, reusable bag that will easily hold your dirty items until you decide to wash them.
Since it’s a durable product, you can take it in the shower with your or use the sink. Simply fill it up with hot water and some soap, let it soak and then rinse it all out with cold water.
The last step is patience: simply air dry your clothing and you’re done.
3. Use a Local Laundromat
While this isn’t always the easiest option – language barriers, getting lost, not having cash on hand – it can be a solution in a pinch. Especially if you want clothing fresh & warm from the dryer.
Most every city in the world will have a laundromat or two you can use, which will provide laundry detergent for a price.
But if you want to save a bit of money, you can travel with a small amount of powdered detergent for these occasions.
Otherwise, just bring your coins & your clothing, and you’re good to go.
4. Go High-Tech
While some travellers are happy using a durable plastic bag, others require something a bit more complex – which is where bags such as the Scrubba can come in handy.
A reusable bag with hundreds of tiny nodules on the inside, it can be used to scrub your clothing clean just about anywhere. All you’ll need is warm water and some detergent.
Once you’ve scrubbed your items clean, you can hang them dry. The finished product: clean, fresh clothing for the duration of your trip.
5. Outsource the Problem
If none of the above options work for you, or you’re just not keen on the idea of wasting precious travel time sorting your laundry issues, there are alternatives.
Many cities around the world provide on-demand laundry & dry cleaning solutions for everyone – city residents & tourists alike.
If you’re lucky enough to be travelling in London, Paris or Berlin and you aren’t sure how to best take care of your laundry, we can help.
Just download the Zipjet app and we’ll come directly to your hotel or hostel. No subscription necessary – just give us 24 to 36 hours, and you’ll have your clothing back smelling fresh & clean.
Whatever option you choose, doing laundry while travelling doesn’t have to be a huge hassle.
There are plenty of straightforward solutions that will simplify your trip and make it more enjoyable – it’s just about finding one that’s right for you.
Do you have any travel laundry tips to share? Feel free to comment below!