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How to do laundry when traveling?

A week’s holiday requires a fair bit of clothes. You plan to explore that historic town for a few days, hike a mountain another day, swim, check out the market, have nice clothes for dinner. Warm days, cool nights … and that’s how many days of underthings?

fabric wash on the go ...I know some fellow travelers that pack it home with them and hold all their wash til they get home! Others spring a mid-week laundry day. We like to wash on the go and hang things up to dry overnight … and we apologize to the housekeeping team … the room cleaners who may stumble upon our dainties hanging in the bathroom!

Here’s a few simple tactics to keep the week-long mouldy things from getting so stanky:

  • at your local lingerie store, pick up a small bottle of powdered fabric wash to hand wash items in the sink – or bathtub if the clothes are a little bigger. Wash at night, generally they will be dry by morning.
  • Tide and other major laundry brands carry single packet laundry pouches for small batches of laundry on the go.
  • If you know your Airbnb, or cruise line has laundry facilities, we pack a few Tide Pods to do an odd load and go. Hang to dry overnight and you’re back in business.

We find this allows us to cut the quantity of some items down dramatically, and keep the smell controlled for that exercise gear for those sweaty hikes where they can be washed and rinsed before the week long mould has a chance to settle in!

~ GG Staff

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