How to Do Laundry While Traveling (Keep Yourself Fresh On-The-Go)

In General by Emi Ladrillono

How to Do Laundry While Traveling
(Keep Yourself Fresh On-The-Go)

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“After enlightenment, the laundry.”
Gautama Buddha

We all travel for different reasons.

Some of us enjoy the thrill of experiencing the unknown, others seek to find themselves.

No matter your reason for travel, your clothes will reflect your journey to the strangers you meet along the way.

Prolong your clothes lifespan and keep them looking and smell great on the road with these travel-laundry tips!

Laundry On-The-Go

So you’ve planned your epic trip, bought your plane tickets, the leave date is approaching, and you’re starting to think about packing.

But the inevitable rush of pet peeves arise:

  • What clothes should I pack, and how many?

  • Do I need something new for every day?

I don’t want to rewear old clothes, and yet I don’t want to be burdened by packing a new outfit for every day.

What’s the approach strategy here?

It is 100% possible, and even encouraged, to do laundry during a trip, especially any trip 7+ days.

Just bring a small amount of hand-wash safe detergent (like ours), or purchase some while there, and hand-wash your garments.

This may sound a little odd if you’ve never done it before, but plenty of garments are recommended to be hand-washed (including):

  • finest sweaters
  • best denim
  • delicates

Most garments often last longer if hand-washed. 

So, washing a small load of the bare necessities while traveling, and an extra shirt or two, is a great way to pack less, while not needing to re-use clothing.

You can wash either in:

  • the sink
  • in the bathtub
  • in a trash bag
  • Run some mildly warm water into a plugged sink (or bathtub).

  • Add a little detergent and mix.

  • Add the garments.

  • Rub the fabric against itself gently.

    • to loosen dirt
    • the soap to activate and work itself into the fibers

  • Leave to soak for at least 30 minutes.

  • Rinse with clean water.

  • Hang to dry.

Note: This method is best done outside.

  • Run some mildly warm water into a large plastic bag.

  • Add a little detergent, and mix.

  • Add the garments.

  • Tie off the end of the bag.

    • so that it’s water tight (or as close to it as possible)

  • Swish the garments and water around the bag for several minutes.

    • allow to soak

  • Rinse with clean water.

  • Hang to dry.

Bringing tools to prolong the need to wash is an affordable convenience people don’t know is readily available. When you’re out traveling, your shirt can either get wrinkled, stained, or pick up that airplane odor, without actually becoming “dirty” throughout your journey. Lucky for you, packing the right clothing care essentials can take care of that for you in a pinch.

  • Bring a portable stain remover
    • Pretty straight forward, but a great way to get stains out of a garment that would otherwise be completely usable
  • Bring a portable wrinkle releaser
    • Ironing on the road is always tough, annoying, and sometimes impossible (if there’s no iron nearby– let’s hope you’re not bringing one with you).  You can always fall back on the old “Bring it into a steamy shower” trick, but wrinkle releasers are a great alternative or addition.
  • Bring a portable linen freshener
    • Not all odors mean the garment needs washed, and some garments should be washed as infrequently as possible anyway (denim). Linen fresheners are great ways to eliminate odors and extend the life of a garment.

Even better?  You can find all three in our Travel Essentials Kit

Other A-Game travel tools for clothing? Lint Combs and Lint Brushes, not the annoying adhesive kind, but the sleek, wooden kind, that looks way better on a trip (or anywhere).

Well, of course.

And yet, not enough people utilize this option.

The hotel laundry will be the most convenient option (but, of course, the most expensive).

The local Laundromat you can learn about from a quick google, or asking the hotel/hostel/local.

  • The local route also provides a different view of the city/place you are exploring than you might otherwise get.

At the end of all this, the point is that:

Laundry is quite easy to do while traveling.

And when done in the evening or morning, does not have to consume any time.

It also:

  • saves space on packing
  • makes it easier to travel and get around
  • can save on baggage fees
  • can offer a different view of a place you’re exploring
  • leaves more space for whatever new items you’re squeezing into your bag on the way back.

Just get out there, go explore, and worry about a surplus of dirty clothing later.

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