How to do your laundry while on the road

How to do your laundry while you travel

Whether you’re travelling around the country in the campervan, going camping with friends or family, or doing a big road trip around Europe, there is one thing that can be of a concern: what do you do with all your dirty laundry?

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There aren’t always going to be laundry services, coin-operate laundromats or private washing machines, especially when travelling through more remote areas of the country and the world. But that doesn’t mean you have to get around in dirty clothes. There are some simple ways to do your laundry while you’re on the road, and here are just a few.

1. Pack a large zip-lock bag

One of the easiest ways to do your laundry on the road is to bring a big plastic zip-lock bag and some washing powder on your travels. It’s not the most luxurious method of getting your whites whiter and your colours brighter, but as long as you have access to clean water, it works a treat.

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2. Use a sink

If you’re lucky enough to have a sink, or even a bucket lying around, then voila, you have your makeshift washing machine ready to go. If you have a sink, then you might just have access to hot water too, which is an absolute bonus for getting out those nasty smells and bacteria from your clothing. If you’ve forgotten to bring your washing powder, then shampoo or other soaps will absolutely do the trick.

3. Make use of a towel to dry your wet clothing

Rather than just putting your wet clothing out to dry after you’ve hand washed them, use this handy trick instead. Lay out a towel on the floor or on your bed, place an item of clothing inside and then roll it up. This will remove any excess water from the garment to make sure it dries quicker. If you’re hanging up your clothing inside, this will come in handy because you won’t have to worry about your clothes dripping all over the place.

Laundry supplies for your next big adventure:

  • Zip-lock bag
  • Laundry powder or soap
  • Portable clothesline
  • Dirty clothes bag
  • Travel plug for basins if you decide to hand wash

Do you have any more tips for how to do laundry on the road? Share your tips in the comments section below. 

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