Laundry tips for travelling

Stay clean and fresh on the go with these easy laundry hacks for travellers


Whether you’re taking an extended break, or you hate coming home from holiday to face a pile of dirty washing, it’s easy to keep your clothes clean and fresh on the move. These laundry tips for travelling are efficient and effective.


Research in advance

Often, the best way to do laundry while travelling is to use a laundry service or local laundrette. If you know where you’ll be staying, do some research before you travel so you don’t waste holiday time Googling; being prepared also helps you to work out a cost effective option – perfect if you’re on a budget.


Neon Sign Laundry

Local laundrettes can be a lifesaver while holidaying.


D.I.Y wash kit

If you’re happy hand washing clothes while travelling, pack a little wash kit to make life easier. Frequent travellers say that, if the sink in your room is too small, using a carrier bag (in lieu of a bowl) makes it easier to wash clothes in the shower. You could also take a pegless clothes line, which attaches to the walls with suction pads, to save you draping washing over the shower rail or balcony. A solid washing bar is easier to transport than a tub of washing powder.


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Washing clothes in a hotel basin.


Go pro

If you’re backpacking (or maybe you just want to tap into the top hack of seasoned travellers), consider buying a Scrubba wash bag. Sold by an Australian brand, the Scrubba is lightweight and can be used anywhere: it has an internal washboard and promises a machine quality wash. Even if you only end up washing workout clothes while travelling, this could be a good investment.


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Photo Credit: Scrubba Wash Bag at Questacon website


Organise your case

Light clothes that are easy to wash (rather than delicates) are a smart choice – and if you pack carefully, before and during your travels, your clothes will stay fresher for longer. Make sure you take along some laundry bags so you can separate the clean from soiled clothes during your stay, and so it’s not too unpleasant when you open the case, back home. Separating your colours so the clothes are ready to go straight into the machine is another good move.


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Laundry bags help to separate your clean from dirty clothes.


Relax at home

Is holiday washing anyone’s favourite pastime? Beat the post-break blues by using a professional laundry service when you get home. Laundrapp will collect your holiday washing from your door and, if you need some serious relaxation time after a hectic holiday, you could make use of the ironing service, too.

Do you need more tips for your next holidays? Check here how to fold clothes for travel and sort out all your packaging issues.


Guest written by,

Johanna Payton

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