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Tech tips for travel #21 - A better way to wash your clothes on the road

Well as you have gathered, I love reading about and testing out nifty little travel gadgets and this one popped up on my radar in todays Fairfax article on Scrubba under the headline "Australian invents 'world's smallest washing machine'".

So what is Scrubba?
It's a small waterproof bag that takes about 2-3L of water along with all your dirty clothes, some detergent, seals the lid, lets the air out via a valve, and allows you to wash the dirt out of them quicker and more efficiently than you can say 'dirty smelly backpacker' :-) 

So how much is the Scrubba?
The Scrubba retails for AUD$64.95 on their website here, or USD$54.95 on their international website here, I suppose a bit pricey for 'just a washing bag', but really if it saves time and makes it easier to clean your clothes instead of using hotel or laundry services, then you will see some savings quickly add up. One side benefit they really don't sell is that it could be used as a dry bag - somewhere to stash your devices or valuables you really don't want getting wet (obviously when your not washing your clothes that is!).
They also have a couple of package deals (a bit different depending what site you are looking at), but on the Aussie site there is a wash and dry kit that includes a towel (maybe something to individually blog about it a future post), a drying pegless line, and a couple of inflatable coat hangers. That is a handy combo, and I particularly like their demo video showing that a good way to help express dry your clothes after washing, rinsing and wringing them out is to roll them up/then out again with the towel to help soak out the moisture.

A couple of bonus tips on keeping clean

I saw this one a little while ago, but create a pocket out of a wash cloth to keep your soap in!
Holds your soap and doesn't take up any more space than it needs to.

What's your tip on keeping clean on the road?

Written by Peter Cain

Peter Cain is the Founder and CEO of, a company committed to making it easier and cheaper to stay connected whilst travelling. You can find him on Twitter and Google+. You can also find dataGO on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+ for all the latest info on local and roaming SIMs and data hotspots.

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