Have you ever been on a work trip and actually been able to use that workout outfit you optimistically packed? But now it’s all gross and smelly, and you have to take it along with you in your carry-on, and you just hope the smells don’t waft through the airplane? Or you’re on a trip with your kids and you optimistically pack light but your toddler gets his shirt totally filthy in a mud puddle that came out of nowhere? Or you go camping and spill beer all over yourself but you’d been planning to use that shirt practically every day of the whole trip? If any of those situations have ever happened to you or may in the future, we’ve got the solution: the Scrubba Wash Bag.
The Scrubba Wash Bag is a bright green knapsack that doubles as a laundry bag. You simply toss your dirty laundry in, add soap and water, and knead the bag for a few minutes. The nubs on the inside of the bag act as a washboard to help remove dirt, oils and smells, and after a quick rinse, your clothes are wet, but good as almost new!
I used this on a recent family trip to Washington, D.C., when my son got his shirt dirty eating dinner. It was super easy to use, and it only takes a few minutes of playing with the bag to get a decent wash. Yes, I say “playing” because it doesn’t really feel like you’re working—you’re playing with a bag of water and squishing clothes around and watching the water get all sudsy.
A quick rinse later, and my son’s clothes were clean. Maybe not machine-wash clean, but that’s because I used any old liquid soap I had on hand, not actual laundry detergent. Despite all of the detailed instructions included, there was really no mention of soap, so I was a little unsure how to tackle the soap equation. So if you plan to use this, get yourself a small travel container of soap!
The bag dries quickly when hung upside down, and when folded, takes up almost no room at all. It’s a little pricey at almost $65, but if you travel a lot and love to pack light, this is an excellent way to easily do laundry on the road. (Plus, this’ll quickly pay for itself in saved checked-bag fees!) No worrying about having quarters on hand or tracking down a laundromat or hotel-laundry facility. And for overseas travel where you want to pack minimally? Perfect!
Do you ever have to do laundry on the road? What’s your solution? —Erin