In 2012, the team at the Scrubba wash bag were challenged to prove that the Scrubba wash bag can allow you to pack and travel lighter and cleaner.
Not being a team that likes to back down from challenges we set to prove that the Scrubba wash bag could allow us to travel for 3 weeks in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos with less than 3kg of luggage each, including our backpack and clothes on our back.
The following video shows how to pack light and travel clean:
We will be posting a detailed summary of what we packed in our next blog.
In the meantime, if you want to travel with less gear and less effort, buy a Scrubba wash bag now. Otherwise, the Scrubba wash bag makes a great gift or present for family or friends who are traveling for their holiday or vacation.
We recently came across this great review of the Scrubba wash bag from thisworldrocks.com and thought we would share a quote as it is a great example of why we developed the Scrubba wash bag in the first place:
"We are only carrying two carry-on sized backpacks for our extended trip, and it was evident from the start that a laundry solution was a critical issue for us. We first heard of the Scrubba Wash Bag by doing a Google search, and it looked perfect for us. We have been travelling with it the entire time, and have used it on almost every piece of clothing now. We have been very impressed by this product, and it has saved us a lot of money and trips to laundry mats. It requires a little bit of manual labor to wash the clothes, and the more you work, the cleaner the clothes get. The product is thin and slides into the very bottom of my backpack without taking up much space at all. So far, it is also much more durable than I expected, with no signs of wear at all. Highly recommend!"
We were recently asked by one of our customers what washing material we recommend using with the Scrubba wash bag and we thought it would be useful to post our response here.
"At the moment we don't really have any firm recommendations for which cleaning product to use other than that the cleaning product should be a liquid (powders or detergent leaves take too long to properly dissolve). One of the reasons we haven't put up specific cleaning products (or included a cleaning product in the kit) is that every traveler has different priorities for cleaning products. For example, travelers such as myself prefer to travel as light as possible so if I can have a single product that can perform multiple tasks, I will choose it over a single purpose product no matter how much more efficient it is. In this regard, I will generally use a small dollop of 3-in-1 bodywash-shampoo-shave liquid in the Scrubba wash bag.
That being said, if you don't mind carrying extra products, carrying a very small (~25-30ml) bottle of washing liquid (e.g. Omo or the like) is a good idea when traveling. Washing liquids are probably the most efficient for cleaning your clothes in the Scrubba wash bag as they are purpose designed for removing oils and dirt from clothes. You really only need to use the smallest amount (probably a few ml per bag load) as washing liquids are generally highly concentrated. A good trial and error test for quantities of different cleaning products in the Scrubba wash bag is to do a few loads. If after 30 seconds of rubbing you still have suds, then you can probably reduce the amount of cleaning product for the next batch. Optimising the amount is not only better for the environment, but not overloading the cleaning product will minimise the amount of rinsing required.
Finally, if you are environmentally conscious, there are a number of bio-washing liquids on the market (often released by outdoor brands and available at camping stores) that are better for the environment (e.g. phosphate free). These probably fall somewhere between using bodywash/shampoo and a washing liquid in efficiency."