Yo Yo! Sup Sup!?
It’s getting closer. Only 2 weeks until I get on an airplane and fly across an ocean. NO BIG DEAL!
I’m definitely becoming more excited as it gets closer. Look at me Mom, I’m a big girl now!
Anyways, I realized today that there are a few things that I still don’t know about travelling solo. For instance: how easy is it to access free WiFi? How do I get money–an ATM, a bank? How am I going to wash my clothing?
So many questions still unanswered.
Laundry is a big one. Growing up, there was a running joke in my family (at least I hope it was a joke) that when my Aunt travelled, she needed only 1 pair of underwear for 2 days: just flip them inside out. Um, no thank-you. I would have to be stranded on a remote island for this to ever happen, and even then I think I would just opt to go commando.
So how do you do laundry abroad? Ok, don’t be a smart-ass and say “In the sink – duh!”. Yes, I know how to laundry, but I still want to know what other people have done, what products they used, and tips and tricks. So, like the researcher I am, I went perusing the internet to find out some handy tips.
What did i find?
Tide Travel Sink Packets: What did travellers do before this invention? I think I’ll need to pick up some of these before I leave.
Wrinkle Releaser: I hate wrinkled clothing! And, travelling out of a backpack I’m sure some of my clothes will have to suffer. But, if I can find myself a product like this I don’t need to fret!
Bounce Dryer Sheets: Not only can I use these at a local laundromat, but I can use them to freshen the smell of my clothes while they’re in my bag! A fellow traveller recommended putting some in a ziploc-bag for my travels. Done and done!
I read on a few sites that this is a necessity. I’m not sure where I can find one though. Any thoughts?
Expensive city = wash in your sink. Inexpensive = leave it to the professionals. Most sites recommended using professional cleaning services (usually take 1 business day) as using local laundromats is time-consuming. I’ll let you know my verdict when try it out! I have a feeling that I’ll enjoy the laundromat. Sit with a coffee, write in my journal, look at pictures, plan my next destination. Three or four hours of “down-time” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
And there you have it. That is what my research provided me with. I hate doing laundry at my own house so I don’t imagine to enjoy it any more or less abroad. I guess there are certain responsibilities (ahem, hygiene) that one can’t escape even when you leave your life behind.
Onebag.com (great site!)