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The Top Eco-Friendly Gadgets for a Greener Getaway

by Sam Stephens |

If you fancy a greener holiday in 2017, you're not alone! After all, as more of us start to gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of environmental conservation, more of us are also recognising the various difficulties of upholding this commitment to the environment when it comes to travel, and are searching for cleaner, greener options as a result. If you've run into difficulties in your search, don't worry, because we're here to help! In fact, as we at the Scrubba know a thing or two about green products, we've taken it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favourite practical and effortlessly green travel accessories, guaranteed to help make your next holiday your greenest one yet! Our 2016 eco-friendly gift guide is full of affordable products that will help prevent you from ever again compromising your environmental values, so check it out and start planting the seeds to greener travel today. 

 

The Scrubba Weightless wallet: 

Weighing only 7g (0.25oz), this ultra-light, slim, and tear- and water-resistant wallet is the perfect companion for travel and active lifestyles. Fully upcycled from excess Scrubba wash bag material, it allows both people and the planet to reap the positive effects of exercise and activity.

RRP: 14.95USD

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Eco Vessel:

A light, durable and eco-friendly solution for all those travellers who just can’t go without their morning coffee or evening herbal tea, these BPA free vessels promise to keep liquids hot for 8 hours and cool for 36 thanks to their Trimax Triple Insulation.

RRP: Varies by product, typically 15.00-60.00USD

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LifeStraw:

From filtration straws to filtration bottles, LifeStraw promises to put the health and vitality into your trip. Its award-winning 2-stage filtration technology removes bacteria and protozoa from water while reducing organic chemical matter and chlorine, helping you to access safe water all while supporting the environment by cutting down on plastic bottles. 

RRP: 39.95-89.95USD

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The Solio Bolt Charger: 

Weighing only 5.3oz (~150g) this battery pack and solar charger is the perfect green camping companion for the tech-obsessed. Powered by the sun, the device holds its charge for up to a year, charges at the same rate as a typical wall charger, and even comes equipped with rotating solar panels and sundial capabilities that allow for maximum sun exposure.  

RRP: 70.00USD

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Rareform Bags: 

These durable, waterproof, lightweight and stylish bags come in all shapes and sizes, encompassing backpacks, duffle bags, bike bags, tech sleeves, and even phone cases. All products have been repurposed from vinyl billboards, meaning that each bag, aside from supporting the environment through the reduction of waste, is also highly unique, with no two models sporting the same design.  

RRP: Varies by product

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These gifts are clean, practical, and guaranteed to make everyone else go green with envy. Pick one up today!

Tags: gift guide, holidays, Scrubba, top tips, travel

The Great Camping Gadget Guide 2016

by Sam Stephens |

Fancy a spot of camping over the holiday season? With 2017 rapidly approaching, there's no better time to review your gear and drop a few cheeky gift hints for friends and family! To help you out we've collected some of our favourite camping products that are perfect for both families and individuals, and that cater to all budgets and camping ideals. Bring a little comfort and class to your tent this season with these portable and innovative gadgets designed for the great outdoors. 

 

 

TribeOne Pack Net:

A sturdy, 85 litre net constructed of high-strength, UV resistant shock cord, the PackNet enables gear to be easily attached to the outside of 45-110 litre packs, eliminating the need for individual bungees. Its 6-point utilisiation of TribeOne PackTacks also allows for the damage-free creation of draw points on any fabric.

RRP: 34.95USD

See more and buy here!

 

Wacaco Minipresso:

Small, light, and manually operated, the Minipresso requires no electricity, making it perfect for on-the-go coffee lovers. Easy to use and 100% BPA free, it requires only minimal maintenance and promises to deliver a quality espresso for chilly early mornings around the campfire.

RRP: 59.00USD 

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Scrubba wash & dry kit: 

It’s easy to work up a sweat and then get clean again with this essential laundry kit. The Scrubba wash bag enables you to wash your clothes with no electricity and only minimal water, while the absorbent microfiber towel, twin set of inflatable coat hangers, and sturdy pegless clothesline make the drying process easy, leaving you clean, dry, and odourless at the end of each day.

RRP: 99.95USD

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BioLite CampStove 

This nifty camp stove burns wood to create a smokeless campfire capable of cooking meals and boiling water within minutes, all while generating electricity that is sufficient for charging your electronic devices. With easy setup, free fuel, and performance on par with white gas stoves, it’s an essential device for all campers.

RRP: 129.95USD

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Cinch! Tents: 

These spacious tents are loaded with features for maximum comfort and convenience, and even come equipped with solar panels that can be paired with Cinch! solar power packs, making it easy to enjoy your electronic devices from the heart of the wilderness.

Choose from the 2, 3 or 4 man varieties to suit your camping style. 

RRP: 269.00 - 309.00USD

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Whatever your style, these great gifts will help you flaunt it to achieve all the camping cheer with none the fear. 

Tags: gift guide, holidays, Scrubba, top tips, travel

The Best Gifts for Travellers and Campers

by Sam Stephens |

Lighten up your holiday season with these lightweight, practical, and highly portable items that all fold neatly for easy storage. Perfect for travellers and everyone who loves the outdoors, these must-have gadgets suit all manner of adventures and cater to different budgets, promising to lift the burden of gift shopping from your shoulders. 

We just love gifts that fold down for easy storage and maximum portability. Check out our top picks in time for your travels for the new year. 

 

LuminAID: The Folding Lanterns

These collapsible, waterproof, and solar-
powered lightweight lanterns are ideal for
camping and hiking, weighing only 99.22g
(3.5 oz) and boasting multiple light settings
capable of illuminating tents or attracting
attention. PVC-free and rechargeable in 7-
10 hours of sunlight, it's an environmentally friendly gadget for your next adventure in the great outdoors. 

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RRP: 29.99USD

Oru Kayak: The Folding Kayaks

With custom polypropylene hulls that
boast 10 year UV treatment rated to
20,000 folds, the impressive Oru Kayak
range is as durable as it is innovative.
These portable paddlers all fold down to a
fraction of full size and some models take
only minutes to assemble!

See more and buy now!

RRP: From 1175USD

 

The Scrubba Wash Bag:
The Folding Washing Machine

Weighing a mere 142g (5oz), this wieldy wash
bag is a washing device, dry bag, and 'stuff
sack' rolled into one. It offers a machine-
quality wash in 3 minutes thanks to the flexible internal wash board, all while using only minimal water and no electricity! 

See more and buy now!

RRP: 55.00USD

                                                                 Henty: The Folding Wardrobes 
       
Henty all-weather bags are designed for
travel, fitness, and business, and utilise
patented roll technology to ensure the
crease-free transportation of clothes. They
are highly versatile and ultimately function
as gym, travel and garment bags contained

within one multi-purpose backpack.

See more and buy now! 

RRP: 229USD

 

IceMule: The Folding Fridges 

Stave off summer with an ice-cold beverage thanks to this soft, collapsible cooler that combines the portability of a dry bag with the quality of an esky. The insulating foam within the double shell promises to keep ice intact for up to 24 hours, ensuring you stay hydrated no matter where you are. 

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RRP: From 59.95USD

Fold a little joy into your holiday season with these nifty gadgets for camping and travel. Perfect for people of all ages, you're bound to impress with these gifts that collapse and compress!

Tags: gift guide, holidays, Scrubba, top tips, travel

Tell Us How You Like to Travel for 15% off ALL Scrubba Products

by Sam Stephens |

Love to travel? We want to hear about it!

The key philosophy that underlies the Scrubba name is a desire to make travel easier by innovating lightweight, durable, compact, multi-functional, and environmentally-conscious products. To do this, we need your help. 

We've compiled a short survey that asks you how you like to travel. Completing this survey will help us to take note of certain travel trends and product suggestions, enabling us to keep creating gear that is valued by you, our supporters. As soon as you complete the survey you'll receive a unique discount code entitling you to 15% off Scrubba products. 

Please click HERE to take the survey

Thanks for your support. 

Thinking of Downsizing for Your Next Trip? Here Are Our Top 5 Tips for Packing Light:

by Sam Stephens |

Here at the Scrubba we love packing light because we know that trading our bulging bags for nifty day packs saves time and money, helps us to keep track of all our items, and saves our backs from heavy, cumbersome rucksacks. But maybe you already know the benefits and are simply struggling to put your new packing plan into action. If so, don’t get disheartened! Packing light can be a daunting task after years of travelling with a loaded suitcase, especially if you’re going on an extended trip and are worried about leaving something important behind.  As avid travellers, however, we have ample experience packing light in order to get the most out of our trips. In fact, we’ve developed a fool-proof list to help us, and now you, lighten your load every time, no matter what the circumstances. Here are our top 5 tips for cutting down your baggage:

Choose your toiletries wisely:

I see so many people lugging around huge toiletry bags filled with all manner of creams and pastes that, for the most part, sit unused taking up space, ignored by their owner who is too busy exploring the world to remember that they’re even there. To get around this problem, take note of what you actually use and need when you’re at home, and be sure to pack only the necessary items. Use small travel bottles so that you don’t have to lug around huge plastic containers (anything under 100ml can be carried in your hand luggage on-board your flight), and opt for 3 in 1 solutions, often available as shampoo/conditioner/body wash combos. Choosing a small toiletry bag and challenging yourself to fit all your items into it is also a great way to cut down and ensure you’re not just packing for the sake of filling all available space.

Review your wardrobe:

A typical mistake is trying to fit four season’s worth of clothes into one bag, which is completely unnecessary, not to mention exceptionally difficult. I recommend doing some research on your travel destination, as this will help you to make an informed decision about the sort of clothes you actually need to pack to experience the local weather in relative comfort. If style is important to you, stick to a colour palette to ensure that all your clothes match, and go for items that can be dressed both up and down, but be sure to prioritise practicality and comfort over fashion. Try to wear your heaviest items whilst in transit to avoid having to squeeze bulky boots or coats into your bag, or consider buying such bulky items from a cheap second-hand store whilst abroad. At the end of your journey simply leave these items behind, thus negating the need to travel with them at all. Finally, do your laundry on the go with your Scrubba wash bag in order to limit yourself to only a few changes of clothes. If in doubt stick to the rule of three: One item for wearing, one for washing, and one for drying.

Choose multi-functional items:

This applies to more than just shampoo/conditioner/body wash trios. Get creative and you might be surprised to see how some of even your most basic items can double or triple as something else, limiting the things you need to take on your trip. Aside from the Scrubba, which can function as a wash bag, a dry bag, and a storage container, one of my favourite items, as a frequent winter traveller, is a neck gaiter. These are small, lightweight, and come in a variety of materials and patterns to suit all styles. Best of all, they can be folded in almost innumerable ways to provide varying levels of protection for both hot and cold weather. Wear them as scarves, sun hats, beanies, balaclavas, bandanas, sweat bands for head or wrist, eye masks for sleeping, or headbands as desired, and switch out your usual multitude of items for one. The possibilities are nearly endless.

Switch to merino wool:

Merino wool is a magical material that keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer, making it perfect for travel to places that are notorious for erratic weather, or for global trips that might take you from winter to summer environments. Better yet, it does all this without acquiring much odour, enabling it to be worn for days on end without needing to be washed. As an additional bonus, it’s generally quick-drying when laundry day does arrive, and is lightweight and generally comfortable enough to double as sleepwear or active gear.

Buy a small backpack:

If you’re still struggling, buying a small backpack or suitcase and promising to take it along on your travels will force you to downsize your luggage and to get creative in ways you never thought you could, prioritising multifunctional necessities over the items you only think you might need at some point. It’s a great way to challenge yourself and to jump out of your comfort zone. Trust me: You only need to do it once to master the technique and become addicted to the benefits of lightweight travel!

 

At the Scrubba we’re wholly committed to producing practical and multifunctional accessories that make travelling light incredibly easy, and our commitment to this cause will never waver because we’ve experienced the benefits of such travel firsthand. So what are you waiting for? Grab your accessories, unload your backpack, and make your next trip a clean, light and free one.  

Tags: luggage, Scrubba, top tips, travel, W Pack