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.
Developing innovative and practical travel products that are lightweight, affordable and versatile is our passion, with research and collaboration the foundation of our success. We have bought, tested, loved and hated our fair share of products along the way. Now we want to give back to those who have supported us by sharing some of our favourite products that are changing the way people travel.
This month’s product is Airpocket. If you haven’t heard of it, fasten your seatbelt and fold away your tray table, because your current perceptions of carryon baggage are about to take off!
What is it?
Airpocket is an Australian invention that is simplifying air travel. Accessibility is priority, but style is certainly not compromised. This clever little storage pocket is designed to fit snugly in the usually cramped, disorganised airplane seat-pocket in front of you. It safely and neatly stores all the items you might want to access during short or long-haul flights, such as books, tablets, passports, and sunglasses. Its small size means it fits easily inside larger handbags or backpacks, offering a highly convenient method of keeping all of your important items together without adding excess baggage. Simply board the plane, pull out your Airpocket, and sit down to enjoy the convenience of having everything you need right at your fingertips.
Why we love it:
We’re particularly fond of the Airpocket because:
- The neoprene case expands to allow room for bulkier items.
- The material is sturdy and provides scratch-free protection for delicate devices.
- Its adjustable straps allow the bag to be worn comfortably in multiple ways.
- Its sleek design is both fashionable and discreet.
- The internal divider conveniently separates small items.
- Its small size (300x250x60mm LHW) enables hassle-free transit.
- The back-band allows for convenient storage over suitcase handles.
Who’s it for?
Just about anyone can benefit from the convenience of the Airpocket. If, like me, you are an anxious traveller who always spends half your transit time nervously patting your pockets for your passport or visa documents, then this is definitely the product for you. If you’re travelling with young children, the Airpocket could become an invaluable product for organising activities to keep the whole family entertained, especially on long-haul flights!
The Airpocket is an incredibly handy, sturdy product. It certainly delivers as promised by enabling you to organise all your travel essentials and to keep them stored safely together, within reach for the duration of your flight. It’s versatile, adaptable, expandable and stylish, and is particularly beneficial for those who travel with lots of smaller devices. Although I think the design could benefit from the additional versatility afforded by removable internal storage compartments, this product is, on the whole, convenient, durable and innovative, and will undoubtedly make travel easier. It’s why we love it and why Airpocket is our featured product of the month.
To read more or to buy one yourself, head over to https://shop.airpocket.com.au/
Here at the Scrubba we’ve worked hard to make our products both durable and versatile to ensure that they meet the multifaceted needs of people travelling in different ways to vastly different environments. This is why the Scrubba W Pack comes with detachable and adjustable straps, enabling it to be easily converted from a backpack to a messenger bag as desired. This is why our super absorbent Scrubba Travel Towel is great for drying not only you, but also your clothes. This is why our Scrubba Wash Bag doubles as a dry bag or as a storage bag for dirty laundry, and why much of our product packaging takes the form of reusable packing cells to help organise your gear during your travels. Yes, it’s no secret that we believe in innovation, resourcefulness, and in supplying multipurpose products that make it easy to travel clean, light and free, every time.
We think we’re pretty versatile, but that doesn’t stop us from being constantly surprised and impressed by the innovative ways in which our customers have put their Scrubba products to use, implementing them into their busy schedules in unique ways to ensure that not only their travels, but also their day to day lives, are hassle-free when it comes to laundry. We think this is incredible, and to celebrate we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 ways our customers have adapted our products and put them to use in diverse scenarios. But don’t take it from us. Here’s what some of our customers have told us:
1. The Scrubba is great for professionals:
Not just for those who travel regularly for work, but also for those who need to keep up with strict uniform regulations, or who need to take extra care when doing their laundry. We’ve had people from all over the world in countless occupations comment about the usefulness of the Scrubba in their professional lives. Check out what some of them have had to say below:
2. It is a necessity for travellers in all scenarios:
We always figured the Scrubba would be useful for the camping and hiking community, but at first didn’t realise how important it would become for the travelling community at large. We’ve received positive feedback from a myriad of travellers, including backpackers, expatriates, international students, beach-goers, those who travel by train or on cruise ships, and even those on pilgrimage. It’s such a thrill to be reminded that our Wash Bag can service people anywhere, anytime, which is why we love the following reviews:
3. It's ideal for those who love getting active:
Not just for hikers, but for everyone who enjoys sport or excersise. Be it morning jogs or evening gym sessions, we’ve been told our Scrubba Wash Bag comes in handy, and we love knowing that we’re helping people to work up a sweat and then get clean again. It’s just one of the ways we’re spreading our clean, light and free philosophy:
4. The Scrubba Wash Bag is practical for those in defence, volunteer, or relief work:
From those in the military to those in the Peace Corps, knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of the people out there fighting for important causes on a daily basis, is incredibly humbling. We’ll never stop striving to create multifaceted, durable products that support those with limited access to goods and water, because the joy we get from helping people around the world without costing the earth, is unparalleled:
5. It's handy for those living at home without easy access to laundry facilities, or even for those just looking for some fun:
The Scrubba Wash Bag has even added convenience to people’s home routines, particularly amongst those who lack access to laundry facilities or who want the flexibility of washing small loads efficiently without wasting water. As an added bonus, we often receive feedback telling us that the scrubbing motion adds a fun or relaxing dimension to the usually arduous task of doing laundry:
The Scrubba Wash Bag really is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile washing machine out there, as proved by you, our fellow travellers and Scrubba enthusiasts. From camping, backpacking, and sports, to apartment-living, relief projects, and defence jobs, our Scrubba Wash Bags have become part of the routine for people of all ages, ensuring that the burden of dirty laundry is a thing of the past. We’re thrilled that our products have been able to easily adapt to both metropolitan jungles and remote regions, helping young and old alike in diverse professional and personal scenarios. After all, there’s nothing better than knowing that we can help people in all corners of the globe to live clean, light and free, without costing the earth. Just the way it should be!
We know that our portable, light, and environmentally-friendly wash bag and wash pack are fundamental accessories for travel. Why? Because they enable you to pack less and to feel clean, light and free no matter where you’re travelling. But if you’re wondering what exactly the advantages of lighter travel are, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, here at the Scrubba we know a thing or two about the benefits of ditching that bulging backpack or stuffed, seam-bursting suitcase, and we want to share them with you! Prepare yourself for the lightest, most liberating travel of your life by downsizing your pack and benefiting in the following ways:
1. Save time packing/repacking/unpacking:
If you get exhausted every time it comes to moving destination, constantly worry about having to pay for late checkout as you hastily throw a bunch of crinkled clothes into your overstuffed case, and find yourself spending half your trip worrying because you can’t remember which one of your pouches or pockets you stored your passport in for ‘safe-keeping’, it sounds like you’re familiar with the burden of over-packing. Save yourself the hassle by cutting back and limiting yourself to hand-luggage so that all your gear is readily accessible and less likely to be lost. This is particularly important for backpackers who are sharing their space in dorm-rooms, or for fast-paced travellers who move quickly from place to place.
2. Save money:
You stand before the luggage scales at the check-in desk, holding your breath as you watch the numbers creep upwards, wondering if you’re going to be able to sweet-talk the clerk into waiving that frankly ridiculous excess baggage fee that you thought you’d finally managed to avoid. This is a familiar scenario for too many travellers, but even if excess baggage fees aren’t usually a problem for you, it’s worth noting that many countries charge for luggage on their public transport systems (usually anything more than a daypack or a small wheeled case), slapping you with an unnecessary fee every time you want to jump on the train or ride the bus. On the other hand, lodging your luggage at a hotel or in a locker at the train station can be even more costly, and forking out the money for taxis because your bag is heavy or awkward to carry reduces not only the size of your wallet, but also the time you get to spend out on the street soaking up new cultures. Save the cash for something more valuable by cutting down to a sturdy daypack. As an added benefit, smaller backpacks and bags are generally cheaper to purchase than their larger counterparts.
3. Avoid queues:
Travelling is, without a doubt, a life-changing experience, and many people know it. It is, therefore, highly likely that a significant portion of your holiday will be spent queuing for various sites and attractions. You certainly don’t need to add to the problem by waiting in lengthy lines at airport check-in and baggage claim, or by trying to stuff yourself, along with your bulging suitcase, Tetris-style into trains and buses that are already at full capacity. Travelling with less luggage means freeing yourself up to ride public transport more comfortably and skipping tedious lines at airports and other transport hubs.
4. Avoid the risk of lost luggage:
Ah yes, that all too familiar sinking feeling of watching the last piece of baggage wind its way around the near-empty conveyor belt and realising that it doesn’t belong to you. Cue more waiting in lines, hanging around at airports, and fretting about where your stuff has gone and how long it’s going to be until you have it back. Save yourself the stress, the lengthy wait, and the insurance claims by cutting down to hand-luggage and walking triumphantly out the arrivals' gate with nothing holding you back.
5. Feel liberated. See more, do more, live like a local:
Large bags are heavy and can weigh you down both physically and emotionally. They put stress on your back or can be difficult to wheel through harsh terrain including ice, snow, gravel, steep or rocky slopes, and unmade roads or pavements – all commonly encountered whilst travelling the globe. Smaller, lighter bags enable you to move freely through whatever region you’ve decided to visit, don’t compromise your ability to hike or get active, don’t make it impossible to navigate whilst admiring local sites, and don’t make you stand out uncomfortably from the crowd. Free your body and mind by packing less and switching to a lighter bag that doesn’t trip you up at every turn.
The Scrubba Wash Bag or Wash Pack enables you to do laundry on the go, meaning that you can pack fewer clothes and carry less gear overall, all whilst saving yourself money, time, and excess, uncomfortable weight. No more queuing at baggage claim, no more loitering around expensive laundromats, and no more sweating as you heave your bag over rocky terrain. The Scrubba is hygienic, environmentally-friendly, and weather-proof, meaning that it will see you through even the wettest winters without the help of those awkward, tent-sized rain covers. It’s the best way to do laundry on the road, to shrink your luggage, and to start reaping the rewards of clean, light and free travel.
Here at the Scrubba we love working together to achieve the lightest, environmentally-friendliest, and most convenient way for travelling and connecting with others around the globe. With that in mind, we wanted to introduce the newest member of our team and get to know what inspires her commitment to travel, the environment, and the entire Scrubba philosophy.
Why do you love travelling?
Quite simply because it’s always a unique experience. Travel brings us together with people from vastly different backgrounds, inspires passion in cultures, languages, and environments that are totally different from our own, and fosters a genuine passion to learn more about the world we all share. From food, nature, and daily dress, to customs, belief systems, and politics, travel opens our eyes to things we’ve never seen, encourages us to embrace and perhaps even experience those things ourselves, brings us closer to people and nature, and offers something unique every time. It never gets old!
Why the Scrubba Wash Bag?
As a travel enthusiast I was so excited to come across a product that made doing laundry during lengthy backpacking trips easy and affordable. I love travelling with just carry-on luggage where possible, as it’s lighter and saves both time and money, so the ability to wash quickly and frequently was a top priority, and the Scrubba’s compatibility with nature and wildlife was also an important factor that drew me to the product. As an Australian I was also eager to support a local business and to strengthen my ties to my homeland even while abroad. When a job came up with the company shortly after my return home from a three-month trek across Europe, I decided I wanted to combine my love of travel with my previous professional and academic experience, and to put my efforts into connecting with other travellers and environmentally conscious individuals, all whilst working for a small, local company. So began my adventure with the Scrubba Wash Bag team.
Where have you gone and what are some of your favourite places?
I’ve currently visited the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, 23 countries in mainland Europe, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Qatar, but have also extensively explored my home country: Australia. Although everywhere I’ve visited has offered me something new and exciting, I’ve particularly loved my trips to Lithuania, Russia, Norway, Greece, Denmark, Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and New Zealand, as I’m so passionate about the landscapes, histories, and languages of these countries, and have had the fortune of meeting some wonderful locals during my visits. In terms of tourist attractions, some of my favourites are the Acropolis of Athens due to its embodiment of ingenious engineering and architecture, the Grand Canyon due to the indelible imprint it has made upon the landscape, the Northern Lights due to the majesty you feel when sprawled out under them, and the glaciers and ice caves of Svalbard, Norway, as the Arctic wilderness remains, to this day, one of the most beautiful, alien landscapes I’ve ever had the privilege of traversing.
Where would you love to go next?
There are too many options, but I’d probably choose to visit either the beautiful, intriguing Machu Picchu in Peru, or the winter glory of Iceland or Greenland. However, I’m also incredibly interested in the spectacular scenery of Tanzania, the lengthy history of Japan, and the natural beauty of Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Jordan. If possible, I’d jump on a plane to check out these places tomorrow.
What’s your favourite aspect of travelling?
I love it all, but I particularly love experiences that take me out of my comfort zone and introduce me to something new. This is why I usually travel in the winter season – it brings me into contact with environments and weather patterns that are different from what I’ve previously experienced. I’ve spent time living with host families as part of exchange programs, have enrolled in language courses whilst abroad, have travelled with my school, with friends, with a partner, solo, and with people I’ve met in my dorm room. I’ve gone abroad with loads of technology and I’ve taken myself off the grid. I’ve turned 24 hour delays at airports into whirlwind sojourns, and I always try to capitalise on an opportunity and to convert negatives into positives. I particularly love getting physical and partaking in winter sports, and in the past I’ve been lucky enough to get involved in tons of activities including hiking, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice-caving, skiing, paragliding, parasailing, jet-skiing, and white water rafting. Basically, I’m up for anything that is a little bit unfamiliar.
We look forward to embarking on this new journey together. Welcome to the team!