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The Ultimate Packing List and Tips

by Natalie Simpson |

Here at Scrubba we're put together the ultimate, and we mean ULTIMATE, packing list and tips with the help of a few of our favourite travel bloggers. We've covered everything from, a curated packing list, managing your money while travelling, how to pack efficiently, our favourite travel tech and accessories and a few helpful questions to ask yourself before, during and after your packing process. Hopefully we can make the dreaded task of packing a whole lot easier.

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The only washing machine giving back clean water

by Anna Worthley |

The Scrubba team is passionate about helping those in need and over the last couple of years we have donated over $35,000 USD to fund 3 water related projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia.  The first project took over 18 months and we are pleased to announce that it is now complete and providing over 1000 people with safe water and sanitation.

This project came to fruition from our $15,000 USD donation to charity: water to build the infrastructure required to plumb a water system for three schools in Bangladesh. In rural areas of Bangladesh, many people lack access to basic sanitation and clean water and this can have a devastating impact on the health and education of students. An anonymous donor generously matched our donation bringing the effective value of the project to $30,000 USD.

The project is now complete and 1031 students and teachers of Mahbubenessa Girls High, Nazrul Academy High and Rashidpur High now have access to clean and safe drinking and washing water.  

To see where these projects are, enter the following GPS coordinates into Google maps:

  • 23.00725, 91.07338889
  • 23.01111111, 91.00408333
  • 23.01480556, 91.10222222

The project will provide an ongoing supply of clean water as well as vital training in water and sanitation hygiene.  These are a collection of photos from the schools:

Thanks to our customers, we were able to be a part of this fantastic project. But, it doesn’t end there. In our travels, we have seen first-hand how scarce clean drinking water can be and decided early on to find a way to help tackle the issue of providing clean water to remote parts of the world.

Charity: water, an organisation dedicated to helping remote communities access clean water was the perfect fit. With a high level of transparency and the support of some dedicated anonymous donors to cover administration costs, we know that 100% of the funds we donate go towards the actual projects we are supporting.

With such amazing results in Bangladesh, we have also partnered with Charity: water on 2 separate projects in Ethiopia. We have donated $20,000 USD to fund 2 Ethiopian well projects in their entirety. The projects are well underway and once completed, will provide life-saving water, hygiene and sanitation to communities in the Tigray region. These donations were generously matched by an anonymous donor resulting in a total of $40,000 USD donated. The projects will include the construction of new drilled wells that will supply hundreds of people in the area.

Stay tuned for updates on this and future projects. And thank you for helping us give back.

Tags: Bangladesh, charity: water, clean water, donation, giving back, hygiene, sanitation, Scrubba, wash bag

Our USD10,000 donation to Ethiopia

by Ashley Newland |

The Scrubba wash bag team (Calibre8 Pty Ltd) is dedicated to taking part in providing clean water for communities in need. In June 2014 we donated USD15,000 towards a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and, with the support of our fans, were more recently we donated another USD10,000 to charity: water in support of a clean water project in Ethiopia. Below is a message from charity: water in show of appreciation for our efforts and most recent contribution.


Thank you

Water changes everything. Preventable waterborne diseases are drastically reduced. Long walks to muddy ponds and rivers are no longer necessary. Time spent collecting water goes down, which gives women a chance to earn an income and children a chance at a better education. Clean water offers improved health, a higher quality of life and hope for a better future.

Thank you for your $10,000.00 donation!

- the charity: water team

100% of your donation will directly fund water project costs in the field.


 The Scrubba wash bag - a product that gives to those in need

The Scrubba wash bag is a device that makes travel easier.  Whether this is the ability to get a machine quality wash in the outback when you are hiking or camping or the ability to pack less clothing and avoid excess luggage fees and hotel laundry costs when on holidays, you can rest assured that your investment in the Scrubba wash bag will also help those in need. We have now funded 2 entire water projects that collectively will provide on-going safe drinking water for thousands of people.  This is just the start.  We plan to continue funding new projects and help those in need access one of the most basic human needs - clean and safe drinking water.

On behalf of the team at the Scrubba wash bag, I thank you for your support.

Ash Newland,

Founder of the Scrubba wash bag 


Tags: charity, charity: water, clean water, donation, ethiopia, safe water, scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag

Two Countries in Two Days

by Maylynn Bloom |


There are dozens of fun and crazy festivals celebrated around the world, from the Running of the Bulls in Spain to Brazil’s Carnival, the Spring Festival for the lunar new year in China, Germany’s Oktoberfest and many more across the planet.  It would be great to make it around the world to all of these events in one lifetime, but for those who can’t travel far and wide so freely, many of these celebrations have made it across the seas right to your backyard with smaller, but still fun and exciting versions.

Last weekend, the Scrubba wash bag team had the privilege of experiencing the fun fruit-throwing traditions of Spain's La Tomatina as well as the happy color-bursting celebrations of India's Holi.  Two countries in two days!

Melbourne's first ever 'Tomato Battle', held at Flemington Race Course last Saturday, was a massive mosh pit of dancing and rotten tomato-throwing to live music.   Fruitfully attended by nearly 5,000 fruit-throwing participants, the Tomato Battle is a local take-off of La Tomatina, Spain's long-standing tradition of chucking end of season squishy tomatoes in a soup of self-saucing, fruit-throwing fanatics.  What better way to dispose of bad tomatoes?  It's a sure fire way to have fun and get very messy while disposing of inedible waste.  Approximately 130 tonnes of tomato ammo were launched in the massive food fight and the Scrubba wash bag team got absolutely sauced!

The following day, after scrubbing up clean, the Scrubba wash bag team attended Melbourne's Color Run, otherwise known as the 'Happiest 5k on the Planet'.  A modern-day take on the ancient Hindu festival of love known as Holi, the Color Run is a 5-kilometer stretch where rainbow-colored power rains in celebration of health and happiness.   The event supports charities through fundraising and brings runners and walkers of all ages and backgrounds together to be showered in color and smiles.  Participants wear lots of white at the start and by then end are covered in layers of vibrant colorful power.  It isn't a race, as there are no official times recorded, welcoming people of all fitness levels and abilities to get out and get happy while exercising.  No winners, no judgement, no stress, just fun!

Last month, Melbourne also brought a touch of Paris’ Nuit Blanche with its White Night festival, a cultural event that features local and international artists and performers from around the world and later this year Melbourne will bring a taste of Germany's Oktoberfest with its annual BeerFest, featuring local brews and food in festival form.

So if you've always wanted to get downright dirty in Korean Boryeong Mud Festival style or get wet in Thailand at the Chang Songkran, but just can't make that overseas trip, try looking locally for a similar event closer to home.

Tags: clean water, color run, holi, la tomatina, packing light, scrubba, Scrubba bag, tomato battle