Can May (our Business Relationship Manager) fit 16 days worth of clothes into this tiny backpack?
I'm really looking forward to some much needed sun and relaxation. I won't be doing any camping or climbing this time around, as it's more of a leisurely vacation with some general site-seeing, visits to sacred establishments, a few journeys to rural areas, a bit of beach time and plenty of evening cocktail time! I'll need to travel light so I can move around freely because I'll be on the go most of the time, making my way from one end of the country to the other.
So how will I fit enough clothes to cover all occasions
and get me through 16 days of traveling
into this little backpack?
I'll need to minimize the amount of clothes I pack and plan a few washes along the way, but I don't want to waste time and money on laundry services and I definitely don't want to soak my clothes in hotel sinks, so my Scrubba wash bag is coming with me. This means I can reduce that pile of clothes shown above to the neat pile below. I will also now have plenty of room for other essentials...
1 evening dress
2 casual dresses
3 pairs of shorts/skirts
3 tee shirts/singlets
1 nice blouse
3 sets of undergarments
2 bathing suits
1 beach outerwear
1 Scrubba travel towel
1 pair socks (mostly sandals on this trip!)
I'll be wearing long pants, a long shirt and a light outer cover on the plane ride over, which I'll wash as soon as I settle in to have on hand for visiting temples, museums or places that require a dress code and I'll do a Scrubba wash every 2 days. I've chosen separates that compliment each other in different ways. For example, black shorts that can be dressed up with the blouse or matched with a tee shirt/singlet for casual outings and my casual dresses can also dub as night/sleepwear. So you can definitely pack light and travel freely without compromising on comfort or style!
If you can guess where May's headed, you might win a Scrubba wash bag, so stay tuned for clues!
The following is the entry sent in by the winner of our August 2014 photo competition, Carrie Shoultz. Thanks, Carrie, for the beautiful photo and for raising awareness about the elephants' plight in Thailand.
My photo is of The Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
When travelling in Thailand there are so many different opportunities to interact with incredible animals, including the Thai elephant. However, dig a little deeper and you'll find that the animal tourism has been tragic for most of these animals. The incredibly social elephant is removed from its mother as young as 6 months of age and "broken" through phajaan training. They are taught to fear their mahouts and then brought to the streets to beg and do tricks for tourists. As they get older, they are taken to trekking camps where they are given drugs to keep them from sleeping so that they they load as many groups of tourists on their backs as possible.
The Elephant Nature Park rescues disabled elephants from these horrendous conditions. The elephants at the park will never again experience chains or the bull hook. They come to the park blind, deaf, with broken backs, hips, and feet. But, at the park they find freedom.
I had the amazing opportunity to take part in their week long Journey to Freedom project in the mountains where the Karen tribes live. The park pays the Karen to keep their elephants in the mountains, instead of sending them to the cities to make money from tourism. I spent a week climbing the mountains in one of the most untouched places I've ever been. And we interacted with these amazing animals, but we did not ride them and they did not perform tricks for us. They were simply free to be elephants.
If you are planning a trip to Thailand I *beg* you to please reconsider buying that banana to feed to the elephant on the street, don't pay to ride the elephants in the trekking camps. Seek out organizations that focus on the elephants' well-being over tourists' entertainment.
Sent in by Carrie Shoultz
Thanks so much to all those who entered our competition last week. We’ve been flattered by the expressions of interest in the Scrubba wash bag, impressed by all the adventures taking place around the world and wowed by some of the amazing photos and stories we received.
From campers across America, including the deserts of the mid-West, the lakes of Michigan and Oregon and the serenity of Minnesota to the Alaskan mines, people living ‘off the grid’ (Connecticut seemed particularly interested in this concept), frequent flyers, military service men and women, sailors, cruisers, climbers, west coast surfers and Maui beach-goers, right across the globe in Ireland, India, Peru, the Sierra Mountains and the islands of St. Lucia, your photos and stories have been much appreciated!
Some entries that made us laugh were Kristy McCoy, for friendly “pants-licking sheep”. The Scrubba wash bag may have removed those sheep saliva stains indeed! Jennifer Crowl, glad your luggage eventually turned up and sorry that you lived on so few clothing items for 2 weeks without washing facilities!
We are so pleased to see so many people doing things for great causes too. Thank you, Karen Tep, for climbing 7 summits to raise awareness for human trafficking.
Some photos of special mention include Crater Lake, the Cascades, the Catalina Islands, St Lucia, the Grand Bahama Islands and Mt Drum, Alaska. Thank you so much for these beautiful submissions.
The winner of this month’s photo competition is Carrie Shoultz’s for ‘The Elephant Nature Park’ in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Thank you, Carrie, for this beautiful photo and for raising awareness of the ‘Journey to Freedom’ project. Your commitment to community service through the Peace Corp is most noble. Now you won’t have to hand wash for 27 weeks! Congratulations!
Thanks again to all those who entered. We hope you have enjoyed participating and will continue to follow us and enter future competitions and giveaways.
Access to clean drinking water and proper sanitation saves lives in developing countries and can help education and the local economy. The team at the Scrubba wash bag are pleased to announce that they have donated USD15,000 to charity: water. The donation will fund the plumbing of a school water system in Bangladesh that will provide clean water and vital hygiene and sanitation training to the students and 750 people in the neighboring area.
The team at the Scrubba wash bag would like to thank all our customers over the last 2 years and everyone who supported our recent social media campaign where we committed to donating $1 per new Facebook like and $20-$100 for photos and videos sent to us by our supporters. The following are a handful of our supporters who sent in photos of themselves using the Scrubba wash bag:
"This donation of $15,000 will be first of many significant water projects that the Scrubba wash bag will support in the near future" said managing director and patent attorney Ash Newland. "The current project will take 18 months to complete and we will provide updates on the project as it moves forward. At the end of the 18 months, we will be able to provide photos and GPS coordinates of the project".
If you wish to support a similar project to this one or find out more about where our $15,000 donating is going, head to charity: water.