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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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Same Great Bag, One New Twist

by Sam Stephens |

Since the launch of the Scrubba wash bag on crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo, back in 2012, we’ve helped nearly 100,000 outdoor enthusiasts travel clean, light and free by providing a portable travel and camping washing machine ideal for all kinds of journeys. Lightweight, environmentally-conscious, and highly durable, our portable clothes washer is the best solution to the problem of doing laundry on the go, and now we’ve made it even better! You’ve spoken, we’ve listened, and the new Scrubba twist-valve wash bag is finally here!

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Why update?

For the last few years, we’ve received feedback indicating that our travel wash bag could be even easier to use if we updated our squeeze valves:

 

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When folding down the top of the bag I have to squeeze out the air manually as I go. Not a big deal, and I barely noticed it after a couple loads, but it sucked anyway.

Peak Mountaineering blog:

The only thing I think of that could be improved would be the air release valve (which is of the type you find on beach balls and similar inflatables).  It is small, a bit fiddly to operate (particularly when your hands are wet and soapy) and generally feels like it could be a bit of a weak point on the bag.  Having said that, the bag has held up to regular use over several weeks by a group of 14 without any problem so it should serve you well - I just feel like it should be possible to add some sort of more durable press release valve.

Gear Diary Blog:

What Needs Improvement: The “air valve” should be a bit larger as it seems not enough air came out of the bag itself.

 

As part of our eternal quest to make journeys of all shapes and sizes easier, we started compiling this feedback in order to develop an even more durable, less fiddly valve that would help to streamline the laundry process from start to finish. After all, the entire philosophy behind the Scrubba wash bag is one of freedom, our ultimate goal being to help people from all walks of life, on all kinds of journeys, shed their baggage. We absolutely refuse to let anything reduce the impact of this message, so we’ve spent the last year designing and testing a new valve to overcome the weaknesses of the former squeeze mechanism.  

The new twist valve:

We’re confident that our new twist valve makes washing your clothes in the Scrubba wash bag even easier! Simply add clothes, water, and detergent, roll and clip the ends of the bag together, and then twist open the valve to release any excess air before rubbing the clothes against the internal washboard for 30 seconds – 3 minutes.

Our new valve is super lightweight and easy to twist open and closed, eliminating the need to manually and forcefully push air from a sometimes stiff, inflexible mechanism that can become slippery and fiddly, especially when wet. A sleek blue that matches the wash bag’s revised colour scheme, our new valve is not only more effective and practical, but also better suits the overall aesthetic of the wash bag, fulfilling the high standards that we demand from all of our products. We're pleased to announce that our new twist-valve wash bag will be superseding the old squeeze valve model, meaning that all wash bags purchased from our online store will carry the update*. 

We’re proud to continue evolving our products in accordance with our supporters' needs, and will continue to innovate in the future to ensure that the Scrubba wash bag remains the easiest to use, most practical washing solution available to travellers.

The Scrubba twist-valve is here, and now you can travel even cleaner, lighter, and freer.

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* This excludes the Scrubba W Pack. 

Learn about the quality materials that make up the famous Scrubba wash bag. 

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Scrubba donate $15,000 to provide drinking water to a school in Bangladesh

by Ashley Newland |

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.

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Scrubba wash bag to donate up to $15,000 to water projects

by Ashley Newland |

From now until 26 June 2014, the team at the Scrubba wash bag will donate up to $15,000 to charity: water to build the infrastructure required to plumb a water system for a school in Bangladesh.  The project will provide an on-going supply of clean and safe drinking water for around 750 people as well as vital training in water and sanitation hygiene.

You can help us reach the target simply by liking us on Facebook and encouraging your friends to do the same.  For each new like (we are starting the campaign at 19,849 likes), the team at the Scrubba wash bag will donate $1.00 towards the project.

For the last 2 years, the Scrubba wash bag (aka the world's first pocket-sized washing machine) has helped travelers all around the world travel lighter and cleaner.  The Scrubba wash bag team are also committed to helping those in need, particularly those without access to one the most basic and vital human needs: clean drinking water and sanitation.

This donation of up to $15,000 is the first of many large donations we plan to make in the coming years”, managing director Ash Newland said. “We have selected charity: water for this donation as they offer a great level of transparency and reporting.  We think it is important that our supporters can see exactly what project they helped fund and in most cases even look up the location with GPS coordinates”.

The video below shows what difference access to clean drinking water and sanitation facilities can make to children at school.  Clean drinking water and sanitation also saves lives and improves health, which are vital in countries such as Bangladesh where:

  • 16% of the population lack access to water
  • 42% of the population lack access to sanitation
  • 31.5% of the population live below poverty line

 

Help us reach our target, like us on Facebook and spread word about this campaign.

 

 

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