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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 Scrubba W Pack. What's the point?

by Anna Worthley |

Recently we released a new product, the Scrubba W Pack. It has all the amazing features you’ll find in the Scrubba Wash Bag, but for some travellers, the added versatility is what they are after. We know exactly why the Scrubba W Pack makes travel easier, but we thought it would be interesting to get an independent opinion. So we asked seasoned traveller and blogger Nicole from Alaska what she thought she would get out of it. Check out her blog here http://adventuresoflilnicki.com/

Nicole has tried the Scrubba Wash Bag and thought the Scrubba W Pack looked ‘awesome!’ Have a read below to find out what she thought.

                        

Travel clean…

The Scrubba W Pack features our flexible internal washboard, a modern take on the old fashioned washboard with hundreds of 'nobules' giving you a machine quality wash in minutes. Something that could certainly help Nicole with her travel washing problems:

“I loathe washing clothes in a sink by hand, which means I get fed up a couple weeks into the trip and just wear the two stinky sets of clothes that just so happen to be at the top of my bag day in and day out. Then I finally can't wear them anymore and I just go buy new clothes, even though I promised myself before I left for the trip that I wouldn't do that.”

With the Scrubba W Pack, you won’t ever need to face those dirty hotel sinks again Nicole!

Light…

The Scrubba W Pack is an ultra-functional daypack featuring adjustable straps so you can wear it as a backpack or messenger-style sling bag, a waist strap and easy access pockets on the shoulder straps and pouch. It certainly makes travel lighter and Nicole agreed:

“I like that it's multipurpose and it's still really light. For me personally it would cut down on the amount of junk I pack on longer trips, because you have a laundromat, dry bag and day pack all rolled into one.”

Nicole adds, “Normally I would pack a daypack and a dry sack for a trip and then it stresses me out in the morning each day trying to decide which I should bring, because I like the comfort of a back pack, but I like the waterproof safety of my dry bag. So then I just end up bringing both and then get out there annoyed with my indecisiveness and waddle around with both.”

…and free.

The Scrubba W Pack is your versatile and weatherproof pack en route and your environmentally friendly and effective washing machine at your destination. This versatility is something Nicole sees as a convenience and a money saver!

“All in all, the versatility is extremely helpful and it in turn saves money, by cutting down on laundering costs as well as preventing the purchase of replacement clothes on the road!”

Thanks Nicole for taking the time to chat to us.

If you want to know more, check out the features of The Scrubba W Pack below.

       

With a Scrubba W Pack you can:

Wash clothes wherever and whenever you want

  • Wear this versatile daypack as either a backpack or messenger-style sling bag, with or without a waist strap
  • Clean your clothes twice as effectively as hand washing*
  • Pack fewer clothes and travel with a lighter backpack, bag or suitcase
  • Achieve a machine quality wash in 6 easy steps 
  • Alleviate the need to ineffectively wash clothes in dirty hotel sinks
  • Avoid excess airline baggage fees by packing fewer clothes
  • Save money and water when doing laundry while travelling

     

Features:

  • Lightweight daypack weighing 10 oz. (300g)
  • Pocket-size and small enough to take anywhere
  • User instructions printed on the outside of the bag
  • Transparent window to monitor washing and water levels
  • Grip backing on the outside to prevent sliding on surfaces while washing
  • Easy release air valve
  • Adjustable shoulder and waist straps.

          

Perfect for:

  • Day trips 
  • Site seeing 
  • Carry on 
  • Family outings
  • Beach trips 
  • Cycling
  • Commuting

    

Product Specifications:

Weight:
10 oz. or 300g

Dimensions:
21.3” x 12.6” inches or 54cm x 32cm (when laid flat)

* Independently tested by a leading Australian laundry appliance manufacturer.

Tags: backpack, daypack, free, light, Scrubba W Pack, travel, travel clean, travel laundry, wash bag

The price you pay for packing too much

by Maylynn Bloom |

 
Ever feel like you're blowing out your travel budget before you even board the plane?
 
The hidden costs of traveling can catch us out if we're not careful and one of the most common cost surprises can be extra fees at the airline check-in counter before you even start your holiday.
 
In 2013, excess baggage fees cost travelers $3.35 billion, according to a report by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and it looks like 2014 saw travelers paying even more.  While the total revenue from airline baggage fees for 2014 has not yet been released, figures from the first three quarters indicate that airline baggage fee revenues for 2014 will likely exceed that for 2013 and the trend is not letting up.  The first 3 quarters of 2014 saw airlines rake in $2.65 billion, with the final figure for the last quarter yet to be confirmed.  Traditionally the final quarter's revenue exceeds any other quarter, which would put the total dollar intake for extra baggage in 2014 beyond the previous year's.
  

Know your airline's baggage guidelines

Not knowing your airline's baggage and fee policies ahead of time can see you hundreds of dollars out of pocket before you even check-in.  Most airlines have recently tightened weight and size restrictions on luggage and imposed heavy fees for bags that exceeds the limits.  Some airlines charge as much as $200 for extra baggage at the counter!  So best to check your fare's rules and regulations regarding luggage before heading to the airport.

For information on general baggage fees across major international airlines, click on Smarter Travel's ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AIRLINE FEES.

 

Don't blow your travel budget out before you even board.  Pack a Scrubba wash bag and reduce your overall luggage.  It only weights 145g (5oz) and folds up small enough to fit in your pocket.

 

 

Sources for this article include:

http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/delta-united-collect-most-baggage-fees-n138796

http://www.rita.dot.gov/bts/sites/rita.dot.gov.bts/files/subject_areas/airline_information/baggage_fees/html/2014.html

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/us-airlines-made-335-billion-in-baggage-fees-in-13-2014-05-05

 http://www.smartertravel.com

Tags: carryon, clothes, clothing, light, pack, packing list, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, wash

Travel Resolutions for 2015

by Maylynn Bloom |

In a call-out to Scrubba wash bag fans for 2015 travel resolutions, the majority of feedback reflected a common desire for more spontaneity and less stress in 2015.

There was a strong commitment to reduce material items while traveling, travel in more 'spur of the moment' fashion, leave less of a global footprint, avoid waste and rubbish and a movement towards carrying less, having environmentally conscious journeys and getting 'back to nature'.

Other popular travel resolutions for 2015 included visiting old places such as home towns, home states and home countries, implying the desire for sentimental nostalgia in the new year.

Responses also showed an overwhelming desire to enjoy the outdoors more, with fans stating that they would like to camp, hike and trek more. Being an Australian-based company, we were flattered by the number of responses stating intentions to visit Down Under, with Tasmania, Kakadu National Park, Fraser Island and Ayers Rock amongst intended destinations. If you do plan on visiting central or northern Australia, as noted by one entrant, make sure you have a way of washing red dust out of your clothing at the end of each day! A Scrubba wash bag would certainly help.

Congratulations to our December 'Travel Resolutions' competition winner, Jimmy Allen!

"I'm a full time RV person usually I travel 6 months and then spend 6 months at home. My resolution this year is to spend the entire year on the road. Last year's resolution was to buy enough socks that I wouldn't have to keep driving into town to wash them...... " - Jimmy Allen

Thanks again to all those who entered our December 'Travel Resolutions' competition. We hope that you've enjoyed participating and will continue to follow us on Facebook and enter our future competitions and giveaways.

 

Tags: light, new year resolutions, pack, resolutions, Scrubba, Scrubba bag, scrubba wash bag, travel laundry, travel resolutions

Airlines checking out on free check-ins

by Maylynn Bloom |

The trend towards increased baggage fees continues with U.S. airliner JetBlue canning free check-ins.

American airliner JetBlue has announced major changes to their previously lenient and flexible baggage rules in response to calls from shareholders to boost revenue.

The once consumer-oriented airline seems to have adopted a more commercial-based philosophy with increased baggage fees and reduced leg room due to extra seats being installed, enabling more passengers on-board per flight, which will inevitably result in tighter restrictions in carry-on luggage.                                  

Prior to new changes, the airline had gained increasing popularity for its customer service, offering free snacks, drinks, in-flight entertainment and generous baggage allowances, however new fee structures means no more freebees when it comes to checked luggage. As of 2015, JetBlue customers will have the option of choosing from one of 3 types of fares: budget, mid-range or premium. The budget fare will exclude any checked bags, allowing for carry-on luggage only while the mid-range fare covers a carry-on and 1 check-in and the premium fare buys 2 check-ins and some extra loyalty points. Just how much these fares will cost has not yet been released.

JetBlue has assured that passengers will still enjoy complimentary drinks, snacks and entertainment included in all fares.

JetBlue is one of the last of the American airlines to jump on board the trend towards increased baggage fees and other airlines are sure to follow. Virgin America and Frontier airlines reduced free perks and increased baggage pricing earlier this year.

Many major airlines in Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East already have strict baggage allowance policies, including carry-on weight restrictions.

Want to avoid extra baggage? Pack a Scrubba wash bag. It’ll save you time and money. You won't have to pay for excess luggage and you'll get to walk straight through the arrival gates and out the door while other passengers hang around waiting for their extra baggage.



Sources for this article include:
https://time.com/money/3595360/jetblue-fees-legroom-hate
http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2014/11/19/coming-soon-on-jetblue-bag-fees-more-seats/19266701
http://www.smartertravel.com/blogs/today-in-travel

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