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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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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 


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Why should you pack a frisbee on your next trip?

by Maylynn Bloom |

Believe it or not, a frisbee can have several practical uses in your luggage.

Apart from the obvious game accessory, tossing around a frisbee is a great way to break the ice when meeting new people, even when language might be a barrier.  It's also a great way to pass the time when waiting around for transportation or just trying to kill some hours in the sun and if you're traveling with kids, what better way to keep them occupied when you're trying to get organised or sort out their next meal?

Aside from all the fun, a frisbee can have some functional uses too.  For example, packing a frisbee around delicate or breakable items in your luggage can help to protect them.  Not only that, but it can be used as a plate, bowl, cutting board, flat surface for standing your drink on, a fan and the list goes on!

Other handy things to pack...

Most of these items take up little space in your luggage, weigh hardly anything at all and can come in very handy. You might regret not packing them!

Duct tape:   Repair shoes, tents, bags, sleeping bags, clothing and any number of other items, remove lint, fashion a cable, cord or rope, reseal packages, bandages, slings, etc.  To save space, wrap the tape around another item in your luggage when packing (i.e. cosmetic bottle, toothpaste tube, etc).

Dental floss:  Tie things together, stitch up tears in your clothing, hang things, spare shoelaces and cleaning between your teeth.

Zip-lock bags:  Keep liquids separate in case of spills (hand sanitizer and toothpaste can bleach and/or stain fabrics, as can oily creams and other cosmetics if leaked into your luggage), keep soiled items separate from clean ones (you never know when you might step in a muddy puddle!).

Moist Towelettes:  Wipe your hands and face, clean tabletops, doorknobs, toilets and other surfaces, freshen yourself up, wipe spills from clothing to prevent staining.

Safety Pins:  Replace buttons and zippers, mend wardrobe malfunctions, tack pant legs or long skirts up when walking in rain or hiking through mucky terrain, fasten things together.

Paper clips:  Open ports on smartphones and other devices, depress reset buttons, bookmark, makeshift hook.

Gum:  Alleviate ear pressure on planes, freshen up your breath, stress relief, stick things together, plug up holes.

Rubber bands:  Bunch things together, seal things up, drink identifiers (different colors around glasses or bottles so everyone can keep track of which is theirs), shooting games while waiting around.

Microfiber towel:   Protective wrap around special items in your bag, lining around pillows or bed sheets of questionable hygiene, shower / beach accessory, as a table cloth, sun shade, privacy curtain, baby play mat, laundry bag, fly screen and simply because you never know when you'll need a towel!

Clothesline:  If you plan on doing laundry along the way, then packing a clothesline and some hangers would make hanging and drying much easier.


What items you have found unexpectedly useful on your travels?





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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.



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The Gallon Challenge

by Maylynn Bloom |

Students at a community college in Texas have been participating in a project to gain awareness around the issue of water consumption and scarcity.

While the average amount of water consumed per person each day in America is approximately 80 gallons (over 300 liters), students at a community college in Texas involved in a project called the 'Gallon Challenge' were assigned to live on just 1 gallon (4.5 litres) of water per day for three days and document their experiences.

The students found that one of the major challenges was doing laundry.  Some students reported that their domestic washing machines use anywhere between 45-90 gallons of water per load.  That's 200-400 litres!  This posed the problem of how to stay clean on just a gallon of water a day.

The Scrubba team donated a Scrubba wash bag to the project, enabling students to test whether they could do laundry while keeping within the water restrictions.  Students reported that they were successfully able to wash one day's worth of clothes in the Scrubba wash bag using just 1 gallon of water, although even this was a challenge.

Presumably this would have left little to no water for drinking, cooking and other life requirements, but it was a good lesson on how little we can actually get by on compared to what we consume on a regular basis without thinking.

Research shows that the average amount of water consumed per person in a household is inversely proportional to the number of people in the house.  In other words, the greater the number of people in a household, the less water each person uses.  This is most likely because a portion of water consumption, such as laundry, cooking, cleaning, etc., is shared between the residents.  So perhaps by pooling resources together, the students could manage clean clothes and still have enough water for other necessities on just a gallon a day per person.


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