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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!


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:


Blog 70-130:

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.


* This excludes the Scrubba W Pack. 

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

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Our Top 5 Uses for the Scrubba Bag, Guaranteed to Simplify Daily Life

by Sam Stephens |

Here at the Scrubba we’ve worked hard to make our products both durable and versatile to ensure that they meet the multifaceted needs of people travelling in different ways to vastly different environments. This is why the Scrubba W Pack comes with detachable and adjustable straps, enabling it to be easily converted from a backpack to a messenger bag as desired. This is why our super absorbent Scrubba Travel Towel is great for drying not only you, but also your clothes. This is why our Scrubba Wash Bag doubles as a dry bag or as a storage bag for dirty laundry, and why much of our product packaging takes the form of reusable packing cells to help organise your gear during your travels. Yes, it’s no secret that we believe in innovation, resourcefulness, and in supplying multipurpose products that make it easy to travel clean, light and free, every time.

We think we’re pretty versatile, but that doesn’t stop us from being constantly surprised and impressed by the innovative ways in which our customers have put their Scrubba products to use, implementing them into their busy schedules in unique ways to ensure that not only their travels, but also their day to day lives, are hassle-free when it comes to laundry. We think this is incredible, and to celebrate we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 ways our customers have adapted our products and put them to use in diverse scenarios. But don’t take it from us. Here’s what some of our customers have told us:

1. The Scrubba is great for professionals: 

Not just for those who travel regularly for work, but also for those who need to keep up with strict uniform regulations, or who need to take extra care when doing their laundry. We’ve had people from all over the world in countless occupations comment about the usefulness of the Scrubba in their professional lives. Check out what some of them have had to say below:   


2. It is a necessity for travellers in all scenarios: 

We always figured the Scrubba would be useful for the camping and hiking community, but at first didn’t realise how important it would become for the travelling community at large. We’ve received positive feedback from a myriad of travellers, including backpackers, expatriates, international students, beach-goers, those who travel by train or on cruise ships, and even those on pilgrimage. It’s such a thrill to be reminded that our Wash Bag can service people anywhere, anytime, which is why we love the following reviews:

3. It's ideal for those who love getting active: 

Not just for hikers, but for everyone who enjoys sport or excersise. Be it morning jogs or evening gym sessions, we’ve been told our Scrubba Wash Bag comes in handy, and we love knowing that we’re helping people to work up a sweat and then get clean again. It’s just one of the ways we’re spreading our clean, light and free philosophy:

4. The Scrubba Wash Bag is practical for those in defence, volunteer, or relief work: 

From those in the military to those in the Peace Corps, knowing that we can make a difference in the lives of the people out there fighting for important causes on a daily basis, is incredibly humbling. We’ll never stop striving to create multifaceted, durable products that support those with limited access to goods and water, because the joy we get from helping people around the world without costing the earth, is unparalleled:

5. It's handy for those living at home without easy access to laundry facilities, or even for those just looking for some fun:

The Scrubba Wash Bag has even added convenience to people’s home routines, particularly amongst those who lack access to laundry facilities or who want the flexibility of washing small loads efficiently without wasting water. As an added bonus, we often receive feedback telling us that the scrubbing motion adds a fun or relaxing dimension to the usually arduous task of doing laundry:

The Scrubba Wash Bag really is the smallest, lightest, and most versatile washing machine out there, as proved by you, our fellow travellers and Scrubba enthusiasts. From camping, backpacking, and sports, to apartment-living, relief projects, and defence jobs, our Scrubba Wash Bags have become part of the routine for people of all ages, ensuring that the burden of dirty laundry is a thing of the past. We’re thrilled that our products have been able to easily adapt to both metropolitan jungles and remote regions, helping young and old alike in diverse professional and personal scenarios.  After all, there’s nothing better than knowing that we can help people in all corners of the globe to live clean, light and free, without costing the earth. Just the way it should be!

Tags: Scrubba, top tips, travel, travel laundry, wash bag

The Scrubba: See What All the Fuss is about with our Top 5 Reasons to Pack Light

by Sam Stephens |

We know that our portable, light, and environmentally-friendly wash bag and wash pack are fundamental accessories for travel. Why? Because they enable you to pack less and to feel clean, light and free no matter where you’re travelling. But if you’re wondering what exactly the advantages of lighter travel are, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. In fact, here at the Scrubba we know a thing or two about the benefits of ditching that bulging backpack or stuffed, seam-bursting suitcase, and we want to share them with you! Prepare yourself for the lightest, most liberating travel of your life by downsizing your pack and benefiting in the following ways:    

1. Save time packing/repacking/unpacking:

If you get exhausted every time it comes to moving destination, constantly worry about having to pay for late checkout as you hastily throw a bunch of crinkled clothes into your overstuffed case, and find yourself spending half your trip worrying because you can’t remember which one of your pouches or pockets you stored your passport in for ‘safe-keeping’, it sounds like you’re familiar with the burden of over-packing. Save yourself the hassle by cutting back and limiting yourself to hand-luggage so that all your gear is readily accessible and less likely to be lost. This is particularly important for backpackers who are sharing their space in dorm-rooms, or for fast-paced travellers who move quickly from place to place.

Bursting suitcase

2. Save money:

You stand before the luggage scales at the check-in desk, holding your breath as you watch the numbers creep upwards, wondering if you’re going to be able to sweet-talk the clerk into waiving that frankly ridiculous excess baggage fee that you thought you’d finally managed to avoid. This is a familiar scenario for too many travellers, but even if excess baggage fees aren’t usually a problem for you, it’s worth noting that many countries charge for luggage on their public transport systems (usually anything more than a daypack or a small wheeled case), slapping you with an unnecessary fee every time you want to jump on the train or ride the bus. On the other hand, lodging your luggage at a hotel or in a locker at the train station can be even more costly, and forking out the money for taxis because your bag is heavy or awkward to carry reduces not only the size of your wallet, but also the time you get to spend out on the street soaking up new cultures. Save the cash for something more valuable by cutting down to a sturdy daypack. As an added benefit, smaller backpacks and bags are generally cheaper to purchase than their larger counterparts.

3. Avoid queues:

Travelling is, without a doubt, a life-changing experience, and many people know it. It is, therefore, highly likely that a significant portion of your holiday will be spent queuing for various sites and attractions. You certainly don’t need to add to the problem by waiting in lengthy lines at airport check-in and baggage claim, or by trying to stuff yourself, along with your bulging suitcase, Tetris-style into trains and buses that are already at full capacity. Travelling with less luggage means freeing yourself up to ride public transport more comfortably and skipping tedious lines at airports and other transport hubs.

Queuing at airport check-in

4. Avoid the risk of lost luggage:

Ah yes, that all too familiar sinking feeling of watching the last piece of baggage wind its way around the near-empty conveyor belt and realising that it doesn’t belong to you. Cue more waiting in lines, hanging around at airports, and fretting about where your stuff has gone and how long it’s going to be until you have it back. Save yourself the stress, the lengthy wait, and the insurance claims by cutting down to hand-luggage and walking triumphantly out the arrivals' gate with nothing holding you back.

 5. Feel liberated. See more, do more, live like a local:

Large bags are heavy and can weigh you down both physically and emotionally. They put stress on your back or can be difficult to wheel through harsh terrain including ice, snow, gravel, steep or rocky slopes, and unmade roads or pavements – all commonly encountered whilst travelling the globe. Smaller, lighter bags enable you to move freely through whatever region you’ve decided to visit, don’t compromise your ability to hike or get active, don’t make it impossible to navigate whilst admiring local sites, and don’t make you stand out uncomfortably from the crowd. Free your body and mind by packing less and switching to a lighter bag that doesn’t trip you up at every turn.

The Scrubba Wash Bag or Wash Pack enables you to do laundry on the go, meaning that you can pack fewer clothes and carry less gear overall, all whilst saving yourself money, time, and excess, uncomfortable weight. No more queuing at baggage claim, no more loitering around expensive laundromats, and no more sweating as you heave your bag over rocky terrain. The Scrubba is hygienic, environmentally-friendly, and weather-proof, meaning that it will see you through even the wettest winters without the help of those awkward, tent-sized rain covers. It’s the best way to do laundry on the road, to shrink your luggage, and to start reaping the rewards of clean, light and free travel. Want to learn even more about packing light? Check out our top tips!

The Scrubba W pack

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