Here at the Scrubba we love working together to achieve the lightest, environmentally-friendliest, and most convenient way for travelling and connecting with others around the globe. With that in mind, we wanted to introduce the newest member of our team and get to know what inspires her commitment to travel, the environment, and the entire Scrubba philosophy.
Why do you love travelling?
Quite simply because it’s always a unique experience. Travel brings us together with people from vastly different backgrounds, inspires passion in cultures, languages, and environments that are totally different from our own, and fosters a genuine passion to learn more about the world we all share. From food, nature, and daily dress, to customs, belief systems, and politics, travel opens our eyes to things we’ve never seen, encourages us to embrace and perhaps even experience those things ourselves, brings us closer to people and nature, and offers something unique every time. It never gets old!
Why the Scrubba Wash Bag?
As a travel enthusiast I was so excited to come across a product that made doing laundry during lengthy backpacking trips easy and affordable. I love travelling with just carry-on luggage where possible, as it’s lighter and saves both time and money, so the ability to wash quickly and frequently was a top priority, and the Scrubba’s compatibility with nature and wildlife was also an important factor that drew me to the product. As an Australian I was also eager to support a local business and to strengthen my ties to my homeland even while abroad. When a job came up with the company shortly after my return home from a three-month trek across Europe, I decided I wanted to combine my love of travel with my previous professional and academic experience, and to put my efforts into connecting with other travellers and environmentally conscious individuals, all whilst working for a small, local company. So began my adventure with the Scrubba Wash Bag team.
Where have you gone and what are some of your favourite places?
I’ve currently visited the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, 23 countries in mainland Europe, New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Qatar, but have also extensively explored my home country: Australia. Although everywhere I’ve visited has offered me something new and exciting, I’ve particularly loved my trips to Lithuania, Russia, Norway, Greece, Denmark, Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and New Zealand, as I’m so passionate about the landscapes, histories, and languages of these countries, and have had the fortune of meeting some wonderful locals during my visits. In terms of tourist attractions, some of my favourites are the Acropolis of Athens due to its embodiment of ingenious engineering and architecture, the Grand Canyon due to the indelible imprint it has made upon the landscape, the Northern Lights due to the majesty you feel when sprawled out under them, and the glaciers and ice caves of Svalbard, Norway, as the Arctic wilderness remains, to this day, one of the most beautiful, alien landscapes I’ve ever had the privilege of traversing.
Where would you love to go next?
There are too many options, but I’d probably choose to visit either the beautiful, intriguing Machu Picchu in Peru, or the winter glory of Iceland or Greenland. However, I’m also incredibly interested in the spectacular scenery of Tanzania, the lengthy history of Japan, and the natural beauty of Cambodia, India, Bhutan, Mongolia, and Jordan. If possible, I’d jump on a plane to check out these places tomorrow.
What’s your favourite aspect of travelling?
I love it all, but I particularly love experiences that take me out of my comfort zone and introduce me to something new. This is why I usually travel in the winter season – it brings me into contact with environments and weather patterns that are different from what I’ve previously experienced. I’ve spent time living with host families as part of exchange programs, have enrolled in language courses whilst abroad, have travelled with my school, with friends, with a partner, solo, and with people I’ve met in my dorm room. I’ve gone abroad with loads of technology and I’ve taken myself off the grid. I’ve turned 24 hour delays at airports into whirlwind sojourns, and I always try to capitalise on an opportunity and to convert negatives into positives. I particularly love getting physical and partaking in winter sports, and in the past I’ve been lucky enough to get involved in tons of activities including hiking, snow-shoeing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice-caving, skiing, paragliding, parasailing, jet-skiing, and white water rafting. Basically, I’m up for anything that is a little bit unfamiliar.
We look forward to embarking on this new journey together. Welcome to the team!
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.
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!
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.”
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
- 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.
- Day trips
- Site seeing
- Carry on
- Family outings
- Beach trips
10 oz. or 300g
21.3” x 12.6” inches or 54cm x 32cm (when laid flat)
* Independently tested by a leading Australian laundry appliance manufacturer.
It's been 5 years since the inception of a seedling idea that has developed into the world’s greatest travel solution and a global business for Ash Newland. On a trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro back in 2010, Ash recognised the problem of having to pack light, but also needing enough clothes to last the 4-week trip and he answered it with the Scrubba Wash Bag – the world’s first pocket-sized portable washing machine that enables travelers to pack minimally and wash clothes on the go anytime, anywhere, for free.
Now, 5 years on, Ash continues to change the way people travel with his latest release, the Scrubba Wash Pack, an ultra-light, ultra-convenient, multi-purpose daypack that enables travelers to move about super light and free and becomes a washing machine when you need it.
Released earlier this month, the Scrubba Wash Pack has already received great support and accolades not only from existing Scrubba fans, but also from other entrepreneurs, investors, retailers and distributors around the world.
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We thought we would interview the boss and brains behind the Scrubba Wash Pack, here is what Ash had to say.
Ash, what was the lightbulb moment for the Scrubba Wash Pack?
It was during a business trip to the United States when the lightbulb moment for the Scrubba Wash Pack hit me. As a carry-on only traveller, I was using the Scrubba Wash Bag each night to wash clothes from the day and one night, while doing so, I thought to myself that the Scrubba Wash Bag really has made travel easier and, as it can be used as a dry sac or dirty laundry bag, it is multi-functional to a degree. However, for the majority of travellers, the Scrubba Wash Bag remains in your luggage or hotel room between washes. The secret to ultra-light travel is to roll as many functions into each item that you pack. That way you pack less overall but aren’t limited by what you can do. So I decided to put all of the Scrubba Wash Bag’s various uses into one simple, practical, ultra-convenient, multi-functional product and the Scrubba Wash Pack was born.
What were you trying to achieve with the Scrubba wash pack?
I was determined to create a product that was not just your run-of-the-mill daypack, but one that was versatile, weatherproof, could handle adventures of all sorts and could also wash your clothes at the end of the day.
Who is the Scrubba Wash Pack designed for?
The Scrubba Wash Pack is for all travellers. Whether you are into site seeing, extreme adventures, kayaking or cycling, the Scrubba Wash Pack is your ideal daypack. As tourists and adventurers, we now like to carry a lot of things on our person including tablets & mobile phones to stay connected, sweaters and umbrellas in case the weather changes, and souvenirs for future memories. As such, we like to have a small bag with us and the Scrubba Wash Pack is perfect for this. It is versatile so you can wear it how you want and weatherproof to keep your belongings dry and at the end of the day you wash clothes in it. In fact, you can achieve a machine quality wash in just minutes, saving you both time and money that you would prefer to spend on travel souvenirs and experiences rather than laundry services. Plus, now that you can wash your clothes anywhere and anytime, you can also pack less and travel lighter.
What do you love about your products and what you do?
I love the fact that the Scrubba products serve an actual purpose and solve one of the major frustrations of travel, which was over-packing or paying a fortune in travel laundry fees. This fits well with my lifestyle being an avid traveller. The Scrubba Wash Pack, now takes this to a new level, as it is not only the best travel laundry solution but also a versatile and weatherproof daypack.
What do you love about traveling?
My main love of traveling is experiencing other cultures. This isn’t just seeing the major sites, which most travellers do, but allowing yourself to become engrossed with the everyday life of the city. I tend to try to avoid the tourist strips and eat and drink with locals. While language can often be a bit of a barrier it is amazing how much you can communicate without language, just a smile and a good attitude.
Most memorable experience while traveling?
My most memorable experiences have been climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for obvious reasons and meeting a Geisha in Tokyo. This was incredibly fortunate as I was walking through a very quiet part of Tokyo and entered a sushi bar that may well have been closed for the night (there was a sash on the door). I was the only foreigner there and the rest of the room was empty other than 6 business people and a Geisha, who I assumed was a promotional person. It turned out she was the real deal and in addition to having amazing customer service from the waiter and chef, they asked the business people for permission to introduce me to the Geisha (something I wouldn’t have tried myself). Our brief meeting was followed later in the night by her performing 2 traditional dances for the business people. Again, I was encouraged to watch and even take photos. Definitely not a Tokyo experience that many people have.
Where have you been recently?
Since starting the Scrubba business, most of my travel has been for work, which is great but it has meant going to more established countries. In the past few years my travels have mainly been focussed on the United States, Germany, Japan and China. Next week I’ll be traveling to Germany and staying just outside the lakeside town of Friedrichshafen for the Outdoor Trade Show. True to the name of the show, my accommodation for the week will be a tent, so being able to pack ultra-light and wash clothes in a confined space will come in very handy.
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Thinking about washing your clothes in the hotel sink when traveling? You might want to think again. It turns out that the bathroom sink might be the dirtiest place in your hotel room!
According to Dr Phillip M. Tierno, Jr., otherwise known as 'Dr Germ', Clinical Professor of Microbiology & Pathology at New York University Medical Center, the bathroom sink tends to be one of the germiest places in your hotel room. This conclusion was a result of several studies of hotel room hygiene conducted by Dr Tierno over several years. In his book, The Secret Life of Germs, Dr Tierno claims that hotel cleaning methods actually spread germs around rather than clean them.
Results of another study conducted by antimicrobial company BioCote also shows the sink to be the dirtiest place in the bathroom. After testing swabs from various areas of the bathroom, including the toilet, it turns out that the hand basin is the germiest place of all.
It makes sense when you think about it... We wash all those icky germs from our hands right into the bathroom sink and, when brushing our teeth, we spit our mouth germs into the sink. The damp bathroom sink is the perfect breeding ground for all those germs to fester and propagate and just think of all the people who've used that hotel sink before you!
So the next you travel, you might want to consider other options for washing your clothes other than in the hotel sink.
Scrubba wash bag... the clean way to wash clothes when you travel
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The Scrubba wash bag and Calibre8 Pty Ltd team are dedicated to taking part in providing clean water for communities in need. In June 2014 we raised and donated USD15,000 towards a clean water system for a school in Bangladesh and, with the support of our fans, were recently able to raise and donate 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.
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.