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    • No matter where you travel to, if you're gone for more than a week or two your clothes get dirty, three choices at this point

      1. Pay for someone to wash your clothes

      2. Buy New Clothes!!!!

      3. Wash them yourself

      Number 1 can be cheap or can be expensive, potential for clothes to be lost or ruined due to the person not washing them or treating them right

      Number 2, really...but people do, do that

      Number 3, it's easy have a look at the photo, that's a grand total of $16.55, for this little kit i carry on the road.

      The washing line is a kind of a twisted bungee cord so no clips are needed to pin clothes to it and it'll hold clothes all night long in the strongest winds.

      A sink plug/ stopper, it's surprising how many sinks in hotel/ motel/ hostels are missing the plug

      A Platypus soft bottle, the reason I use this is when its full it's the biggest it will eve be and slowly reduce in size giving me a little extra room daily in my luggage if I'm moving. Also the cheaper version fail.

      In virtually any country in the world you can find washing powder for $1 or less and that includes the US, for a small amount to fill the bottle

      As an added bonus if you lose the Platypus lid, a coke bottle lid fits just fine!

      This little collection has been in my travel luggage now for about five years

    • I usually carry a small 1 oz bottle of Dawn or similar liquid detergent in a small plastic bottle. Small enough that if I lose it , I won't sweat it.

      I like your idea of a small twisted bungee cord and a small sink stopper too, I will add them to my travel suitcase.

      I had a friend who only packed his oldest least desireable clothing for motorcycle travel - after several days to a week, he would take off his dirty old shirt or under wear and throw them in the trash. His saddle bags immediately had slightly more room, and he would do this as he travelled, planning to return home with empty saddle bags.

      I have always admired his plan, and even used it a bit from time to time.

      Discarding a pair of old shoes really opens up more space in a suitcase... Old sweatshirts also can be handled this way.

    • I kinda used to do something similar when riding the US, throw away clothes and restock from Walmart or similar instead of laundry, then on the last stretch just trash stuff daily.

      I was recently riding with a friend who sent his dirty (good) clothes home to his wife in a fixed rate USPS priority box towards the end of his trip!!!!

      Nowadays I wear good gear that lasts years and way too expensive to throw away, hence the kit

    • If I am on a very long trip, I may shower with my clothes on and use soap to wash them in the shower. Everything for this purpose I carried on such long trips proved a waste of energy to research and buy. Exception being some mesh bags where shoving the wet clothes and hanging them at the end of the bike rack helps dry them subito after n hour riding in the sun!

    • I like the stopper idea! I have run across more tubs and sinks without a way to plug the drain than with a stopper. Sure works better than stuffing a sock or paper into the drain hole!

      I wear/travel with "high tech" fiber clothing because it dries very fast.

      I carry a 10' section of 550 paracord with Nite Ize stainless steel dual S-biner attached to one end and a CamJam cord tightener on the other. I use this for my clothes line; also can add a section of 550 to loop around a tree limb to stow food, toothpaste, etc if in Griz country.

      I carry one 35mm film canister filled with clothes washing powder. Been doing that since the 70s. Glad I saved a bunch of those things as they are fast becoming museum pieces!

      Most of the time, if possible, I simply get in the shower or tub with my clothes on and wash with body soap. Take clothes off in the shower, rinse and hang to dry.

    • similar mentality. Getting in the shower in a hotel fully clothed and washing everything as you take it off is standard for me, and yes the better quality materials nowadays really help to have dry gear in the morning.

      The line is just an option I like, costs $5 (shipped) works inside and out, plug holes more often than not in Latin America its missing, along with the toilet seat, but that one is too big to carry!!

    • Any suggestions for drying clothes while riding? I have tried putting in a mesh bag and strapping on the back but they never dry. I am too impatient to visit a laundromat or wait for them to air dry. I will wash in the evening at camp and basically ride in wet socks for the the test of the trip.

    • If you’ve installed an electric outlet on your 🏍 you could theoretically put an electric blanket in the mesh bag with the clothes and have it warm the clothes slowly and cause evaporation (drying) during your ride. Of course you could cause the electric blanket to burst into flames by doing that—I’m not an electrical engineer so I have no clue how safe this idea is.