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I’m a big advocate of using carry-on luggage only, even when traveling with kids and when taking longer trips. Doing this obviously means we’ll be stuck spending some of our trip doing laundry. Even if you can afford laundry service at a hotel, however, you probably don’t want to pay the inflated rates! Here’s my advice for managing vacation laundry.
1. Look for a local laundry service
Getting laundry done in many countries is actually really inexpensive. On our recent trip to Hong Kong, we washed two large bags of clothes for just $10 USD! Particularly in big cities, it’s easy to find places where you can drop your laundry off and pick it up the same day or the very next day. Simply check a local review site for nearby options. You’re likely heading out for the day anyway, so dropping off laundry to be washed isn’t a big inconvenience.
2. Hand-wash underwear and socks
Unless you’re sweating like crazy, you can probably re-wear tops, dresses, and bottoms. If you hand-wash underwear and socks, you can skip the quest for affordable laundry services nearby. Because these are the dirtiest items though, you’ll want to wash them thoroughly. My best suggestion is to use Lysol Laundry Sanitizer to rid these items of bacteria that can cause illnesses and lingering odors. It’s designed to kill 99.9% of bacteria that detergent can leave behind when used as directed in the rinse cycle. (Did you know that detergent alone doesn’t kill bacteria?) Because vacation is the worst time to get sick and this one simple item can make a world of difference, it’s a must-have in my suitcase. Since it doesn’t have any chlorine bleach in it, it’s safe to use on whites, colors and darks. It even works in cold water! You can find Lysol Laundry Sanitizer in the laundry aisle at Target.
3. Wash clothes while you’re in the shower
Save precious vacation time by knocking out two things at once. I do this all the time with swimsuits, for example. Try to make it a habit of washing clothes nightly, so they’ll have time to dry overnight and you’ll never be stuck without a particular garment. Wring items out as thoroughly as possible before hanging or laying them on top of a clean towel to dry. If the clothes are still damp in the morning, hit them with the blow-dryer.
4. Use dryer sheets
If you don’t have time to do laundry on a trip and don’t plan on re-wearing a particular item, pack some dryer sheets in with your dirty laundry to prevent it from stinking up your luggage and the rest of your clothes. Go a step further by putting dirty items in a separate, washable or disposable bag before packing them.
5. Always wash clothes as soon as you get home
We make it a habit to wash and dry every single item (even clean, unworn clothes, and our packing cubes) as soon as possible. It’s the best way to ensure we don’t bring any unwanted guests home with us from hotel bedding or airplane seats. These pests are a real problem the world over, and upscale resorts aren’t immune.
Use these easy tips to stay on top of your laundry while on vacation so you don’t have check extra luggage only to possibly lose it along the way! Pick up a bottle of Lysol Laundry Sanitizer from the laundry care aisle (in the sub-segment laundry additives) at Target before you head out. It’s specifically designed to sanitize your family’s clothes, and it’s perfect for busy moms with active kids.
About Carmen Sognonvi
Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel and lifestyle digital influencer at Top Flight Family. Her insights on travel have been featured in Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, Seatrade Cruise News and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
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