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Somewhere in the middle of catching up with some old travel blogger friends, the topic of washing clothes on the road came up, to which many of us said we find it easier to just hand-wash as we go.
This is especially the case when you carry a compact wardrobe.
It also saves you from all the drama of sometimes having to go out to find a laundromat and just communicating terms in a foreign language. Booked up travel schedules often leave little time for that task!
And with that idea in mind, we talked about the process of drying clothes on the road without a dryer… after hand-washing, after a day at the beach, or just after getting caught in the rain.
Various Ideas for Drying Your Clothes When You Travel
Some bathrooms in hotels and hostels have heated drying racks for towels that make clothes drying pretty much guaranteed overnight.
For those pesky pairs of travel undies or socks that didn’t quite dry overnight, hair dryers (which are available in many hostels as well) can complete the mission.
Travel Clothes Lines
The stretchy braided clothes lines work great because you can connect them from bed posts to chairs to door handles. The braided nature means you don’t need clothespins and can instead just insert an edge of your sock or shirt in the middle. Read about these clotheslines here.
Alternatively, a rope version can work but isn’t quite as packable. Some hotels may have a clothesline built in above the shower area, so keep an eye out.
The Random Hanging Place
The back of chairs (if they’re not wood, of course) and the end or edge of hostel bunk beds can work in a pinch, but you might need to flip them over at some point to speed the drying process up.
If it comes down to it and something isn’t dry by check-out, hanging certain items (like a pack towel) off the back or side of your backpack might be do-able.
Balconies and Fans
The key to quick drying is airflow. If you have access to a balcony you’ll be just fine, unless it starts raining! Other options include using a fan or ceiling fan to create airflow in your room.
Megan from Pegs on the Line mentioned that she loves using blow-up hangers, even in conjunction with a travel clothesline. The hangers allow your clothes to be separated, getting better airflow, and then more items can also be hung off the clothesline at one time.
Additional Tips for Drying Clothes Without Dryer
- Don’t wash all of your clothing the night before you need to leave. Just in case items don’t dry in time, you don’t want to be left with only wet clothes as options!
- Choose quick-drying materials!
- Remove excess water with a towel. After washing your clothes, wrap in a towel (preferably your quick-drying turkish towel), roll like a burrito and then stomp on it.
- Plan ahead, especially if traveling in a wet and/or cool climate. Clothes may take a lot of extra time to dry.
- For tips on hand-washing clothes, check out this post. Being able to hand-wash clothes on the go is key to traveling with a minimal wardrobe!
Do you have any tips for drying your clothes on the road? Share them below!