06/24/2015 09:44 am ET | Updated Jun 23, 2016

Washing Machine in a Bag and Other Tools for Travel

When I travel I am often on my own so compact is best, especially since my Lenovo laptop and assorted techie accoutrement is one entire (albeit small) backpack unto itself. So I was delighted to find that the portable, lightweight travel clothes washing machine sent to me by The Scrubba Wash Bag worked as billed. This product gets a free ride in my suitcase and starting position in my latest wrap up of travel products for the aviation crowd. 

World's First Packable Washing Machine 

The secret to packing spare is wearing things multiple times which means hand-washing, a manicure-wrecking, floor-soaking experience that I frankly don't like. The Scrubba Wash Bag is a thermoplastic polyurethane knapsack that the company claims can "rub out a machine quality wash in minutes."  

One week into a Mexico vacation, I gave it a try and chucked my Royal Robbins shorts, a knit dress, Polo shirt, tee shirt, socks and unmentionables into the bag, added a little soap, filled it with water and rolled down the top.  I sloshed everything around, dumped the wash water, added fresh water and two or three rinses later, I was done.