So you think you are packed and ready to go for all occasions?  Shorts…check!  Polo-shirt…check!  A couple pair of jeans…check!  Stain stick and laundry detergent…check?

This post will help you be fully prepared for any spill or daily washing needs while on vacation.

If you are thinking of  laundry services at the hotels, this is not the best answer.  They may be pretty expensive to boot and cannot be relied upon on to be finished before the bus departs.  You may be leaving clothes behind with this option.

As easy as a laundromat may sound, they are not widely available as in the United States, the will be taking up precious time for sightseeing the Eifel Tower, the Louvre, or a small coffee shop for some tasty Parisian treats.

For the small spills or smudge a stain stick should do the job.  Some laundry detergents even carry an ink pen-size “to go” version of their detergents that will fit right in your jacket pocket or purse.

Tide Travel Sink Packets or similar travel detergent liquid will do and not take up your valuable souvenir space.

Timing is everything when washing on the road.  Your t-shirts, polo shirts, and undergarments should have plenty of time to dry overnight if done early enough on a 2+ night stay.  Jeans and slacks can be worn more than once and should not need to be washed on a vacation.

The best way to dry your clothes before hanging them is to lay them flat on a towel, then roll up the towel, and squeeze or sit on it and lay them out to dry.

A couple of plastic bags will come in handy.  Something didn’t dry.  No problem.  Put them in a plastic bag until you reach your next destination and then unpack.  This will keep them separated from the dry ones.  A second bag will be used to separate those clothes you don’t plan on wearing again.  Keeping the clean and dirty separate.

On a final note, one way to cut down on the number of washes is to pack darker clothes.  Darker clothes will show less and tend to last longer before cleaning is needed.