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On our last trip to Mexico, we rented a condo through Airbnb. Unfortunately, I booked in a hurry, and didn’t notice that our condo didn’t have a washer or dryer. Argh!
There I was, washing clothes in the sink and bathtub on holiday, with water everywhere, when we needed clean clothes the next day. Definitely not much fun.
So, when the folks at Scrubba , a portable wash system, reached out to us for a review, I was curious to try it.
What is Scrubba? It’s a pocket sized device for washing clothes anywhere, that claims machine quality wash in minutes.
Scrubba Wash Bag Review
In this Scrubba review, we give the Scrubba a real world test washing our clothes, and tell you what we like, and what we don’t like.
Who is the Scrubba good for?
Even if you’re not a traveler, I could see Scrubba being useful if you don’t have a washer or if you’re on a budget.
How does the Scrubba work?
The Scrubba is pretty easy to use. Just add water, laundry liquid and clothing. Roll shut, and release excess air. Then rub gently to wash, rinse and then hang clothes to dry.
There are a few tricks to make using the Scrubba a bit easier – check them out.
Tips for using the Scrubba
First, put your clothes inside the Scrubba washbag.
Fill with water to the level marked on the bag. Make sure the water is warm, and not too hot. You can use cold, but it won’t work quite as well, and you’ll need to wash for longer.
Add liquid clothes washing soap. Solid clothes washing powder takes longer to dissolve, so we don’t recommend it unless you don’t have liquid soap around. Of course, when we’re traveling, we rarely carry clothes washing liquid, so in a pinch we’ve used shampoo or dish washing soap to clean our clothes. Both work well, but liquid washing soap works best.
Roll the top down, and clip the buckle. Make sure the buckle is secure!
Release the air from the washing bag using the valve by twisting it open. Left to open, right to close.
Rub clothes in Scrubba for 30 seconds for a quick rinse, or 3 minutes for a full wash. Bulky items like jeans or sweaters can take up to 5 minutes. You can see what’s happening through the see through panel.
Empty dirty water, and rinse with clean water. You might need to rinse it twice if a lot of soap remains.
Once the clean water is poured out, roll the clothes inside the Scrubba to get rid of the excess water.
Once out of the Scrubba bag, hand wring the clothes one at a time to get rid of most of the water.
We like to roll our clothes in a dry towel after we’ve wrung them out to get even more water out. We found this can really aid in the overall drying time.
Now hang up the clothes to dry.
Don’t forget to turn the Scrubba inside out and allow it to dry as well.
How much can you wash in the Scrubba?
We found that washing 2 adult t-shirts, 2 pairs of underwear and 2 pairs of socks at the same time was about the max we could wash without overfilling the Scrubba. If you’re doing kids clothes you can fit a bit more in there.
If we overfilled, we found that clothes just didn’t wash or rinse well. It’s better to do a few loads of fewer clothes, than try to jam them all in one go.
Thicker and heavier items like bulky jeans and heavy sweaters may take a few washes to get fully clean.
What we like about the Scrubba
There’s a lot to like about the Scrubba.
Here’s a closeup look at what the internal washboard looks like.
What we don’t like about the Scrubba
You still have to wring dry your clothes. I find this is always the hardest part for me of washing clothes when we travel, since we want them as dry as possible before we have to get up and pack in the morning.
Of course, this really isn’t the Scrubba’s fault, since this is a problem no matter how we wash our clothes. I’d absolutely love to see some sort of way to dry clothes faster while we travel, other than our tried and true method of squeezing water out with a dry towel. I’d definitely pay if Scrubba came up with a gadget, like a portable laundry wringer, to do this!
Scrubba does make a travel towel that would help with this. It weights about 6 oz, and is big enough to use as a beach towel at a little over 25″ x 54″.
Tip: You can buy a Scrubba wash kit that includes the Scrubba wash bag, travel clothes line, travel towel, inflatable coat hangers, and carrying bag. See the Scrubba Travel Wash & Dry Kit on Amazon here.
It’s a bit expensive. That said, the Scrubba is similar in price to a quality dry bag. Since dry bags need to be made of high quality materials and well made to avoid any leaks they can be expensive however the Scrubba is also engineered for washing clothes so the difference in price is minimal in our mind.
You can only wash small loads, with a maximum of a couple of adult sized t-shirts, socks and underwear per load.
We travel as a family of four, so we need to do multiple loads to just wash our t-shirts, socks and underwear. Even if you were a single person, it would take about four loads to wash 4 t-shirts, 2 pairs of pants, 4 pairs of underwear, and 4 pairs of socks. Big, bulky items like sweaters or light jackets take two washes.
Final thoughts on the Scrubba Wash Bag
Overall, we really love the Scrubba! It’s easy to pack and light, and definitely gets our clothes cleaner than washing in a sink or bathtub. Plus, it’s a lot easier to use!
I’m definitely adding Scrubba to our backpack whenever I think we’ll be without a washer or dryer on our trips. I can think of more than a few trips we’ve taken where the Scrubba would have come in handy, especially overseas, and, when the kids were younger and going through their clothes way faster than we did.
If you travel often and want to cut down on the amount of clothes you travel with (or cut down on checked luggage fees altogether), I think the Scrubba would more than pay for itself.
What cleaning liquid do you use in a Scrubba?
Ideally, you’d use a liquid laundry detergent in the Scrubba.
Since we didn’t have any on hand when we tested our Scrubba the first time, we used Dawn dish washing detergent, and our clothes washed perfectly well. You can also use shampoo or hand soap in a pinch.
We’ve heard great things about concentrated camping all purpose cleaners (we haven’t tried them yet). You can use them for washing clothes, dishes, and even hair in a pinch. Just make sure you grab a small enough bottle that you can take in your carry on luggage. Campsuds gets great reviews.
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Summer Camp for Kids in Cabarete-Sosua
Summer Camp at Sea Horse Ranch in Cabarete, Dominican Republic is open for all children ages 6-12, and will be held June 24 to July 26, 2019.
The Summer Day Camp at Sea Horse Ranch is held Monday through Friday, from 8:30am – 4pm and offers many fun and educational activities, such as art, music, water sports, tennis, and horseback riding, and weekly field trips. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included in the price.
Summer Camp is created for long term residents and tourists alike. We can help our guests coordinate trips to places such as the Samana Peninsula, or the nation’s Capital, Santo Domingo, ask us for more details.
Summer Villa Rental Deals in Dominican Republic
A 20% discount on villa rentals are available for guests participating in Summer Camp at Sea Horse Ranch.
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Wondering what to do in Dubai with kids? We have some great ideas to get you started.
We’ve travelled the world with our kiddos, and it’s always wonderful to find a city like Dubai that’s so accommodating for kids.
Dubai is a fantastic destination for kids, with attractions, theme parks, and pretty much almost anything you can imagine.
There are so many unique things to do in Dubai you’ll never be bored.
Dubai’s the kind of place where you can go hiking in the dessert before dawn and indoor snow skiing before lunch. Since it’s likely hot out, not much beats spending the afternoon at a water park and after a world class supper, you can visit one of the many gardens in the early evening with the kids.
The Best Things to do in Dubai with Kids
If you’re thinking of heading to Dubai with kids, definitely check these top things to do in Dubai as a family.
You can also opt to take a tour in Dubai to make things even easier. WithLocals has some cool experiences, including a street food tour of Dubai, a scenic tour on a private yacht, or even a private desert safari tour!
Dubai Miracle Garden
If you think a trip to a garden is boring, then you haven’t visited Dubai Miracle Garden. There are over 50 million blooming flowers here, all showcased in elaborate sculptures and designs.
Like the rest of Dubai, the Miracle Garden is over the top, colorful, and fun. Kids pretty much universally love it. You can find the Miracle Garden in the district of Dubailand. Tickets run around $11 USD for adults, and $8 USD for kids.
Have you ever wanted to ski in the desert? Well, Dubai has you covered.
Ski Dubai is a 22,500 square meter indoor ski resort. It runs year round, and it’s part of the Mall of the Emirates.
Tickets to the snow park, which includes the snow plough playground, ice caves, tubing run, bobsled, and climbing wall, run around $50 USD for adults and $45 USD for kids.
If you want to hit the slopes themselves, a 2 hour skiing pass is about $55 USD for adults and $50 for kids.
Want to hang with the Gentoo and King Penguins? That’ll set you back a cool $62 USD however know that kids under 14 aren’t allowed.
Check out what Will Smith has to say about Ski Dubai in the video below.
Adventure Zone in Dubai
Adventure Zone by Adventure HQ is a blast for kids. It’s an indoor adventure facility with a skate park, boulder wall, cable climb, zip line, and trampoline park.
It’s not cheap at $38 USD for a 90 minute session, but you can save with all day passes or group packages.
There are several locations around Dubai.
The Dubai Fountain is a spectacular choreographed music, light, and water fountain show. If you’ve ever seen the fountains at the Bellagio in Vegas, well, this is a lot bigger.
The Fountain is set on the 30-acre man made Burj Khalifa Lake in downtown Dubai.
Tickets are about $18 USD per person.
Burj Khalifa is a mind-bending 160 story tall skyscraper. It cost a whopping 1.5 billion USD to build.
There’s a spectacular water fountain show, a lot of shopping, and a must-see 360 degree view from the top.
The normal tourist tour only goes to the 124th and 125th floors, and it can be quite crowded. A more expensive option is to go all the way to the top.
Be prepared that lines to get in or out of the tower can be long at peak times.
Tickets for the 124th and 125th floors are $55 USD for adults, and $27 USD for kids. Kids under 4 are free. Prices are higher in peak hours.
Access to level 148 (plus the 124th and 125th floors) is an eye watering $100 USD for adults and kids alike. Prices are higher in peak hours.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
IMG Worlds of Adventure is an indoor amusement park. There are all the rides, eateries and shows you could ever want, with Marvel and Cartoon Network themes in abundance.
The facility is 28 football fields large and the attractions include rides with your kid’s favorite characters, such as the Powerpuff Girls and friends from Marvel’s unique universe.
This place is huge, so wear comfy shoes, and be prepared to walk.
Adult admission is about $78 USD, and kids (under 1.2m in height) are about $70 USD.
Creative Fun at OliOli
Designed for kids between the age of 2 and 11, OliOli’s divided into eight separate areas, each featuring a different theme. These include a hanging play area, an area where cannon balls are launched and a Creative Lab area where kids can do all sorts of fun things.
Tickets cost $32 USD for the first two hours, and $8 USD for every hour after.
The Dubai Aquaventure water park has something for everyone in the family. The bravest can try thrilling rides, such as the tube that takes riders through a shark lagoon, while the younger ones or those who prefer a milder sort of entertainment can splash around in the children’s play area.
The Aquaventure Waterpark is part of the Atlantis resorts, however you can luckily buy a day pass. However, if you stay at the all-inclusive Atlantis resorts your ticket should be included.
Day passes are about 78 USD if you’re over 1.2 metres tall, and $64 if you’re under 1.2 metres tall. Kids age 0 to 2 are free.
A Desert Adventure
Dubai has everything that humans can make, but it also has a very special, natural feature that cannot be left unexplored: the desert.
The activities that you and your family can enjoy on the arid landscape include shorter or longer rides on camel back, henna-painting and sand-boarding. Longer trips can include a night spent under the star-studded desert sky, falcon shows, dune rides and much more.
Visit the Dubai Safari Park
IMPORTANT: The Dubai Safari Park is currently closed, but set to re-open in 2019! Check the Safari Park website for details.
When the Dubai Zoo closed in 2017, the animals were shifted to the Dubai Safari.
Today, the Dubai Safari occupies 100 hectares of diverse landscape.
There are pedestrian walkways lined with lush vegetation, driving tracks and desert plains, and they all make for an unforgettable experience. The park is home to over 3,000 individual animals, belonging to 250 species .
A visit to the park offers great opportunities to spot giraffes, hippos and zebras and the kids can play with the smaller, friendlier creatures in the petting zoo.
Tickets are about $14 USD for adults, and $6 USD for kids.
IMPORTANT: The Dubai Safari Park is currently closed, but set to re-open in 2019! Check the Safari Park website for details.
Explorations of Virtual Reality
Dubai is a world-renowned center for entertainment technology as well. So, if your kids are in for hi-tech adventures, a day at the VR Park in Dubai’s Mall is a must see and if you have the time, a must try.
VR Park Dubai is the world’s largest VR park.
It’s on level 2 of The Dubai Mall.
It costs $24 USD for one of seven of the VR experiences.
Looking for more Dubai help? Check out the best time to visit Dubai.
Visiting KL with kids, too
It’s hard to talk about Dubai without bringing up great memories of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for me. They’re both incredible cities, with so much to offer.
We still haven’t had the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur with kids, though it was our hub on our first year-long adventure together as a couple.
On our next visit to KL, we’re definitely going to visit with children.
We may even relax a little from our usual standard of independent travel and take a tour in Kuala Lumpur to get a better feel for the local culture and food. There are some fun options, including a family-specific kick-start tour (which sounds like a perfect option for us!), a tasting tour of KL, and even a layover tour if we’re short on time!
Have you visited Dubai with kids? Do you have anything to add to our list of kids activities in Dubai that you shouldn’t miss?
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Summer Luxury Villa Specials are exclusively available for families attending our famous Summer Camp. Enjoy 20% off all villa rentals for participating guests.
Summer Camp at Sea Horse Ranch in Cabarete, Dominican Republic is open for all children ages 6-12. Summer Camp is held in June and July every year. Summer Camp at Sea Horse Ranch is perfect for vacationing guests and long-term residents alike. Summer Camp offers a great range of educational activities for children, such as art, music, water sports, tennis, horseback riding, field trips, and optional Spanish lessons.
The Summer Day Camp at Sea Horse Ranch is held Monday through Friday, from 8:30am – 4pm, and is five weeks long. A week-long break is held after the first two weeks of camp, giving families time to travel and explore the island. We are happy to assist our guests in coordinating trips to area attractions, contact us for more details.
Please contact us for accommodation options, special long-term summer rates are available. Call us today at 1-800-635-0991.
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Canyonlands National Park was the 5th and final stop on our Utah hiking trip with kids. Entering Canyonlands Canyonlands National Park is an immense and sprawling region with several unique areas to explore. Broken into four districts which require hours of driving to traverse, Canyonlands is more like a series of parks than a single […]
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