HLO Day 5: Plugging Up The Laundry Gap

laundrydramaLast night was the first time during Hand Luggage Only that I had to actually face the reality of hand-washing my clothes in a hotel room, and I was presented with an immediate problem — there was no plug in the bathroom sink.

Plugs going missing from cheapskate hotels is not uncommon, and I've got no-one but myself to blame for not carrying a spare. I've regularly complained about the plugs in existing hotels in the past, and while you can shave effectively using a coffee mug, it's not so useful for washing a T-shirt.

Nonetheless, with just three outfits on the go, I couldn't afford to skip a day. I managed to half-fake a sort of plug by using one of the socks I was washing, and soon enough I'd washed and rinsed and pegged everything out. (I had packed four pegs — enough for a day's socks and underwear — though I neglected to mention them in the original post. I'm blaming that on their careful layering in my washbag.)

Obviously, my first task today was to go out and purchase a replacement plug, which is where Google Maps' "search nearby" function paid off in spades. There turned out to be a hardware store just down the street, and it was $3.50 well spent. I've also increased my "modes of transport" list with a pair of taxi journeys (for the Nokia launch I've written about elsewhere today). Tonight's laundry will hopefully be less troublesome.

Throughout May 2009, Lifehacker Australia editor Angus Kidman will be travelling throughout Australia with just one carry-on bag for the Hand Luggage Only project.


    When travelling I do my washing while having a shower. Rub a bit of soap into the clothes, stomp on them a bit, rinse them off, stomp on them again, wring then out and hang them after I have dried off. Maybe not as good as a laundry but cheaper and convenient.

      Like the old, "Save water - bath with your dog" slogan...

    Gus, that photo is TOO MUCH INFORMATION!


    You should get one of those little travel clotheslines. They don't take up much space and you can hang lots of things on them without needing pegs.

    If you need a universal bathroom sink plug, get a squash ball. You can force it into a sink hole to act as a plug!
    During the day, its good as a stress reliever, cricket batting enhancer(Gilly used one for the world cup) or a bouncy ball.

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