My life has transformed itself into a never-ending search for places to hang laundry. Backpacking and business have combined together, and I always have to have clean clothes available — an odd new demand for me.
I only carry a small daypack, and in it I only have two and a half sets of clothes. I always need to be washing something, and it’s rarely in large enough quantities to warrant paying to wash a full load via laundromat. So every morning I aim to wash a few pieces of laundry by hand, which only takes around ten minutes or so.
The challenge is finding a place to hang it to dry.
In some countries that have a tradition of hand washing or sun drying clothes, this isn’t a problem. But in countries that rely on electric clothes driers this can get tough.
So every time I pull into a room that I intend to sleep in I’m looking for a window I can open to hang clothes to dry in. Sometimes, this takes a little creativity.
This is just part of the daily work of travel. It’s something to keep you focused, to keep you paying attention. Which is not a bad thing.