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Old 2 May 2007
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Here it is!

I knew I had it somewhere. Please note the items on the bars are my partners not mine. Bike was parked outside a motel room in the carpark opposite the bar we were drinking in at Kenora.

Check out the Australia Zoo "CRIKEY" sticker on the fairing. RIP Steve Irwin.
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CRIKEY is right,now that's traveling lightly.
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Genius... just found this thread after my little weekend training run ready for Russia, how to solve the problem of wet undies - first post is spot on until the 'put them back on and they dry in no time' :-)

Loving the photo of the washing line above - he he.

Seriously though... simple thing like drying a tea towel... other than strapping it to the bike somewhere there has to be another way...

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Sorry, this is getting quite nerdy about a very mundane topic but:

When doing non-bike travelling I've taken to packing washing powder in two or three nested small polythene bags. I use bags rather than a rigid container because they are flexible and the packet gets smaller as the powder is used.

The bags are rather fragile though which is fine if you have fixed base but would not stand up to repeated repacking and stuffing in luggage.

Anyone got any better ideas?

How do longer term travellers deal with washing powder/liquid as they buy it en route given the relativley small space available (even a small packet is quite big in the panniers)

or: do you just use ordinary hand soap, shampoo, washing-up liquid or something else?
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Small (1 x 2 inch, 1 oz foil packages of liquid laundry detergent. I don't find them very often, but when I do, I stock up. I find it in the travel section at the market. 1 pack does a sink full of clothes. If I'm out, I do the powder route. I also try and only carry synthetic based clothing. If I have the time, a good soak before washing gets considerably more dirt out.
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Seriously though... simple thing like drying a tea towel... other than strapping it to the bike somewhere there has to be another way...
There is! Depending on your age, you may remember string bags. Used to use them to get yer spuds and veg in from the shops.

Put your wet stuff in one of those and tie it to the bike.

For a sample, look here: ECOBAGS® Classic String Bags
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Another use for string bags

Now this is getting even further off topic, but here goes.

As a kid when we went fishing and actually caught fish, we did the following. On the return journey home we used to load all the smaller fish into a mesh bag (we call 'em onion bags in Orstralia) and drag them behind the boat on a rope at cruising speed. By the time you get back to port, all the scales have been removed by the action of the bag in the boats wake.

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alternative method

I reckon the best travelling light tactic is to take 2 sets of clothes, wear set A for one day, then set B for 2 then set A for 3 then set B for 5, A for 8 and so on - that way you are always getting changed into clothes that are cleaner than the ones you are wearing. The same theory could be applied to only one set by turning them inside out on the same schedule.

It helps if you are travelling alone through unpopulated areas though!
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I put my dirty clothes in my panniers add water and soap, seal lid and go down the worst bumpy road I can find = wash cycle. I then make camp and use each avail end of my hammock lines as a clothes line.

Those little drop in pre-measured soaps are great, and so is a valve at the bottom of your panniers

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