Tackle it Tuesday – Laundry in a Hotel

by Carmen

As a military wife stationed overseas, I have had more than my fair share of traveling with kids! Once again, I find myself in a hotel as we make the move back to the US after my husband’s deployment. He is not yet here, but we are — and we are stuck in a hotel for the moment.

One thing I miss the most, is having my own washer and dryer. Tonight, I am here tackling my family’s dirty clothes again while staying in a hotel.

With the holidays fast approaching, and many of you traveling, I have a few on the go laundry tips to share that will hopefully help you to lighten your load.

  1. Bring extra tote bags – Tote bags are perfect for dirty clothes. To keep things organized, assign each family member their own tote. And don’t forget to place a dryer sheet inside each bag. It will help to keep your hotel room smelling fresh.
  2. Bring extra Ziploc bags for wet clothes – Accidents happen, especially when traveling with children. Make sure to have large ziploc bags to hold wet clothes.
  3. Pack a travel size bottle of detergent – This is especially helpful if there is a stain that needs treatment as soon as possible and the machines in the laundry room are taken. You can use the sink in your hotel room and a dab of laundry detergent to pre-treat the stain. Having your own detergent saves money too, since they can be quite costly in the laundry room vending machines.
  4. Don’t forget quarters – Most of the machines require quarters, so be sure to stock up.

Do you have any hotel laundry tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them.

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Carmen is the mother of two boys, Aiden (4) and Eric (3). She is a seasoned web writer, avid social networker, and proud military wife.

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1 Marni November 16, 2010 at 1:39 am

Those are great tips! I need to remember the dryer sheet!

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2 Lawanna November 16, 2010 at 5:29 am

When traveling I pre-package my laundry detergent in little baggies and have a stain stick handy too. I also pack dryer sheets, but never thought about putting one in the laundry bags. Great idea. Thanks.

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3 Susie's Homemade November 16, 2010 at 7:40 am

I always hated the laundry mat!

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4 Roxie Meiske November 16, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I love those handy dandy all in one things by Purex. Recently our washer broke. It took several weeks to get the part in to repair the washer..so I had to go to the coin laundry. Talk about expensive..For 6 loads of wash it cost $23.00 here. That is NOT drying either. I brought it home WET and hung it up or used my dryer. Needless to say I was a very happy woman when the washer was fixed.
I pretreat stains when I seperate the laundry.

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5 Susan November 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Doing laundry is bad enough but doing it in a hotel really must be tough.

I cannot imagine all the traveling with kids you’ve had to do and how you still manage to be so productive… it’s amazing.

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6 angie November 17, 2010 at 8:47 am

I so agree that a family on the go without a washer and dryer can be sort of a downer but with tips like yours the problem can be conqured

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7 Funkidivagirl November 17, 2010 at 1:25 pm

ooh, the dryer sheet inside the laundry bag is a great idea!

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