How to make a travel laundry kit

How to make a travel laundry kit; it’s what’s on the agenda today.

DIY travel kit

I travel a fair amount in my life, mostly with kids, plenty without.  Regardless, there’s always, ALWAYS some sort of laundry emergency when I travel.  I tend to spill when I eat, all over the front of whatever it is I’m wearing.  It’s kind of an epidemic, but whatever, no need to alert the authorities or anything, it’s just part of the treasure of being me.  And at some point of all this regular travel (it was pretty early on), it occurred to me I needed to bring a travel laundry kit with me wherever I go.  Goest.  Goeth.  Trip, trippity, travel.  That way I’m presentable for at least a portion of my trip, wherever in the world I happen to be.

It’s pretty simple really, how to make a travel laundry kit.  The trick is remembering to replenish it every time you unpack your gear.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been on the road only to realize I have no quarters, or you know the important stuff like, oh, laundry detergent. 

laundry travel kit

Here’s how it all comes together:

How to Make a Travel Laundry Kit

I’m preferential to Ziploc bags.  They make my world go round.  Don’t stress out if you’re an environmentalist (I am too!), I use Ziploc bags over and over and over again for years on end (no, really) before I recycle the remaining shreds.  Put whatever you want in your travel kit, but I would recommend at minimum having the following.

  • compact laundry bag
  • tide pen
  • liquid or powder laundry tabs
  • local currency
  • clothesline/thin rope
  • clothespins
  • fabric softener
  • portable clothesline
travel laundry kit

If you want to add a sewing kit and a lint roller, go nuts.  I personally don’t sweat stuff like that when I’m traveling, but this is your travel laundry kit and you can put it together how you want to.  Unless we’re traveling together, in which case I might get bossy and have to intervene and teach you how to pack a laundry bag.

Not that you don’t have mad skills of your own.

Was that a double negative?  I love you, you’ve got mad skills, is what I meant to say.

You don’t really need me to teach you how, but in case you do need an easy checklist to make your own travel laundry kit, now you’ve got the know how.


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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. jenny :

    And I wish I would have read this 3 weeks ago before my spouse left on a super long trip! Better luck next time I guess, eh? THANK YOU GENIUS WOMAN.

    • Allison :

      I am at your service my love.