Best Dirty Laundry Travel Bag Ideas and Solutions

5 Best Dirty Laundry Bag Ideas For Travelers

Nothing is more annoying or stinky than mixing your dirty laundry with your clean stuff when you are traveling.

We have all been there, and the solution is usually a simple plastic bag, right?

Well, after years of traveling and suffering the same problems as you with my dirty undies getting mixed up with my clean t-shirts, I thought it was time to find the best dirty laundry bag ideas out there!​

Check out the options​ and pick the one that best suits you. Don't dismiss one on first impressions though, some solutions are far more useful and creative than you might imagine.

Whether you are a business traveller, independent and Air BnB loving or just camping, there is an idea or two for you.

Dive right in and let me know what you think!​


EzPacking Travel Laundry Bag

Perhaps the simplest and most compact option out of the choices here, the Ezpacking laundry bag is a solid choice for any traveller.

With a strong and durable nylon bag, you can usually never go wrong. It also comes with a simple drawstring to help keep the smell/odours in. Although, unlike the ziplock option further down, it cannot do that 100% (warning smelly sock owners, like me :>).

Another strong point of this dirty laundry bag is that it is focused on folding and packing well. That means you can easily throw it into a carry on or large suitcase and it will take almost no room. Just don't lose it!

It is also a nice blue color, which may suit people more than some of the other options below which are a little more boring.

EzPacking Travel Laundry Bag

Size: 22 x 1 x 16 inches

Weight: 1.8 ounces

PROS

  • Turns into a backpack for easy transport of your dirty clothes
  • Strong and water resistant
  • Packs easily (fold or crumple)

CONS

  • Not fully closed so the smell may get out
  • Some extra space will be taken by the straps and drawstring 

Nylon Dirty Laundry Bag & Backpack

This is one of many options you will find online. A simple nylon dirty laundry bag.

The benefit of this bag is that it comes with shoulder straps (simple ones). So, if you need to carry your laundry to a laundromat or anywhere else (other than just the hotel reception) it is easy to carry. Looks just like a simple backpack really.

Other points worth noting are that it is very strong (nylon) and durable, and easily folds or crumples for storage. Something definitely worth thinking about when you travel, as you have to squeeze this in with all your clothes.

It's also water resistant, which is not a big thing, but handy. And it has a useful drawstring at the top to keep your clothes, and most of the smell inside.

Nylon Dirty Laundry Bag and Backpack

Size: Standing 21x27”

Weight: 3.2 ounces

It's also reasonably affordable, although not quite as cheap as the ziplock bags!

PROS

  • Turns into a backpack for easy transport of your dirty clothes
  • Strong and water resistant
  • Packs easily (fold or crumple)

CONS

  • Not fully closed so the smell may get out
  • Some extra space will be taken by the straps and drawstring 
  • Weighs more than the non-backpack EzPacking option above.

aLOKSAK - Dirty Laundry Bag

This is in essence just a simple plastic bag with a ziplock. Or is it?

These guys are intended as almost industrial grade waterproof bags. They are certified down to 60 meters (180ft) and can stay down that deep for over 2 weeks. 

What does that mean? The plastic and the seals are very strong and durable​. Strong enough to keep the smell in for your dirty clothes!

Another thing with this bag is that you can use it for other things, if you need to. Like waterproofing things when you do water sport, or just want to keep the sand off at the beach. 

ALOKSAC Waterproof bag

The uses are almost endless.

And it's quite cheap, comes in a few sizes and usually in a 4 pack!​

PROS

  • Simple and cheap
  • Multiple uses - seeing as it is super water/air proof
  • Could double as a sink if you need to wash

CONS

  • Not very attractive
  • Ziplock seals can be fiddly

Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag

This is a bit more of a solid solution to the dirty laundry bag / washing machine combo idea that is possible using the aLOKSAC ziplock bag above.

It is kind of a dry bag (used for keeping things dry while kyaking etc) used as a laundry wash bag - if you want to keep it simple.

So, with this bag you can be sure it is going to last as well as solve your dirty laundry and washing machine issues while traveling.

Scrubba Portable Laundry System Wash Bag

If all you do is go to hotels and give in your laundry for cleaning, this option is probably not for you. But, for the more independent traveller who often is stuck with a weeks worth of clothes and suddenly no laundry in sight (or maybe you are camping?). This is great.

How does it work? It's best if you watch the video below, but basically you put in the right proportions of detergent and water and then scrub like your grandma used to do on the old washboards!

PROS

  • Doubles as a dirty laundry bag and washing machine
  • Extremely durable and water proof (so a long lasting solution)
  • Easy to keep the smell of your dirty laundry away from your clothes

CONS

  • Not going to clean your laundry like a machine
  • Hard work! (more of an emergency solution I would think)
  • A simple laundry bag might be enough for most people

Genius Pack Luggage G3 22" Carry On Spinner

Doesn't look like a dirty laundry bag?

You are right. The team at genius have realized that we always have dirty laundry when we travel. So, why not build a dirty laundry bag into our luggage!

Awesome idea, right?​

Now, instead of having to worry about a separate bag, you just have to take your luggage.

How does it work? Well, it is a separate compartment in the bag and on top of that, it is compressible, so it's easy to get all your dirty stuff in. And, avoid the bloated, not well packed, dirty laundry bag problem we all have!

Want to see how it works? Check out the video below.

ALOKSAC Waterproof bag

This bag also has a bunch of other useful features with the frequent traveller in mind (at last). 

Such as:​

  • Mobile charging unit (sold separately) and a handy spot to put it.
  • Jacket holder hook, to stop you losing your jacket when you sling it over your carry-on
  • Zip out water bottle holder, so you can slide in your water bottle while walking to the plane.
  • Handy spot for an umbrella (sold separately) - useful for travellers who end up in wet locations!

This is really an all in one solution for the frequent traveller who hates all those fiddling things we have to deal with!

PROS

  • Compress laundry contents through a built in valve 
  • Secluded laundry compartment (completely separate to your other clothes)
  • Removable laundry bag – easy to remove and clean
  • Lots of added features for the frequent traveller and an overall useful carry on

CONS

  • All the extra features might be over the top for most people
  • Not as durable as some of the more premium brand carry ons (Samsonite etc)
  • A simple laundry bag might be enough for most people

Conclusion

No matter what your specific needs when it comes to travel, there is an ideal dirty laundry travel bag solution for you.

Whether it is a simple ziplock (instead of the crappy plastic bag) or a complete carry on bag with dirty laundry compartment, you have a lot to choose from.

Take a detailed look at all the ideas and let us know which one you found the best for you!

Always open to new ideas too :> So if I have missed something cool, let me know in the comments or via the contact page.​

About the Author Roger Timbrook

Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!

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