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Where to Visit in Tasmania? Here's Ten Great Places.

by Scrubba Guru |

Lockdown restrictions and social distancing have become the new norm of today and has us dreaming about all the places we cannot go to. At the moment, COVID19 cases are declining and within the next couple of months  we may see interstate domestic travel reopen state borders. With no overseas travel in mind till at least another 12 months, Tasmania is a state that should be added to your domestic travel bucket list.

The smallest state out of the six states, Tasmania is 240 km off mainland Australia. Our largest island has simply so much to explore with shorter driving distance between towns and there is a large chunk of places that have remained untouched. Tassie is the state for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Australia with 40% of the land mass being made up of national parks and nature reserves, including some world heritage listed sites. This state also has small and vibrant cities, plenty of hiking trails, famous beaches, lakes and even snow capped mountains that remind us of a mini New Zealand. While we are all teaming up to do our part to flatten the curve, we’ve put together a list of 10 beautiful spots to visit in Tasmania when it is of course safe to do so.

  1. Launceston

Launceston is known as the second biggest city in the heart of Northern Tasmania that offers an abundance of culture including culinary food and wine, museums and boutiques. A fifteen minute walk from the city centre will take you towards the South Esk river that runs along the natural beauty of the Cataract Gorge. To find the best view of the Gorge, we suggest walking across the main bridge or taking a ride on the world's longest single span chairlift. Launceston is also reasonably close to a few  countryside areas and is a great place to drive around and spend the day at places like Bridestowe Lavender farm. This lavender farm is the biggest lavender farm in the southern hemisphere which is best to see at full peak between the hotter seasons of December and January. Take a stroll through the many rows of violet fields to capture the most aesthetically pleasing insta shot or check out the gift shop to pick up pretty much anything lavender scented from ice-cream, skincare and honey. It seems like a dream place for lavender lovers! 

 

 

  2. Tamar Valley

The Tamar Valley is one of the many wine growing regions in Tasmania that produces cool climate wines, cheeses and other dairy products on the market. The valley is located on both sides of the Tamar River that flows from Launceston to Bass Strait. If you're interested in arts or writing, we highly suggest booking a trip in September to see the Tamar Writers festival, it is a biennale festival that occurs over three days. The most convenient way to see any of the thirty wineries is by car so you can get across each side of the river. One cellar door that is on our list is Clover Hills Winery, they specialise in sparkling wines such as pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Enjoy some wine tastings with artisan cheeses, relaxing outdoors on a bean bag cushion. Now that sounds like a place to visit once the restrictions ease!

Take a sip and admire the views. Pic via @tamarvalleytasmania

 

 

 3. Bay of Fires

Another natural beauty not to miss is Bay of Fires, a scenic coastline stretched across 30km from Binalong bay to Eddystone Point. This bay is home to some pretty unique natural granite formations that consist of orange and reddish tones caused by a natural reaction from lichens. These rocks can be seen anyway along the bay with their forms varying and some even have moss growing over them. A common misconception is that the name originated from the famous rocks but instead it was named after an explorer who discovered the area due to the Indigenous Australians lighting fires on the sand. Bay of Fires has more than just beaches. Make sure you  check out the many walks, waterfalls, oyster farms and even see a lagoon.  

  Gaze at the sunset.  Pic via@bayoffirestasmania

 

 

 

4. Strahan

Strahan is a small harbour town situated along the rugged west coast of Tasmania. It is a little less accessible than the other areas on our list as it does take around four to five hours to get to from the city of Hobart but it shouldn’t be overlooked on your road trip. Strahan is the only town located along the enormous Macquarie Harbour with Hogarth falls only a short distance from the town centre. The walking track is twenty minutes each way and has safe walking paths suitable for a family outing. A few standout activities include the steamship train, yacht charters, seeing the oldest pine mill in the world, sand dunes and chances to 4WD off road. Last but not least, you will need to dedicate a whole day going on a river cruise along the famous Gordan River. The all day cruise passes also passes along a convict island and UNESCO world heritage listed Franklin-Gorden national park.

Cruise along the famous Gordan River. Pic via @strahanvillage

 

 

 

 5. Freycinet National Park

Another spectacular Tasmanian destination is Freycinet National Park, which is located along the east coastline of the Island. It’s home to Wineglass bay, one of the top rated beaches in the world thanks to the clear blue coastline, white sandy beach and the pink granite mountains that surround this place. The small fee is worth it when you get to see this stunning park in its glory. The best way to see Wineglass bay is taking a scenic drive or alternatively choosing a few hikes to accomplish. We suggest going early to beat the crowds and see the magnificent sunrise. If staying in the national park is on your bucket list, you can only stay at Freycinet Park Lodge which offers chalets that overlooks Oyster Bay and the Hazards Mountain ranges. A popular place to stay outside of the park is a small town called Coles Bay that has a few shops and cafes to venture to.

Walk along the stunning coastline. Pic via @freycinetnp

 

 

 

 6. Hobart

A firm place on our list, the charming capital is home to many cultural and natural activities. Hobart is often known as one of the quieter capital cities although unlike other cities, it is surrounded by the breathtaking views of Mount Wellington. One of the best free activities to do in Mount Wellington is to capture photos of the bay, city waterfront and the hills. Make sure to pack a jacket and beanie as it is very windy and can get to 5℃ even when the CBD below is 25℃. Don’t fret if you forgot your jacket as there is an indoor observation deck. If you're lucky to be visiting on a Saturday you should check out the world renowned Salamanca Market along the stretch of historical buildings in the CBD. With over 300 stalls, it is a great place to mingle with the locals, pick up an authentic souvenir, support local farmers, artists and of course the delicious food stalls. If you're an art fanatic or have never been to a gallery, MONA in short for the Museum of Old and New Art is the largest public funded gallery in the Southern Hemisphere. Having only begun in 2011, this gallery has come up in conversation as not only one of the best Australian galleries but also the very best in the world. Mona is only twenty minutes away with car and scenic ferry options. Not only does the artwork push boundaries, the architecture of the building is also a wonder in itself. Underground with three levels of art in a cave sounds like an experience not to forget.  

See the city from above at Mount Wellington. Pic via @hobartandbeyond

 

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Things have really taken an unexpected turn this year. As the situation evolves, our usual routines and travel plans are also changing. In the meantime, we'll continue to share your beautiful photos of our beloved #HobartandBeyond. We all need something to look forward to, and we hope that our posts help you to take a break and dream about the special places you'll be able to explore in the future. Or maybe our posts will remind you of happy memories you’ve made on our beautiful little island. Take care and look out for each other. 💚 P.S. Let us know if there is anything in particular you’d like to see from Southern Tasmania and we’ll talk to the social fairies to see what we can do. 📷: kunanyi/Mt Wellington, channelling international space station vibes, by @deni_cupit. For all the dreamers. 🔭

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  1. Bruny Island

 A trip to Tasmania isn't complete till you take a ferry from Hobart to Bruny Island; an island  that is renowned for its wildlife, southern lights, seafood and handmade treats. For many travelers the Northern Lights in Norway are on top of many bucket lists, but little do people know that there are Southern lights. The Southern aurora lights can be seen throughout the winter months and Bruny Island is one of the prime locations to witness this.

One of your first stops needs to climb the many stairs to the insta famous “The Neck Lookout”. This lookout point has land connecting both the North and South of the Island with two beaches surrounding each side. From above, you may be lucky enough to spot penguins waddling along the beach or even spot a native albino wallabies. While on the island make sure to eat at a few local businesses such as Get Shucked Oysters (they even offer a drive thru service), Bruny Chocolate Factory, Bruny Cheese and Beer Company and the Bruny Berry Farm.

 See rare glowy blue waters along the coastline. Pic via @brunyislandau

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 8. Cradle Mountain- St Clair National Park

For a wilderness escape with views that make you feel like your in New Zealand, surround yourself in one of Australia’s hidden gems. Cradle mountain is nestled in Tasmania and is 1000 metres above sea level. This area has snowy cold weather all year round even in the typically hot Australian summer. Due to the chilliness, we would recommend booking a lodge in the world heritage listed Cradle-Lake Clair National Park. The best way to venture out is by going on short walks such as the enchanted walk or the waterfalls walk, just outside your doorstep. The enchanted walk only takes about twenty minutes and is perfect for seeing wild animals and native flora such as wombats, wallabies, moss trees and glistening streams. No cars are allowed to travel around Cradle mountain with the exception of the daily shuttle buses. Due to the lack of cars, this area is very quiet and offers you a peaceful trip. A unique dining experience can be found at Devils cradle, which is a sanctuary for Tasmanian devils where you can learn more about these animals

 Visit the picturesque snow capped mountains. Pic via @cradlemountainhotel

 

 

 9. Port Arthur

The Port Arthur Historic Site is located along the Tasman Peninsula and will take you back to 19th century colonial history. Port Arthur is an open air museum that spans across forty hectares with plenty of space to roam around and explore the history of this convict penal settlement. It’s hard to think that such a picturesque and seemingly peaceful area would be home to thousands of the worst criminals. This heritage listed location has more than thirty buildings that include an old penitentiary, church, insane asylum and the hospital. The entry ticket you pay is quite generous including a forty minute walking guided tour, twenty-five minute harbour cruise to the Isle of the dead and access to all the exhibitions on offer. If you don’t mind getting spooked, you can take their lantern- lit haunted night ghost tour! Explore the early history of Australia. Pic via @portarthurtassie

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Tassie shone as bright as the Milky Way at the recent Australian Tourism Awards, with 17 medals all up including 7 gold! Our state (and, indeed, country) has faced many challenges, but with passionate people and businesses like those who were awarded, as well as all those contributing to the vibrant and caring Tasmanian tourism industry, we will continue to thrive. A huge thank you to the Port Arthur Historic Sites team and those who have supported us through 2019, especially the visitors who allow us to continue to share this important part of Australia’s history. Getting Port Arthur in its night time glory is @paulpayasalad Special mention to our fellow gold winners: @roaring40skayaking @ashdownsofdover @mariaislandwalk @ibisstyleshobart @awbfestival @macq01 #tict #qata19 #discovertasmania #hobartandbeyond #australianconvictsites #worldheritagesite #convicthistory #portarthur #tasmanpeninsula #tasmania #igers_tas #igers_tasmania #holidayherethisyear #comedownforair

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 10. Tasman Peninsula

After completing a visit to Port Arthur you should definitely explore the rest of the Tasman Peninsula.The easiest way to get around the peninsula is by car, allowing you to easily visit a few places in one day. You should check out a few lookout areas such as the Tasman Arch, Devils kitchen, Remarkable Caves and Waterfall Bay. These places are known for their interesting rock and cliff formations caused by sea erosion.The Peninsula has some adventurous walking tracks at Cape Hauy. This 8.8k walking trail starts at Tasman Bay National Park and ends at Fortescue Bay. If visiting both the Tasman Peninsula and Port Arthur, we suggest to stay in a camping spot located a part of the Coral Mines Historic reserve as it runs along the Saltwater River.

Hike along the Cape Hauy track to view this wonderful natural element. Pic via @tasmanpeninsula

 

We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next TAS adventure.

 

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Where to Visit in Australian Capital Territory? Here's Ten Great Places.

by Scrubba Guru |

 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) became one of the first state/territories to have no active coronavirus cases. Restrictions have now started to ease, allowing gatherings of ten people, sports training, and outdoor recreational activities such as hiking and fishing. Camping and overnight stays will soon be added to that list!

The smallest territory in Australia, ACT is situated in between Melbourne and Sydney and is home to the national capital of Canberra. Commonly known as Australia’s “Bush Capital”, ACT is a landscape made of hills, rugged plains, plenty of trees and a planned capital city. On many occasions Lonely Planet picked Canberra as the 3rd best city in to travel in the world. Most people would find it surprising that this city would beat its rivals in Sydney and Melbourne. Our top 10 places in ACT to visit include a bit of something for everyone from museum hopping to nature and wildlife activities.

1. Lake Burley Griffin

Lake Burley Griffin is a large artificial lake in the heart of the city centre of Canberra. The lake was named after an American architect who won a competition to design Canberra in the 1920s. It took several years for the lake to be completed with both wars and drought affecting the process. Lake Burley Griffin is surrounded by museums, federal buildings, restaurants and walking trails. The best walking trail is the ‘Bridge to Bridge Trail’ which is a 5km walk that can be accessed from either Kings Avenue Bridge or Commonwealth Bridge. If you are not interested in walking around the lake hire a Segway and go on a tour or start your day drifting in a hot air balloon.

Sit along the banks and stare at the mesmerizing Lake Burley Griffin. Photo via @visitcanberra

 

2. Australian War Memorial

The Australian War Memorial is lined up perfectly within the parliamentary triangle of Canberra and it is a place that all Australians should visit.  AWM is a place to help us remember the soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting in all the wars Australia has faced. The memorial is divided into three sections: Commemorative Area (Shrine) including the Hall of Memory with the tomb of the unknown soldier, The Memorials Galleries, the Research Centre (holds important records) and also features an outdoor sculpture garden where everyone is welcome to have a picnic. The entry to AWM has always been free with volunteers running guided tours running hourly. Depending on your interests you may want to visit over two days so that you can see and read everything. We also recommend listening to the Last Post Ceremony which is held five minutes before the memorial closes every day.

 Stroll through the hall of memory. Photo via @visitcanberra

 

3. Namadgi National Park

A forty-five-minute drive South of Canberra is the breathtaking Namadgi National Park, which makes it a great first port of call when heading out of the city. Namadgi covers a large portion of ACT’s land mass with 40% of the territory consisting of water and nature reserves. The Brindabella Ranges in the national park is located along the Australia Alps, where you may even get the opportunity to see snow. One tour that is a must-see is Dharwa Aboriginal Culture Tour which is a 4WD tour that runs for six hours. On the tour you will see aboriginal culture sites and learn about the significance of the Yankee Hat rock art site, bush foods and the native wildlife. Unfortunately, after the recent summer bushfires, 80,000 hectares of land in the Oral Valley were affected. Since then, sections of the park have remained closed so that ACT Parks & Conservation can remove any hazardous trees. These sections should hopefully be reopened within the next few months and there are still plenty of untouched places to see. Once the restrictions have been lifted let’s go out and support this national park and local tourism.

Check out the spectacular views that Namadgi has to offer. Photo via @stefandemontis

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I love isolation out in the bush. It makes me feel present, humbled and stimulated. Pursuit of that isolation means getting away from busy trails full of people, putting compass to map and exploring off track. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Walking off track and subsequently the route finding that is needed to do it can be equally frustrating and rewarding. One moment you are cruising across a grassy treeless plain and the next you are battling with scrub so dense the sun is barely breaking through it. Your feet get wet, legs muddy and arms scratched. You often can’t find level ground for your tent and end up in freezing cold frost hollows. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ It’s all worth it when you get to a spot that makes you feel like you are the first visitor in years. Watching the sunset over remote and rugged peaks, knowing you are the only one on the mountain. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ I’m using this time away from the mountains to plan some pretty interesting and challenging multi day routes through the ACT and NSW alps. I’m looking forward to sharing them when this is all over. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #ultralight #NationalPark #Mountains #Camping #Mountain #sonya7iii #sony24105g #Ski #Adventure #Explore #Nature #hmgtribe #alpenglow #Alps #Bushwalking #NSW #visitnsw #mtkosciuszko #mainrange #iphonex #kosciuszkonationalpark #aawt #minimalism #abstract #landscape #kosciuszko #granite #namadginationalpark #namadgi⁣

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4. Quastacon: The national science and technology centre

Questacon is the national science and technology centre of Australia which can be found in the Parliamentary Triangle of Canberra. The centre is owned by the Australian government and is responsible for promoting an interactive way of learning about science and technology. This museum is suitable for all ages with two-hundred exhibits spanning across eight gallery spaces you will explore science through music, art, gravity and electricity. A few permanent exhibits not to miss are the 20 feet free-fall slide and the earthquake simulator which feels very real! Quastacon is only a short walk away with affordable entry prices that include a free live science show, makes it an ideal plan in any ACT itinerary.  

 Get your Science fix at Queaston. Photo via @questacon. 

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🌏🌎It’s Earth Day today! 🌍🌏 Earth Day is an internationally recognised day to raise support for environmental protection. 🌳We have some suggestions for how you can celebrate Earth Day this year: 🦎 Check out some of the printable Questacon at Home activities on our website. Discover different types of environments, learn how to classify living things or go on a science adventure in your own backyard (link in bio!). 💚 Take part in the #EarthChallenge2020. This massive, global citizen science project has launched to collect data on big environmental issues. By downloading the app, you can help collect data on issues like plastic pollution and air quality. Find more information on the Earth Day Challenge website. 🌳 Visit the Earth Day website to find out how you can help the environment, explore a range of DIY environmental activities and be a part of this wonderful, international movement: https://www.earthday.org/ 🐝 ...stay tuned for an exciting Earth Day related announcement from us at Questacon later today! • We’d love to hear about the ways you'll be caring for our planet and contributing to the health of the environment this Earth Day – let us know in the comments below. 🌏

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5. Mount Ainslie Lookout

Where bushland meets the city, get the best of both worlds at the Mount Ainslie Lookout. It is simply the best location to get panoramic shots of Canberra with plenty of ways to get there from walking, cycling or driving. There are a couple of different walking trails with both pedestrian and cycle paths, to get to the highest peak it generally takes thirty to forty-five minutes. One of the best walking trails is “Mount Ainslie Kokoda Summit” which starts behind the war memorial, this trail has plenty of signposts along the way with interesting facts about the city. These views are a breath of fresh air with no skyscrapers like Melbourne and Sydney!

See the famous Parliamentary Triangle from above and the nature that surrounds Canberra at sunset. Photo via @visitcanberra

 

6. National Gallery of Australia

The National Gallery of Australia also referred to as NGA is public art gallery that represents both local and international artworks. NGA is in the heart of Canberra’s city centre and is directly across from the Portrait Gallery. The National Gallery is public funded which means entry is free for the sculpture garden and their permanent collection except for speciality exhibitions.  NGA offers free educational tours that include an overview of the space, art collection and promotes inclusiveness with tours catered for those with dementia or special needs. Artworks included in their impressive permanent collection range from Australia art, aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, European and American artworks from the 19th century Modern Art Movement. Currently the galleries and museums are still closed across Australia, however you can still see many of these work in a free virtual tour. Since overseas travel plans are put on hold, galleries can still be the best way to enjoy culture and history. If you don’t have enough time to explore around the gallery, we suggest to explore the impressive landscape architecture in the outdoor sculpture garden!

Get inspired at the National Gallery of Australia. Photo via @nationalgalleryaus

 

 

7. Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve

Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve is along the Monogloo River valley in Canberra. It should not be overlooked on your trip as the paths from Lake Burley Griffin make it accessible. The wetlands naturally formed in 1964 when the lake flooded over the swampy creek area and is an important place for migrating Japanese birds along with other wildlife. A few activities that you could do in this area include bird watching, walking trails or even spot a World War 1 trench. Due to the biodiversity and indigenous cultural significance of this land, it is on the Australian heritage list and is conserved by ACT Parks. Jerrabomberra is a beautiful place for nature lovers it should be added to your trip itinerary.

Be one with nature and explore ACT wetlands. Photo via @jerrabomberrawetlands

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  1. Old and New Parliament House

Canberra may have a reputation for being Australia's "dull" political capital, but its rich history and numerous interesting museums mean that it's far from it (in our opinion!). Australia had the tough decision of picking a national capital between Sydney and Melbourne both wanted the prestigious title. It was settled by building a whole new city that would feature key federal buildings set up like Washington DC. Both old and new Parliament Houses provide an insight into the unique Australian pollical system and have free guided tours, iconic architecture and Australian Art surrounding the buildings. It is achievable to see both in one day as the new Parliament House is situated directly behind the old Parliament House. Since the old Parliament House is not in federal operation, you can access areas such as the prime minister’s office. At the new Parliament House, you can tour around major debating rooms including the house of representatives and take a lift to see the rooftop views. A visit to ACT certainly would not be complete without visiting these iconic buildings.

Check out the illuminated Parliament House during festival seasons. Photo via @visit_australian_parliament

 

9. Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

Tidbinbilla is another Australian heritage-listed nature reserve which lies just 40km south-west of Canberra. Adjoining to Namadgi National Park, this bushland landscape consists of the Tidbinbilla mountain ranges, sheltered streams and eye-catching granite tors. Getting into the nature reserve is quite affordable with both annual and day passes available with the entry funds going straight to preserving the reserve. This nature reserve is home to a wonderful array of Australian wildlife which is the reason why it is one of the leading eco-tourism attractions in ACT. Notable places not to miss along the twenty-two walking trails are the discovery centre, natural discovery playground for kids which has a zipline ride and significant aboriginal sites such as Birrigai Rock Shelters. For adventurous hikers we suggest not to miss the magnificent views at the top of the peak on Gilbrata Peak Trail. Explore the reserve by car, on foot or by mountain bike with plenty of places to set up camp.

The natural beauty of Tidbinbilla from above. Photo via @darncusack.

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📍 Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, ACT.

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10. Mount Majura Vineyard

Sitting on top of the Majura Valley is a boutique winery just outside the doorsteps of Canberra. Mount Majura Vineyard specializes in cool-climate wines such as Shiraz, Riesling, and Spanish varieties such as Tempranillo. The ancient limestone surface makes the soil less acidy and is the only vineyard in Australia able to grow this wine. There is no restaurant at the vineyard, however the cellar door experience is not to be miss with wine tasting and artisan cheese platters in an alfresco style seating. To get a more in-depth experience free guided tours are available with no booking required. If you are looking for an adventurous way to see the valley go sky diving or stay the night glamping.

Spend the perfect day trip admiring the outdoors with some great wine. Photo via @thecanberraedit

 

We hope that our list gives you some food for thought! The easing of restrictions could present the perfect opportunity to pack up the car, camper or RV and hit road, ticking off as many spots as you like on the way. With social distancing and heightened hygiene being the new normal, having your accommodation and wheels all in one definitely has its appeal, and to make that journey a little easier, why not pack a Scrubba wash bag for self-sufficient laundry on-the-go! Browse the Scrubba wash bag range to pick up the ultimate gear for your next ACT adventure.

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How People Are Using Their Scrubba Wash Bags In Lockdown

by Scrubba Guru |

For years we’ve been accustomed to travellers and campers telling us how essential the Scrubba wash bag has been for washing clothes while travelling to idyllic tourist destinations or remote parts of the globe. With the current Covid-19 lockdowns in place around the world, we have been hearing increasing stories of how vital the Scrubba wash bag has been at home. 

We’ve reached out to a few stationary travellers who have repurposed their Scrubba wash bag from their travel kit and are using it to wash their clothes at home to avoid public Laundromats.

 

Dwayne – NYC
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So, you're in NYC, how is the mood? Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?

NYC has really impressed me. This city cheers the rescue workers every night at 7pm, and it gives me goosebumps every time. 

 

We wanted to reach out because we understand you are using a Scrubba Tactical wash bag to wash your clothes at home. (We're guessing it's because you can't go outside...)

I'm in the West Village with my two cats. So far, they don't seem to mind.

 

Are you in an apartment building that doesn't allow your own washing machine? 

After coming into contact with someone who tested positive, I had to self-quarantine. So, out came the Scrubba. 

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

Almost no one in the West Village has their own washing machine. Apparently, it's because the pipes are too old and skinny. Most homes are over 150 years old.

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

I usually use a wash and fold laundromat near me, but they've closed. I could get a laundry to pick my stuff up but decided to put the Scrubba to the test.

 

 

Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.

I have washed nothing but clothes and cleaning cloths.

 

How long have you had it / been using it?

I've been using it for about 10 months now.

 

Did you buy your Scrubba for the home or camping originally?

I bought it for camping, but also travel. I carry some LG detergent sheets and wear Uniqlo Airism clothes when traveling. The Scrubba does an excellent job cleaning them. So, thank you for making such an excellent product. I was a big fan before, and an even bigger one now. Stay safe :)

 

 

Jerie - @marker323Minnesota

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 So where are you? How is the mood?
I'm in Minnesota, and we're hanging in there. We're a hearty people used to harsh weather and isolating, but as we all know, this is not our norm. The overall mood changes each day. I'm optimistic and support the efforts of our local leadership and the direction they are taking us. Our stay at home order is clear. We know the virus is around us, and the best way to avoid overwhelming our healthcare system and protect vulnerable peoples is to follow their guidelines.

 

Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?
As an essential worker, working in a grocery environment, I never feel alone. It's the opposite. I feel overwhelmed by the number of people I'm in contact with every day. As an urban tiny houser/vanlifer under stay in place orders, I'm grateful to have my parents hosting me.

I'm around many people during my shift. I operate as if I have the virus on me at the end of every workday. As soon as my shift is over, I take my mask off, by the strings, and place it in a plastic bag. Once I'm in my van, I remove all of my clothes and put those in a plastic bag. I thoroughly scrub my hands then face. I wash anything that wasn't protected by clothing. Then I change into a clean outfit. Wipe down my countertop and sink. Then and only then do I feel like I can drive anywhere.

Once I'm parked for the night, it's time to Scrubba! I have several different biodegradable soaps I like. I set up my Scrubba in my sink, add some tap water and soap and carefully put my mask inside. While my mask is pre-soaking, I put on a kettle of water to heat. I add extra hot water, roll and clip, deflate, and scrub. And scrub. And SCRUB. I do this process at least two times.
 

Then I rinse with clean water and add a single drop of Pranarom's Good Samaritan essential oil. It's something that makes me feel good, and I prefer the scent as I need to wear my mask for eight or more hours each day.

 


Are you in an apartment / building that doesn't allow your own washing machine?
I live in a 2017 Promaster hightop that I converted into a tiny house on wheels. Some people call it vanlife; others call it a mobile dwelling. I call it home.  



Did you get your Scrubba before or after Covid19?
I got my Scrubba before Covid19. I'd wanted one for years before I bought one.  


Why did you get your Scrubba? What was the main reason?
Scrubba is lightweight and highly functional. I bought the mini and use it in-between washing day, which is usually Sundays for me. It's quick and easy to wash lightweight items like socks, undies, washcloths, and dishrags. You know the small stuff. Now, I use it every day. Its become part of my evening ritual.


Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?
Laundromats are essential services in Minnesota, I can go to one, but it's very awkward right now. It's uncomfortable because no matter how sparkling clean they look, you don't know what your risk is. Yesterday was laundry day for me. I went to a local laundromat, and I felt like I was holding my breath the entire time. It wasn't jam-packed, there were maybe three people at any given time, but it felt so crowded. I  even noticed myself dodging people. I would hold my breath as I was packing my clothes into the washer then into the and dryer. I would weave between people as I left the building.  I couldn't handle being in the building, so I would run in and out between putting my clothes in the washer to the dryer until finally, my clothes were dry. I was overall stressed out! I usually like going to the laundromat, but not anymore.  

 


Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.
I use it to wash small items as I have the mini. I'm definitely going to need to upgrade.


How long have you been using it?
Less than a year, but it's been on my radar for years.
 


There are plenty of portable washing machine type things you could buy – what made the Scrubba stand out as the one to choose?
As a tiny houser, space is valuable. I love it because I can bring it anywhere.  


Other than washing clothes, how else has the pandemic impacted your life?
How the pandemic has impacted me is an overwhelming question. I'm so grateful to be working, grateful beyond measure, but I'm also so fearful of those who don't wear masks or practice social distancing. I wear my mask to protect others, to protect you from me. I have to trust others to do the same. I think the most significant impact is that our traditional "me" society is being asked to become a "we" society as we need to protect each other. We need to protect the vulnerable. We need to do these things so we can survive.  

 

Mel Calantropio 

@they.usa - NYC

Using A Scrubba Tactical Wash Bag 

So where are you? How is the mood?

I actually moved to NYC this past month from Philadelphia, so the mood has been a mixture of feeling isolated and pretty out of it but also feeling settled and cozy at home and excited to explore my new neighbourhood when it’s safe to do so.

 Are you isolating alone, or do you have company?

I am isolating with my partner and our two cats!

 

Are you in an apartment / building that doesn't allow your own washing machine?

We live in an apartment building without a washer/dryer in unit. Since we are new to the area and new to coin-laundry, we’ve been apprehensive about venturing out and finding our go-to laundry service just yet!

 

Did you get your Scrubba before or after Covid19?

After!

 

Why did you get your Scrubba? What was the main reason?

I had been researching minimalist lifestyle and came across Scrubba and advice on hand washing and thought I’d try it out!

 

Are you unable to use the communal washing machine (if you have one) or are you choosing no to?

I am not. While I am able to go to a coin-laundry nearby, I’m choosing to do laundry at home until I feel more comfortable doing so.

 

 

Have you found yourself washing other things, like linen? Or just clothes.

Since I am new to hand-washing, I’ve started with small loads like delicates and stay-at-home essentials.

 

How long have you been using it?

About a week now and I love it!

 

There are plenty of portable washing machine type things you could buy – what made the Scrubba stand out as the one to choose?

Portable washing machines are not an option in my building, and I am operating on limited space. I had seen so many positive reviews about Scrubba on YouTube and decided to give it a try!

 

Other than washing clothes, how else has the pandemic impacted you life?

I have been working from home part time for over a month now. I am an artist and have not been able to operate my business as normal. As someone who really thrives on connecting with others, this has been very difficult for me. I’m taking self-isolating seriously and hunkering down, so I’ve taken on a few new hobbies and DIY projects during this time.

How to camp at home (when you can't go camping outdoors...)

by Scrubba Guru |

 

 

Have you ever tried camping from home? No? Now is probably the time :) We call it iso-camping...

There’s not much worse than COVID-19 at the moment. The only thing that comes close? Cabin Fever.

If you’ve got it, or if your kids definitely have it coming on why not try a little camping in the house? Or the unit, caravan, bedroom closet or living room.

We’re not entirely sure why but in 2015 Buzzfeed had the idea to help people camp from home. In 2020 hard to imagine a time in the past or the future where anyone needed the idea to go camping at home. 

However, at least for now if you just to happen to be in ‘iso’ in your home, house apartment or ‘prepper’ shelter we (and the internet) have some fantastic ideas for keeping the family and pets thoroughly entertained in the coming weeks and maybe months (but hopefully not).

 

What are the benefits of ‘iso’-camping?

  1. Save money.
  2. No long road trips.
  3. No stopping for petrol
  4. No paying for petrol.
  5. No back seat fights.
  6. It’s safe.
  7. It’s fenced in.
  8. You can take the dog if you have one.
  9. You save money.
  10. No chance you can get rained out (just go inside).
  11. You determine the level of glamping you do - if you need the iPad (and W-fi), then you can have it.
  12. Finally, a great way to get the kids outside away the house and out of your hair.

 

Make It A Challenge

Regardless of whatever you choose to do, make it a challenge. It will depend on the age of kids but give them a challenge – how long can they stay outside? Reward them for being outside for longer periods. Who knows maybe they can spend the weekend or the entire week outside! (Maybe just bring them back inside if you start seeing some Lord Of The Flies antics. You could even put the kids to the test – get them to wash their clothes with a Scrubba wash bag.

 

How To Get Set Up

Step one is a shelter. A tent works great if you are outside, but if you are inside there is always the couch. However, since the idea is to keep the kids at bay try creating a cubby of some sort away from where the main thoroughfare is. If you don’t have a tent, maybe you might have a beach shelter? The best solution, for inside, is the good old blanket. Try using a rope to make a bivouac with heavy blanket, or sheet.

 

DIY Fashion Accessories | Diy tent, Tent, Backyard play

 

Are The Kids Looking For A Fire?

No worries. For indoor camping, some people might be in the lucky few who have an indoor fireplace, but if not, don’t fret. A gas heater is a great way to go and you don’t have to worry about getting smoke in your eyes. A slightly less flammable option is to play a video of a fireplace on tv or tablet. There’s even one on YouTube that goes for 12 hours! Last but not least, though it needs a special level of imagination, there is the option of using a torch or bedside lamp.

 

YouTube Fire Place

 

What Are Some Ideas To Pass The Time?

Frisbee is probably out, but games like croquet or golf (putting or chipping) are great. This backyard chipping set is, if you can't make your own is perfect. 

If you’re late to the latest bird watching and stargazing trends never fear there’s plenty of time, binoculars and telescopes to go around.

 

timelapse photography of stars at night

 

If you happen to be stuck inside, or can’t get to a window Starlight Zone stickers are perfect for recreating the night's sky above – or a galaxy far, far away.

Starlight Zone Glow In The Dark Wall Stickers, Furniture on Carousell

 

Or Bocce, bag toss, ring toss and Finska are even better. Our favourites are Giant Jenga and Giant Connect Four. 

Lastly, a good old guitar would also be a handy item to learn to play and sing around the camp-‘fire’.

When it’s getting dark and hand them a flashlight and they play ‘laser’ tag.

 

Flashlight Fun, 3 Creative Activities to Fascinate Your Kids

 

Ok, that's a brief intro to iso-camping. If you get through the basics and have time to venture deeper into the internet here are a few more places to go for more ideas:

 

Washing clothes to prevent the spread of COVID19

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