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A Great Tip to Help With the Laundry While Traveling

Photo above by Mohsen Shenavari

The Big Nuisance!

Doing the laundry is always a pain, but doing it while on the road sometimes has two advantages over doing it at home:
  • You have time on your hands with nothing better to do
  • It's just one more way of meeting new friends at a campground
Unfortunately, it's still laundry!
 

One real challenge for us used to be the quarters. We never seemed to plan ahead, and Fay was always having to hunt down coins for the washer and dryer. She wanted to treat my pocket like a piggy bank, but filling it with a lot of change is something I try to avoid. I wouldn't call it a big problem, but finding enough quarters was always a nuisance.

Our leftover change bowl at home

Our leftover change bowl at home

Focus on Quarters
So at home we keep our leftover change in a small bowl, but using something like it when traveling has two key disadvantages:
  • It would obviously need a top to keep the coins from bouncing out when driving down the road
  • With our tiny trailer, where to store something else is always an issue

All we really care about are storing quarters for the laundry. After trying a few things and giving it a lot of thought, I came up with the perfect solution!

Our Coin Tube

Our Coin Tube

A Perfect Solution for Laundry Quarters in our Small Travel Trailer

I discovered that PVC pipe is the perfect diameter to hold quarters. It's simple and works really well, and it's certainly affordable. All you need is a short length of one inch PVC pipe, and two end caps. Even if you have to purchase a 10' piece of pipe, you can likely do the whole project for about five dollars.

Our Laundry Quarters Easily Stored for Travel

Our Laundry Quarters Easily Stored for Travel

Easy to Store

I cut the length of pipe to fit along the front edge of one of our cabinets. It takes up very little room, and is easy to get to when needed.

Whenever we head out for a lengthy trip, it's on our checklist to fill the tube before we leave. Along the way, it's easy to grab it at the end of the day to add any quarters we've accumulated if it's not full. For us, we can be gone for a month and still have the tube half full when we get back home.

As always, be sure to send me a note if you have any questions for comments.
- Denny

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What it is

While on this topic, here's another handy item - Mesh Laundry Bag

Why I like it
  • It takes up no room whatsoever beyond what's needed to hold the dirty laundry.
  • Carrying it is easier than a basket or box
  • You can fold it up for easy storage when not in use.
  • It's really cheap!
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7 thoughts on “A Great Tip to Help With the Laundry While Traveling

  1. You are a genius with your PVC pipe holder for quarters! My kid owns an irrigation business so should be free for me. Now to find what fits for loonies, toonies and quarters. EXCELLENT!

  2. The coin tube is a great idea. Thank you. Also, the mesh bag is a good suggestion to incorporate into my way of doing laundry.

  3. Great idea. I stayed in a campground in Arizona that had the ability to pay for the laundry services via credit card. I know that is probably more unusual but the quarter in the PVC tube is a winner for me.

    1. Interesting Bret. We’ve never run into the ability to use a credit card for laundry at a campground, just everyone always looking for quarters!

    1. Pill bottles are great for carrying the quarters to the laundry. We keep the pipe in the trailer and like it because we can fill it in advance with enough quarters for a long trip.

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