Hackpacking: Make a Rubber Band Travel Clothesline

| December 5, 2011 | 10 Comments

Occasionally, Kathryn and I come across some great travel ‘hacks’—tips and shortcuts that help backpackers, vagabonds and long-term travellers get things done smarter, cheaper and more efficiently. So, with no further ado, here’s an inexpensive solution that might be deserving of a place in (or on) your backpack.


If you’re travelling round-the-world out of just a bag, you’ll quickly learn to do laundry in hotel rooms, bathroom sinks and other areas without a washer and dryer. Unless you’re willing to over-pack, or spend valuable time in laundromats, you’ll want to wash some items in your hotel room sink. But, how to dry?

If you’re like most travellers we know, you’ve given up on those laundry lines with suction cups because they never seem to stay up. Or you could pack a piece of cord—but then you’ll need some clothespins. A great solution is a multiple-strand travel clothesline. It’s great for drying as your clothing tucks between the strands so you don’t need a clothespin.

You can buy one for around ten bucks online (we recommended a great product in our 2011 Gift Guide for Round-The-World Travellers) — but they’re simple to make and only require around a dollar’s worth of rubber bands if you have a little patience.

bands Hackpacking: Make a Rubber Band Travel Clothesline

How to Make a Rubber Band Travel Clothesline (for Less Than $1)

Instructables user br3ttb used 60 rubber bands to make a travel clothesline by soaking the rubber bands in water to make them more pliable, separating the bands into three even piles and tying each pile into a long strand, and braiding the strands together.

Check out his instructions here over on Instructables. Have you ever checked out Instructables? It is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.

Have your own creative backpacking hacks to share—tips which may help someone to overcome a problem or limitation quickly and cheaply? Leave ‘em here. Or sound off in the comments below! Check out ourcollection of travel hacks by clicking here.


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For nearly ten years now, Daniel of Two Go Round-The-World has explored how travel captures our imagination and engages our deepest emotions. One half of the duo that maintains the widely read Two Go Round-The-World blog, Daniel treats his subjects not only as works of art but also as symbols of the cultural and political forces that inspire them. Check him out on Google+.

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  1. Sarah says:


    This is awesome! I love these travel hacks :D other bonus of rubber bands: they’re incredibly addictive to wear as bracelets. Or is that just me?


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