Scrubba wash bag // © 2013 xplor
Buzz Away Extreme // © 2013 xplor
Really rugged adventures sometimes require a few sacrifices — such as the ability to wear new outfits every day. That doesn’t mean cleanliness needs to be compromised. Perfect for biking, hiking and camping trips, the Scrubba wash bag is a light, sturdy mobile washboard that can clean clothes with as little as three to six liters of water per load. The small, bright green bag fits snuggly in a carry-on, requires only a bit of soap and effectively replaces a washing machine when you need one the most. It’s a great solution for active travelers who can spare about three minutes (and $64.95) to ensure the next day’s fresh start. www.thescrubba.com
Bug Off, Chemicals
Recent back-to-back trips to Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic had me planning against one common enemy: the bug. Only equal to my love of tropical destinations is the mosquito’s love for me. However, I am uneasy about slathering myself in the chemicals that make up common insect repellents. In search of a DEET-free alternative, I came across Quantum’s Buzz Away Extreme, which contains all-natural ingredients, including geranium oil and citronella oil and, best of all, no pesticides. I found that, while I wasn’t a huge fan of the drippy consistency or the smell of the spray, neither were the bugs. Along with the spray’s effectiveness, the four-hour repellent comes in a travel size version for only $6.99.