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WASHCLOTHS… to pack, or not to pack, that is the question.

washclothWashcloths are an American icon, but they are not generally found in other parts of the world. I grew up using a washcloth (we called them washrags) to wash my face when taking a shower. I think I might have even used the same one for several days, however it has been so long ago I’m not sure. One thing I do remember is I quit using them when I started traveling to Europe because they were not available at any hotel back in those days.

It never fails, about a month before a tour is set to commence I begin getting questions about washcloths. Many of my travel partners have come up with clever solutions for this “problem.” If you have a suggestion, please share it in the comment section below.

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David McGuffin established David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. in 2001 to formally offer European tours. Since then, he has taken several thousand satisfied customers on memorable and educational tours to Europe.

  1. Marsha Reply

    Never having traveled to Europe I didn’t realize this was a problem. Found an easy solution here. http://www.magellans.com/instacloth Now I am searching online and learning that many think our penchant for the washcloth is gross, oh well. http://www.magellans.com/instacloth

  2. Andrea R Reply

    Both my husband and I are washcloth fanatics, so I would definitely pack two on our next trip. We ended up buying a dishcloth in Salzburg a few days into our journey, which got us through, but 2 washcloths take so little room, if you prefer to use them, I don’t see any reason not to pack them!

  3. David Reply

    I am going to post this on Facebook as well to see what others think. I imagine most will want washcloths .

    • Andrea R Reply

      As a follow-up comment, since they will be wet from use, rinsing and packing them in a sturdy zip-loc baggie in an accessible place would give one a great way to refresh while traveling.

  4. Marilyn Reply

    I buy a stack of cheap washcloths from the dollar store, cut them in half and throw them away as I go.

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