Laundry on Tour

At home or traveling, laundry seems to be the never-ending-story of our adult lives.

Don’t despair while on tour!

Easiest solution – Sink & Soap

We generally recommend you bring some soap* (or use what’s available at the hotel) and use your hotel room’s sink to do laundry. Wring your light-weight bicycle clothes in a towel after washing them and hang them to dry over night. You may want to bring a laundry line or you can use hangers or radiators, if they are available. In Europe, you can even buy travel-specific laundry soap, such as this. (I would never recommend using it for hair and body though, as one of the reviewers suggests – it’s a concentrated laundry detergent paste.)


If self-service laundry facilities are available – likely only in larger towns  – Tour Leaders can point you to them. However, I have to admit, I never feel like watching the laundry spin while I could be doing so many more fun activities on my vacation, so I usually go for the sink-option.

Hotel options – but watch your coin and time

If your tour has a two-night stay, you can also have the hotel do your laundry, but remember you will likely be charged by piece, which can come out quite pricey.

Some accommodations have washing machines available for guest use. A fact that surprises many of our travelers is that washer programs in Europe run much longer than, for example, standard washer programs in the US, so it might take an hour or an hour and a half for your laundry to be washed. Some machines have a short program between 30-45 minutes.

Pro-tip – mesh bags and team work

If you do end up locating a washing machine and want to team up with others in your group, consider bringing a laundry mesh bag. This way, the laundry stays separated, and no hunting through the wash load for your own items is necessary.

*On ExpeditionPlus! type tours, it’s not necessary you bring your own laundry detergent. We’ll carry an ample amount on the van. Also check our Packing Lists as you plan.

Nadine Dirksen - A German native, Nadine is a happy Colorado transplant who moved from lush Bavaria when she married. She left the land of pretzels in 2012 and has been enjoying a fun life full of cycling, mountain biking, CrossFit, hiking, running and any other outdoor activity that involves her little black Dachshund-mix. When not having fun outside or at work, she tries her hand at different craft projects with varying success. She helps our travelers by answering all their questions before their tours and she can't wait to help you bring your dream trip to reality!

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