Traveling and living out of a suitcase for an extended period of time is a lot of fun but there is a small detail that people don’t think about when they glamorize the touring lifestyle: laundry day. As you can imagine, one of the perks of living at home is having laundry facilities in your house or easily accessible nearby. While on tour we are never sure where we can find the next washing machine! Some of the hotels have coin laundry on site which are really handy. Whenever we get lucky enough to have them there is usually a mad rush to get to the machines first after a show especially if we are staying in that hotel for only a few days. But in hotels that lack the machines, it is up to us to find a laundromat and that is exactly what a few of us did this week.
Depending on how many clothes you pack for tour, and how many shopping malls you frequent, determines how often you need to do your laundry. I’d say the average for everyone on tour would be about two weeks with enough clothes to push for a third if needed. This means that when you need to do laundry, chances are someone else has to as well. A day at the laundromat is always more fun with a friend!
Depending on which country you are touring can make doing laundry challenging. Here in North America it is not out of the ordinary to have coin machines in our hotels and if not, laundromats are usually pretty easily accessible. I found when touring through Europe that it was much harder to find a laundromat and doing laundry became a whole day affair. Asia however had a lot of places where you could leave your laundry and pick it up the next day but very few laundromats. A lot of us ended up hand washing our clothes in the tubs of our hotel rooms until we could find a proper machine! That’s just one of our little tour hacks you pick up along the road.
So that solves the great mystery of doing laundry on tour! Are there any other day to day mysteries that you want to know how we deal with on tour? Leave them in the comments and maybe they’ll be featured in a future blog!