Leaving My Clothes High And Dry

by Nancy Bestor

Customers often ask what gadget we find indispensable on our travels, and I always tell them the truth (of course) — the Latex Clothesline. That’s right, this braided clothesline has hung our clothes everywhere from the balconies of Verona, to hotel bathrooms in Vietnam, and even across the rear of our boat on the Canal du Midi in France. (Yes, I’m proud of the fact that my underwear were blowing in the breeze for all to see.)

I’m a proponent of doing laundry in the sink when traveling. Granted, it’s easier to launder smaller and lighter weight things in a bathroom sink, like travel underwear and Dryflylite shirts from ExOfficio, but I’ve even been known to wash jean shorts (thank you Emily) and cotton t-shirts. Sure, they might not get quite as clean as they would if I were to wash them in a washing machine, but desperate times call for desperate measures. After wringing out as much moisture as I can with my own bare hands (or truth be told, with Bob’s stronger bare hands), I simply stretch my latex clothes line between two stationary objects and hang my garments out to dry. The latex is triple-braided and just a bit tacky (literally and figuratively) so I can hang clothes without the need for clothespins. And while it’s nice and compact and easy to tuck into a toiletry kit, I’m always pleasantly surprised at how many garments it can hold when stretched to its full length of six feet.

I’m not the least bit embarrassed to have clothes drying in my hotel room, or hanging outside my hotel window. In fact it’s so common to see clotheslines—especially in Europe–that I feel like I am just one of the locals. And I’ll take sipping a glass of wine and relaxing in an Italian cafe over sitting in a laundromat any day.

The Best Travel Underwear Ever

Forgive me if this is too much information, but I want to take a minute and talk to you about my underwear. That’s right, my underwear. When I first heard the term “travel underwear” I admit I was skeptical. I wondered if the “dries in a few hours” claim was true; I wondered if the underwear would be as comfortable as my cotton granny panties; I also wondered if I could really take two pair for a three to four week trip. I bought a few pair of ExOfficio underwear for my trip to Vietnam, and lo and behold, I was a skeptic NO MORE!

ExOfficio’s travel underwear really do dry in a couple of hours. I take two or three pair when I travel, wash one out in the sink in the evening, and it is dry by morning. No lie. The blend of nylon, lycra and spandex fabric is also so comfortable that I find myself wearing them even when I don’t travel. My cotton granny undies are history (thank goodness!).

In addition to their quick drying attributes, the ExOfficio underwear wick away moisture, are odor-resistant (in case you’re not willing to wash them out every night, ewww!), lightweight and breathable.