Thrifty Thursday: The Scrubba washing bag

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A couple of years ago, Aussie patent lawyer Ash Newland was plotting a trip to Africa to climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Packing light brought up the issue of how to clean their clothes while on the move. This led to thoughts about the washboards women used in ye olde days, which then led to the idea of incorporating a washboard-like surface encased in a waterproof sealable bag. Newland tested a rough prototype on his trip and a couple of years later, The Scrubba was let loose on the world.

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Designed to be usable and durable, The Scrubba was originally created for backpackers, but you can see why campers have embraced this little gem of a product too. You can have clean clothes in under five minutes using very little water and it packs up so small you’ll barely notice it in your camping kit! You could also use it to quickly wash smalls or shirts on a business trip. Handy.

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And the best thing? Order one before June 26 or like them on Facebook and the team at Scrubba will donate $AUD1 for each new like. Their charity of choice? A project which will provide the infrastructure required to plumb a water system for a school in Bangladesh.

So hurry! Order yours from here for $AUD64.95 or from Firebox for £39.99.

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More great Father’s Day gift ideas for camping dads

Father’s Day is creeping ever closer! As promised, here are some more fab pressie ideas:

THE MIGHTY BOOMBALL SPEAKER

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Small and round = big sound! The Mighty BoomBall Speaker, £15,  can turn almost anything into a powerful music system by using its audio-vibration-conduction-system. In other words, the BoomBall effectively uses any empty space as an amplifier, so the larger the space, the bigger the sound. It’s only tiny so can be hung on a keyring or simply put in your pocket. Then, whenever you need to pump up the jams, you can just stick it to any nearby object and transform it into a speaker. Fantastic for cranking some tunes while putting up your tent.

 

WETTERLINGS SCOUT HATCHET

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The recently reissued Wetterlings Scout Hatchet with its green head and lacquered red handle are something of an outdoor icon. Handmade in Sweden, the company has been around since 1880 and employs only nine craftsmen. Hugely popular between 1930 and 1950, this general use, small forest axe is all your camping man will need to keep the campfire stoked this Summer. The Scout Hatchet comes with a 10-page booklet of axe knowledge and an embroidered patch. You can order one from The Quiet Farm for €83.

 

BBQ BRANDING IRON

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You can check out my other Father’s Day ideas here and here.