To help clothes dry

To limit luggage to “carry-on” only when traveling over an extended period, I pack three shirts, three sets of underwear and three pairs of socks and wash soiled items nightly. Washing is easy, but wringing sufficient water from my wash has been a problem. I now extract water using a lettuce spinner. This method removes sufficient water to eliminate dripping when I hang the clothes to dry.

A lettuce spinner in one’s suitcase doesn’t present a space problem, as it can be filled with small items and thus uses very little more space than the small items by themselves.

One note of caution, however — pack the spinner so as not to damage the bearing post on which the spin basket rotates. A layer of socks or underwear between the basket and the bearing post solves this potential problem.

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