Crooked Compass is excited to announce their partnership with the team behind the revolutionary travel product , the Scrubba® wash bag. All travellers who book a Crooked Compass small group tours will now receive a Scrubba® wash bag as part of their touring inclusions.
Further to this, travellers who have already booked a Crooked Compass small group tour or a tailor made itinerary will have access to an exclusive discount on select products within the Scrubba® product range.
“Partnering with a pioneering product like the Scrubba® wash bag aligns perfectly with our innovative and offbeat style of travel. It provides the freedom to wash clothes anywhere and anytime,” says Lisa Pagotto, Founder and Director of Crooked Compass. “Reducing the amount of water usage around the world, and supporting access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries through donations to charity:water, the company’s values around sustainability align very strongly with our own.”
Travelling through developing countries, it is evident that many people lack access to clean water and sanitation. Access to clean water means better health and education and should be a right not a privilege.
The Scrubba team is proud to support the distribution of clean water amongst those in need. Over the last few years they have funded three water related projects in Bangladesh and Ethiopia, helping to change lives through the fulfilment of basic health, sanitation, and hydration needs.
So what actually is the Scrubba Wash Bag?
The Scrubba® wash bag revolutionises travel around the world and has already helped roughly 100,000 travellers enjoy easier journeys with less luggage and more convenience. Dubbed “the world’s smallest washing machine” by international press, the Scrubba wash bag is a lightweight, pocket-sized device that allows clothes to be washed anywhere. Not just an outdoor product, many customers also use the Scrubba wash bag in hotel rooms to avoid laundry charges.
The secret to the Scrubba wash bag is the flexible internal washboard that allows a machine quality wash in just minutes. Using as little as 2-4 litres of water, this electricity free device is the perfect environmentally friendly travelling companion.
Further information, on The Scrubba® wash bag can be found here.
This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.