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1. Posted by marcoreus (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Hello, i'm 18 years old and i have a school trip to Bulgaria from erasmus+ (2 weeks and we will have apprenticeship there). I'm from Poland. We will live in a hotel (3-star i guess?).

Tell me how to pack up, i would like to know what about underwear, do i have to take 14 boxers to change it everyday or will i be able to launder it somewhere maybe in hotel? Same with T-shirts. If i have to take 14 boxers what do i do with them after i wash up and they are wet, i dont know how it works. Same with towel, will 1 be fine if i dry it everytime i wash up?

Sorry for my bad English, and hope to see some answers

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Jan-2019, at 09:25 by marcoreus ]

2. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 1037 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

If you have the web-site of the hotel then you can check if there are laundries in the area.
If not, the web-site should say if hotel can arrange for a laundry service (not as cheap as doing it yourself in a laundry), they usually can..

3. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1722 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

The hotel should supply towels.

As far as laundry, take enough for a week and plan to do a laundry on the weekend. There will probably be a laundry near your hotel you can use. Some hotels offer laundry service but check the price because it can be expensive.

If it is just underwear, wash it in the hotel sink and hang it to dry in the bathroom. Don't do all of it at once in case it takes more than a day to dry. Halfway through the first week, wash the dirty ones. Wear the others while those dry. Then repeat and you'll be fine. Tee shirts can be worn for two days so should last two weeks if you take seven tee shirts. BTW, you can use shampoo or hand soap to wash the undies. Soap is soap.

Enjoy your trip.

4. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 3030 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Yeah, you can wash your own socks and undershorts. You might want to include some string you can use for a clothes line. Some hotels have a rail that shower curtains are attached to that you can drape shorts over. But if not some string attached to something strong enough to hold it might do.

When you walk the neighborhood you might discover a laundry you can use.

Did you get any information on what to wear? Casual? Need dress pants and long sleeve shirt? Or what??

Usually the hotel provides towels, sheets, even clean the room. Treat the hotel staff with courtesy and respect and they might be more generous with extra towels. (I have rolled up wet clothes in a towel to help remove the water. Roll it up and stepping on it squeezes the water out. But don't do it with your only towel!)

In a hotel keep the noise down. There are other people trying to sleep and relax. Keep the juvenile yelling down to a low roar! Don't piss off the hotel management. If you have a buffet breakfast or even a "continental breakfast" don't skip on it. Even if it i not the best tasting meal it comes with the room and saves you money!

I always keep my bags locked when out of the hotel. Keep passport, electronics and money out of sight if inviting random visitors to your room. Out of sight out of mind!

Have fun.

5. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 2y 1 Star this if you like it!

Several good answers already - and by the way, your English is not too bad at all! I would just add, if you decide to go to a launderette see if you can pair up with someone else in your group as you are unlikely to have enough to fill a machine and that way you can save some money and save on detergent.

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1481 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

First, ask your mother to show you how to hand wash, if you don't know already. Or get instructions on YouTube.

Suggest bringing two or three pairs of underwear, preferably made of quick-dry synthetic material such as nylon. Hand wash either in a sink or in the shower. Use shampoo (better than bar soap), rinse, then wring. Roll the underwear in a towel (like a jelly roll) then pound the bundle with your fist to remove excess moisture. Hang to dry on a hanger or over the back of a chair. The underwear should be dry the next morning. If the hotel has a hair dryer use it to speed the process. Air conditioning also will hasten drying, as will a fan. Or, simply hang the laundry at a sunny window.

Do the same with socks. But the drying can take a bit longer.

I travel for extended periods and I only bring three changes of underwear and three pairs of socks. I really only need two pairs of each, but I keep an extra pair in reserve in another bag that I keep my camera and laptop in.

If you don't want to wash your own shirts and pants, check to see how much it costs at your hotel. If you deem it too expensive, try to find a launderette or a laundry that can do it for you (probably charging by the kilo).

With the exception of a cotton polo shirt that doubles as nightwear, all my shirts are made of quick-drying synthetic material. My cotton/polyester pants also dries quickly. I usually take two or three long-sleeve shirts; a pair of shorts and an extra pair of pants. I also pack a rain jacket, fleece and a pair of flip-flops.

7. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 225 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

I did Erasmus many years ago myself. :) It's different based on country or accommodation. In my cases the towels where provided as well as full linen. It was like a 'student hotel' for international students. There was a laundry service in the basement, but it was a charge for it. you always can wash by hand and then just dry it if not too many clothes.

But suggest to check with your accommodation as can be different. Do not 'overpack' and make your life easier...


8. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Make a list! If you are not used to packing it is easy to miss things. It is easy to miss things when you are used to packing. Take a couple of days and start to mark down the things you need on a daily basis. You typically don't have to move your phone charger, but you are going to need it. Medicines you might need? You might want to through in some basic medicines such as ibuprofen for headaches or the such. Take something to put dirty clothes in until you can get it washed. Otherwise you will have clean and dirty underwear together and you are not going to remember which one is clean.

If you roll your clothes in the suitcase you will have much more room. Think about where you put everything, you are going to want it quickly.

9. Posted by marcoreus (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for every response.
I have actually found the hotel's site ( but i dont know if all the info is true, it says that in every standard double room there is a minibar (i mean alcohol if we are at school trip??).

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1377 posts) 2y Star this if you like it!

Quoting marcoreus

Thank you for every response.
I have actually found the hotel's site ( but i dont know if all the info is true, it says that in every standard double room there is a minibar (i mean alcohol if we are at school trip??).

That looks like a good hotel - perhaps surprisingly good for a school trip. It's quite usual for such a hotel to have a minibar, and quite unusual for a hotel to claim to have such facilities when it doesn't. But I think it probable that your school could ask the hotel not to put alcohol into the bars in students' rooms. Having said that, I haven't checked but I would think 18 would be a legal drinking age there as it is in the UK?

More important for your original query, I see they offer laundry and dry cleaning services. These are likely to be quite expensive however. For two weeks I think you could easily manage by packing enough for 5-7 days and doing some hand-washing a couple of times during your stay.