Introduction: Take It With You Clothes Line

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There is such freedom when we go camping or explore a new place. Even travel for business gets us out of our same old routines. The need for clean clothes while traveling is a given but we do have choices. Simple hand washing of garments and gear is an inexpensive option for always having a clean change of clothing on hand.

Hanging the wash out to dry is simple, environmentally friendly and totally free. This instructable shows how to make a portable clothes line that you can take with you, whether you are car camping or backpacking. The portable clothes line packs small, is lightweight and provides enough line space to air dry several items.

Step 1: Materials

This portable clothes line is very simple to make. All of the metal components should be made from metals such as stainless steel, aluminum or titanium, which do not rust when wet. Rusty metal can stain wet clothing. All materials can be purchased at hardware stores or online.

To make the clothes line you will need the following materials.


Elastic stretch cord 3/16 (4.8 mm) in diameter and 10 feet (3 m) long

Stainless steel wire clothespins

Stainless steel, aluminum or titanium carabiners

The only tool needed for this project is a pair of scissors.

Step 2: Assembly

Assembly is easy. Start by cutting the elastic stretch cord to the desired length. Use a match or lighter to melt the nylon exterior at the cut end of the stretch cord to prevent fraying.

Then, simply run the elastic stretch cord through the center of the clothes pins. This keeps the clothes pins attached to the line so the clothes line is easy to store and retrieve.

Next, tie each end of the elastic stretch cord to a carabiner. Use a square knot to keep the knot secure. The carabiner provides options when it comes to fastening the cord to an object.

That's all there is to it! The clothes line is finished and ready for deployment!

Step 3: Deployment

Setting up the portable clothesline is easy. Just fasten the end of the stretch cord around an object such as a tree and then do the same for the other end. Hang out your washed items. Even heavy items such as a damp beach towel are supported by the clothesline. Now relax while your clothes are drying.

Step 4: Storage

Once your washed items are dry and you are ready to move on, unfasten the clothesline, roll it up and put it away.

The compact size and the fact that the clothes pins cannot be lost, make it easy to take it with you everytime you set off for that next adventure.

Washing your clothes while traveling means that you can take less clothing with you, cutting down on the weight of your pack or suitcase. It also leaves more space in your pack so that you can bring home more treasures!

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