It’s happened to all of us. You set aside time to carefully pack your favorite outfits for a special occasion. Then when you get where you’re going, you unpack your bags only to find your clothes look like you had slept in each every piece!
Want to arrive at your next destination looking your best instead of like a crumpled mess? Have a look at our list of tips to help you go wrinkle-free when you pack.
Light and Balanced
Evenly distribute weight in your bag or suitcase and pack as light as you can. Keep your clothes separate (in their own bag if possible) from heavy, hard, or sharp-angled objects – such as shoes, electronics, and toiletries – which are likely to shift in transit and leave an impression on any soft materials.
Hang in There
Your best bet for fewer wrinkles is to hang your clothes in a garment bag – especially for suits, blazers, and blouses. Layer your clothes as you might wear them (with your shirt inside your jacket for example).
Roll with It
Roll rather than fold your more casual items such as t-shirts, jeans, and shorts to not only reduce wrinkles but to actually save space as well.
Paper and Plastic
For particularly delicate fabrics, consider stuffing your clothes with tissue and putting them in dry-cleaning bags before packing them. The tissue will limit crushing and crumpling and the plastic will remove static, which will reduce creasing.
Overlapping clothes to make bundles by folding lighter items around bulkier ones like sweaters is another way to minimize wrinkles. But don’t just take our word for it! Even impeccably presented Martha Stewart knows this is a smart idea. Here’s how the maestra recommends doing it:
“Place the top half of a pair of pants in your suitcase, for example, smooth a sweater over that, and fold the pant legs up over the sweater. Never fold clothes more times than is necessary to fit them in a bag — once across the middle should be enough for most sweaters and blouses.”
As soon as you can, take your clothes out of your luggage and organize accordingly while checking their condition.
If some creasing has occurred and you can’t locate an iron, hanging them in the bathroom while taking a warm shower should help to get some of the kinks out.
Do you have any handy travel tips to share? We would love it if you left them in the comments section below. Thanks!