Travel Guide: Tips on Wrinkle Free Packing

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Whether you’re a days-in-advance packer, or a last minute slacker (raises hand), it helps to know how to not only optimize space in your suitcase but also keep your garments wrinkle free. We’ve assembled some easy tricks and tips to make your packing go as smoothly as possible.

Before your trip:

Roll with it

Skip the folding. Roll your items as if you were packing up a sleeping bag, it eliminates wrinkles and saves room. USAToday writes, “Rolling is recommended for more casual fabrics and garments, such as cotton T-shirts.” It sounds a bit strange if you’ve never done it before, but even the tightest packed suitcase is no match for the rolling technique!

Prioritize it

The more room you have in your suitcase, the less your clothes will be squished and shoved in. Take a moment to figure out what’s most important to bring and what can be ditched. Almost every hotel room has things like hair dryers, so there’s no need to remove that extra pair of heels to make room for it (wink, wink).

Wrap it

Use dry cleaning plastic for your wrinkle prone clothes. “Lay the clothing flat inside a dry-cleaning bag, and then fold as normal. The plastic will prevent creases from setting in,” suggests Cosmopolitan.

Store it

Prepare to get creative. To keep the dirt of your shoes from messing up your clean clothes, store them in a shower cap. Prevent your moisturizer from spilling by pouring it into an empty pill bottle.

During your trip:

Steam it

Most hotels provide an iron but if you’re short on time and domestic skills, put your garment on a hanger and leave it in the bathroom while you take a steamy shower. Goodbye wrinkles.

Wet it

For collars, knits and lightweight fabrics that are wrinkled, just mist a little water on it, then smooth out the wrinkles with your hands.

If you have any packing hacks that we’ve missed, tweet them to @DiscoverCotton!

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