“There are two kinds of travelers in this world: those who packed light & those who wish they had.”
I constantly struggle with this very issue as I travel. I need to learn to edit my clothing selections. Through my travels I’ve learned some great techniques for arriving with the least amount of wrinkles and all of my most important belongings in my possession.
Make sure everything going into your luggage is crisp and clean. This will help ensure everything will come out of your suitcase in good condition when you arrive. Button all buttons and zip all zippers.
Learn to fold. The better the fold – the fewer the wrinkles and creases. Visit a department store and look at how they fold clothing.
Pack tightly. This will ensure your clothes don’t move around and will help prevent wrinkles. You can also use tissue paper between each layer to reduce wrinkling. I always use tissue paper if I’m packing formal evening wear, but it works great with any type of clothing. The insides of shoes are perfect for socks or underwear; eliminate wasted space.
* Roll Method: It never fails that you can pack more into a suitcase if clothes are rolled rather than folded. If you roll in tissue paper, the clothes will also get less wrinkled. This is a popular technique with backpackers. My husband learned this technique in the Army – packing his duffle and/or backpack – and has passed it down to us.
* Interlocking Method: Overlap two (or more if they aren’t very thick) pieces of clothing flat and then fold them into each other. Each piece will cushion the other…reducing wrinkles!
Upon arrival at your hotel or destination: unpack as soon as possible to prevent further wrinkles!
Use clear plastic zip-lock type bags for all liquids, lotions, gels, etc. that are packed in your suitcase. You never know when you’re going to be the “lucky” recipient of an untimely loose top, air pressure leak, etc. The mess is a lot easier to clean up when it’s contained to the securely closed plastic bag – yes, I have personal experience with this! Remember to check with TSA for current carry-on rules regarding liquids if you are choosing to carry-on.
Label each piece of luggage (even those you carry-on) inside and out, with your name and telephone number, but not your home address. If you provide an address use your office’s. I like to use a business card for this purpose. Many luggage tags will hold a standard business card.
Carry travel documents, medications, jewelry, keys, credit cards, cash, travelers checks and other valuables in your carry-on. It’s a good idea to divide cash and credit cards among a couple of bags, ie, purse and carry-on or backpack and carry-on…just in case you lose one bag, you haven’t put all of your travel finances at risk.
BONUS TIP: Going to the beach or other warm location? Consider packing your toiletries in a six-pack cooler. Once you get to your destination and unpack your toiletries – your “toiletry bag” guarantees cold drinks on the beach!
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Happy “wrinkle free” travels!
…because You Only Live Once!