So we are trying to make vacation more Gray friendly. That typically means some sort of beach-y, water-filled adventure. But this year, we’ve decided to go on an Alaskan cruise. That means I’ve got to pack a lot of stuff into one bag and make sure it doesn’t go over 50 pounds. Yikes. Now, I’m certain that I’ve mentioned my tendency to over pack. I’m also sure that I’ve mentioned how fastidious I am about the condition of my clothes. My husband travels – a lot, and he recently taught me something about arriving with wrinkle free garments.
Under normal circumstances, we tell you to remove your garments from our plastic poly bags as soon as you get home. But there is one exception to that rule – vacation! Did you know that our plastic poly bags are the perfect cure for packing wrinkles? Here’s how – the plastic traps air around the garment, which hinders wrinkling – even in tightly packed suitcases. So if you are heading out on vacation and need to pack both casual clothing and evening wear, here are a few tips:
- Roll jeans, shorts, and t-shirts and line them in the bottom of your suitcase.
- Place your delicate items – suit jackets, trousers, dress shirts, skirts, blouses, dresses – in their own poly bags. Lay those items out and fold them. For instance, on the jacket, button it, put it inside the bag, lay it out flat, fold it in half length-wise, and then fold it in half again the opposite direction so that it is ¼ of its original size.
- Neckties should either be put in a tie carrier or roll them up, place them in Ziploc bags, and then inside your packed shoes.
- Pack your more delicate items in the center of your suitcase, avoiding the edges.
- Pack other rolled items on top of your more delicate items to create a cushion.
- While it is bad to over pack, it is also bad to under pack. Empty spaces allow clothes to shift around.
- Tuck your shoes and toiletries (remember to put those in plastic bags) around the edges of your suitcase.