How to pack clothes without wrinkles? This question is likely as old as travel itself, pondered by the very first people who decided to pack their belongings into small cases and cross borders for recreation and exploration, right up to the present day. This is because keeping clothes looking fresh and neat while compressing them into their smallest possible form and carting them halfway around the world is no small task. Although it’s totally fine to kick back in comfy outfits, sometimes we need to step things up a bit, and the challenge of wrinkle-free clothes is unfortunately one that must be surmounted if we want to visit that fancy restaurant, enjoy that local play, drag ourselves to that important business meeting, or mingle with high society in the hopes of meeting a single, wealthy philanthropist (hey, it could happen). After all, no one likes feeling unpresentable or self-conscious about their outfit, and seeing as wrinkles can transform even the most carefully considered, complementary ensemble into a lacklustre combination unfit for certain social scenarios, it can pay to take certain preventative measures to save yourself considerable time on de-wrinkling methods when you arrive at your destination. To learn how, check out these 5 tips that will stop your clothes from wrinkling, keeping your outfits looking crisp and fresh, from luggage to final location.
Always consult your care label to determine how best to pack your garments:
To avoid potential damage or premature wear and tear, it’s important to determine the most appropriate method of washing, drying, and storing by always consulting your garment’s care label. Being aware of the materials from which your items are woven can also be important, as different materials respond differently to various methods of care, meaning that a multifaceted approach may need to be adopted when it comes time to pack your suitcase. A general rule to keep in mind when considering how best to pack your suitcase is that light and heavy fabrics, such as silk and wool, or fabrics that are prone to creasing, benefit the most from folding, while everything in between, such as cotton, generally prefers to be rolled. In addition to keeping your clothes as fresh and crease-free as possible, adopting a careful packing strategy typically has the benefit of keeping your case organised and compact. If you can’t be bothered with this process, simply consider packing wrinkle-resistant, synthetic materials like nylon and polyester.
Only wear wrinkle-prone clothing when you need to:
If you’ve only packed a couple of classier outfits that are important to keep wrinkle-free for specific events, the rest of your luggage likely consists of more casual clothes made of fabrics that are typically easier to launder and less problematic if they do acquire stains or wrinkles. If this is the case, endeavour to reserve your special outfits for the occasions you packed them for, and wear your more casual, durable clothing that you don’t necessarily mind staining or sweating through while lounging around your accommodation or exploring the streets.
Hang clothes on arrival:
As soon as you arrive at your destination, remove your clothing and hang it to help prevent creasing or to avoid worsening any creases your clothes have already received. This is where our Scrubba inflatable hangers can come in really handy! Designed to be inflated and deflated as needed and weighing a mere 33g (~1.16oz) each, they add virtually no bulk or weight to your pack, yet are capable of reaching an impressive size when fully inflated. This enables them to separate the fabric of clothes more effectively than a standard hanger, expediting the drying process by allowing for better air circulation through the garment, while minimising fabric creasing and reducing the need to iron.
If your garments have acquired unsightly creases, utilise some simple de-wrinkling methods:
Whether you lack easy access to an iron or are working with a fabric that isn’t compatible with ironing, there are some basic techniques you can utilise to help de-wrinkle your clothes. You could, for instance, try dampening the affected areas and then gently pulling the fabric taut to help remove creases. Alternatively, you may like to invest in a wrinkle-releasing spray, especially if you travel frequently and find that wrinkled clothing is a recurring problem. Another technique involves hanging your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom so that they’re passively exposed to the de-wrinkling properties of steam from the shower. If time, accommodation, and fabric permit, you can of course also rely on the tried and tested iron to rejuvenate your clothes in no time. Just remember that different methods work with varying degrees of success depending on the item and the fabric from which it’s woven, so be sure try out a couple of different packing and de-wrinkling methods to see which ones have the best effect on each of your garments.
Use dry cleaner bags:
Dry cleaner bags help to keep your clothes looking fresh and crease-free by reducing friction. Select the garments you most need to preserve and stick to one item per bag for the best results. Your clothes should arrive in the same state in which you packed them, making it easy to hit the ground running with a new outfit if necessary.
Packing certain garments can be a daunting and, at times, frustrating pursuit, but with these care and maintenance tips we’re confident you’ll be able to develop the most effective packing strategy possible and banish those pesky wrinkles for good!