With airlines frequently cutting allowances for baggage dimensions and weight (some are worse than others), every little bit of space we can free up in our suitcase counts. Who has the room to pack a steam iron nowadays? We want to wear items that are clean and comfortable, but no one wants to walk around touring in garments that are a sloppy, wrinkled mess.
Here’s a simple DIY recipe you can try (but the commercial product “Downy Wrinkle Releaser” is great too if you want to go the easier route and purchase a ready-made option).
All that you need to pack is a small empty spray bottle along with a small container with a few teaspoons of fabric softener (will fit just right in your make-up pouch in your purse or carry-on).
Next I have a few tips for getting your packed luggage wearable and tidy looking without pulling out a clunky, heavy steam iron.
1 tsp fabric softener (liquid)
1 cup water (distilled is best)
- Mix the two ingredients together in a small spray bottle, one that has a fine mist nozzle.
Use as you would with a commercial product, spray generously on clothing then tug and pull item to smooth. Hang or lay flat to dry (overnight).
*Try a small spot first to make sure this solution won’t stain the fabric.
Fill a fine nozzled spray bottle with plain water. Spritz the garment generously then use a hair dryer to blow clothing dry (flatten, straighten clothing item while its drying).
Try The Shower:
Hang garment in the bathroom while you take a shower, the humidity will help pull out the creases. Use a hairdryer to dry smooth if necessary.
If you plan your day’s wardrobe the night before, hang selected pieces on coat hangers then spritz well with water. Hang them to dry on the shower rod in the washroom or they can even be hung in the closet (just keep the door open and pieces far enough apart for good airflow). I find this is all that’s needed for garments to be freshened up and wrinkles banished.
Note: Fiber Content
These techniques work best on poly/cottons or rayon blends. If it’s a 100% cotton clothing item that’s heavily creased, touchups with a hot iron will probably be necessary.
Packing Matters: This is going to solve a big part of the problem…if you pack your clothes properly, they won’t come out in a creased, jumbled mess with impossible creases to deal with. Learn how to fold or roll t-shirts, pants, dress shirts and skirts. There are a lot of terrific videos online that will teach you, I’ve even learned a thing or two!
I personally find the use of packing cubes helpful and I look for ways to be creative with small items such as socks, undergarments and scarves so that they are tucked out of the way rather than cramming in around clothing. For socks: I like rolling them up in pairs and then stuffing them into my shoes. Undergarments and light dress scarves are folded neatly and packed in a single cube. If you pack thoughtfully, your garments won’t be so squished.
I also like bringing extra clothes hangers, the ones that fold up for traveling. Hotels never seem to provide enough. I use these to hang up a couple days worth of garments and this helps keep things neat and tidy.