Holiday Time is Travel Time

Many of us are planning to travel at some point over the upcoming Holidays.  The lucky ones will get to escape the Minnesota winter and go someplace warm (lucky ducks!!).  Whether you are travelling near or far this Holiday season, the following are some pointers to get you to your destination with your great looking wardrobe wrinkle free.

Lighten your load.  Try to avoid jamming your case with too many items.  Plan outfits ahead of time and put together items of the same color family.  For example, pick out blacks and greys or neutral browns and tans.  Throw in a piece or two of a bright color, like a tie or scarf or a pair of shoes.  You will be able to pack less and have a mix and match wardrobe where the items can do double duty.  For some of us this is easier said than done, coughcough!  Just don’t cram too many pieces into one case to alleviate wrinkles.

Plastic.  Try using your Clean’n’Press dry clean bags in your packing.  Friction causes wrinkling, plastic reduces friction.  If you are using a hanging garment bag, try putting each outfit into an individual plastic bag.  This will keep your outfits neat and wrinkle free.  Your clothes may arrive more wrinkle free than you do during your long journey to Grandma’s house!  Another great plastic tip: use zip-lock bags for dirty shoes, liquids or anything else you want to keep away from your clothing.

Roll ’em up.  If you’re not using a hanging garment bag while travelling, you can fold items or ROLL them.  Rolling clothing is a great space-saving and wrinkle-free choice for everyday items like denim and tees.

OR, Fold it.   For sweaters and dress shirts, try the square fold.  First, button all or every other button on button up items and lay them face down on a bed or other flat surface.  Smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.  Fold material in at the shoulders, about one-third of the way into the body and lay arms flat along the body.  Next, fold up one-third of the material from the bottom hem and again another third until you get it folded to the top of the garment.  You will end up with the nicest little package that is worthy of being displayed in your favorite retail shop!  This is also how we fold (or “box”) your shirts at Clean’n’Press when requested, perfect for travel and you don’t have to do the work!!

Delicates.  A great way to pack your delicate items is to put them into a nylon mesh bag.  If your bag needs inspection at the airport, no one will need touch your personal items as the inspector will be able to see inside the bag.  For socks, roll up the pairs and place them inside shoes or other areas that have gaps in your case.

Finish line.  Once you’ve settled on all items to pack, put all of your folded clothing in the center of the case and any rolled items around the perimeter of the folded clothing.  Shoes should also be placed around the edges of the folded clothing along with socks neatly tucked inside.  Keep all toiletries in an outside compartment as to not explode inside with your clothing, this also will be easier to reach when you need to take them out for air travel.

There you have it!  Your clothing will now travel as wrinkle-free as possible!!!  Don’t forget to get your items cleaned after your travels so they will be fresh and ready to go on your next adventure!

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