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1. Posted by Derek28 (Budding Member 9 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Hey everyone,

I've got my trip planned around 3/4 planned now and it's getting exciting (and scary at the same time!). I was wondering if anyone has any tips on when it comes to getting creases out of clothes! I'll have easy access to wash my clothes which is no problem but was wondering what the best solution is to getting creases out of clothes? I'll probably not have access to an iron so was wondering what anyone else has done in that situation?

Thanks!

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 226 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

Travel somewhere humid - seriously, that works.

Are you super-aware of wrinkled and creased clothing?

Your accommodation choices (hostel/hotel/airbnb) may have laundry facilities, for you seem to not be worried about where to get your clothes clean. Many businesses specialize in pressing your clothes as well as washing them. Dry cleaners are found all over. If you cannot get one, try hanging your clothes in the bathroom as you shower - the steam may take care of some of the wrinkles.

3. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1570 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

My tip is: don't worry about it.

Be scruffy. Be comfortable. Focus on the places you're seeing - just pull on a pair of jeans or whatever and relax.

If it really bothers you, buy some non-iron garments for the trip. Roll t-shirts, fold trousers, shape garments while still a little damp, or use a packing system like Eagle Creek's folders.

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 405 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

Take clothes that do not need ironing. Very easy.

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2251 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

At your hotel you can hang some dress clothes in the bathroom after you take a shower.

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I use a suitcase with wheels nowadays. My clothes are folded up and not just tossed in the case willy-nilly!

T-shirts and underwear carefully folded. Pants (trousers,) walking shorts, regular shirts all ironed before the trip. Then they are neatly folded up and placed carefully in my case. (I do slip the clothes in a plastic bag just in case any liquids I have in my check-in bag leaks.)

I guess being retired I just don't enter places where I have to go through some sort of inspection! Even when I was in the military and had to carry dress uniforms with me I don't recall any big problem back then when traveling.

If you are driving yourself you can purchase a garment bag you hang on a hook in your car. Flying first class on a plane there are places you can hang a garment bag.

For my travel I just I have easy to maintain clothes. And no need for fancy dress up clothing!

There are videos you can pull up on your computer that have some good hints for folding particular clothes. Samples below:
https://magazine.brooksbrothers.com/how-to-pack-a-suit/
https://traveltips.usatoday.com/ways-carry-suit-airplane-106813.html

Good luck.

6. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1015 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

I don't have the kind of figure where it really makes any difference whether there are wrinkles in my clothes or not - they just match the wrinkles in my face :)

Seriously - if you have trousers you can smooth them out and put them between the mattress and the springs. Or just hang stuff in the bathroom - the shower steam will relax the wrinkles. Most of the time when I put stuff on my body heat eases the wrinkles out.

But most important - I don't buy linen or taffeta or any fabrics that wrinkle badly. Seersucker, cotton, knits and stuff that doesn't need ironing is what I buy. I also do not buy anything that needs to be dry cleaned. It makes life much simpler. Even if I wad things up to put in the suitcase, the wrinkles fall out pretty easily. (And I don't usually wad up the clean clothes - I roll them)

7. Posted by ToddP (Moderator 200 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

Don't fold your clothes when packing - roll them...

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 2251 posts) 2w 2 Star this if you like it!

"Don't fold your clothes when packing - roll them..."

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I have been folding clothes for travel for around 50 years. (Military and civilian combined.) When I put a shirt on or trousers the creases are pretty much where they are supposed to be! If you fold right and pack right you can make just about anything arrive in fairly decent ready to wear shape. (Never had a need for a tuxedo on a trip and I definitely never wore a fancy dress anytime in my life there has never been a reason to pack them! )

9. Posted by Derek28 (Budding Member 9 posts) 2w 1 Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the really fast replies guys, I'll be visiting some warm and humid countries like Thailand, Indonesia & Australia so hopefully that will help, but I will use many of your techniques too. Much appreciated!

10. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 864 posts) 2w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Derek28

I'll be visiting some warm and humid countries like Thailand, Indonesia & Australia

If you haven't previously been to really hot AND humid (very different from hot & dry) climates then best option in places like Thailand and Indonesia is to pack ultra light.
Standard T-Shirts, Jeans, Canvas shorts and polo shirts which are fine for most of the UK summer, are much to thick for places like Thailand.
Clothes are really cheap in that part of the world, so buying cheap t-shirts/shorts isn't expensive and you can pick the thin ones once you've appreciate quite how hot (& humid) it really is there.
Do not be a fashion victim and bring a suitcase/backpack with any designer gear, as a D&G shirt looks really rubbish when it's drenched in sweat.
Even if it didn't, very very few people there would care what it was and the few that did could use that as a good reason for them to overcharge you...

[ Edit: Edited on 30-May-2019, at 19:59 by Andrew Mack ]