Packing a suitcase or two for your vacation getaway can often seem challenging, particularly when you're bringing garments that wrinkle easily. From deciding what suitcase to use, to what clothes you should bring for your days and nights out, as well as ensuring your filled luggage pieces do not exceed the maximum weight allowances for your flight, it's a time-consuming, and meticulous process that warrants your full attention, according to The New York Times.
And, with so many varying tips given on the internet on how to pack like a pro, as offered by USA Today, it can be quite confusing on whether you're taking the right steps or making more work for yourself in the long run. After all, your time is precious, and going on vacation is supposed to be fun, not exhaust you before you're even airborne. Let's take a look at one tip that will help keep your clothes wrinkle-free in your suitcase, and give you peace of mind as well.
Numerous options have been offered online on the best wrinkle-free methods when packing your clothes in a suitcase. And, if you've ever worked for an airline, or know someone who has, or has served in the military, the top method for keeping the wrinkles in your clothing to a minimum, and fitting more clothes into your luggage, is by rolling your garments, as reported by USA Today.
Rolling your clothes not only ensures minimum to no wrinkles for your packed clothes, but it's also a relaxing process. And, according to Good Housekeeping, when implementing this method in a certain order, based on the type and weight of material of your pieces, that also helps to reduce potential wrinkles tremendously.
In addition, the rolling method allows you to see your favorite blouse that you want to wear upon your arrival to Italy, rather than having to search under several pieces of folded clothing and disheveling your entire packed suitcase to find it.
And, while some outlets will tell you to fold each item, and place them in individual, plastic bags, such as dry-cleaning bags or trash bags, this really isn't a good option for many reasons. The first is the dire need to reduce the use of plastic and plastic bags globally, and their detriment to the environment, as reported by the United Nations Climate Change website.
The second is, your luggage will go through fluctuating temperatures, from the moment you pack your bag, to its arrival at the airport, and its placement in the airline baggage hold, which varies according to enRoute Air Canada, until it's finally back into your hands. Plastic bags create condensation and trap moisture, especially in fluctuating temperatures.
In addition, dry-cleaning bags also have chemical residuals from the dry-cleaning process inside their bags, as reported by The Spruce. By storing your clean clothes in them, and packing them in your suitcase, you risk those chemical residuals getting onto your clothing, possibly causing discoloration, as well as creating a damp environment from the plastic itself against the fabric. And, since airlines weigh packed bags to ensure they're within their requirements, having additional materials — such as plastic bags around each piece of clothing — adds unnecessary, additional weight to your bag. So, when packing your luggage, keep it light and simple. Your clothes and the environment will thank you for it.
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