Maintenance Free Packing Means A Happier Holiday

By: Victor Epand

After a long, tiring and arduous journey, you eventually arrive at your destination. Almost certainly the last thing you intend to do is to whip out the ironing board and iron you happened to bring with you, and spend an hour or two sorting out the disaster zone that used to b your wardrobe.

Unfortunately it is often the case that due to a combination of poorly chosen clothing and inappropriate packing, very often clothing arrives in a seriously dishevelled way, giving you a choice of either appearing as though you travelled yourself in the baggage compartment, or waving a carefree goodbye to the first half of your day whilst you sort out your belongings.

Neither of these options are especially preferable, and neither of these options are actually necessary. With just a little further thought and planning it is quite possible to create a wardrobe of outfits for your holiday which will require very little maintenance and should arrive in a perfectly decent and respectable condition. There are a number of ways in which this can be achieved. The first is to consider the actual material of the clothing you intend to take with you. Some materials, such as cotton travel very poorly, and will very easily crease, requiring a good deal of sorting out. Man made fabric on the other hand, such as polyester and nylon, travel much better, and tend to crease far less. Very often these days you will find it possible to find clothing which is advertised specifically as crease proof or ion free, and these are the clothes which are ideal for travelling.

The second way in which you can help to reduce any damage to your clothing in transit is to ensure that it is packed effectively. As a general rule, folding clothes is not necessarily the best way of preventing them from being crumpled, as when the suitcase or bag is tipped up and moved around, folded clothes will tend to concertina, encouraging creases and wrinkles. Instead, try rolling the clothes into tight tubes. Not only will this provide you with greater flexibility over packing, as these tube will often fit into spaces much better than a single pile of folded clothes, but once you arrive at your destination and unroll these clothes, they will usually be in far better condition and ready to wear immediately.

One third possibility which is becoming increasingly popular is o use an air compression or vacuum system on your clothes. Effectively what this is is a plastic bag, into which you slide your folded clothes, not rolled, and then zip the bag up at the open end. By connecting an air pump to a valve positioned on the bag, is it then possible to suck out all of the excess air in the bag, thereby squashing and compressing the clothes themselves, and preventing the clothes from moving about.

Once you arrive at the other end and remove your clothes, they should be in exactly the same condition they were when you packed them. So with a combination of buying or taking appropriate clothing, and by packing them effectively, it is certainly possible that when you arrive at your destination you can happily unpack, dress and enjoy the first day of your holiday as you intended.

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