Hi, I totally agree with what the others have said about the risk of fires and stuff. I just wanted you to know that I have always traveled with my full size iron, never have hid it, and have never had any problems. In fact the room stewards usually wrap up the cord, like they do for curling irons. I never thought about sending my stuff out for pressing. I might try that this time, since I am flying cross country and there is a weight limit on luggage. The Downey Wrinkle spray does work wonderfully and you can get it in the sample section at Walmart or Target for about $1.50. I highly recommend a small 6 ft. extention cord. You will use it for sure.