Just a quick question about the suggestion Anne and Donna made about putting suits, formal dresses, etc. on hangers and wrapping them in plastic dry cleaner bags to prevent wrinkling...Did you carry them in a garment bag or in a suitcase? I really enjoy reading all your comments and info on this site! Thanks!
Actually I've put a few dresses right in the suitcase in the cleaner bag as well, and they come out fine. Although majority of the dresses on hangers go into the garment bag, at least as much room as the husbands give me :-) The rest I need to pack in the regular luggage, but so far that works out fine too.
I use this method as well for all my "good stuff" (everything on hangers, w/dry cleaning bags over each article). I never use a garment bag -- I put all my dresses together, then fold them all up together by bringing the tops into the center of the top dress, then the bottoms into the center of the top dress (the result is that the bunch is folded into thirds). -- then I plop them into a suitcase. I usually put my more casual stuff in one suitcase and shoes/dresses/pocketbooks/lingerie in another. If you're using 1 suitcase, I'd put the dresses in last.
P.S. This method works for gowns also -- but you have to be sure to use the very long dry cleaning bags.
I lay my clothes flat in the suitcase, or in the suitcase hanging compartment, if there is one. I promise, you won't have a wrinkle when you arrive, and those extra hangars are a blessing on most ships.
Thanks for all the GREAT advice about packing! I will definitely use the dry cleaners plastic bags tip on all our formal and informal wear. I'll be cutting back on what I plan on packing also, because of all the advice about not worrying if you are seen in the same outfit twice and the use of the laundry service. If they can turn it over in just one day, the cost will be worth it! Thanks again, I will be going in with a more laidback attitude!