Most Cleaners are most accommodating - I ask for separate covers for each item at pick up time and have never had a problem - between cruises I never throw out one of those covers - they take up no space in your closet and are worth their weight in gold when I pack for a cruise - one cover per garmet is the way to go.
Everyone keeps telling me to use tissue paper to keep my clothes from getting wrinkled, or to roll my clothes. The rolling thing has me stumped. I have to start packing soon. Has anyone ever tired tissue paper or rolling??
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For the rolling method, fold a garment to minimize a potential wrinkle. Then starting at one end roll the garment like if you were rolling up some Christmas wrapping paper. So you'll end up with what looks like a log. It works well for preventing wrinkling and allows more to be packed per bag.
Take my word for it, the tissue paper method does not work (unless I did it wrong)! The rolling is a good thing and the cleaners bags a must for dress clothes!
I pack all my stuff then put dress clothes in the cleaners bags on top, close the suitcase, and so far I've not had badly wrinkled clothes. For longer cruises I do take my rolling garment bag, which easily holds 4 or 5 outfits and I still use the cleaner bags.
Enjoy your cruise! Susan will be cruisin'
P.S. I took an iron on my first cruises until I got a lesson in ship fires from a security officer on the Norway years ago. My room steward noticed it and he had an officer stop by and chat with me about it!!! I didn't mind and twenty years ago I didn't thing about the dangers.
I used the plastic bags on our last cruise and never had a wrinkle. However, my dry cleaner charged me five cents a bag but it was worth it. I also take a small steamer, just in case, but haven't had to use it yet.
A sport coat falls out eventually and you can pack so the shirt collars remain intact. Other than that, who cares? My Lands End/Target wardrobe looks fine after being stuffed in a bag.
The dresses my wife packs look fine, I guess. Granted her bag is just slightly smaller than her closet. Clothes from Tilley and Megellan pack particularly well. Think her duty black dress comes from them.
Stuff your clothes in a duffle bag and adopt a confident, casual, comfortable, well traveled (worn) up yours attitude.