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Old April 4th, 2006, 05:33 PM
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im going on my first cruise in July, I'm just wondering how you guys pack your suits?
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Default That's an EASY one...

I pack my suits in a foldable, rolling Garment bag. If the suits come out a little wrinkled, you can touch them up yourself (bring your own travel iron) or send them to the ships dry cleaners which is usually inexpensive
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I just leave them in the dry cleaning bags they come back from the cleaners in. Amazing how wrinkle free they stay.
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I use a folding garment bag that I purchased from Target.com. It works great, is easy to carry and keeps my suits in great shape.
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The last few cruises DH just brings his suit in a laundry bag in our carry on and as soon as we get to our cabin we turn it in for dry cleaning or pressing and it always comes back looking great and in time for our first formal night.
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I'm just wondering how you guys pack your suits?

Very carefully. :-)

Seriously, I pack them in the top (suit) section of a 26" "roller back" two-suiter -- but I remove the innards when doing so, then open the section and lay the jacket neatly across the middle with, buttons down and and aligned with the button holes, the collar on the lid and the lower half in the suit compartment. Next, I place the trowsers across the tail with the legs folded in half so the cuffs are on top of the wast. I next lay the cumerbunds, vest, matching ties, and cufflink and stud sets on top of the trowsers, then place the shirts on top of the rest with the collars at the open edge. Finally, fold the top of the jacket back onto the shirts. You can pack a sport coat and dress slacks or another suit on top of the first in the same way. By placing everhting else in the horizontal fold of the jacket, one provides enough thickness of separation so the fold in the jacket cannot form a creae.

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Default men packing their suits huh

If I could get my husband to pack that would be amazing!!!

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i hang the pants, shirt & jacket put the dry cleaners bag over it, and hang it in the folding garment bag. Unpack it as soon as it arrives in your cabin. Have only had to lightly touch-up the shirt with the iron that the ship had in the self-serve laundry.
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I don't. My wife, who is skilled at that sort of thing does it. We use a large suitcase for the formal clothes. Still, it usually, but not always, requires a trip to the ship cleaners for steam pressing to get the wrinkles out.
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I always hung my tux, shirts and pants in a garment bag.

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If your suit or dinner jacket is wool (most likely), then you needn't worry too much about wrinkles. Wool is very forgiving and if you hang it in the steamy bathroom (hot shower running, obviously), most packing wrinkles will be long gone in moments.

I use a garment bag, but I also don't have to fly to the cruise port, so I can pack any way I like. A folding garment bag works great.

There is also a proper way to pack a jacket and trousers in a suitcase, if you need to do that. I'm sure you can find some pictures on some packing website. This works well as well.

In any case, remember the shower steam trick. Most of the time there is no need to pack an iron, or use the ship's pressing, for a wool suit.

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I don't. I just rented one form the cruise line. That way I didn't have to deal with it.
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I use a suitcase that has a rack type device designed to fold a suit & trousers in it. Its better then nothing; however, if it (Mess Dress) gets to many wrinkles, its off to the ship's cleaners, for a steam press, seldom have I had to do this though.

Its sort of a pain, with the military mess dress as one has to remove all the ribbons, badges and even the metal clip on buttons before sending it out .

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Old April 27th, 2006, 08:00 PM
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When it comes back from the cleaners you just keep it in the dry cleaner bag and put it in the garment bag and make sure you fold the arms of the shirts and jacket neatly in and then fold the lower panel up and that's all there is to it.

By keeping everything in dry cleaning bags, including shirts, you keep a slippery surface between the clothing that hinders it from wrinkling. It works very well.

I also advocate a good garment bag, such as a Samsonite Silhouette or Hartman, if you have a high budget. I find that they seem to handle suits and gowns better than most suiter suitcases.

Then again I lived out of one for a number of years.

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