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Old March 18th, 2016, 05:17 PM
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Default How do you pack a men's suit without getting wrinkles?

I am OCD when it comes to wrinkles, and I am adjusting to the fact that I won't be able to iron anything, Lol! I am not going to pay to have my things pressed thru the ship's laundry service, BUT, I'm not sure what to do about my husband's suit...we will have 2 Formal Nights and 1 Smart Casual (out of a 7 night cruise) which requires a Suit/Jacket & Tie and I'm thinking maybe just a simple hang up luggage bag for the suit?? This is our very first cruise (celebrating 30 yr anniversary) and I have no idea how careful they are with the luggage, it could end up more wrinkles than if I just put it in the suitcase! We are cruising with Royal Caribbean on the Liberty of the Seas this fall. Thanks for any input!
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I have luggage that has a separate area for hanging items, works out well. I did use a garment bag for years, but then when flying, you will pay more to have the extra piece of luggage, so this suitcase works out well, never had winkles that needed ironing...Some cruisers take a travel steamer and steam out the wrinkles, once on board..
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Royal Caribbean no longer has a mandatory dress night .On my last RCI cruise several men came into the MDR in tee shirts.
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Good question. So far I have not figured out how to stop the wrinkles so I dole out a few bucks and have the cruiseline press my suit. It's usually $3.95 - $5.95.
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For anyone still interested, wrinkle release spray works well. A few blasts of mist and you're good to go.


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Most cruise lines are doing away with formal and going more towards a relaxed chic, for lack of a better description. Personally, I wear a pair of Dockers and an Oxford shirt most nights for dinner and on formal night I simply put on a tie. Takes away the worry and hassle of packing a suit with all that extra weight.

When I do take a jacket, we carry a small travel steamer that works great at removing wrinkles. The best way I found to pack it is to put half of the jacket in the suitcase, then put a few layers of underwear or t-shirts, etc. on top of the first half, and then fold the second half over those layers. But this is always on top of everything else, so I usually don't get alot of wrinkles. Have only paid to have it pressed one time, but we were also traveling in Europe for 2 weeks before the cruise.

But as was stated, on RCCL things are now more relaxed and you'll see a little bit of everything on formal night from tuxedos to golf shirts. So don't feel like you have to get all dressed up, unless of course you want to.

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First off, one should have a separate garment bag specifically made for suits. Those bags can be small, and easily fit in the ordinary luggage, but there are some garment bags used as carry-on luggage too for business travelers. Second, there are travel irons with steamer functions. Those travel irons are surprisingly compact and light. Third, consider getting a suit made from modern materials, a so-called technical textile suit, or the broader term of 'activewear fabrics'. These suits can be washed and won't wrinkle, and some such suits I know of include the Arc'teryx Indisce, Ministry of Supply 3D printed suit, or the excellent Rohan Envoy collection. These suits have a rather youthful style, so they might not be for everyone.
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Keep in mind that irons and steamers are not allowed by most cruise lines. If they see it in your luggage during the x-ray process, they'll require you to hand it over.

So, I would not suggest taking a travel iron, unless you want to take the chance of losing it. We've taken a small steamer and have been lucky in that it's always made it through the process. Then again, when it's folded, it doesn't look like a steamer.

But if you really want to take a suit and it gets wrinkled, just pay the few dollars they charge to get it pressed.

Personally, I don't take a suit, but will occasionally take a sports jacket made for traveling. Then I hang it in the bathroom while I'm taking a hot shower and the steam takes out the few wrinkles it has.

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