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Euphonic November 28th, 2010 07:07 PM

Wrinkled Clothes after unpacking
So, tonight we are getting all of our cloths together and getting ready to pack them up for the cruise. My delima is I am concerned that all my nice dress shirts and my jacket will be wrinkled when we unpack them.

any advise on how to make sure they come out nice?

do the cabins have an iron in them like hotels?

2katz3fsh November 28th, 2010 07:17 PM

We tend to dress up on our cruises and we pack all of our evening wear on hangers covered with plastic dry cleaning bags and put them in suit bags along with our dress shoes (wrapped in tissue paper). I usually pack them last thing the night before we leave and then leave the suitbag out open on the floor ready to be zipped the day of the cruise. Most of our cabins allow us to have laundry/washing/ironing/shoe shine free but if you are staying in a cabin which does not, it is a nominal charge to have your clothes ironed. You may want to hang them on a hanger in back of the bathroom door (which is closed) while you take a shower--it gets good and steamy in the bathroom and may de-wrinkle them a little as well. For other things which I do not want to wrinkle, I may wrap them in tissue paper with paper in the sleeves and in between folds.
Good luck and enjoy your cruise, wrinkled clothes or not!

Trip November 28th, 2010 08:59 PM

You can use bubble pack layers, the wrinkle spray, or the hot steamy bathroom...Also a small steamer will help...

Mike M November 28th, 2010 09:03 PM

Layering in tissue paper and dry cleaning bags is the best trick for reducing or eliminating wrinkles.

Downy Wrinkle release is a good thing for those things that still wrinkle.

Take care,

DetroitMark November 29th, 2010 07:28 AM

I've found that if I do absolutely nothing ... I have maybe one or two shirts that need to have anything done to it on the other end of the flight.

The main thing is to pack correctly and not to overpack. What wrinkles clothing inside a garment bag is smashing the lid down on a case that's stuffed with too many clothes.

johnthed0g November 29th, 2010 07:44 AM

I bet ours will be screwed up in a ball then! we have just packed for a cruise that is two weeks away (don't ask why, mad wife!).

DetroitMark November 29th, 2010 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by johnthed0g (Post 1331214)
I bet ours will be screwed up in a ball then! we have just packed for a cruise that is two weeks away (don't ask why, mad wife!).

You poor man. You have my condolences. ;)

johnthed0g November 29th, 2010 09:55 AM


Originally Posted by DetroitMark (Post 1331223)
You poor man. You have my condolences. ;)

Condolences on which...the mad wife or the wrinkled clothes??

DetroitMark November 29th, 2010 10:37 AM

Whichever is causing the more stress. lol

johnthed0g November 29th, 2010 10:40 AM


nojames November 29th, 2010 01:06 PM

My parents told me this trick they use a lot on their cruises, they roll up the clothes and once they are on the ship unpack right away the steam or humidity will take out the wrinkles.

sistagoldenhair November 29th, 2010 03:39 PM

Rolling in stead of folding does work. Also as mentioned - hanging in the bathroom and letting the steam work out a few wrinkles.

I have also used my flat iron and hair dryer to try and smooth out a few of the big wrinkles.

lv2b@sea December 5th, 2010 12:05 PM

The last dozen cruises or more we have been taking DH suit and clean dress shirts in our carry on so when we get to the cabin we just put the suit out for dry cleaning and the shirts for pressing only. It is the same price as home and lot less packing stress. Works really well cruising out of Europe. For the other items, I place half a dry cleaning bag in between each layer laying the pants in first with the legs hanging out then the shirts with the sleeves out then shorts, t-shirts, pj, etc in the middle, folding everything in on top and the result is no wrinkles or creases. This works for us. If we are going a couple days early, those items are packed in a small carry-on or placed on top. Google for great advice and videos.

johnthed0g December 5th, 2010 03:15 PM

No dry cleaning on our cruise, enviromental reasons....

Queen of Oakville December 10th, 2010 10:41 AM

With luggage restrictions, we try to pack as light as possible. If we can swing travellign in carryons, we always do ... which means packing as tight we can.

My preference is to roll everything (I've fit a full length dress) into zippy bags and squeeze out the air. Then all the airless bags get plopped into a suitcase.

Yes, everything comes out VERY wrinkled. I have a cheap $20 steamer from Walmart that works amazingly. It takes about 30 minutes or so, on the first day to steam all of our clothes and then we are set for the week.

cactusflower February 5th, 2011 05:42 PM

I too roll everything and pack not too loosely or things will shift. I always carry a small spray bottle (holds about a cup or so of water) and spray anything that has creases, wrinkles, etc with warm water. I don't like using shower steam -- doesn't do the job as well as the spray bottle. Don't waste your money on the commercial products that take wrinkles out. I also pack a chamois or a commercial cloth like Shamo (or whatever it's called) to roll clothes in if I have to wash anything out in the sink or shower -- removes a lot of the water!

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