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?
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!
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.
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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.
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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!