So, your off travelling! Did you know that some fabrics travel better than others? In some cases, you might just think “let’s leave the delicates at home when travelling”. But whether you are going to a wedding venue in Tasmania or a formal event in Greece – you might need to pack delicate fabrics. Don’t worry, there are a few items that can make it easier to travel with delicate fabrics and one of the most commonly used items is a garment bag. This bag helps to keep the delicate fabrics and items such as silk sleepwear protected against snagging, rubbing and moisture. This is the reason why dry-cleaning clothing comes back to you in those plastic covers. Friction can cause fabric to wrinkle and covering the items in plastic means that there is less friction. You can buy these for cheap and they work well when you are travelling. You may also be surprised to find that some items delicate are actually machine washable such as washable silk pajamas so these can be easily packed for your special holiday.
Silk and tissue paper can also keep your fabrics in order and well protected. You may notice shops often place delicate fabrics in tissue paper and this works when travelling no matter how far you are going.
The packing techniques
There are a few packing tips that you can use to make sure that your delicates stay well protected. It is important to not jam your suitcase completely full. You can pack your clothes quite snug but when you jam them in it increases the risk of them getting wrinkled and damaged. You can layer the garments over each other to add padding for protection. Keep the delicate clothing from wrinkling by placing them with cushiony items like knit shirts and jumpers. Also, make sure you check with the authorities when you pack your bag! You don’t want to get in trouble.
Satins and silks
Silk and satin are soft materials however they seem to snag and wrinkle up easily. If you have silk pajamas or shirts you need to bundle them around flat objects you do this by laying the flat object on top and then pull the sleeves around the item. This will leave you without any crease and very minimal wrinkles. Sandwich satin dresses and silk ones among each other this will shield the silk dress from snagging and getting all wrinkled.
Cashmere and wool
This stuff is great for travelling during winter, for example to a luxury day spa, and doesn’t crease easily however they snag very easily. In order to keep the wool material from snagging then your best bet is to put them in a plastic dry-cleaning bag before you place then into the garment bag and into the suitcase. If there are small crease lay them flat once you are settled in the motel or apartment and they should come back to normal.
Here is where you can use the tissue paper to protect clothing that has delicate features like beading, lace and sequins. Tissue paper aids in preventing other clothes from rubbing up against the features which can cause the beads and sequins to fall off and get snagged on everything.
Just because they are delicate and fragile doesn’t mean you cannot take them with you and look your absolute best. All you need to do is take a little more care when it comes to loading delicate items into your suitcases. By following the tips above you can be sure to travel wherever you want and be able to keep your delicate fabrics well protected and free from wrinkles and creases.