Have you recently taken a job that requires you to travel cross-country? Or did you catch a killer vacation deal that'll put you on an airplane later this year? Either way, if your journey includes a suitcase, you're going to want to pay attention. No one wants to get to their destination, only to open their suitcase and find that all of their clothes are a wrinkled mess before going out to dinner. With that in mind, today we'll discuss 4 laundry tips for frequent travelers in the South.
Laundry Tips for Frequent Travelers #1: Plan Ahead
If you're only going to be away for a couple of days, you likely won't need to worry about laundry. However, if your stay exceeds the amount of clothes your suitcase can hold, you will likely need to do some laundry while you're away.
As such, one of the first laundry tips for frequent travelers we can offer is to plan ahead. One way to extend your wardrobe while away from home is to pack pieces that can be built into multiple outfits. Don't just throw a bunch of clothes into your suitcase and hope that you can make it work. Thoughtfully plan out what you're going to wear and when.
Alternatively, you can plan to wash your clothes. If you go this route, make sure that you've identified where you can find the closest laundry facility in or near your destination. If you're staying at a hotel, many hotels offer washers and dryers on site (or can do your laundry for you for an additional fee).
If no laundromat service is available in your hotel, make sure that there is one nearby before you leave. Also bring plenty of quarters and laundry supplies, including a stain remover stick and mesh laundry bag to separate your dirty laundry from your clean clothes. You might also pack all-in-one liquid-free laundry sheets that combine detergent and fabric softener all in one.
Laundry Tips for Frequent Travelers #2: Pack Quick-Dry and/or Wrinkle-Free Fabrics
Frequent travelers are usually quick to realize that certain outfits are meant to stay at home. On the other hand, there are a number of fabrics that are perfect for travel; and as long as you fold or roll them neatly when packing, these wrinkle-free fabrics will come out looking "good as new" when you arrive at your destination.
Alternatively, many travelers prefer quick-drying fabrics (usually made of synthetic materials) as they are easy to wash in a sink and can hang out to dry. As long as you have a towel rack, you can be fresh and new by morning light.
Laundry Tips for Frequent Travelers #3: Having a Travel Steamer is Essential
While we've witnessed the art of steaming your clothes using a hot shower, having a travel-size steamer in your suitcase is quite useful. A steamer will not only remove wrinkles but can also remove odors; and they are relatively inexpensive.
#4 Don't be Afraid to Hand Wash Your Clothes
We get it - doing your laundry away from home can be intimidating. So, if you prefer to stay in the safety of your room, make sure that you know how to hand wash your clothes. There are 2 different approaches to washing your clothes by hand.
The Sink Method
The default approach for most people is to plug the sink drain (using a flat rubber stopper or a washcloth), fill it up, add some detergent and wash. You'll want to rub a little extra detergent on dirtier areas such as armpits, then gently rub the fabric together to remove any dirt. Drain the water and squeeze out your clothes to remove the soap, and then rinse with clean water. Hang your clothes to dry on the shower bar or towel rack.
The Bag Method
Alternatively, you can wash your clothes in a bag. Just take a large, super heavy-duty, double zipper-seal bag. What you're looking for is much stronger than food storage bags and is about the size of a small tote bag. You'll put your dirty clothes inside this bag with a pinch of detergent and warm water. Mix everything by hand for approximately 5 minutes, then seal the bag and let your clothes soak for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, rinse and hang clothes to dry.
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