I have a few things that I know will wrinkle. When I roll, does tissue help?
Can you fold the items instead? That’s what I do with a few of my shirts that do better folded than rolled. I can fit a few folded shirts in a packing cube with my rolled shirts on top.
I use an eagle creek travel Pack-it Garment folder. It keeps our collared shirts wrinkle free. I will even put some slacks in it - my crepe or linen ones.
I’ve had success with carrying a small (4” or so) empty spray bottle with me when I travel. I hang my wrinkled items and spray them with water as soon as I arrive. I give them a shake and a little tug here and there and they look pretty good by morning. Of course, that doesn’t help with items you want to wear immediately 😊.
We also use the Eagle Creek garment folders and they work very well for shirts and pants.
I vote for Nancy's spray bottle. I have several that have come in kits of TSA compliant bottles and tubs. You do have to think about what you are going to wear ahead of time and de-wrinkle it the night before. It just stays in my non-liquid toiletry kit in my suitcase along with my travel hairbrush and some other travel only items.
I did have to use this on a shirt I took on my trip to Scotland in August. It was a new shirt and made of Tencel which I stupidly thought did not wrinkle. Well, this did big time which I noticed when I got off the International flight. Yuck. I did de-wrinkle it before I wore it again but that shirt will NOT make the travel team again!
I've seen the tissue suggestion from people who are giving packing tips. Honestly it sounds like a nuisance to me but I'm pretty lazy, hahaha!! If you try it we will want a report on it!
Good idea about bringing an empty spray bottle. I have plenty of those. The 2 items that will be wrinkly the most are satin. I don’t want to fold them due to other things on them.
Ohhh…not sure how the water will work on satin! I think you leave soon, right? I’d try the spray on an inside hem or seam to make sure it doesn’t water spot.
I tried Downey Wrinkle Release on our last trip and it worked great. I’d lightly spray the satin items inside out.
I do steam the wrinkles out, so I know moisture does get on it. I’m sure it’s just polyester fabric that looks like satin. But I like the idea of trial spraying today and inside spraying! Thanks.
I'm inthe spray and hang camp.
Surprisingly, by just hanging my shirts overnight most wrinkles come out by themselves.
Dry cleaner bags have worked well for me in the past.
If you're looking for a really tiny spray bottle, check Amazon for spray pens. They don't hold much water, but they are a really nice size!
Back when I used to travel with business clothes, you know, suits, and things like that I actually discovered that dry cleaning bags. seem to work better than tissue. Now I just hang things in the shower.
OP here. Just got back last night. I did the tissue for one jumpsuit that gets really wrinkly all over and it arrived with no wrinkles! I was actually stunned. I did place it in a couple places that I folded before rolling.
Lulu thanks for circling back with your report! Interesting that the "tissue trick" actually worked. I'm glad you were wrinkleless...perhaps I should wrap my face in tissue the next trip and see what happens, hahaha!!
Pam, lol! I did also spray a few things also and let them hang. That worked fine for a couple items too.
I wonder what makes the tissue technique work. Would any extra layer be effective, like would it work to roll up a shirt that wrinkles with a nightgown that either doesn't wrinkle or that nobody cares if it's wrinkly? I'm going to try that the next time I pack, which is tomorrow!
Nancys8 My assumption is that we are really talking about the difference between wrinkles and creases. Careful rolling (or shirts in garment folders) takes care of most general wrinkling. The problem is that you usually have to fold a shirt once or twice before rolling. For some fabrics this is not a huge problem but for some (linen!) this causes a crease on the fold. These can be much harder to remove than random wrinkles. If I am understanding Lulu348's comment I think this is how she used it:
I did place it in a couple places that I folded before rolling.
Using the tissue in the fold areas plumps the fold area and stops the creasing. Dry cleaning bags, or any other material could work the same if it keeps the fabric from folding over too tightly. If you lay your nightgown on top of the shirt before folding and rolling that might work. Keep in mind that you would want both layers to be laid out smooth before folding/rolling or you might actually increase wrinkles in the process if you have gathers, lace, buttons, etc against smooth fabric.