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Travel Iron

Traveling to the Algarve in September and taking linen/cotton shirts. They do wrinkle and I am considering taking along a small, light weight travel iron. Any suggestions as to type/brand?

Posted by
11503 posts

Does your hotel/lodging not have irons available?

Seems to be a real inconvenience to pack, not to mention the power draw issues, converters or adapters that would be needed.

Perhaps buy one there and leave it behind?

Posted by
13 posts

Should have mentioned that hotel doesn’t have irons. Perhaps buying one there is doable.

Posted by
5837 posts

My travel iron (230v with type F plug):

It continues to be our most popular iron. A thick base and narrow
thermostat window ensure accurate and even heating. A turn of the dial
sets the desired temperature, red and green LED's on the handle tell
you whether the iron is still heating or is ready to go. Please note
this is the 230V version intended for countries operating on a 230volt
electrical system.

Kidding aside, can you live with hanging the shirt is the bathroom after a hot shower?

Posted by
857 posts

or bring a small, empty spray bottle, fill w hot water, spray clothes... not as crisp as an iron, but usually sufficient

Posted by
11507 posts

Linen will wrinkle the moment you put it on - give up lol !
Surprised hotel doesn’t have an iron , most hotels dislike people using irons in their rooms , because of fire hazard , electrical complications , but will sometimes have a ironing room - or lend you an iron .

I’m in the go wrinkled or steam it in the bathroom set .

Posted by
5130 posts

I have several linen items in my closet that I love, but there's a reason I don't pack them for travelling. Wrinkles. It's just too much work - I'd rather be out and about than stuck in my room ironing ( and if the hotel doesn't have irons, they won't have an ironing board. Hard to iron something well without one.) Can you leave the linen at home and find a couple of blended fabric replacements that won't require so much, or any, work?

Posted by
4473 posts

My plugs say they cannot be used with irons or hairdryers.
My husband uses a steamer.
You could take a wrinkle release spray.

Posted by
906 posts

I've used both water and Downey Wrinkle release and can't see much difference. Might want to experiment at home first. Make sure you're okay with the scent.

I take a small 3oz empty spray bottle and pair it with the hotels blow dryer. Hang up the item, spray it and then blow dry smoothing and pulling as needed.

Posted by
3521 posts

I have found my cotton shirts don't wrinkle as much as expected when rolled and packed carefully. A hang overnight in the shower area of the bathroom makes them presentable. Never used irons, sprays, or anything else.

Posted by
7078 posts

If you don't want to lug wrinkle release halfway around the world with the risk that the bottle leak in your hold luggage, you can carry an empty spray bottle, a small (cabin-legal) amount of fabric softener, and dilute the softener in the spray bottle once in Portugal. Don't overdo it, a small amount is fine, and it does make a slight difference vs. plain water.

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4473 posts

There are wrinkle release sprays in 3 oz bottles that can go in 3-1-1 bag

Posted by
5837 posts

Are you sure this is your model? Because it states on the specs that it's only 110v. You'd fry that thing if you plugged it into a 220 outlet.

And if you do take the 110 v steamer to Europe, bring a voltage transformer rated for several times the 800 watts, not just a plug adapter. I saw a 110 volt iron get smoked along with the voltage converter in Germany.

You need to know the wattage of your device in order to determine the
appropriate voltage converter to purchase so look on the indications
label of your device for the W to get this information. Then, be sure
to buy a converter with a wattage rating that is two to three times
higher than the device you plan to operate in order to safely convert


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12172 posts

I don't pack, or use, an iron for my trips. My "ironing" is done by choosing and packing clothes that travel well without ironing.