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On-the-Go Solutions for Wrinkled Clothes: No Iron Needed!

We’ve all been there—you’re on a family vacation or a quick business trip, and you unpack your suitcase only to find a wrinkled mess staring back at you. Ugh, right? Now, you’re faced with the dreaded task of hunting down an iron or, even worse, paying for overpriced hotel laundry services.

But what if I told you there are easier ways to get those wrinkles out, no iron needed? We have some handy on-the-go solutions for wrinkled clothes that will make your life so much easier. Here are a few tricks to try to get those wrinkles out, pronto.

wrinkled shirt with text overlay about getting wrinkles out without an iron

Fabric Makes All the Difference

Before we jump into those life-saving hacks, let’s talk fabric. Believe it or not, the type of fabric you choose can make a world of difference when it comes to wrinkles. Some materials are just more prone to wrinkling than others, who has time to deal with clothes that are naturally more wrinkly?

Wrinkle-Resistant Fabrics

  • Polyester: This synthetic fabric is pretty much a busy mom’s dream. It’s durable, dries quickly, and most importantly, it’s wrinkle-resistant!
  • Jersey: Soft, stretchy, and generally wrinkle-free. Perfect for casual wear or even some cute maxi dresses.
  • Wool: Surprisingly, wool doesn’t wrinkle easily and can be great for more formal outfits.
  • Nylon: This one’s great for workout clothes, swimwear, and even some casual wear.

Fabrics to Avoid

  • Linen: As lovely as it is, linen wrinkles if you so much as look at it the wrong way.
  • Cotton: While breathable and comfortable, it’s prone to wrinkles, especially when packed tightly.
  • Silk: It’s luxurious but can wrinkle easily, so handle with care!

So, the next time you’re packing for a trip, consider opting for wrinkle-resistant fabrics to make your life a little bit easier.

Pre-Trip Packing Strategies

Alright, mamas, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of packing like a pro! Because let’s face it, no one wants to spend their vacation time ironing clothes. Here are some tried-and-true strategies to keep those pesky wrinkles at bay.

Roll, Don’t Fold

clothes neatly packed in suitcase using the rolling method

You’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating: rolling your clothes can significantly reduce wrinkles. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Lay the garment flat: Make sure all buttons are done up and zippers are closed.
  2. Smooth out any wrinkles: Use your hands to smooth out the fabric.
  3. Start rolling: Begin at one end and roll tightly towards the other end.
  4. Place in suitcase: Position the rolled clothes in your suitcase so they’re snug but not squished.

The key here is to roll tightly enough to prevent wrinkles but not so tight that you stretch the fabric.

Use Packing Cubes or Compression Bags

If you haven’t jumped on the packing cube bandwagon yet, now’s the time! These little wonders not only help you organize your suitcase but also keep your clothes in place, minimizing the chance of wrinkles.

  • Packing Cubes: These come in various sizes and allow you to group similar items together. Place your rolled clothes inside, zip it up, and you’re good to go!
  • Compression Bags: These are especially great for bulkier items like jackets or sweaters. Just place your clothes inside, seal the bag, and roll it to push out the air. Voila! More space and fewer wrinkles.

By using these packing aids, you’re not just saving space—you’re also saving yourself from the headache of dealing with wrinkled clothes when you arrive.

woman sitting on pink suitcase

Quick Fixes for Wrinkles

So, you’ve arrived at your destination, and despite your best efforts, you find a few pieces in your suitcase that have succumbed to the wrinkle monster. Don’t worry! Here are some quick and easy fixes that will have your clothes looking smooth and fabulous in no time, all without an iron.

The Shower Steam Method

Hang your wrinkled clothes in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. The steam from the shower will help relax the fibers and smooth out wrinkles. Just make sure to keep the garments away from direct water spray.

The Damp Towel Technique

Lay the wrinkled garment flat and place a damp towel over the wrinkled areas. Press down with your hands to transfer moisture to the fabric. Then, hang the garment up to dry. This method is great for more stubborn wrinkles that need a little extra attention.

DIY Fabric Spray

Mix water with a few drops of fabric softener in a spray bottle and take this with you on your vacations and business trips. Lightly mist your clothes and then smooth out the wrinkles with your hands. This homemade spray removes wrinkles and leaves your clothes smelling fresh!

The Water Bottle Trick

Don’t have a spray bottle? No worries! You can use a regular water bottle with a small hole in the cap. Just fill it with water and sprinkle it over your clothes, then smooth out the wrinkles with your hands. It’s a quick and easy fix when you’re in a pinch! Just make sure you allow enough time for the clothes to dry before wearing them.

Advanced Tips

Sometimes, a sprinkle of water or steam from the shower just won’t do the trick. Here are a couple of tricks to try that require a little more work but will get the job done.

woman using portable steamer on gray shirt

Portable Handheld Steamers

If you’re a frequent traveler, investing in a portable handheld steamer can be a lifesaver. These little gadgets are compact, easy to use, and super effective at getting rid of wrinkles in a jiffy. Plus, they’re not just for clothes—you can use them on curtains and upholstery too!

Using Hair Straighteners or Curling Irons

In a real pinch and have access to a hair straightener or curling iron? You can actually use these to smooth out wrinkles on clothes! Just make sure the iron is clean and set to a low heat setting. Gently clamp down on the wrinkled area and glide along the fabric. Voila! But please, proceed with caution and maybe test on a less visible area first.

Now you’re armed with lots of ways to keep your clothes wrinkle-free while traveling. So go ahead, book that trip and pack that suitcase, and leave the worries (and wrinkles) behind.

Feel free to share your own tips and tricks in the comments below. We love travel hacks!


  • I'm Donella, the voice, heart, and wit (sometimes) behind this blog. I homeschool my pre-teen son by day and moonlight as a blogger and freelance writer. I'm a Diet Pepsi aficionado with a bookshelf that's always overflowing. My two dogs—a German Shepherd and a Beagle—are my fluffy shadows. I love planning in my bullet journal almost as much as I love hoarding notebooks and pens. I may be an introvert who missed her calling as a desert hermit, but that just gives me more time to write, right?

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