The best travel tips for crease-free shirts
How do I fold my shirt for the suitcase?
Anyone who travels a lot on business will always ask the same question before starting the journey: How do I transport my shirts without completely crumpling them? This is an important question that men should be particularly concerned about if they want to leave a tidy and crease-free impression at subsequent meetings. In our travel tips, you can find out how to store your shirts properly during a trip and which tricks can be used to remove small wrinkles and creases quickly and safely.
The right shirt for my journey
If you think that the only thing that matters when travelling is the right folding technique, you are far from it. It is not without reason that numerous leading manufacturers have been offering crease-resistant or iron-on shirts for some time now. Even if the shirts that are advertised as non-iron unfold their true beauty only after a small encounter with the iron, they are still particularly suitable for all kinds of travel. Wrinkle-free shirts are not only less susceptible to wrinkles that may occur when worn, they also cope much better with travel in confined spaces.
But even with insensitive shirts, the odd wrinkle can occur during long transport routes, so we have a suitable solution for this case as well. Depending on how you travel, you can store your clothes in different ways. The most common variants here are the garment bag and the suitcase.
Travel with garment bag & suitcase
The garment bag is one of the safest ways to transport freshly ironed laundry from A to B without creases. However, experience shows that a garment bag also takes up the most space. This especially gentle solution is therefore recommended especially for trips by car.
The number of business trips by German companies has risen continuously since 2009. More and more often, employees have to travel longer distances by train or plane. Without doubt, a simple suitcase is the most comfortable and practical solution here. But how do you store your shirts in a suitcase without experiencing a wrinkled surprise when unpacking? This is where the right folding technique is needed.
Fold shirt in 4 steps: This way your shirt in the suitcase remains crease-free
Step 1: Place the buttoned shirt with unfolded sleeves and backside up on a flat surface and smooth out coarser folds.
Step 2: Fold the right side of the shirt with the sleeve about 1/3 towards the middle of the shirt, so that the longitudinal crease starts 3 to 5 centimeters from the collar.
Step 3: Fold down only the shirt sleeve on the folded over side of the shirt and repeat steps 2 and 3 on the left half of the shirt, so that the shirt lies in an elongated rectangle in front of you.
Step 4: Finally, fold the lower half of the shirt upwards until the lower edge of the shirt is flush with the shoulder. Finally, any remaining folds can be pulled tight. That's it!
Since shirts have relatively little space in a suitcase, it is important to fold them neatly and store them between smooth surfaces like a towel. In addition, you can wrap your shirts in tissue paper, which is available in almost every hardware store. Tip: Experienced globetrotters swear by so-called shirt pockets, with whose folding board shirts can not only be easily folded, but also stored protected in a suitcase.
Unfold wrinkled shirts quickly and safely
Even if you did everything right when packing your suitcase, even the most perfectly folded shirt can still have small wrinkles. This is especially unfavorable if you only have a short time to freshen up for your next appointment after arriving in your hotel room. Ironing board and iron are quickly at hand in most business hotels, but in most cases they are not necessary. It's better to take time for yourself, wash off all the stresses and strains of the trip in a hot shower and have the shirt ironed yourself. How to do that? Quite simply!
How do I get wrinkles out of my shirt without an iron?
A hot shower generates steam, just like ironing, which is a great way to smooth out shirt creases. Before showering, hang your shirt on a hanger in the bathroom and close the door if possible so that the moisture cannot escape. Then you can relax with a hot shower while the steam that is generated does the rest. After the relaxing shower, let the shirt cool down briefly in the dry and the small wrinkles should have disappeared. By the way, this method works not only with shirts, but also with polo shirts and other light textiles.