No one wants to wear clothes that don't smell fresh, especially when you're on vacation and trying to enjoy yourself. Thankfully, there are a few cool ways that you can keep your clothes fresh when traveling. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best ways to make your clothes smell good when you're traveling. Keep reading for tips that will help keep your wardrobe smelling great!
The Nori Press: A Clothes Steamer To Help With Freshness and Wrinkles
The best way to keep your clothes smelling fresh is by using a steamer. A steamer will help remove any wrinkles in your clothes, and it will also help to keep the fabric smelling fresh. The Nori Press travel steamer is a great option for those who are looking for a small, travel-friendly option. This steamer comes with a fabric facial attachment that will help keep your clothes smelling great.
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Use Dryer Sheets
Another great way to keep your clothes smelling fresh is by using dryer sheets. Dryer sheets are typically used to add a touch of scent to laundry, but they can also be used to keep clothes smelling fresh while you're traveling. Simply place a dryer sheet in your suitcase, and your clothes will smell great when you arrive at your destination.
Hang Your Clothes Outside
If you're traveling to a place where it's warm enough to hang your clothes outside, take advantage of this! Hanging your clothes outside will help them to air out and smell fresh. Just be sure to check the weather before you hang your clothes outside, as you don't want them to get wet.
Pack Your Clothes Tightly
When packing your suitcase, be sure to pack your clothes tightly. This will help to prevent wrinkles and will also keep your clothes from smelling musty. If possible, pack your clothes in airtight bags or containers. This will help to keep them fresh and free of any moisture.
Hand Wash If You Must, But Remember That Careful Packing Helps
While traveling you often times may have to resort to hand washing in your sink when a washer isn't available. Recently, we had to do some research prior to a trip to Thailand to find a solution to our laundry issue. A big part of the solution is to pack the right items for a trip where you may need to hand wash. Travel stores like REI or Magellans are loaded with clothing that not only travels well in all climates but will wash well while on the go and without the convenience of a washer. You'll find everything from undergarments to outerwear and everything in between. Totally worth a visit.
Take A Power Shower
I have read The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler many times. Besides being a great novel it gave some insights into doing the laundry while traveling. During the journey, the character washes his clothes in the shower rubbing them with his hands. That worked well. Clothing made for travel usually dries well overnight after washing and will typically dry overnight. Sometimes you can even take care of this job while in the shower! One and done.
How Can I Reduce Odors In My Luggage?
This can sometimes be a challenge when traveling but not to worry. Provided that you have a well-planned wardrobe and have access to a sink or washing machine, no problem. You can also pack a few small sachets in your suitcase to help with this issue and if you've packed your Nori and have access to electricity, you're all set. The Nori Fabric Facial will do away with unpleasant odors.
Fabric Is Key, But What About Trying Travel Towel Tubes?
So now you've got the best travel clothing and you want to maximize your luggage space. Lots of the great travel clothing is also made with fabrics that resist wrinkles and so that problem is solved. I recently found these ingenious travel/towel tubes. You simply roll your clothing into one of these tubes and the amount of space that you save is amazing! The only issue that you need to deal with is to make certain that you don't pack so much that now your suitcase is over the weight limit!
This Will Stop You Cold, So To Speak
The great news about most of the travel clothing made today is that you can wash it in cold water with great results. Travel clothing typically resists wrinkles, is usually fast-drying and is odor resistant. You can wash travel clothing with great results in cold water! An energy saver plus.
How to Pack Dirty Clothes While Traveling
Packing dirty clothes while traveling can be a bit of a challenge. Here are some tips on how to keep your clothes smelling fresh while on the go:
- Spray your clothes with Febreze: Febreze is a fabric refresher that can be found at most stores. Simply spray your clothes with it and they will smell fresh. You can also spray the inside of your suitcase.
- Place your clothes in a plastic bag: If you're worried about your clothes smelling bad, try placing them in a plastic bag. This will help to keep the odor contained.
- Hang your clothes up: Hanging your clothes up is a great way to prevent them from getting wrinkled and also helps air out clothing.
- Pack essential oils: Essential oils are a great way to keep your clothes smelling fresh. Simply add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to a cotton ball and place it in your suitcase. You can also add a few drops of essential oil to your laundry detergent for an extra boost of freshness.
- Hang clothes outside: If you are staying in a hotel, take advantage of the outdoors and hang your clothes outside to air out and freshen up. Just be sure to check with the hotel first to make sure they allow this.
- Use a clothes steamer: A clothing steamer/iron (like the Nori Press) can help to remove wrinkles and odors from your clothes. Simply hold the steamer about six inches away from your clothing and move it back and forth until the item is wrinkle-free and smelling fresh. For extra fresh smelling clothes try Nori Fabric Facial This 8 oz. steam solution can be used as an order reduction spray or fill agent to improve your steamer's performance. Simply add a few drops of Nori to your steamer's water tank and enjoy fresh-smelling clothes with every use.
Pack More Tops Than Bottoms
It is best to pack more tops instead of bottoms when preparing your travel suitcase or travel capsule. It makes travel clothes more versatile and gives you different looks. The bottom is easily cleaned and worn without washing, just avoid light-colored pants.
Take A Travel Dress With You
If you plan on wearing a dress while traveling, consider packing a small clutch or crossbody purse to carry around with you. This will give you a little more room in your suitcase and will ensure that you have everything you need close by.
FAQs About How to Keep Your Clothes Fresh When Traveling
What Causes A Smelly Suitcase?
There are several things that cause a suitcase to stink. If you've been traveling for a bit this can happen. Here are some common causes of smelly suitcases.
Bacteria grows quickly in moist environments such as dirty socks, sweaty shoes, and even wet towels. These bacteria produce odors that may linger for days.
Mold thrives in damp conditions. Moisture is often found in the lining of a suitcase. In addition, mold spores can grow on damp items inside the suitcase. Mold produces its own unique odor that can last for weeks.
Insects can leave behind a strong odor after feeding on food stored in a suitcase. Mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, flies, and houseflies all feed on food. Some insects can carry diseases, so it’s always wise to check baggage thoroughly before boarding.
Food left out in the open will attract pests. Even if you use plastic wrap and foil, the moisture in the food can encourage the growth of mold and other microorganisms.
Sweaty clothes can create a breeding ground for bacteria. Clothing should be washed regularly to prevent staining and odor buildup.
Cigarettes contain nicotine, which attracts insects. Nicotine also encourages mold growth.
Alcohol evaporates quickly, but it leaves a residue that attracts insects and molds.
Body odor is caused by dead skin cells breaking down naturally. It’s normal to have body odor while traveling, but excessive perspiration can increase the number of skin cells that break down. This can lead to an unpleasant smell.
How can I prevent my suitcase from smelling?
Store dryer sheets in your suitcase to help absorb odors.
Place a small container of baking soda in your suitcase to absorb odors.
Hang clothes outside to air out before packing them in your suitcase.
Place a sachet of lavender or another fragrant herb in your suitcase.
Wrap smelly items in plastic bags before packing them in your suitcase.
What's the Best Way to Remove Odors From Clothes?
There are several ways to remove odors from clothes:
Wash clothes as needed.
Soak the clothes in a mixture of vinegar and water.
Place the clothes in the sun to air out.
Hang the clothes outside to air out.
Use a fabric freshener on the clothes.
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When Should You Wash Your Clothes When Traveling?
The best way to keep your clothes fresh when traveling is to wash them regularly. How often you should wash your clothes depends on a few factors, such as how often you wear them and how dirty they get. If you're wearing your clothes multiple times between washes, be sure to air them out and hang them up to prevent wrinkles.
If you're traveling to a place with a different climate than your home, be sure to pack clothing that is appropriate for the weather. Wearing clothes that are too heavy for the temperature can make you sweat, which will make your clothes dirty and smelly. Also, be sure to pack extra socks and underwear so you can change those often.
How To Dry Laundry In Hotel Room Without A Dryer?
If you want to save money and time, you need to know how to wash and dry laundry in a hotel room without a dryer. There are many methods to do it. You can hang your laundry outside the door or put it in a closet. But there are more effective ways to dry laundry in hotel rooms.
1. Use an Air-Drying Rack - An air drying rack is ideal for drying laundry in hotel rooms because it doesn’t require electricity. All you need is a regular hanger with hooks. Simply place your laundry on the hangers and hang them.
2. Hang Laundry - many hotel bathrooms have a clothesline in the tub for just this purpose.
3. Hang Laundry In a Closet - Save some space in your hotel room closet to hang wet laundry.
4. Use A Small Fan - Sometimes a hotel will have a small fan in the room. You can hang your wet laundry in front of the fan to speed up the drying process.
5. Use An Electric Hair Dryer - It’s possible to remove some of the moisture from clothing using an electric hairdryer.
How do I keep luggage smelling fresh in storage?
The best way to keep luggage smelling fresh is to store it properly. Here are some tips to make sure your luggage smells great even after months of storage.
1. Be sure to clean out your suitcase at the end of each trip. Check all the pockets and compartments to make certain that you have removed all clothing and toiletries. Before you store your luggage away you might consider putting in a few cedar chips or strips. This will not only keep your suitcase smelling fresh but will help keep any critters out.
2. Keep Luggage Clean - While on your trip try to eliminate any items that may cause odors. Separate dirty clothing into a separate compartment or keep it in a plastic bag to contain any odors.
3. Avoid Dirty Luggage - If you're storing your luggage in a storage space or garage consider adding some sachets or cedar prior to storing. Store your luggage in plastic to keep it from getting dirty.
4. Air Out Luggage - If you want to remove odors from your luggage, try airing out your luggage. You can do this while on your trip and at the end of your trip. Once again make certain that it's completely empty, open all zippers and compartments and let it air out prior to storing.
5. Use A Deodorizer - If you want to eliminate odors from your luggage try using a fabric freshener or sachets prior to storing.
6. Store Luggage Away From Sunlight - Sunlight can fade colors. If you want to keep your luggage looking new, store it away from sunlight.
7. Eliminate Moisture - Use silica packs in your luggage while traveling to damp climates to eliminate the accumulation of moisture in your suitcase. You can also use them when you're storing your luggage to cut down on any odor that can be created by moisture.
8. Use A Storage Bag - A plastic bag can help keep your luggage smelling fresh. After you've completely emptied and cleaned your bag after a trip, place your luggage inside the bag and add some silica packs along with cedar and when you use your suitcase again it will be dry and odor free. This will also keep away dust and dirt that can create odors.
9. Use Scented Dryer Sheets - Dryer sheets work well to keep your luggage smelling fresh because they absorb moisture and odors quickly. Place a dryer sheet or more inside your luggage and close the lid.
10. Use Fragrant Items - Fragrant items such as essential oils and scented candles can help keep your luggage fresh. You can also use scented dryer sheets, cedar strips or chips or a fabric freshener.
So there you have it, some great tips on how to keep your clothes smelling fresh when traveling. Be sure to pack essential oils, dryer sheets, and a Nori clothes steamer for the freshest-looking and smelling clothes. Happy traveling!
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