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Tips for Packing Clothes for Your Next Vacation

While vacations should be a relaxing time for enjoying the company of family or friends, preparing for the trip can be stressful. Use these packing tips to stress less about the tedious task. Whether you're planning a mountain getaway outside of Bristol, TN or a beach vacation, smart packing can save you time and hassle before and during the trip.

Start with a Packing List

Making a list of all the essentials needed for the trip will help ensure nothing gets left out when packing. Use a pen and notepad or download an app to create a list of all the items you'll need while on a trip. Doing this will allow you to easily check off each item as you pack them in your suitcase.

Bundle Outfits Before Adding to Your Suitcase

Depending on the length of your vacation, planning outfits before leaving is often essential, as overpacking can lead to taking up precious storage space in your bag. Taking the time to set out an outfit bundle for each day while packing will not only save you the hassle of deciding on what to wear on vacation, but it will also help keep your suitcase neat and organized. Since rolling clothes can help prevent wrinkles and make it easier to identify items, we recommend rolling your shirt/top, pants/bottoms, undergarments, and socks together to form an outfit bundle for each day. While on vacation, you can easily pull out the outfit bundle each morning and head out the door looking your best.

Wrinkle-Free Fabrics Can Be Your Best Friend

Speaking of preventing your clothes from getting wrinkled, opting to pack only packing wrinkle-free fabrics can save you the headache of ironing while on vacation. Some common materials that are typically less prone to wrinkling include

  • Polyester

  • Spandex

  • Lyocell

  • Denim

  • Wool

  • Knits

Keep a Grab-and-Go Toiletry Bag Handy

While packing clothes for each trip requires consideration before leaving for vacation, having a toiletry bag ready to go can save you time when packing. Keep a grab-and-go toiletry bag in your luggage, so it's never forgotten when preparing for vacation. To ensure your grab-and-go toiletry bag is never low on essentials, replenish any necessary items upon the return of each trip. Some travel-sized items to keep packed in your toiletry bag include:

  • Toothbrush

  • Toothpaste

  • Shampoo

  • Conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Eye Drops

  • Etc.

Protect Hats and Heels with Socks

Prevent heels, hats, and collared shirts from losing their shape or getting crushed during the drive or flight to your vacation destination by using socks. Placing socks, scarves, or other soft clothing items around garments or shoes whose shape can be compromised can prevent the items from getting ruined during your trip.

Do Laundry While on Vacation or Schedule a Laundry Service at Your Destination

Although the thought of doing laundry when you should be relaxing can be depressing, doing laundry during your trip can help you lighten your suitcase. Luckily, you may be able to find a local dry cleaner or laundromat offering laundry service to take care of keeping your clothes clean without the stress of laundry ruining your vacation.

When vacationing in Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, or the surrounding areas, Craig's Dry Cleaners offers wash and fold laundry service with free pickup and delivery for your convenience. Contact us to let us handle your vacation laundry while you enjoy your visit to the mountains, South Holston Lake, or the South Holston River.


Are you planning a vacation out of the Tri-Cities TN and need help with packing? Ask Craig's Dry Cleaners how they can return your dry cleaned items neatly folded and ready for traveling.




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