Last week I wrote a post about a ten piece business travel capsule wardrobe, and how it would be plenty of items for two weeks. In the comments I got a question about how I keep my clothes fresh when I rewear them during a trip. Here are some of my tricks:
Don’t lounge in nice clothes. If I’m back at the hotel for the night, I change into my PJs even if it’s early. This way I’m not wearing my work clothes any longer than I have to.
Don’t eat in nice clothes. Obviously you can’t strip down your clothes for lunch with office mates. But if at all possible, I eat breakfast before getting dressed, and change into my PJs before eating room-service.
Hang up clothes. If I’m only traveling for a night or two, I will usually leave my clothes in the suitcase. Any longer than that, or if I’m rewearing stuff, I will hang everything up. I also read that if items aren’t touching each other it helps them stay fresh longer, so I try to leave a little space between everything.
Spritz of water/steaming. If something gets a little wrinkled I will spray some water on it and stretch it out. If it’s very wrinkled I will hang it up in the bathroom while I shower. Ironing is always the last resort!
I have read some other tips that go above and beyond what I do, including clothing shields (Already Pretty) and spraying a tiny bit of vodka on your clothes(commenters on Corporette). Of course, sometimes you may have to just suck it up and use the laundry facilities at a hotel.
Oh! One more tip. If you are planning to wear things multiple times, always bring one more shirt than the minimum you need. On a trip many years ago I was visiting two offices in different cities, so I just planned to wear the exact same two outfits twice. Well, of course I spilled coffee on my white shirt, which necessitated a late night frantic visit to Old Navy. Whoops!
Readers, how do you keep your clothes fresh on business trips?