Trim your list of “must-have” apparel.
Google your Sleep Inn hotel destination and check the forecast. Remove all items you find yourself packing “just in case”—no need for that raincoat if skies will be clear.
Reduce your toiletries.
Decant any “must-have” products such as body lotions or hair gels into smaller containers: Why lug the big bottle when you’ll only use one ounce? And remember that your Sleep Inn hotel will provide such toiletries as soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
Compress items to create space.
Once you’ve reduced your packing list to the bare essentials, place nightwear, workout clothes, jeans, and any other items that are wrinkle-proof into a compression bag. These bags squeeze the garments together—and press all air out—so they use up a fraction of the space they would take when folded and stacked with your other items.
For work clothes, use tissue paper.
Friction creates wrinkles in clothing. To keep your blouses, skirts, and slacks friction- and wrinkle-free, fold them around a piece of tissue paper (or a dry-cleaner bag). Note: Garments made with synthetics such as nylon and polyester are naturally more wrinkle-resistant.
Roll t-shIrts and camisoles.
Rolling up items will help you optimize your space because you can tuck the rolled items into corners or shoes. To roll a T-shirt, lay it front-side down, then fold each sleeve toward the center, so you have a rectangle. Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise and roll from the bottom to top.
Wear your bulkiest clothes.
Wear the clothes that would otherwise fill suitcase space, like knee-high boots, chunky sweaters, or blazers. Or, if you’re driving, you can throw these on a seat or in the trunk.
When you arrive at your hotel, immediately hang up your clothes on the Sleep Inn-provided hangers. For persistent wrinkles, you may need to dampen the garment and gently stretch it taut. Hang to dry.
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