Happy National “Pack for Travel” Day! We know you’re probably not celebrating, and if you were, you definitely didn’t plan to. Still, today’s “holiday” is a timely and topical tie-in to something that you do likely care about: great fabrics to travel with. Not exactly the most white-knuckle topic, we know, but knowing can help save you a lot of headache, and dealing with the always subpar hotel room iron/board setup. So when you’re dreaming of warmer climates, or perhaps just preparing for your next business trip, think about bringing these along for the journey:
Polyester is a synthetic (human-made) fabric that is incredibly common in apparel of all kinds, including shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, hats, swimsuits, etc. Polyester is wrinkle-resistant and durable. It can come in a few varieties, some which insulate heat and others which wick away moisture to keep you dry in hot or damp conditions. It’s easy to fold and cram in a suitcase for hours at a time!
Often called “artificial silk”, rayon is made primarily from wood pulp. Rayon is versatile in that it can be woven to match the feel of wool, cotton, silk, and linen. It’s ideal for traveling to warm and humid environments as it’s soft, smooth, comfortable, and highly absorbent. Rayon is highly wrinkle resistant and should return to its original shape even if balled up or rolled.
Silk is one of the few natural fibers that resists wrinkling. Realistically, you probably don’t have a ton of silk clothing to pack, but a silk robe or a pair of silk pajamas can be an excellent addition to your bag.
Nylon is one of the most popular fabrics because of its durability, elasticity, low cost, and versatile qualities. Nylon is one of the most widely used fabrics on the market because of its flexibility. It’s incredibly wrinkle resistant but not incredibly absorbent, so shy away from nylon if you’re traveling to a hot and muggy locale.
What About Cotton?
We all know that cotton can wrinkle fairly easily, so make your clothes are comprised of a cotton blend with polyester and rayon interwoven into them. Traveling with 100% cotton can be risky and ensure you’ll be spending at least some of your time ironing to undo all of that time cooped up in the suitcase.
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