Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Travel Style: Keep Your Clothes Fresh

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Us, happy and tan(ish) in Dubrovnik.
I usually dry clean this Ann Taylor dress but I had no time, so I washed it in cold water on delicate setting with Downy UNSTOPABLES and Infusions, and voila! So fresh and so clean, clean.
We're in the final stretch of three weeks on the road in Croatia. Crazy enough, it's not the first time I've spent this many days living out of a suitcase. Actually, any time I visit the motherland I stay anywhere from three to five weeks. Gross. I sound spoiled, don't I?

See, the thing is, we have a ton of family here. By the time we make the trek to this aunt's house for lunch and that uncle's house for dinner, vacation is practically over. It all goes by way too fast. I love clothes and shoes and jewelery but when it comes to packing, I'm a minimalist. (Well, in relative terms.)

There's nothing I hate more than lugging around heavy suitcases and so my main concern when it comes to packing is making sure my clothes stay as fresh as possible for as long as possible. Over the years, I think I've come up with a pretty sweet system. Here it is:

Use laundry detergent you really, really love: Recently, Downy tapped me and some other SheKnows.com contributors to try out a new scent combination. Anyone who knows me and my family well knows that my mother has been a dedicated Downy user for, like, ever. I can't even tell you how many people have asked my mom for her laundry secret over the years. To this day any time I smell freshly washed laundry I think of my mama. Before our trip to Croatia, I washed my clothes with the new Downy UNSTOPABLES In Wash Scent Booster in the "Glow" scent and Ultra Downy Infusions in Cashmere Glow (together the scent pairing is called "White Velvet Ballet" - cute, yes?). My clothes were clean and soft, my delicates were safe, and I had a great feeling of home.

Pack your clothes in plastic zipper bags: This is one of the best ways to keep your clothes smelling fresh when you travel. When packing for Croatia, I separated my clothes into groups and sealed what I could into plastic zipper bags. (My OCD tip: separate them into outfits and you'll be extra organized!) My clothes stayed fresh until it was time to wash them again.

Air out dirty laundry and keep it away from the wearable stuff: We lucked out with great weather for the first half of our trip, but trekking around Gornji Grad and the Dolac Market in Zagreb can still make a girl sweat. At the end of each day, I let the dirty stuff air out before putting it into its own plastic bag. When we finally got to my aunt's house in Crikvenica last week, it was easy to just pop it into her washing machine.

And here's another tip I'll share with you from my madre, a woman who hides dryer sheets in every nook and cranny of her home (inside underwear drawers, folded between blankets and pillows): strategically place a fresh dryer sheet in every pocket and section of your suitcase to keep it smelling as great as your clothes. It really helps!

How do you keep your clothes fresh when you travel?

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