How saddening is it that Pinterest and Google BOTH don’t yield search results when it comes to packing sparkly clothing when traveling?!
As a massive fan of sparkles since I was a little girl, I thought I’d share some packing hacks when packing your sparkliest, glitziest outfits. Some friends even bestowed the nickname “Sparkle Spice” upon me, since I’d wear sequin or glitter outfits almost every evening.
I’m really not kidding:
Here are some of my packing hacks for packing sparkly, formal outfits when traveling.
Invert sequins when packing
Probably the most obvious one of all: Turn your sequins inside out when packing them, or else they’ll snag on other items. This also prevents you from getting scraped by the sequins or glitter fabrics on your formal garments!
Roll, don’t fold
All veteran travelers know that it’s best to roll clothes rather than fold them. It may be a bit cumbersome to roll heavy materials like sequins, but try your best. This technique is proven to be the most space-efficient and also decreases the amount of wrinkles.
I’ve sworn by the “army roll” method of rolling clothes since I began backpacking and long-term traveling:
However, if you’re packing a long formal dress, you will need to fold it to a suitable size.
Wrap delicates in tissue paper or a plastic dry cleaning bag
After inverting and your sparkly item and either rolling or folding it, you can also place tissue paper or a plastic dry cleaning bag between them.
Both of these materials prevent damage to your delicate fabrics and also help avoid wrinkles from setting in.
Use packing cubes
If you’re a backpacker like me, you probably swear by packing cubes. Eagle Creek and REI make the best ones (I’ve been using my REI ones since 2013; the style has changed now, but the durability is still there), and they come in all sizes.
Even with your sparkly dresses and sequin tops, these will fit nicely into any packing cube once you roll them. You can also use Ziploc vacuum-sealed space bags if you’re packing multiple amounts of formalwear (especially useful for those working on cruise ships).
For fancy dresses: Pack them last
If you’re traveling with a fancy cocktail or formal dress, pack it last in your suitcase. Try to create a flat surface with other belongings before placing it on top, and avoid overpacking at all costs.
Lay another plastic bag or tissue paper on top of the dress when you’re finished packing, and then snap the suitcase clips together to keep it in place.
Always pack a few garment bags when traveling with sparkly clothes. If you’re really careful with your clothing, separate and invert each sparkly item into individual garment bags before throwing them in the wash.
These are an absolute necessity for anyone who travels with fancier formal wear. You can also find them at your local Daiso Japan store (half my travel gear is actually from here, since everything is $1).
I generally clump all my sequin items together in one garment bag and toss it in with the rest of my clothes.
Dryer sheets are also great for laying in your packing cubes or throughout your backpack/suitcase. They keep your clothes smelling fresh even when you unpack!
With these useful packing hacks, you’re bound to add more sparkle and glitz into your wardrobe no matter where you jet off to! And remember, a girl can never have too much sparkle. If you need to take clothes out of your luggage, toss the non-sparkly stuff first!
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