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How To Pack Shirts For The Summer Holidays

Posted on: 16th Jun, 2017

Now that June has begun we’re almost right in the midst of summer, and it’s possible that you’re gearing up for an imminent city break – or in the case of some of you, you might be already on one! With that in mind, we’ve got some hot tips (if you’ll pardon the pun) on how to pack your shirts for travel by train or plane, while avoiding those annoying creases or wrinkles.

Preparing To Pack

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Before you put anything in that suitcase, you’ve got a few things to work out first. You’ve probably already got a packing list of everything you need to take – aftershave, deodorant, toothbrush, passport and the like. If you’ve not, we’d recommend having one!

Next, on your bed, lay out all the clothes you plan to take (that includes your summer cotton shirts, whether they’re Linen or Voile). Now, the go-to advice here is to try and cut that down by around 1/3 before you even start putting it in the suitcase. It’s a tough decision and no mistake, but it ensures that you’re definitely not overpacking, and allows the clothes you do take a bit of room to breathe. Don’t forget to leave room in there to bring souvenirs or presents back with you.

You’re almost ready to actually start packing – but just as a final precaution, double-check what the baggage limit is on your flight. It’s never a nice surprise to find out at the airport that you’ve got to pay a bit extra (or even shed some of your weight, somehow). No matter where you’re going, it’s always a good plan to try and wear as much of your luggage as you actually can. Jackets don’t travel particularly well for example, and you’d probably much prefer to wear your heavier shoes and pack your flip-flops, rather than vice versa. We certainly find it more convenient!

Packing Your Suitcase

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This segues quite well into our next point; put any shoes you’re not wearing into a plastic bag (in case they mark your cotton shirting fabric, for example), and pack those first. They’re some of the heaviest things you’ll be taking, so you’ll want your summer shirts to be going on top of them, rather than the other way around.

Now, the golden rule: always roll your clothes rather than folding them. Not only does this give you the maximum amount of space in your suitcase, but it reduces the risks of your shirts and other clothing getting creased or wrinkled in transit. Vacuum packs are both handy and widely available, and are similarly useful resources in keeping your summer shirting fabrics looking fresh and vibrant on your arrival. As for what to pack last, your beach towel is the best candidate for that category. It means you’ve got quick access to it for a much-needed shower once you get off that stuffy plane, and it has the added bonus of keeping all your loose clothes contained too.

Our Top Picks For Summer Shirts

When it comes to summer shirts, we’d avoid fabrics like Oxfords or Brushed Wool and Cotton fabrics. They tend to be warmer and heavier, making them great for winter but drastically unsuited for the summer months. Instead, shirting fabrics from our Superfine Poplin and Batiste ranges are a far better bet. Both weaves are much lighter and more breathable, so you’re not sweating too much under the hottest sunshine of the year.

We’ve got a huge range of fabric types for you to pick from here at Acorn – if you’re having trouble making up your mind, our sales team is here to help! You can reach us by calling 01282 698662, or by emailing us on sales@acornfabrics.co.uk.

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