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The Wrinkle-Free Travel Clothes You Need to Pack

Ever realize while packing for a trip that you’re only grabbing the clothes that you know won’t be a wrinkled mess when you unpack your suitcase? Even if the hotel room has an iron, it’s time to start packing more wrinkle free travel clothes—because no one wants to spend vacation time ironing.

Wrinkle Free Travel Clothes Perfect for Travel

When it comes to wrinkle-free travel clothes, there are a lot more options out there than you might think. Clothes billed as wrinkle-free are a good start, but there are also a lot of less-obvious items that won’t wrinkle simply because they’re made from high-performance fabrics. From casualwear to business-appropriate button downs, these are the wrinkle free travel clothes you need in your suitcase.

Cotidie Harper Shirtdress

Made out of Cotidie’s unique LunAir fabric, the Harper Shirtdress repels wrinkles while being incredibly comfortable. The lightweight material is breathable, stretchy, and machine-washable, making it the perfect dress to throw in your suitcase.

Everlane Heavyweight Tee

Love wearing soft cotton but hate how easily it wrinkles? Look for heavier weight cotton fabrics, which are less likely to crease and still perfect for sensitive skin. Everlane’s Heavyweight Tee is made of two-ply cotton that fits the bill and still breathes.

Bluffworks Gramercy Blazer

As a men’s clothing brand that’s big on wrinkle-free travel clothes, Bluffworks offers truly wrinkle-free workwear that includes the Gramercy Blazer. It’s available in both classic and slim fits so you can customize to your fit. It’s also quick-drying,  lightweight, and has 10 pockets perfect for storing necessities—which might make you wonder why you’ve wasted more money on any other traditional work blazers.

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Orvis’ Wrinkle-Free Cotton Button Downs

Didn’t think there was such a thing as a no-iron cotton dress shirt? Orvis’ Wrinkle Free Cotton Twill Shirt for men will prove you wrong by staying crisp throughout the longest business flights. It’s 100 percent cotton with a soil-release finish, has a chest pocket perfect for travel, and comes in tall sizes for men who need some extra length in both the body and sleeves. Orvis also offers women’s versions like the Wrinkle-Free Traditional Plaid Tunic.

J.Crew Factory Gigi Pants

Stretchy leggings can look office appropriate, include pockets, and be wrinkle free thanks to J.Crew Factory’s Gigi pants, a raved-about style from the brand’s more-affordable outlet stores. The synthetic nylon and spandex won’t fade in color as fast as rigid fabrics like cotton. It also makes them comfy and fast-drying.

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Leota Dresses

Need a fancier-yet-cozy travel dress? Forget steaming it in the vacation rental’s bathroom while you shower, or using the hotel room iron. Leota travel dresses come in dozens of patterns and styles (including plus sizes) and are made from synthetic fabrics like spandex, which means they won’t wrinkle even if you toss them unfolded into your suitcase.

Prana Brion Pant

Another fabric-conscious retailer offering wrinkle-free travel clothing, Prana uses Stretch Zion material, which is coated with a quick-drying layer that also makes it wrinkle less. Still stretchy enough to be comfortable on the plane, the Prana Brion Pant comes in a sleek slim fit with added UPF 50 sun protection, and the water repellent finish will also save you from spills.

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By Shannon McMahon

Editor Shannon McMahon is always planning her next trip and often writing in her travel journal. Follow her on Twitter @shanmcmahon_ and on Instagram @shanmcmahon.

Shannon joined SmarterTravel in 2015. A former news reporter, she's lived in the south of Spain, spotted elephants in Sri Lanka, gone spelunking in the Caribbean, hiked Jordan's Petra Basin, interviewed Sao Paulo's Michelin-Star chefs, and explored China via bullet train. Travel trends, news oddities, and her visits to up-and-coming destinations are some of her favorite things to write about.

Her stories have also appeared online on USA Today, The Sun, Huffington Post, Business Insider, blog.TripAdvisor.com, Boston.com, and more. Her educational background is in journalism, art history, gender studies, Spanish, and film. She's been quoted as an expert travel source by CNBC, People.com, MarketWatch, The Washington Post, USA Today, and more.

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