We’ve written before about the importance of packing lightly, and how washing clothes in hotel sinks is a key part of that strategy. The only problem is that if it’s cold, humid, or if you just don’t have much time, you could end up with damp clothing. And of course, packing your clothes up wet opens a whole other can of worms.

I’ve done this many, many times and have developed a routine to help ensure my clothes are not only fresh, but dry as well.

1. If you have a blow dryer or an iron, use it.


I do not often stay in the kind of place that includes blow dryers, but I did find myself in a large chain hotel for one night in Paris last month that had one attached to a wall. And it came in handy.

If you don’t have a blow dryer, try ironing your clothes. They probably won’t get completely dry using this method, but the heat of the iron will evaporate much of the moisture and increase the odds that they’ll be dry whenever you have to move on.

2. Put your clothes on a heater or in front of a fan.


Heaters, especially like the one above, are handy because you can leave things on them for hours at a time. Fans are handy in warmer climates, though in those cases you may need to bring a clothes line to hang things from.

3. Open a window.


Airflow is key; even in hot places I’ve left clothes hanging all night only to find them damp in the morning because the room had no breeze. This is equally true in cold and/or not particularly windy places.

— Jim Dalrymple II


Written by Jim Dalrymple II

Urbanism and travel writer. Also a journalist covering the news.


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