Travel & Culture

How To Pack A Wet Bathing Suit

May 10, 2023

So, you swam on your last day of vacay, and now you’ve got to board a plane with a wet suit in your bag. Bringing wet bathing suits back from vacation requires some extra care to prevent them from becoming moldy or developing an unpleasant odor. Here are a few steps to follow:

  1. Rinse the bathing suits: As soon as possible, rinse the wet bathing suits in fresh water. This helps remove any chlorine, salt, sand, or other residues that may be on them. Rinse them thoroughly to ensure all the impurities are washed away.
  2. Squeeze out excess water: Gently squeeze out as much water as you can from the bathing suits. Avoid wringing or twisting them forcefully, as this can damage the fabric.
  3. Absorb moisture with a towel: Lay a clean towel on a flat surface and place the bathing suits on top. Roll up the towel with the bathing suits inside and apply gentle pressure to absorb additional moisture. You can repeat this step with a dry towel if needed.
  4. Air-dry the bathing suits: Hang the bathing suits to air-dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can fade the colors. If you’re in a hotel room, use a clothesline or hang them over the shower rod. Make sure the suits are fully dry before packing them to prevent mold and odors.
  5. Use a plastic bag or waterproof pouch: If you need to pack the bathing suits before they’re completely dry, place them in a plastic bag or a waterproof pouch to prevent moisture from seeping into other items in your luggage. It’s best to keep them separate until they are fully dry.
  6. Pack them separately: If possible, pack the dry bathing suits in a separate compartment or bag within your luggage. This helps to isolate them from other clothing and prevents any residual moisture from affecting other items.

By following these steps, you can ensure your wet bathing suits make it back home without causing any issues. Remember that proper drying is essential to maintain their freshness and avoid mold or odor problems. —Vita Daily


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