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Traveling with a little girl can be a great way for parents to unwind and bond with their daughter. While packing for a trip, you’ll need to consider various outfits suitable for different destinations. However, there’s one essential item that’s perfect for any location: smocked bishop dresses! This guide provides tips for getting these adorable dresses ready for travel, along with some general travel pointers to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip with your little angel.

Tips for preparing smocked dresses for little girls when traveling

Smocked dresses are a great travel option for little girls because they’re comfortable and stylish. Here are some tips for packing and caring for them while you’re on the go:

Before you travel:

  • Pre-wash the dress

 Wash the dress according to the care instructions on the label to remove any wrinkles or stiffness that might occur during travel. New clothes often have wrinkles from storage or folding. Pre-washing helps to relax the fabric and remove these wrinkles. This is especially important for smocked dresses, as wrinkles can be more noticeable on the smocked bodice. Some new clothes can be stiff or uncomfortable to wear. Pre-washing softens the fabric and makes the dress more comfortable for your little one to wear while traveling. Even if the dress isn’t wrinkled initially, it might get wrinkled during travel from being packed in a suitcase. Pre-washing the dress helps to ensure that these wrinkles are easier to remove or minimize.

  • Inspect for loose threads

Gently check the smocking and seams for any loose threads that could snag or unravel during travel. Loose threads can easily snag on other items in your suitcase or even on rough surfaces during travel. This can lead to the smocking or seams unraveling, potentially ruining the dress. Taking a few minutes to inspect and trim any loose threads before you travel can save you a lot of hassle and disappointment down the road. You can trim any loose threads with sharp sewing scissors.

  • Consider packing multiples

If your trip is longer or you plan on doing messy activities, pack an extra dress or two. Packing an extra dress or two gives you peace of mind knowing you have a clean outfit on hand in case of spills, accidents, or unexpected mishaps. This can be especially helpful with younger children who are more prone to messes.Multiple dresses can also offer some outfit variety during your trip. You can choose different colored or patterned smocked dresses to create different looks for your daughter. Here are some additional factors to consider when deciding how many dresses to pack: Length of trip, Aage of your child, activities planned,..

Packing your smocked dress:

Roll, don’t fold: Rolling the dress instead of folding can help to minimize wrinkles. Use tissue paper to roll the dress around to add an extra layer of protection.

Packing cubes: Consider using packing cubes to help keep your dresses organized and wrinkle-free in your suitcase.

Carry-on option: If your dress is small and lightweight, you might consider packing it in your carry-on luggage. This way, you have a cute outfit readily available in case your checked baggage gets delayed.

While you’re traveling:

  • Hang it up: Whenever possible, hang the dress up in your hotel room to help prevent wrinkles. Most hotels have closets or hooks you can use.
  • Spot clean spills: Small spills can often be treated with a baby wipe or gentle stain remover. Dab the affected area instead of rubbing.
  • Wrinkle release spray: A travel-sized wrinkle release spray can be a lifesaver to refresh the dress if it gets wrinkled.

Additional tips:

  • Pack a coordinating cardigan or sweater: A lightweight cardigan or sweater can be a versatile addition to the dress. It can provide extra warmth on cooler nights and help cover up any minor wrinkles.
  • Accessorize for different looks: Pack a few hair clips, headbands, or a cute belt to add variety to the outfit. This way, your daughter can have different looks throughout the trip using the same dress.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your little girl’s smocked dresses stay wrinkle-free and looking their best throughout your travels!