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Author: mauiwahine

Joined: 12/28/2010
Posts: 8
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Traveler Since: 2011

August 17, 2011

Just curious if a travel iron is required on the China and the Yangtze River trip.  I would prefer not to bring one if they are available in the hotels and on the ship.  Can someone advise?  Aloha!

Author: hootie

Joined: 3/7/2010
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Traveler Since: 2001

August 18, 2011

travel irons...

Did China/Yangtze trip a couple years ago...did not take or use an iron.  Can't remember if hotels or boat had them.  I think most places, especially boats, now consider them fire hazards.  Call GCT & they may have an answer for you, too. 

It was extremely HOT (April/May) when we were in China.  Clothing is casual and no one seemed to mind wrinkles. 

Author: jayge

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 146
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Traveler Since: 2004

August 18, 2011

We have never used a travel iron or even one in a hotel.

I have washed cotton t-shirts and hung them in the bathrooms while on the riverships and they dried in good enough condition.  Never washed slacks or capris...just had several pairs to rotate.  As others have said, things are very casual these days.

Also, I know the large cruise ships don't want you to use them onboard (or candles).  Can you imagine taking candles on a vacation to use in your cabin?  Not a wise decision...fires can occur!

Author: spicymarge

Joined: 8/22/2011
Posts: 3
GCT Trips Taken: 1
OAT Trips Taken: 2
Traveler Since: 2011

September 04, 2011

Since I only use an iron to wax my cross country skis I'd say not needed, but that's just me ;-)

Author: pauline

Joined: 3/9/2010
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Traveler Since: 1999

September 04, 2011

I never bring a travel iron.  In fact, I never iron in hotels where an iron and board are provided.  What's more, I iron as little as possible at home.  Most clothes I buy come out of the dryer or drip-dry without much in the way of wrinkles.  And on any of these trips, your clothes are going to wrinkle anyway from sitting on the buses and getting on and off.  We're all in the same situation,and nobody cares.

I wash my clothes in the bathroom sink and hang them to dry in the shower.  I bring a travel cord, although a lot of the time there is one in the shower.  I take a small plastic bottle of Woolite.  And a rubber sink stopper, a flat one, because sometimes there isn't anything to hold the water in the bowl.

Author: jayge

Joined: 3/10/2010
Posts: 146
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Traveler Since: 2004

September 04, 2011

I don't know about taking a travel iron.  The large cruise ships (I believe) have banned them because if you forget about them, it could cause a fire.

I handwash in the sink and use the lines the ship has in the shower if I need extra clothes.  As someone else pointed out, we all get wrinkled clothing traveling in buses, etc. and traveling with Grand Circle river cruises, I feel that dressing is rather informal which is very nice.  Sometimes I use a towel to roll up the wet item to get excess water out and then hang it up.  Works great!

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