How do I keep my clothes from smelling like cigarette smoke? And what do I do to get the smell out given the limitations of a carry-on bag in a hotel?
I have a professional conference in a few weeks, and I'm stopping to visit my mom for a few days before the conference, as part of the same trip. I'd been planning to bring a carry-on only (I'm flying) as my suitcase, and wear some of the same clothes for visiting her and for my conference. However, my mom is a heavy smoker. Whenever I've visited her before, I open my suitcase once back at home and release tons of smoke smell, and have to re-wash even my (ostensibly) clean stuff. Since I'll be going from my mom's to the conference hotel, I'd rather avoid the smell from the start. Is this possible?
My mom doesn't usually smoke in her basement, where the washing machine is, so that's a bit helpful.
I figure my options are the following:
1. Take two suitcases (ugh) or at least two sets of clothes in one large suitcase (slightly less ugh). Keep the conference clothes wrapped in plastic in the suitcase, and perhaps leave the suitcase in the basement. I'm still worried they'll absorb some odor though--and I won't know until I'm out of her house. (Which she thinks smells just fine.)
2. Clean my clothes right before I leave and pack them in the basement, and then use Magic Product at the hotel to get rid of any lingering smoke odors. Is there a Magic Product that will get through airport security? Like a travel-sized Febreeze?
3. Some other very sensible approach I hadn't considered.
I saw this thread
(which prompted my question), but it doesn't speak to prevention or the confines of a hotel room.
Thanks for helping me avoid smelling like a tobacco factory at my conference!