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A hair straightener is a tricky item to pack, at the best of times. It’s easy to misplace, there’s no real dedicated storage space for it in your bag, and if it’s still warm when you put it back in the bag it can cause damage to the rest of your items.

But what if we told you there was a common kitchen item that can be easily repurposed as the perfect carry-case for any straightener, curling iron or heated hair styling tool?

The clever folks at Smarter Travel believe that if you’re planning on bringing a hair straightener on your next trip, it’s a good idea to bring an oven mitt along as well.

“When using hot tools on your hair minutes before you need to run out the door, you can stuff your still-warm straightener or curling iron into your bag—without burning anything in your suitcase—by wrapping it in an oven mitt,” writes the Smarter Travel editors.

“A nicely padded oven mitt will also prevent your hair tools from damage while travelling.”

What are your thoughts? Do you bring a hair straightener along when you’re travelling? Let us know in the comments section below.