You put a lot of effort into making sure that your suit looks good. You get it tailored, you match the colors properly, and you pack it away securely. But there’s just one problem: the mere act of packing the suit seems to alter how it looks. So how can you pack a suit when traveling so that it doesn’t get wrinkled and rumpled? Here’s what you need to know.
Check Your Luggage and Use a Hard Suitcase
One of the best ways to protect your suit is to use a hard suitcase that you check at the airport before getting on the plane. A hard-shelled suitcase will help ensure that the suit remains in the state it was when you put it in the luggage.
Minimize Folding Whenever Possible
If you have to pack a suit by folding it, your best bet is to minimize the folding as much as possible. That usually means folding a suit in half. Depending on the size and shape of your luggage, you can store your suit by folding it over horizontally. This may mean some wrinkling, but it will greatly reduce the overall amount of wrinkles—and that will mean minimal ironing, should you require it.
Keep Your Clothes Packed by Layer
One of the primary causes of wrinkling within a suitcase isn’t necessarily that everything’s put together tightly. It’s that it’s put together unevenly. The solution here is to fold your clothes as flatly as possible.
You may even be able to pack up a dress shirt by folding it—but only if you put it next to other layers that are also flat. Keeping these flat layers minimizes the twisting and pulling that tends to lead to wrinkling.
Roll Your Clothes If You Can
Rolling your socks and T-shirts is a great way to save space without excess wrinkling when you pack. With a suit, it’s not always an option. But you can still get the most out of your space by rolling those other clothing items if you can. Roll the ties that you pack, for example, and you can simply unroll them when you get to the destination—you won’t have to deal with wrinkles, as most ties will simply straighten right back out.
Minimize Time Spent Packed
You may not be able to access your clothes once you check your luggage or stow it away in a car, but as soon as you have the chance to unpack, get your suit out. Sometimes, the wrinkling problems on short flights don’t even tend to manifest themselves except when the suit is left locked away for too long after you’ve had the opportunity to unpack.
That means keeping your suit among the last things you pack, as well as among the first things you unpack. You can pack other items (such as socks and T-shirts) early on and worry less about how they’ll wrinkle in your luggage. The suit, however, should be your priority.
Packing Your Trousers
When it comes to your trousers, try to fold them as flatly as possible if you have to fold them. Treat your trousers as an equal part of your suit to ensure that you wrinkle them as little as possible. Your reward will be a fresh, crisper suit when you unpack at your destination.
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