Properly packing your clothes for travel will not only lessen the wrinkles on your clothes, but will also help you save some space in your luggage. Because of the different nature of your clothes, there are different techniques on folding and packing them efficiently for travel.
What to put in plastic
Clothes that you hang, such as suits and dresses, may be placed in dry-cleaner plastic bags individually. Plastic helps lessen the wrinkles on your clothes as it reduces friction.
What to roll
Rolling clothes can save a lot of space, but not all clothes are fit for rolling as they can create more creases to those materials that easily get wrinkled. Rolling works well for synthetic t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, jeans, pajamas, socks, lingerie, and other clothes that don’t easily wrinkle. To roll t-shirts, put them on a flat surface facing down and fold the arms to create a rectangle. Fold lengthwise and roll starting from the bottom going up. For jeans and pajamas, lay them on a flat surface and fold lengthwise. One side of the jeans should be on top of the other. Roll the jeans or pajamas from the cuffs going up.
What to fold
Fold other clothes, such as buttoned shirts, skirts, dresses, and those that easily wrinkle. To fold buttoned shirts, make sure the buttons are all fastened in order to make folding easy and to minimize creasing. Fold the arms in until the shoulders of both sides almost touch. Smooth out wrinkles and fold the bottom of the shirt up to the middle of the shirt. Follow by folding in the top of the shirt, overlapping the first fold. Another strategy that will minimize creases in buttoned shirt is to put plastic in between folds. Below is a video that will show you how to do it. Thanks to HowdiniGuru.
To fold skirts and dresses, lay them in flat surface and smooth the fabric. Fold lengthwise and fold from the bottom up. If you skirt is long, you may fold again if needed.
How to pack
- Make sure you pack just enough clothing for your suitcase. Too much of them can cause your clothes to compress and thus wrinkle more.
- Put the folded clothes at the center of your suitcase, followed by the rolled clothes on the sides and on top.
- Don’t put heavy items, such as toiletries, on top of your clothes to avoid wrinkling your clothes.
- If you need to put a pair of shoes in your suitcase, put them on the side and use your socks to fill the inside of your shoes to keep their form.
- Fill in the other spaces with other pairs of socks, as well as lingerie.
So that’s it. We hope you find our travel ideas for folding and packing your clothes helpful. If you have more ideas on how to fold your clothes, please share them with our other readers in the comment section below.