How To Pack A Suit In A Suitcase
Whether you’re traveling for business or simply want to look sharp during your upcoming vacation, knowing how to properly pack a suit is a must. Unfortunately, you can’t treat your suit like just any item of clothing; otherwise, you’ll arrive at your destination with wrinkles and creases galore. The good news is that there are some tips and tricks you can follow to avoid those dreaded creases when traveling with a suit. Bringing wine with you? Check out our guide on how to pack wine in your suitcase.
Should You Wear It on the Plane?
This might sound a little unconventional, but before you start packing your suit away, have you thought about actually wearing it on the plane? This may be the best way to get it from point A to point B without wrinkles, especially if you have a short flight and will need to wear the suit shortly after your arrival anyway.
Of course, this option isn’t practical in every situation, but it’s something to consider. Wearing your suit on the plane will also save you room in your luggage, which could in-turn cut down on baggage fees.
See About Hanging It in a Garment Bag
If wearing your suit on the plane isn’t an option, consider checking your airline’s policies for carry-ons and garment bags. Many airlines actually have dedicated “closet” spaces where suits, dresses, and other dry-cleaned clothing can be hung up. If this is something your airline offers, take advantage of it! You’ll be able to hang your suit in its own dry-cleaning bag or garment bag without having to worry about wrinkles. Plus, you won’t have to check your suit, so there will be no worries about it being lost.
If You Have to Pack a Suit in a Suitcase…
- Packing Your Suit Jacket
- Packing Your Dress Pants
- What About Ties and Dress Shirts?
- A Few Extra Trips for Traveling With a Suit
It’s not ideal, but if you have no other options, you may need to pack your suit in a suitcase. If this applies to you, there are some tips worth following to keep your suit looking fresh and clean. Start by making sure you have a quality suitcase (ideally something hard-sided) in which to pack your precious suit. Ideally, you’ll also want to pack your suit in a carry-on suitcase rather than checking it. This way, you won’t want to worry about the possibility of your suit being lost since you’ll be able to keep it with you during your flight.
Packing Your Suit Jacket
Folding your suit jacket properly is key to avoiding creases and wrinkles, even when packed into a suitcase. Start by holding your suit jacket up with your hands inside the shoulders and the jacket’s liner facing you. From there, fold the jacket in half from one shoulder to the other. Carefully turn one of the shoulders inside out over the other; this should leave the jacket liner facing out.
Packing Dress Pants
When packing dress pants for your suit, begin by holding them upside down from the bottom hem. Lay them down along where they naturally crease (this will be different from pair to pair) before folding them in half two more times. You can store your folded pants inside the folds of your suit jacket for added protection and space-saving storage.
What About Ties and Dress Shirts?
When packing dress suits, it’s a good idea to fold them while they’re completely buttoned up (just as you would find them at the department store). You can also roll them instead of folding them, which is a great way to not only prevent wrinkles, but save space in your suitcase as well. Always roll ties and belts rather than folding to prevent creasing.
A Few Extra Tips for Traveling With a Suit
Following these tips should ensure minimal wrinkling and creasing of your suit while it’s packed away. For added protection, it’s always a good idea to store your entire suit inside a dry-cleaning bag or garment bag once it’s folded. When you’re folding up your suit and pants, you may also want to try laying a t-shirt or towel underneath the fold points; this will help to prevent hard crease lines.
If you find that you still have some minor wrinkling after unpacking your suit at your destination, don’t fret. Most hotels will have an iron and ironing board that you can use to remove light creases and wrinkles. You might also consider traveling with a small laundry steamer for this purpose or a bottle of wrinkle-release spray.
Another option to consider is unfolding and hanging your suit up in the hotel bathroom while you run a hot shower. The steam from the shower should be enough to release light wrinkles and creases.
Arriving in Style
Packing an entire suit in a suitcase may not be ideal, but as you can see, there are many ways to go about preventing wrinkles and getting rid of creases if they arise. In a worst-case scenario, many hotels even offer laundering services or you can find a local dry cleaner once you arrive at your destination. So long as you follow these tips and tricks, however, you should be able to pull your suit out of your suitcase and have it look just as fresh and pressed as it did before you packed it. From there, you can show up in style to your next event!