How to Pack a Suitcase to Avoid Wrinkling Clothes

Don't put up with wrinkled clothing during your next business trip or vacation. Wrinkling occurs when heaps of clothing crushes each other, usually causes by uneven, shifting weights. With strategic planning and organizing, you can eliminate the time it takes to care for your clothes and spend more time enjoying your trip.

Choose knit garments over woven if possible. Knits are elastic in nature and they do not wrinkle as easily. Any mix blended fabric that contains acetate, spandex, polyester, viscose and lycra works well too. If you travel often, invest in some wrinkle resistance clothing. You save money in a long run by not relying on the hotel's costly dry cleaning service. Wrinkle resistance clothing is available at Orvis and For stylish women wear, check out Chico's and Coldwater Creek's travel collection.

Bundle Wrapping

The key to avoid wrinkling is to turn heaps of clothing into neat, manageable bundles. To make a bundle, layer your clothing placing the wrinkle prone garments under the wrinkle resistant ones. Roll or fold them all together so that the wrinkle prone clothing is on the outside, wrapping the wrinkle resistant items inside. The idea is like an onion. Clothing at the core will get hard creases. Clothing on the outer layer will only receive soft creases that do not produce wrinkles. You may also use socks and underwear as the core of the bundle.

Packing Cubes

Hold your bundles and keep them from shifting with packing cubes. A packing cube is a lightweight nylon container with a handle and zipper closure. The top flap is usually made of a see-thru mesh material so you can quickly see the contents. The packing cubes are security friendly---airport custom agents can scan your suitcase's content easily without rifling through loose articles of clothing.

Packing Dress Shirts and Pants

The best way to pack dress shirts and pants is to fold it the way clothing stores do. Eagle Creek's Pack-It® Folder is designed especially for packing shirts. The kit contains a board, (similar to the ones a clothing retailer would use) that helps you make a perfect fold. When you make a stack, alternate the orientation of each shirt's collar (or the waistbands for pants) so the stack is even. The folder wraps the stack of shirts into a rigid bundle that keeps its content wrinkle free.

Packing Suit Jackets

Hang the unbuttoned jacket on a hanger. Put it in a plastic dry cleaner bag. Place or hang the garment on the suitcase hook if there is one. Cross the sleeves like an X on the chest. Fill the suitcase with the rest of the content. If you are using a smaller suitcase, you will need to fold the bottom of the suit over the contents.

Garment Bags

If you travel extensively with dress clothes, consider a travel garment bag. They hold and protect suits or dresses on hangers. These bags come in bi-fold or tri-fold design to minimize wrinkles. Look for a bag that comes with a shoulder strap so you can take it as a carry-on luggage.

Packing Formal Dresses

Place the dress in a long plastic garment bag. Layer a towel on top and roll it up gently. For ball gowns, layer crumpled up tissue papers in between folds. Put the dress in a box and carry it separately.

Fides Ang is a writer and business owner. In her former corporate life, she was a consultant for a national closet company and a buyer for a high-end fashion consignment business. Fides holds a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from University of California, Davis. She has been writing for Demand Studio since 2009.

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