If you’re at the same place in your life as I am, you’re probably at the point when weddings are taking up your weekends and work is taking up your weekdays. What kind of attire is appropriate for a business meeting? When you need to go there, how do you handle the situation?
You won’t believe it, but you can fit a whole outfit into a carry-on bag. I once traveled to London for three weeks, packed a suit in my bag to take with me, and then went back to the United States for a wedding, where I wore the same suit without ironing it once.
Before we get started, I would want to provide one piece of general guidance. If you want to keep your jacket, jeans, and shirt wrinkle-free for as long as possible, avoid packing your carry-on bag to its maximum capacity.
Even if you fold and pack everything perfectly, you will still develop creases if any part of the suit is crushed under pressure for extended periods of time. This is true even if you fold and pack everything correctly. Do not put yourself in danger. When you need to pack a suit, leave the frills at home and focus on the essentials.
This disclaimer applies to the following piece of advice, which is meant to be used in situations in which you do not have the time or capacity to iron, steam, or dry clean your suit.
Let’s get to it.
How to Pack a Suit Jacket and Pants
In most cases, we recommend that passengers wear more cumbersome goods on the aircraft rather than pack them. This is also something that a good number of people would suggest for a suit. However, if you plan on wearing your suit during the journey, you should be prepared for creases.
Even more dangerous would be to put it in the garbage up above. In this situation, we advise you to bring the suit with you, despite the fact that it will take up a lot of room in your suitcase.
Packing your suit in the correct manner will ensure that it arrives crease-free and looking its best. You have a choice between two different packing methods for your outfit.
The Folding Method as It’s Known
The folding technique is by far the most common and tried-and-true option, and it’s the one I used for both my travel to and from London. This is a strategy that is recommended even by Brooks Brothers.
I utilised a technique called “lining out,” in which one of the shoulders of your garment is tucked under the shoulder of the other.
Here is a second way that is very much like the first one, but the final result seems to be ready to be sold in a shop. Stay tuned to the very end of the video for an additional piece of advice on how to make a cushion out of a plastic bag by adding some air to it.
Your suit won’t be crushed or wrinkled thanks to the air pocket, which acts as a buffer and protects it from damage.
The Use of a Dry Cleaning Bag as a Method
If you don’t have much else to pack in your carry on, or if you’re prepared to sacrifice room for a suit coat and trousers that are practically wrinkle-free, the dry cleaner bag approach is the easiest and most effective option to use.
Keep your suit coat and trousers in the plastic dry-cleaning bag, put them up on a hanger, and fold the suit in half horizontally. This is the easiest way to store your suit.
If you use this strategy, rather of leaving your folded jacket in the overhead compartment where it will be exposed to the elements, it will remain covered inside of your luggage. A helpful guide that includes GIFs may be found on GQ.com.
Using a bag for dry cleaning takes up unnecessary space and should be avoided. The folding technique is the superior choice if you need to travel for a longer amount of time and carry other items in addition to your suit.
How to Pack a Dress Shirt
The shirt is the item that presents the most challenge when it comes to packing. The procedure that results in a shirt that is precisely folded and ready to be displayed in a department shop is shown at the conclusion of the movie that can be seen above.
If you want more assistance, there is a whole post that focuses just on the best way to do this task. In order to summarise this essay into its most important points:
- Your shirt should be folded, not rolled
- Place the shirt on a flat surface and fold the arms into the middle, halfway up the sleeves
- You can fold in each side 3 inches, then fold the shirt in half once from the bottom and again for a tighter fold
- We recommend shirts made of wrinkle-resistant fabrics, such as merino wool or polyester, over non-iron materials with “spray on” chemical coatings
To avoid bending the collar wings, I take out the collar stays (the plastic or metal pieces that go into them).
Make sure you layer your shirts in opposite directions if you are packing two or more shirts.
How to Pack a Waistcoat and Cumberbund
There are events that call for cumberbunds, just as there are times and locations that are appropriate for wearing a three-piece suit. Due to the fact that these gatherings are more formal than business-related situations that warrant the wearing of a suit, the stress associated with packing a suit often increases during these situations.
The good news is that none of these things requires a sophisticated packing strategy.
- On the waistcoat, fold along the vertical seam and then the horizontal seam (just two folds altogether).
- The cumberbund should be rolled instead of folded and stuffed inside a shoe.
How to Pack Dress Shoes
To tell you the truth, I believe that bringing dress shoes is a hazardous thing to do, but I would wear them on the aircraft since they are the only piece of your suit attire that I would wear.
Instead, you should pack your more casual shoes. This way, you won’t have to worry about the state of your footwear until you get to your destination. In addition, washing your shoes is a lot less of a hassle than cleaning a whole suit.
If you plan on bringing your dress shoes with you, you should be sure to pack them in a way that prevents them from collapsing and creasing. It is advisable to stuff them with your cumberbund, rolled-up ties, dress socks, or other items like that.
How to Pack Ties, Socks, Belts, and Accessories
All of the effort you put into having a perfect-looking suit might be undone by having an accessory, such as a wrinkled tie or another item, on you. If you want to appear beautiful, you have to pay close attention to the details.
It’s not difficult to pack your extra accessories. Your ties and belts should be rolled. You can roll or fold your socks, whatever you like. Stuff all of those things inside your shoes (if you packed them).
Keep your pocket square, cufflinks, suspenders, and any other accessories for your suit in a separate bag that will keep them all together and make it simple to locate what you’re looking for when you need it.
If you want to prevent creases in your suit, don’t put it in a bag that’s already too full of other things. Spend some time watching the videos up above to educate yourself on more sophisticated folding and packaging techniques.
Before you pack your clothes, make sure they are wrinkle-free by ironing them. Take your time. Putting in a few extra minutes of effort up front can save you from having to put in more effort later on, when you are meant to be relaxing and having fun on your vacation.