Narrowing down your wardrobe for vacation or work travels is by far the biggest struggle of packing. Nothing screams #GirlProblems more than showing up for a 3-day weekend trip with a bag of clothes so big that it looks like you’re moving in. But once you’ve got that difficult decision figured out and weeded out your top choices, next comes the second hardest part—actually packing your tasteful clothing options without wrinkling them. You also have to take into account shoes, underwear, and makeup bags when planning where your clothes will fit—IF they’ll even fit. The next time you drag out your suitcase, don’t fret. We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive guide on how to master the art of packing wrinkle-free clothes that actually stay that way during your travels. Because no one should have to whip out an iron while traveling.
First thing’s first, don’t overpack your suitcase. Yes, we know this comes as huge challenge for many of you, but do it for the sake of your clothes. Trying to cram as many articles of clothing as possible into a tiny suitcase, along with hair appliances and the likes, isn’t going to do any wonders for the state of your clothes. Think extra carefully about what you’ll actually wear during your trip…so absolutely do not pack that dress that’s been hiding in in the back of your closet “just in case.” We all know you’re not going to wear it. Save that room for something more important.
Now, let’s get down to business—actually starting the packing process. Divide and conquer with the rolling and folding methods. You’re going to want to fold nicer, stiffer clothes, like button downs or dresses, and then roll up any lighter clothes, like t-shirts or jeans. This will help consolidate space and keep your clothes wrinkle-free. So what’s the best way to roll your clothes? For shirts, lay them face down on a flat surface and smooth out any wrinkles with your hands. Fold the arms in toward the center of the shirt to form a rectangle. Starting from the bottom, roll the the top up. Easy enough! For pants, fold them lengthwise and follow the same routine. Tackle any clothes you can roll first, and pack them before anything else on the bottom of your suitcase. This makes a nice, cushiony layer for the rest of your packing essentials.
For your less causal clothes, there’s a specific folding method for avoiding wrinkles—the square fold. Start by also laying shirts face down and smoothing out any wrinkles. Neatly bring the sleeves and shoulders into the center of the shirt again, and start folding the shirt by thirds. Fold a third of the shirt at the bottom, then another third at the top, and layer them on top of one another. You should be left with a perfectly square, smooth article of clothing. Pack these on top of your rolled clothes.
Once you get to your destination, don’t wait to unpack. The longer your clothes sit in your suitcase, the more likely they are to develop wrinkles. Hang any delicate clothes ASAP. We wish all future packers safe travels and wrinkle-free clothes!