Depending on the purpose, traveling could be fun. If it’s for a vacation, you can assume it will be fun but it can also be hectic when it comes to work-related packing. Depending on how long you travel, you must pack many things and some travels may require packing a suit. In this case, you need to know how to pack a suit.
Packing a Suit: Folding Method
One of the best ways to avoid excessive suit creasing is to fold them neatly and appropriately. This is applicable whether for storage or travel. Clothes are easily wrinkled depending on how you pack them.
Your luggage space will be cramped if you pile them up. Yes, clothing creases can be steamed and ironed out. However this requires extra work and it takes up more of your time. So, the best thing to do is pack carefully and efficiently to avoid minor and major creasing.
- Take the sleeve pieces of the garment and hold them in front of you.
- Reach out on the opposite side of the sleeve and pull the sleeve inside out. This should result in a neat fold with a gaping hole that resembles a kangaroo pocket.
- The next thing to secure are the lapels. Take the right and the left lapels and clasp them together. This step reduces the suit’s width slowly making it more ideal for packing.
- Mentally divide the suit into three and follow the imaginary lines and fold them into thirds. Simply folding the suit in thirds will shorten it by a third. For the folding technique, you can fold it simultaneously, like a domino, following the adjacent parts or only fold the side parts towards the middle, like flapping a butterfly’s wings.
- For the trousers, spread and hold both sides of the waist part in front of you. Bring your left and right hand together, folding the pants into two, lengthwise.
- Spread the folded pants on a smooth and leveled surface.
- Find the center of the pants’ length.
- Place the folded suit on top of it– in the middle fraction.
- Fold both sides of the pants towards the same direction, on top of the suit.
- Now you have a neatly folded and square-shaped block of the suit.
- Lay it flat on your suitcase, and you’re good to go.
Packing a Suit: Rolling Your Suit Into A Bun
Rolling your suit into a hotdog-shaped pillow form can be a bit messy but it can be done in an organized way. In fact, rolling is a great space saver. This method is commonly used on underwear and simple shirts. Here is an effective way to roll your suits.
- Find the symmetric point in your pants which is usually from the middle of the crotch part up to the leg opening.
- Bring both leg sleeves together starting from both the left and right edges of the waist opening.
- Bring the two regions of the suit and pleat them together in a lengthwise division, putting both the lapels and sleeves together, overlapping symmetrically.
- Place the sleeves on the top of one region, whether left or right.
- To avoid spending money for a rolling tube, you can find something tubular in the comfort of your home in a diameter or measure that suits your preference. This will give you ample control of the space between the rolled suit.
- Position the tube on one edge of the folded pants, either the waist part or the leg opening part..
- Do the same rolling process for the suit.
Packing a Suit with a Garment Bag
A garment bag might be one of the most common and basic ways to pack a suit. This material is designed to keep your suit both in crisp condition and provides the ideal space and environment for the suit. However, this can be more of a disadvantage than an advantage.
These bags do not require folding though. Its primary function is to protect your suit from dirt and creasing by keeping it unfolded. This is where it becomes challenging as it can be hard to handle and carry. Here is a method that offers a more convenient way of packing with a garment bag.
- The first step involves folding. You may opt to fold the garment bag, with the suit inside, in two or three parts.
- These types of bags typically also have security straps that can hold the fold together if you bring the suit by hand.
- When riding in a vehicle, you can safely hang the garment bag onto the available racks inside a car so you can relax.
- On the other hand, when you decide on putting the garment bag into a bag or a suitcase for easier handling, you can divide the bag into three and fold it.
- Then, lay the garment bag on top of the other pieces of clothing in the bag. This way, there’s not too much pressure pressing the garment bag down, which can lead to noticeable creasing. Make sure it sits comfortably on top without too much weight on top of it.
Packing a Suit in a Luggage
Most of the time, people prefer packing their suits in their luggage for convenience. This way, you can ensure it’s safe from unexpected troubles like accidental folding or getting it dirty. Putting it inside a more convenient bag also makes it easy to handle compared to carrying it out and about unfolded.
- Spread your suit facing down on a leveled table or surface.
- Divide the suit into three parts lengthwise, with the centerfold being bigger.
- Get the lapels and sleeves and fold them onto the centerfold, slightly overlapping one side on the other. Make sure that the lapel and the sleeves are neatly folded symmetrically.
- Fold the suit in half, crosswise, with the front-facing upward.
- It’s time to move on to pants. Take hold of the lower leg holes and bring them together, aligning the creases for a more symmetrical look. These pants can now be folded in half without taking up as much space.
- You can either fold the pants into three alone, place the suit on the middle partition, and use the pants as a wrapper that wraps around the suit. If you opt for the latter, fold the leg opening over the suit first, followed by the waist belt part, overlapping with the leg openings and adding a layer of covering onto the suit.
Helpful Things You Can Purchase for Packing Suits
You should choose wisely whether it’s a garment bag or a regular bag. When choosing a good bag for packing suits, you first need to consider sturdiness.
A sturdy bag is a bag with a reliable base. A strong and stiff base excellently accommodates the basic folding methods. A flat base ensures that the folded suit does not become vulnerable to more minor additional creases.
The first thing you need to take note of when buying a suitcase for your suits is its ability to hold them. Security is essential for storing your suits. If you want your suitcase to be bend-proof, meaning the material does not bend towards the clothes and materials inside, you should choose something hard, like hard pieces of luggage.
If you haven’t heard about this, there is a tool used for folding suits and different pieces of clothing. It’s most commonly known as a garment folder.
It’s just a tool that makes folding more convenient and more manageable. This means you can do it by hand; however, if you have the luxury to buy it, it would help you produce a more uniform-sized folded suit.
Tips to Avoid Creasing
A crease is a primary thing people worry about when packing. Well, given that it’s packing, wrinkles are near unavoidable. However, you can implement some things to avoid more than the expected creases.
Tip 1: Flat surface when folding
A flat surface is necessary when doing both folding and rolling. You must fold your suit by laying your suit on a leveled, hard, flat surface. A bed can be alright, but it’s bendable, so it could compromise the stability and symmetry you are trying to achieve.
Tip 2: Splitting into three
Dividing your suit into three parts before folding gives each fold enough space, which does not apply too much direct pressure for it to become a significant crease. As you may have also learned earlier, setting the suit in the centerfold of the pants helps minimize the possible crease.
Tip 3: Light is right
If you want to pack a suit without stress, consider traveling light. Traveling light does not imply inadequacy; instead, it allows you to be more comfortable and decisive. Fewer things inside the luggage mean there’s no intense weight that could be pressing up a major crease on the suit.
Tip 4: Roll
Yes, rolling is a good idea when packing suits. However, like folding, it’s not the most perfect. The risk with rolling is the smaller creases. On the other hand, this is a good option when traveling light as it creates a compact object out of your suit, so it’s more likely to stay intact.
Tip 5: Extra bag is okay
You can place your suit in a smaller and separate bag inside the suitcase. This way, you have more control of the space where your suit lies.
Knowing how to pack a suit can sound random, but it’s beneficial when you are in a situation requiring it. These methods can help you pack more efficiently for a more enjoyable and convenient journey. Packing can sound easy but doing it appropriately creates drastic changes like space-saving, less creasing, and many more.
Jessica Oliver is a fashion enthusiast with more than ten years of experience in the industry. She previously managed her own clothing store in New York before becoming a mother of three. With a passion for sustainability and a desire to share clothing care and recycling tips.