You’ve packed your clothing carefully into your suitcase; you finally arrive at your hotel, only to discover everything has wrinkled. Don’t let this happen to you! Instead, follow our instructions to keep your clothes as neat and smart as they were the moment you packed them. If possible, choose to bring garments made from natural fibers on your trip. Garments made of natural fabrics like cotton, wool, and silk are easier to rid of wrinkles. If they do get creased, you can hang the garments in a steam-filled room, such as your hotel bathroom, and the weight of the material will pull out any wrinkles. One invention that’s made traveling tremendously easier is the non-iron treatment. Our popular non-iron dress shirts
and non-iron chinos
will give you the peace of mind of knowing you’ll never have to worry about another wrinkle. Plus, our non-iron sport shirts
are ideal for the more casual moments of your trip. For a truly polished finish, we also recommend our stain- and wrinkle-resistant Travel Blazer
. To refresh your non-iron garment, simply place it in the dryer for 10 minutes, then remove promptly. If you do not have access to a dryer, hanging the garment in a steam-filled room will have the same desired effect.
Regardless of whether your dress shirt is regular
cotton, follow these instructions. Place the shirt face down, with the buttons and lapels resting on a flat surface. Check for any obvious wrinkles or creases and use your hand to smooth them out. Your shirt may have creases from previous foldings - if so, use these lines for guidance on where to fold.
Pick up one sleeve and a portion of that side of the shirt
Fold this over so that it lays vertically on the shirt
Repeat with the other side
That sleeve will lay overtop the other
Fold the bottom half of the shirt up onto the top half; you should now have the collar facing you
If you need the shirt smaller, you can fold it in half again
To maintain the collar’s shape, you may gently stuff the inside with small items, although don’t use anything that could spill and cause a stain. You may also wish to place the folded shirt in a plastic bag for extra protection before putting it in your suitcase.
To pack a sweater, follow the same instructions as apply to dress shirts.
One popular method of packing ties is rolling them up into a spiral. First, fold the tie once. Next, take one end of the folded tie and roll it towards the opposite end. If you wish, you may place your rolled tie into a plastic bag to keep it neat.
The best method of traveling with a suit or sport coat is to make use of a garment bag. Keeping your garments in a garment bag will keep them clean, minimize wrinkles, and also help to maximize space for other travel essentials. Place your suit’s jacket and pants on separate hangers and place both in the garment bag. If you so desire, you may choose to remove the garment bag from your suitcase and hang it in your car or on the airplane. If you must fold your suit to fit in a smaller space, follow these instructions. Place the jacket face down, with the buttons and lapels resting on a flat surface. Check for any obvious wrinkles or creases and use your hand to smooth them out.
Pick up one sleeve and a portion of that side of the jacket. Fold this over so that it lays vertically on the jacket
Repeat with the other side
Fold the bottom half of the jacket up onto the top half; you should now have the collar facing you
If you need the jacket smaller, you can fold it in half again
To maintain the collar’s shape, you may gently stuff the inside with small items, although don’t use anything that could spill and cause a stain. You may also wish to place the folded jacket in a plastic bag for extra protection before putting it in your suitcase.
The suit pants should be folded lengthwise along the crease
Take the bottom hem of both legs and fold a little less than half of the pants’ length over so that it lays flat, reaching just under the waistband
Flip the bottom hem back over to the fold you just made
Fold that portion over again to just under the waistband
If you wish, you may fold the pants one more time
Finally, you may choose to place the folded pants in a plastic bag for extra protection before putting them in your suitcase.
Sport Coats To pack a sport coat, follow the same instructions as apply to suit jackets.
Shoes We recommend packing shoes in a shoe bag to best protect them as well as your other garments. How many pairs of shoes you pack depends on the duration of your trip and the size of your suitcase. One or two pairs should be sufficient; choose footwear that will complement the clothing you plan to wear. You may buy a travel shoe care kit if you are worried about scuffs or dirt, though many travel hubs such as airports and train stations offer shoe maintenance services.