Pack a Wrinkle-Free Travel Tote
Grab your packing list and gather up your items. Remember: Travel knits are a frequent traveler’s best friend because they are literally wrinkle resistance, fold into incredibly small packages or rolls, and allow the use of the maximum available space.
Lay out the items on a flat surface:
These are typically the heaviest items, so fold or roll them and place at the bottom of the bag. There will be fewer creases in non-knit fabrics if they are folded in half horizontally. Lay a piece of tissue paper across the legs; fold them in half vertically.
If you must fold them in half again for a better fit, put another piece of tissue between the layers to resist wrinkles. For travel knits, simply fold them in half and roll from the bottom of the hem to the waistband, smoothing out wrinkles as you roll.
Fold skirts in half horizontally (layer with tissue) and then in half vertically for packing a non-knit fabric. For knit fabrics, lay out one skirt with the waistband at the top and smooth it out. Lay the other skirt so that the waistband is positioned at the hemline of the other skirt and smooth out the fabric. Fold the two layers in half and roll from the bottom.
Non-knit jackets look best when unpacked if they are turned inside out before packing. This serves a dual purpose because if a toiletry item bursts or spills from its container, the jacket lining absorbs most of the stain or damage. While this is not an idea situation, you can still wear the garment for the duration of the trip and attend to repairs when you return home.
Lay the jacket face down on the bed, and cover with tissue. Fold the sleeves inward and smooth the fabric. Use another tissue layer to cover the sleeves, fold the jacket into thirds and place into the bag.
Shirts and Tops
Because collars are easily crushed and do not look as fresh as you might want, shirts should be the last items packed. When you buy new shirts, consider saving the cardboard collar forms for reuse to give collars more stability whenever they must be packed for travel.
Lay shirts or blouses face down on the bed and put tissue over them. Fold the sleeves in toward the garment, while smoothing out wrinkles. Place another sheet of tissue over the sleeves and fold the bottom third of the garment up. Smooth the fabric, fold the remaining third over the bottom portion and place into bag.
After each one is folded, position it atop the previous one so the collars are at opposite ends to prevent crushing them. Continue to alternate them in this manner to protect the collars as much as possible.
Shoes and Other Accessories
Position shoes around the outside edges of the slacks. Roll up small items and stuff them into the shoes and corners of the bag. Coil belts and fit into small spaces. Add any other accessory and sleepwear items and you are ready to depart.