Learning how to efficiently pack a suitcase is easier than you think, thanks to our top three preferred packing methods. Everyone has their own packing personality, but there’s one thing we can all agree on―the way you pack should be easy and orderly. No matter your destination, an organized bag upon arrival is priceless, and we’re here to help make it happen. The best packing methods we stand behind each prevent wrinkles and over-cramming in different ways. All you have to do is decide which is right for you.
The Rolling Method
The rolling method is exactly what it sounds like. Tightly roll each clothing item into a log-shape and place it in your suitcase. Everything stays secure by placing each piece right up against the other. Rolling works especially well for items like sweaters, pants, and t-shirts, and because rubber bands aren’t necessary, your clothes will be wrinkle-free upon arrival—no fashion faux pas here. That said, we do not recommend this method for formalwear or business attire. Instead, we suggest a wardrobe bag for dressier items. The rolling method is perfect for travelers looking for a simple, straightforward packing method, so get ready to roll.
The Wrapping Method
This method works best with longer, fancier garments like dresses and pants. Start with the longest pieces first, placing them in the bottom of the suitcase with the ends hanging over the sides of the case. Then place smaller items on top of those. Keep layering until you’ve packed everything you need. When you’re finished, fold the clothing that is hanging over the sides of the bag on top, and everything will be wrapped snugly together. Best of all? No creases!
The Bundling Method
This method is similar to the wrapping method in that bundling is accomplished by folding longer items around smaller ones. But there’s one major difference. Bundling is done by the outfit. So if you plan to wear a specific shirt with a specific pair of pants, you bundle them together. Start with socks and underwear, then wrap the shirt, and after, the pants. With this method, each outfit stays together and accessible. It’s perfect for speedy wardrobe changes, like transitioning from meeting clothes to cocktail attire. You can also go the extra step and put the completed bundle in a clear plastic bag, making sure to remove all the air before sealing. Keep in mind that a garment bag, or one of our wardrobe bags, is best for longer garments.
The Packing Cube Method
Unlike the aforementioned techniques such as the rolling method, packing cubes won’t necessarily save you space—but they can help you keep your clothing organized. Not to mention, they can be used in combination with other methods. For example, you can bundle your clothing but then put them into a packing cube. The best packing methods are combined and it makes it much easier to keep your outfits together.
The Compression Pack Method
Compression packs work wonders for bulky items like ski pants and heavy sweaters. Simply put your items in a bag and roll it to get the air out. Along with saving space, this method helps to keep your clothing wrinkle-free if done correctly. But here’s the thing: While these bags can be effective, they can also be a bit tricky to roll—especially for really bulky items. With that in mind, you may have to invest in several bags as it’s likely that you’ll only be able to fit one or two items in each pack.
Your Packing Personality
When it comes to how to pack a suitcase, these are just five of the best packing methods out there. Pick one, or a combo of a few, because when it comes to your packing personality, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. It also depends on what types of items you’re packing as some methods work better for different pieces and materials than others.
When learning how to pack a suitcase, we can say with certainty that packing smarter and more organized is an absolute time―and sanity―saver. So start strategizing. What other packing methods do you use? Share your secrets with us on Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #BriggsAndRiley.