Whether you’re prepping for a destination wedding, work trip, or formal night on a cruise, you’re probably wondering how to pack a suit jacket without it becoming a wrinkled mess. A garment bag is one option, but with carry-on limits and costly bag fees, it’s understandable that you’d want to travel a bit lighter.
Below, find three different ways to fold a suit jacket that will prevent it from wrinkling and taking up too much space in your suitcase.
A suit jacket has sleeves and a collar just like a shirt, so it makes sense to fold it using a similar method.
How to Fold a Suit Jacket in the Dry Cleaning Bag
This might seem like the laziest method, but it does the trick without doing a number on your suit jacket.
Alternatively, you can lay the suit across the open suitcase, so that the bottom half is in the suitcase and the top half is lying across the lid. Pack all your other items, covering the bottom of your suit, then take the top and fold it over everything. This might seem counterintuitive to pack things on top of your suit jacket, but this looser folding method will prevent it from unsightly creasing. If you choose this method, consider packing cubes for the rest of your items, as the cubes will help keep your suitcase smooth and flat.
How to Fold a Suit Jacket by Turning It Inside Out
No, you won’t damage the suit — you’re actually preventing wrinkles and stains.
You can also try rolling your suit jacket instead, which follows the first two above steps, but instead of folding it into thirds, you’ll roll it like a jelly roll. Then, pack it with your other rolled garments or slip it into a packing cube.
Whichever method you choose, place your suit jacket in an easy-to-reach spot in your suitcase. This way, you can easily remove it and hang it up right away when you arrive at your destination.