How to Avoid Wrinkles When Packing Clothes

Updated on January 17, 2019

Three Ways to Keep Clothes Wrinkle Free

Whenever I travel, I get nervous at the thought of opening my bag upon arriving at my destination only to see my nicely folded clothes (and hard work) has been ruined and that my clothes are all wrinkled. Here a few easy ways to pack your bags that offer solutions to wrinkles and creases.

How to roll your clothes when packing to avoid wrinkles
How to roll your clothes when packing to avoid wrinkles | Source

1. The Rolling Method

The rolling method is when you roll your clothes tightly to avoid wrinkles. The first trick is to fold your clothes out nicely into even rectangles, then to proceed to roll them evenly lengthwise. Be sure to make the rolls very tight, but very even and free from lumps. You can then place them side-by-side in your suitcase and then row upon row. With this method, you not only reduce (or prevent) wrinkles, but you can actually increase the amount of clothes that will fit within your bag.

2. The Bundle-Wrapping Method

The bundle-wrapping method is very simple: The idea is that you wrap all your garments together to avoid creases. Basically the end result is a bundle; the clothes that are more likely to be wrinkled are on the outside, and the clothing that is less prone to wrinkles goes on the inside. For this method to work, you need to have your entire wardrobe laid out in front of you so that you can organize it according to the type.

The outer layer will contain dress shirts, skirts and dresses, followed by pants and shorts. The inside will mostly be things like underwear and socks. You will use the arms of your shirts as well as the legs of your pants to wrap the bundle together. This reduces wrinkles because instead of folding your clothes they are being wrapped, so you don’t get creases.

How to Wrap Your Clothes in a Bundle

  1. Start by laying your clothes as flat as possible. Putting different items of clothing on top of each other. Make sure that all buttons are buttoned up.
  2. Fold in the sleeves.
  3. Start to wrap your bundle and smooth out any lumps that might occur.
  4. Pack the finished bundle in your suitcase!

See photos below for step-by-step visuals.

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How to use the bundle-wrap method when packing.Fold in the sleeves. Start to wrap your bundle. Ta-da! Wrinkle-free clothes are as good as guaranteed.
How to use the bundle-wrap method when packing.
How to use the bundle-wrap method when packing. | Source
Fold in the sleeves.
Fold in the sleeves. | Source
Start to wrap your bundle.
Start to wrap your bundle. | Source
Ta-da! Wrinkle-free clothes are as good as guaranteed.
Ta-da! Wrinkle-free clothes are as good as guaranteed. | Source

3. Dry Cleaning Bags

This method takes up a lot of space and is very time consuming. Basically, you use dry cleaning bags to cushion your clothing and avoid creases. If you have the time, patience and dry cleaning bags, this method is very effective for wrinkle and crease prevention.

How Do You Pack Your Clothes?

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Other Tricks

Here are a couple more quick tips to keep your clothes free of wrinkles while traveling.

Pack Less Per Bag

Don’t over-stuff your bag with items and then hope for the best. To avoid wrinkles, pack fewer clothes in your bag. Wrinkles tend to form when there are too many clothes packed into such a confined space. The tighter the space, the more wrinkles.

Lay Your Clothes Flat

Another strategy is to lie your clothes as flat as possible, one upon the other. This works best for fancy clothes, the ones that could be damaged by rolling. It also helps if your bag is rigid, otherwise, the clothes will have a tendency to bunch up at the edges.

© 2013 Katee Shew

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    • Crystal Tatum profile image

      Crystal Tatum 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I roll clothes when packing but I still get wrinkles. Haven't tried the other methods though and those may be worth a shot. Very useful hub and voted up.

    • talfonso profile image


      7 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I do the rolling method when packing clothes. It worked like a CHARM when flying out (to NJ in 2011 and NOLA in 2012). I'm doing it again for my Disney cruise in September because despite the fact that the cruise terminal is within a good driving distance and I can bring in as much baggage as I please (I live in the Tampa Bay Area and the terminal is in Port Canaveral), I still have to pack light.

    • ns1209 profile image


      7 years ago from UK - England

      I use the rolling method to - it helps save space. Excellent hub.

    • vlspublications profile image


      7 years ago

      Great hub, thanks! I will definitely be using some of these methods while packing my clothes from now on!

    • Better Yourself profile image

      Better Yourself 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice job on HOTD! I've been successful with the rolling method when packing but was not familiar with the bundling option - will have to give it a shot. Great hub!

    • Kevina Oyatedor profile image

      kevina oyatedor 

      7 years ago

      awesome. love doing this to create space in my suitcase.

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      Edmund Custers 

      7 years ago

      Great tips! I like the rolling method. I always use this method when I have a lot to pack. Thanks for the tips!

    • yougottheguy profile image


      7 years ago from India

      This is pretty useful!

    • stillwaters707 profile image


      7 years ago from Texas

      Congrats on HOTD! Your pictures, again, are worth 1,000 words, to enhance a necessary concept.

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      Toy Tasting 

      7 years ago from Mumbai

      Very useful hub. My favorite is the rolling method. Congratulations on Hub of The Day. Cheers!

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Recently I traveled to mountains and every time I changed my clothes I had to wear wrinkled clothes. You have presented some great ideas here. I did not know about rolling. Thank you very much.

      Congrats for HOTD my fellow Apprentice.

    • rose-the planner profile image

      rose-the planner 

      7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      First of all, congratulations on HOTD, it was well deserved! You offered some great tips and I loved the visuals too.. I tend to roll my clothes when packing for a trip. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      Came back to say congrats on the HOTD award! :)

    • skperdon profile image


      7 years ago from Canada

      Very useful hub! I roll my clothes whenever I'm packing! Learned that from my mom.

      Never knew the bundling was called Bundle Wrap though.

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      Lucy Jones 

      7 years ago from Scandinavia

      This is so handy. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      7 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD!

      I've known about the rolling trick since childhood--learned it from my father, who was in the Navy Sea Bees--and heaven forbid their dress uniforms should be wrinkled! I even wrote a 'how to pack a suitcase' hub of my own, based on that, and other tricks I learned.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany and Philippines

      Congrats on the hub of the day! This is indeed a very useful hub. As I often travel, I usually used the rolling method and I do the flat clothes method when the dress is sensitive to rolling. I have to try the wrap method next time. It sounds good, too. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and well done.

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      7 years ago from UK

      Many thanks for sharing. I too am a roller when it comes to packing cases but reading this has got me wondering if this rolling would be useful for storing clothes in drawers at home too. Like after ironing and folding, later you end up with the fold marks when you are ready to wear the item.

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      Heidi Thorne 

      7 years ago from Chicago Area

      The rolling method is my favorite! Thanks for sharing the bundle tips and congratulations on Hub of the Day!

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      Nancy Owens 

      7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on having your Hub chosen to be a Hub of the Day! Very useful and I really liked the way you show how to do it!

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      7 years ago

      I am definitely a roller! Makes things less wrinkly, but I mainly like it because of all the space it saves!

    • kthix10 profile image


      7 years ago from IL

      Great hub, I travel for work a great deal and these tips will help me. I have been rolling my workout clothes together for awhile just to keep each days workout gear together.

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      Barbara Purvis Hunter 

      7 years ago from Florida


      This is great news for me and I will take your good information and use it when I go on my next trip.

      Thanks for such a useful hub.

      Have a wonderful Sunday.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Man of Strength 

      7 years ago from Orlando, Fl


      This method is very effective. On a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was able to fit five days worth of clothing, two pairs of shoes, and my laptop all into one duffel bag! It was heavy though. I learned by watching the same videos in your hub. Voted up and awesome.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      I'm a combination packer but still found this hub useful. It never seems to fail, the one thing you don't want wrinkled is the one that is!

      I think the rolling method is good for heavier clothes like jeans, but not sure about lighter materials. I'll have to try to see.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • Ericajean profile image


      7 years ago

      This hub is needed for many of us. Perfect!

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are great tips. I knew about the rolling method, but haven't tried the other ideas you mentioned. This is a very useful hub!

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      Janet Giessl 

      7 years ago from Georgia country

      This is very informative and useful. I have always problems when packing clothes for vacation. I should try out those methods next time. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Susan Bailey 

      7 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I'm a roller. I tend to pile all similar shaped items on top of each other and then roll the whole lot in to a giant sausage. Nothing ever creases with this method. Voted up, shared. Great hub.

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      Lena Kovadlo 

      7 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Great hub. I am sure many will find this informative and useful. It's great that you've included videos in this hub to make it easier for people to learn how to fold the clothes. Voted up and sharing.

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      7 years ago

      A very helpful hub indeed! Being a guy, I just toss all of my clothes into a bag and stuff them in however they fit. In contrast, my loving wife is very neat and organized, but you have some interesting tips here and I plan on sharing this hub with her. Voted up, useful AND interesting!

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      Comfort Babatola 

      7 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

      I do this all the time! Though most of mines are jeans and wrinkle-free fabrics to begin with, but I find this tips to work, even though my hubby still thinks his shirts come out with wrinkles. Men! Can't please them.

      Great tips. Voted up and useful.

    • TheKatsMeow profile imageAUTHOR

      Katee Shew 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for the comment Natashalh! I know what you mean, packing can be very tedious.

    • Natashalh profile image


      7 years ago from Hawaii

      Great tip with the jeans and t-shirt! I'm packing for the summer right now and it's quite a chore.


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