How to Avoid Wrinkles When Packing Clothes

3 Simple Ways to Pack Wrinkle-Free Clothes
3 Simple Ways to Pack Wrinkle-Free Clothes | Source

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

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.

Wrapping Your Clothes Together to Save Space

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

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:

How to use the bundle wrap method when packing
How to use the bundle wrap method when packing | Source

Then fold the sleeves in:

How to wrap your clothes for travel
How to wrap your clothes for travel | Source

Then start to wrap your clothes in a bundle to prevent wrinkles:

How to bundle wrap your clothes for travel
How to bundle wrap your clothes for travel | Source

Make sure that each time you fold over a section, that you take your hand and smooth out and lumps or bumps that might occur.

A simple method for avoiding wrinkles and saving space in your luggage.
A simple method for avoiding wrinkles and saving space in your luggage. | Source

How do You Pack Your Clothes?

Do you use a specific method to avoid wrinkles?

  • Yes I use one or more things on this list
  • No, I stuff everything into my bag!
  • I don't care about wrinkles, I just iron my clothes when I need them
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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.

Dry Cleaning Bags Will Reduce Creases

Other Tricks: Pack Less Per Bag

Don’t over-stuff your bag with items and then hope for the best. To avoid wrinkles, pack less 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 tendency to bunch up at the edges.

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Natashalh 3 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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TheKatsMeow 3 years ago from Canada Author

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

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ComfortB 3 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.

dellea 3 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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lovebuglena 3 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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Sue Bailey 3 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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janetwrites 3 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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Careermommy 3 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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Ericajean 3 years ago

This hub is needed for many of us. Perfect!

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tillsontitan 3 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.

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Man of Strength 3 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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PurvisBobbi44 3 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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kthix10 3 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.

ElleBee 3 years ago

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

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Nancy Owens 3 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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heidithorne 3 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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Ebonny 3 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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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

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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DzyMsLizzy 3 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.

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starbright 3 years ago from Scandinavia

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

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skperdon 3 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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ComfortB 3 years ago from Bonaire, GA, USA

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

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rose-the planner 3 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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Vinaya Ghimire 3 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.

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Toytasting 3 years ago from Mumbai

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

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stillwaters707 3 years ago from Texas

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

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yougottheguy 3 years ago from India

This is pretty useful!

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anatomynotes 3 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!

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Kevina Oyatedor 3 years ago

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

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Better Yourself 3 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!

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vlspublications 3 years ago

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

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ns1209 3 years ago from UK - England

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

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talfonso 3 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.

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Crystal Tatum 3 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.

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