Roll It, Fold It, or Bundle It
Rolling and folding are classic expert-packer methods; bundling is advanced—but ingenious. (To learn how, see the following slides.) The best option depends on the type of garment and the luggage you’re carrying it in.
- Unstructured bags, like a duffel or a carry-on tote.
- Stretchy knit fabrics that are unlikely to wrinkle, including T-shirts, workout pants, light sweaters, and jersey dresses, as well as jeans.
- Stuffing seven days’ worth of stuff into a weekender.
How to Roll
Fold pants in half lengthwise so that the back pockets face outward. Roll tightly from the cuffs to the waistband.
A Straight Skirt or Dress
If the dress has sleeves, first fold each sleeve backward. Fold the entire garment in half lengthwise. Roll from the bottom hem up.
A Winter Down Jacket
Zip it, then roll it the same way you would a top, trying to squeeze as much air out of it as possible as you go. Secure it tightly with string or large rubber bands so that it doesn’t come undone. Slip it into a pillowcase and you’ve even got a germ-free headrest for the plane.
See step-by-step instructions on How to Roll a Top.