It’s easy to pack up and leave for travel, but a bit more difficult to fold a shirt, especially when it comes to folding a shirt without wrinkling it. There are a few clever tricks to adopt to get by.
In this article, we will exclusively reveal our method for knowing how to fold a shirt in a suitcase, without wrinkling or damaging it. We will also provide you with storage advice.
Our technique for folding a shirt for travel
Start by laying the shirt flat on a table, with the back facing up.
Then, fold one sleeve over the body of the shirt so that it slightly overlaps in the middle. Then fold the other sleeve in the same way.
Next, fold one side of the bottom of the shirt up until it meets near the collar and repeat the operation with the other side.
You should end up with a neat rectangle that will fit perfectly in your suitcase or carry-on luggage.
To fold a shirt without wrinkling it and be sure not to have any creases when you arrive at your destination, try to avoid crumpling or folding any part of your shirt too tightly.
Then note the location of each fold so that you can fold the shirt in the same way when you unpack it.
You can also use this folding technique to pack any other type of clothing, such as trousers or a skirt.
Always make sure that the fabric is not folded too tightly and note the location of the folds so that your clothes remain wrinkle-free until you arrive at your destination.
How to store your shirt in the suitcase? Our exclusive tips
Now that your shirt is properly folded, let’s see how to store it in the suitcase.
To avoid as many shocks as possible, we recommend sliding it into the half of your suitcase that is protected by a zipper. Most suitcases are equipped this way. But, if yours is different or if you can’t use this protective pouch, we offer the following solutions:
Store the shirt in the middle of other clothes
For example, put your shirt between two T-Shirts, two pairs of jeans, or even better: two towels. These items will protect it from wrinkles that could occur during the trip.
Make sure that the clothes in question are flat once folded, and are not more fragile than the shirts.
Avoid at all costs making a pile with your shirt and your blazer. Or even worse, with your socks.
Protect the collar of your shirt
If your shirt has been ironed and properly folded, you already reduce quite a few risks for it to wrinkle in your suitcase. However, there is a part that wrinkles very easily: the collar.
To protect it, we recommend slipping a shirt collar stay. You can easily get them on the Internet or in a shopping center.
But, if you think about it at the last minute, there are “homemade solutions” like a piece of semi-rigid cardboard.
You now have all the tips for “folding shirt suitcase” before packing up to your favorite destination!