Monday, October 1, 2012

Do You Roll or Fold the Clothes When Packing?

Like traveling? I’m sure you are keen to travel to different places because of dining, shopping, entertainment, meeting new people, experiencing diverse culture and the list goes on. But one thing that can keep you infuriated sometimes is packing. This includes packing your clothes into your luggage and many other things that you should carry. With packing, you also need to consider the size of your bag, the weight of your baggage and how you are going to pack all your things to fit inside x number of hand-carry bags and/or check-in bags.

Case in point is with clothes. In this article, we will decipher which method of packing clothes is best. Is it rolling, folding or bundle wrapping? Especially if you’re traveling not simply for pleasure but for business, you have to think about proper packaging of your clothes to appear presentable at any time.

Folding Clothes isn’t a Good Suggestion, or is it?

For many routine travelers and for many of us at home, we fold clothes after taking them out of the laundry to our closets. So we also consider this as a convenient and conventional way of organizing our stuff in our travels. While this works well for cotton clothing, some slacks and button-down polo shirts are made with too sensitive materials. They easily form unwanted creases and wrinkles when folded. The solution can be to bring a handy iron and iron the clothes out before the day of meeting or presentation. This can be a time-consuming feat though.

Alternative Method # 1: Rolling

If you don’t want your clothes to be formed with wrinkles and don’t want to iron, rolling can be a good way to pack clothes into your suitcase. Rolling allows more pieces to be compactly packed together into your luggage. As well, it cuts down the creases that create messes. This is recommended for your clothing items made of synthetic fabrics such as nylon or rayon. Rolling also works well for socks, shorts, synthetic T-shirts, pajamas and sweats.

Alternative Method # 2: Bundle Wrapping

Bundle wrapping is a technique you can use to also shun away from wrinkles on your clothes. By bundling your cloths into a tight and solid wrap, you can do away with the creases. Place your more sensitive clothing inside the bundle and surround it with layers and layers of larger and more easily wrinkled garments.

When all else fail, just try to send it to the hotel service. Maybe they can offer you free ironing when you flash your pearly whites and ask humbly!
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13 comments:

  1. Packing is one of my problems when traveling because hubby always told me to pack light. Even though I pack only a little my bag seems look so many clothes and until now I have not found a way to pack better with my backpack. Thank you for the tip though, I will try rolling my clothes :)

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  2. It is much better to fold clothes when you are going to arrive your destination. After you finished all the tasks in the travel destination, it is also a tradition or habit of rolling the clothes which looks so overloaded or bulgy... It is much better to fold to become organized.

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    1. I guess you just have to bring iron to iron out the clothes once you have arrived at your destination, to look more presentable -- cos even folded clothes may look awry if not neat.

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  3. One thing I hate about travelling is the packing part. I almost always tend to over pack since I'm the one who needs to have a certain outfit for the occasion. I also make sure to have a back-up outfit in case something goes wrong. Thanks for the rolling tip! I haven't tried it before and it might just be a good solution ;)

    :) Erika
    http://erikarodica.com

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    1. To get rid of creases, bringing an iron may help you out as well.

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  4. Rolling saves space! I am always on travel but still dunno the technique to travel light :(

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    1. Maybe you also want to try bundle wrapping when you're traveling. It is a technique that packs the clothes into one solid bundle that fits snugly into your suitcase. So you will be left with the fewest wrinkles and unwanted creases.

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  5. I really think it would depend on the person and also how much stuff he/she is going to bring. Like for my case example, I recently went on a vacay which is only a 2 days 1 night trip. the key idea is just to pick out the clothes that are light and easy to bring :)

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    1. Yeah if it's just one to two outfits and the bag is still roomy then it does not matter.

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  6. I do roll my clothes when packing. Saves a lot of space. I learned it from a college friend! :D

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    1. Hehe I learned this from a local TV show. :)

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  7. Nice practical post for travelers. I roll clothes when packing. I learned this technique while climbing mountains in Bukidnon. :)

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