Pack Hack: How to Fold a Shirt for Travel

When you sloppily stuff shirts into your suitcase minutes before a big trip, you’re guaranteed to be greeted with wrinkles upon arrival. Instead, pack strategically to save space and minimize creased clothing. Learn how to fold a shirt for travel + more shirt secrets for tidy trekkers.

How to Fold a Shirt for Travel | T-Shirts & Casual Tops

You can’t rock your trip unless you roll—your shirts. For optimal suitcase storage, we recommend rolling over folding. Folding leaves lines on your tops, while rolling provides a smoother finish. This method also ensures you utilize corner space in your suitcase.

How to roll shirts for travel:

  • Lay the shirt flat and turn the bottom 2 inches up, so the bottom hem is inside out.
  • Fold one side lengthwise a third of the way in; repeat on the other side.
  • Fold the entire shirt in half lengthwise.
  • Roll tightly from the top to the bottom.

How to Fold Button Up Shirts for Travel

Button up shirts are trickier than tees. The main reason? Slots between buttons create more space for wrinkles. Here’s how to stow button ups better:

  • Button the shirt.
  • Lay it flat, button side down, with the arms out.
  • Fold one sleeve over to the other side of the shirt, keeping a straight line from the armhole (slightly angled down).
  • Fold the sleeve up so the cuff touches the collar.
  • Repeat with the other sleeve.
  • Fold one side of the shirt lengthwise so the edge comes slightly over the middle.
  • Repeat with the other side.
  • Fold the bottom of the shirt up 1/3 of the way.
  • Fold again so the bottom meets the top.

Planning to pack a suit with your button up top? Here’s how to quickly fold a shirt:

  • Get a garment bag large enough to accommodate your entire ensemble.
  • Hang the suit pants in the middle of the hanger’s bar. Button your shirt over the hanger and pants.
  • Hang the suit coat. Make sure to button the coat over the shirt.
  • Place in the garment bag and fold in half.

Now that you’re a shirt-stowing sensei, learn how to pack a suit coat.

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