How to Pack a Garment Bag to Prevent Wrinkles in Suits

Packing carefully can help keep your suits wrinkle-free.
Packing carefully can help keep your suits wrinkle-free. (Image: Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

When traveling for business or to attend special events, you may need to pack a suit. You don't want your suit to wrinkle, so you need to pack carefully to avoid this. Using a garment bag is the first step in avoiding wrinkled suits, but the way you pack the bag makes a difference as well.

Things You'll Need

  • Tissue paper
  • Plastic dry cleaner bags
  • Hangers

Put any heavy items you need to pack in the garment bag, such as shoes, in the bottom of the bag. This keeps them away from where the suits will hang, so they don't add bulk and create wrinkles.

Hang each suit neatly on a hanger, with tissue paper separating the pieces of the suit. The tissue paper helps keep air between the layers, making it less likely your clothes will wrinkle. Using wire hangers instead of bulkier plastic or heavier wood ones will minimize the space and weight they take up, keeping the shoulder areas of your suits smoother while making it easier to carry your garment bag.

Put a plastic dry cleaner bag over each suit, once it is on the hanger, and place it inside the garment bag. The plastic bags add another barrier to help prevent wrinkling. Once you have placed all your suits in the garment bag, zip it closed.

Tips & Warnings

  • The fabric the suit is made from also affects how likely it is to wrinkle when packed. Choose suits made out of materials that are less likely to wrinkle, such as high-twist wool.
  • Use a folding garment bag designed to fit under the seat in front of you or in the overhead racks. This can make it easier to find a space for your garment bag on the plane.
  • Enclose shoes and any liquids in airtight bags to prevent them from soiling your suits.

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