How to Pack a Business Suit for the Gym

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Are you worried about how you'll get your favorite Italian suit from home to the gym and on your body minus the wrinkles, spills and damage from cramped gym lockers and duffle bags? Spend more time working out at the gym than worrying whether or not your suit is being attacked by dirt and lint mites by taking these worry-free tips to preserve your crisp outfit for that 10am board meeting. Take these easy precautions to prepare your business suit for a couple hours at the gym!

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging suit bag/large duffle bag/suitcase
  • Two pieces of plastic
  • Steamer/iron w/ white hankershief
  • Hanger

Be sure that your suit it completely wrinkle free prior to packing it. Though you may have a few wrinkles when you take it out, it won’t be as bad as if it were never pressed or steamed out.

Choose the right bag. Make sure you have a back or suitcase that has enough room to store your suit without having to ball it up or squash it in between shoes or food items. Your best bet is to have a hanging suit bag to carry into the gym with you. This way your suit is completely alone and protected from spills, wrinkles and other mishaps. The problem with this is that you may not have anywhere safe to hang it, gym lockers are often pretty small unless you’re an executive locker room member (if available). If this is not available to you don’t fret, you will just need to slightly fold your soon in three places like an accordion and store it on top of a piece of plastic in your large duffle or small suitcase.

Place a layer of plastic over top of the suit so that it is fully protected from dirt from shoes and other things that may stain. After this layer of plastic, other things may be able to go on top of your suit without worry.

Pack a steamer. You may want to use an iron but portable steamers are far more convenient and cool down faster. Simply hang your suit up on a handle, pole or whatever you can find in the locker room and quickly drag the steamer over any existing wrinkles and you are ready to go. Be sure that you wait until you are ready to steam your suit to put water into the steamer and pour the water out when you are finished to prevent spilling in your bag.

Bring a hanger just in case there is a secure place to hang your suit when you arrive at the gym. It is better to hang your suit for the duration of your visit to the gym than have it packed in a bag. However, if you do not have a safe, secure place to keep your suit without damaging it, by all means, packed in a bag will do just fine!

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