How to Roll Clothing for Packing

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Roll Clothing for Packing
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Packing can be a daunting task when you are trying to fit everything you need into your suitcase. Whether you are packing for a weekend business trip, a family vacation or a trek across a foreign country, rolling your clothes can help keep you organized and save space so you can bring that extra shirt or pair of pants.

Remove everything from your suitcase or backpack and clear an area to start packing in. Starting with a clean area helps you keep track of everything that is going into your luggage.

Roll T-shirts by laying them flat and folding in the arms and a few inches on each side to create a rectangle, as if you were about to fold them to put on a shelf. Start at the neck and roll the folded T-shirt tightly, just as you would roll a yoga mat.

Roll pants by laying them flat and folding them in half the long way, with one leg over the other. Starting from the bottom, roll them up tightly as if you were rolling a long yoga mat. Do not fold them in half the other way because you will get a crease at the knees.

Roll dress shirts by folding the sleeves in as you do with a T-shirt, but facing down so you are looking at the back. Start rolling from the bottom up to the collar. This way the buttons are facing out so that the collar ends up on the outside of the roll and is not squished inside.

Roll all your ties, belts and scarves in a spiral and tuck into shoes for protection and to save space. Pack all your tightly rolled pants first and then pack all the rolled shirts in around them. Even small things such as underwear and socks can be rolled to save space. You can fit many more rolled items than if you were to try to pack them flat.

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