How to Pack a Tuxedo in Your Luggage

Careful packing allows you to minimize wrinkles on your tuxedo while you travel.
Careful packing allows you to minimize wrinkles on your tuxedo while you travel. (Image: Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

Whether you plan on wearing a tuxedo for a wedding, a cruise or another important event, it almost certainly calls for you to look your best. A poorly packed tuxedo must be ironed and possibly dry cleaned to make it presentable because the wool will wrinkle. If you pack your tuxedo to minimize wrinkles, it will require little to no work to make it wearable when you arrive at your destination. That way you can focus on enjoying yourself and not re-cleaning and re-ironing your tuxedo.

Things You'll Need

  • Tuxedo
  • Suitcase
  • Dry-cleaning bag
  • Shoe bags
  • Resealable plastic bag

Lay out all the clothes you plan to pack in the same suitcase with the tuxedo. If you need access to anything during your travels, set this aside in another compartment or bag so you do not disturb your packing layout once it is completed.

Put the shoes you'll wear with your tuxedo in shoe bags. This protects the shoes from scratches, and prevents them from marking or dirtying any of the clothes in your suitcase.

Turn your jacket inside out, fold it in half, then wrap it in a dry-cleaning bag, which will help keep the jacket from wrinkling.

Lay your tuxedo trousers in the bottom of the suitcase with the legs hanging out of the side of the luggage. The trousers should be the first item of clothing in your suitcase.

Pack all your other items on top of the trousers, including your bagged shoes and tuxedo jacket.

Place all accessories, such as cufflinks and shirt studs, in a resealable plastic bag or closed container so they all stay in the same place.

Fold the tuxedo pant legs over your other packed clothes, tucking them carefully in the side if necessary. This should help the pant legs maintain their crease and minimize wrinkling.

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