How to Roll Your Clothes Like a Pro and Fit Everything in Your Suitcase

For delicate items like silk blouses or dress shirts, you can fold them instead of rolling.
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How to Roll Your Clothes Like a Pro
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Do you agree with me that packing can sometimes be a stressful task?  

I always remember feeling exhausted before I even started packing for holiday travel when I was younger. It was quite a task, especially with the challenge of fitting everything into a suitcase and the need to avoid extra bags due to those dreaded baggage fees.

But guess what? My grandpa was a packing pro! I always found it amazing how he could fit items that I knew would require 2-3 suitcases into just one! As time went on, I discovered that it was a skill that required learning.

So, if you’re anything like me and dread packing or are keen on sidestepping extra luggage and additional charges, today is your lucky day

In this article, you’ll learn how to pack like a pro, fit more in your suitcase, and avoid wrinkles. Let’s get right into it!

Video credit: Marie Kondo

First, gather your tools

  • A flat surface, like a bed or table.

  • A rolling surface, like a yoga mat or towel (optional).

  • Your clothes.

Then, roll your clothes

T-shirts and tank tops

Lay the shirt flat, and smooth out any wrinkles. Fold the sleeves inward, then fold the shirt in half lengthwise. 

Roll it up tightly from the bottom, starting with the hem. Secure the roll with a rubber band or hair tie, if needed.

Shorts and pants

Lay the garment flat, zip, or button it up. Fold one leg over the other, then fold the pants in half again lengthwise. 

Roll them up tightly from the bottom, starting with the hem or from the waistline down, tucking the waistband flap under. Again, secure with a rubber band if needed.

Sweaters and sweatshirts

Video credit: Clean My Space

Lay the garment flat and smooth out any wrinkles. Fold the sleeves inward, then fold the sweater in half lengthwise. 

If it’s bulky, fold it in half again. Roll it up tightly from the bottom, starting with the hem. Secure with a rubber band or hair tie.

Dresses

Lay the dress flat and smooth out any wrinkles. Fold the sleeves inward, then fold the dress in half lengthwise.

If it’s a long dress, you can fold it in half again. Roll it up tightly from the bottom, starting with the hem. Secure with a rubber band or hair tie.

For delicate items like silk blouses or dress shirts, you can fold them instead of rolling. Lay the garment flat and smooth out any wrinkles. Fold the sleeves inward, then fold the shirt in half lengthwise. Fold it in half again, then fold it one more time to create a neat square.

Additional tips to note

  • Use a rolling surface to make the process smoother and easier.

  • Roll clothes tightly to maximize space.

  • Place rolled clothes in the corners and around the edges of your suitcase to fill in the gaps.

  • Pack heavier items, like shoes and jeans, at the bottom of your suitcase.

  • Use packing cubes to further organize your belongings.
Video credit: Organizing TV

There you have it:

Your key to rolling through airports (and life) with a perfectly packed suitcase and a smile on your face!

Note that packing is a skill, not a science. Practice these techniques, find what works best for you, and enjoy the freedom of traveling light.

Happy travels!

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