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Packing shirts properly when travelling

How do you pack a shirt in your luggage without creasing it? Packing your suitcase can be quite a challenge. After all, what's the best way to take your clothes on holiday or on a trip? Without having to iron everything again at your destination. What is the best way to pack a shirt so that I can unpack it crease-free at my destination? There are a number of ways to make your clothes, especially your shirt, wrinkle-free. And of course, this starts with packing your suitcase or backpack. Are you ready for some practical tips? Then read on!

Packing shirts correctly when travelling

3 ways to stow your shirt crease-free in your luggage

What is the best way to pack my shirt and in what order? For car and train journeys, you can safely use flexible luggage. Think of a backpack, for example. The luggage will not be shaken much. For air travel, a hard-sided suitcase is recommended. This is because it is often not easy at airports. Luggage in the cargo hold, for example, is often handled roughly. Of course, you don't want your shirt to be wrinkled, even if you have done your best to prevent this. What is the best way to pack your luggage so that your shirt comes out as little wrinkled as possible?

The order in which you pack your luggage is important

Firstly, the order. Where in your luggage do you put the shirt? Put the "hard" stuff on the floor first. Think of shoes, books, etc. On top of that you can put the "softer" clothes, for example T-shirts and underwear. Then put the formal clothes, like the shirt, on top. What is the best way to pack a shirt in my suitcase? The best way to pack the shirt is to fold it. Is that folding, rolling up or some other way?

How to roll up a shirt without folds

If you roll up your shirt tightly and tightly, you will prevent it from creasing. It also saves space. If you want to take several shirts with you, you can roll them up and put them in a garment bag. These are special plastic garment bags with a valve. This allows you to squeeze the air out of the bag. Then the shirts are vacuum packed.

How to fold a shirt crease-free

Fold the shirt neatly before you pack it. Iron the shirt beforehand and fold it. You can fold it in the following ways:

  • It is best to lay the shirt face down on a flat surface.
  • Fold the right side 1/3 towards the middle.
  • Fold the right sleeve lengthwise downwards.
  • Do the same with the left side.
  • Take about 10 centimetres from the bottom edge and fold it inwards. It should go over the cuffs/buttons.
  • Take hold of the bottom of the shirt and fold it in half up to the collar.

You can fold a shirt and still get it out of your luggage (reasonably) wrinkle-free. The only problem is that the folds should not be pressed during the journey. A hard case can help, but as soon as the shirt is transported lying on its side or upside down, it is already wrinkled. A better solution is therefore the third method:

Wrinkle-free shirt when travelling with a shirt case or trolley

There is also a "shirt case". This is a solution that protects your shirt from creasing. A case for your shirt. This shirt case has a compact design so it fits easily in your suitcase or backpack. This shirt bag also comes with a handy folding board. In the following video you can see exactly how it works.


If the shirt is still wrinkled at the destination, there is always the "bathroom method"

What is the bathroom method to remove wrinkles from a shirt?

If the shirt is still wrinkled when you unpack it, you can do the following. Hang your shirt on a hanger in the bathroom. Run the shower for a while with only hot water. This will fill the room with steam. Of course, it is best to keep the bathroom door closed and wait outside. Or take a hot shower, which also produces steam. The steam removes wrinkles from your shirt.

And if the risk of having to iron your shirt on holiday is too great for you, there is of course a wide range of non-iron shirts on offer. How do you keep your shirt crease-free in your luggage?