Introduction: How to Pack Clothes for Traveling

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When traveling it's important to pack efficiently, organized and smart. I show a method to roll your clothing into a tight bundle that makes it compact and easy to transport. Rolling your clothes is a great way to prevent wrinkles and conserve space. When you roll clothing you can fit more than you can normally by folding or just placing clothes in to your luggage bag. This can also be used for things other than traveling such as any time you are moving clothing and want to conserve space. The same method can be used on other clothes that I did not demonstrate such a shorts. Which are rolled the same way the pants were rolled. Small items of clothing such as socks and underwear can be placed on top of a T-shirt and rolled up inside the shirt.

The clothes rolling technique may seem like it takes longer then simply folding the clothes but if you do it more you will become more proficient and see that it really doesn't take much longer and produces better results.

If you are worried about wrinkling your clothing you can unpack them when you reach your destination and they shouldn't have any wrinkles yet. If your clothes do have wrinkles I have a video about removing wrinkles from clothes without an iron (https://youtu.be/j0RdBRiHyfE) Which shows some easy methods of removing wrinkles.

Step 1: Clothing Travel Tips

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Some simple tips to help you pick suitable clothing for traveling.

#1: When choosing your clothing for a trip, look at each item’s fabric and consider the following factors: quality, thickness, weight, wrinkles, transparency, and texture. Ideal travel clothing is durable, takes up minimal space and weight, is wrinkle-free, opaque, and matches with the rest of your clothing in style and fit.

#2: Be aware of your color palette when selecting clothing. If your color palettes are cross compatible, you will have many outfits from less clothing.

#3: Most places you go will have much of what you need. You can buy almost anything, anywhere in the world. So you can get away with only packing half of what you think you’ll need.

#4: Versatile, low-maintenance clothing is important when packing light. Consider 5 factors that make an article of clothing desirable when traveling and aim to have each piece you bring satisfy at least 3 of them.

- Comfortable for touring around, but can be dressed up for the evening

- Is appropriate for cool or warm weather

- Doesn’t show stains

- Folds up small

- Coordinates well with almost everything else you’re bringing

By doing this you maximize the usage of each article of clothing, so you can bring less.

#5: If you’re traveling for longer than 7 days only pack enough clothes for 7 days, no matter how long you’re traveling for. It’s easier to find a Laundromat once a week then carry around the extra weight of more clothing then is necessary.

#6: Avoid clothing that is too bulky and may take up too much space and Instead of bringing a bulky jacket, bring a light jacket and dress in layers.

#7: A long sleeve and a short sleeve button shirt will work well for most places you travel to as well as some T-shirts.

#8: Roll your clothing efficiently to allow for more space. Using the method I demonstrate can save a lot of space and allow you to pack lighter.

Step 2: Watch the Video

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https://youtu.be/Em4lbLf09M0

How to Remove Wrinkles without an Iron: https://youtu.be/j0RdBRiHyfE

Comments

tails794 (author)2017-01-13

We used this in the army to pack for ruck marches and field ops. Called in "Ranger rolling". Super handy. Still use it today.

midiansangel (author)2016-12-03

Works a treat!

mzungu (author)2016-12-02

Rolling it individually is not the most compact way to pack, note the space between the cylinders. Roll multiple pices at the same time is better, folding multiple one at the same time is even better, space saving wise.

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