How to Pack a Suit
Q: I don’t want to schlep a garment bag on business trips. How should I pack a suit in my carry-on? —Bruce Saber, New York, N.Y.
A: Our six-step method, below, keeps creases at bay for a smooth arrival. To release any remaining rumples, use that old trick: hang the ensemble in the bathroom while showering—the steam will work wonders.
1. Hold the jacket facing away from you.
2. Turn one half of the jacket, including the sleeve, inside out.
3. Slip the right-side-out sleeve into the opposite armhole and pull all the way through.
4. Fold sleeve across, then insert a curled-up pair of briefs under the shoulder pads to protect their shape.
5. Lay the jacket flat and align the lapels and collar, keeping natural folds.
6. Roll the jacket around the bundle, then fold suit pants in half lengthwise and roll around jacket. Place in bag.
Left: Wool blazer and cotton twill pants by Lands’ End, $180 and $49. Treated fabric keeps them wrinkle-free. Watch: Baume & Mercier.
Right: Suit by Burberry Travel Tailoring, $1,895. Memory wool allows it to keep its shape. Watch: Tag Heuer.
Brooks Brothers ($92; left) and Thomas Pink ($115; right) offer crease-resistant shirts in seemingly endless colors and patterns. A packing cube, like this one from Victorinox Travel Gear ($40 for a set of 3), keeps things organized.
Roll-Up Tie Holder
For quick packing and unpacking, opt for a roll-up tie holder ($5). It fits into the corner of your suitcase and slips over a hanger on arrival.
Hard-Sided Tie Roll
A hard-sided roll ($7) provides extra protection for neckwear; just curl and place into the case.
Tumi’s Leather-Trimmed Holder
Tumi’s leather-trimmed holder ($195) packs flat and features a hidden pocket for those easy-to-lose collar stays.