Whether you're finishing off an outfit for a European getaway or blocking the sun during your island escape, sometimes bringing a structured hat on vacation is necessary. Follow our guide for how to pack a brimmed hat in your carry-on suitcase without crushing it.

This video is one episode in T+L's brand-new packing series! Be sure to follow us on YouTube for more great travel videos.

1) Flip hat upside down and place on a flat surface.

2) Fill the crown of the hat with little items such as undergarments, t-shirts or tank tops.

3) Lay the filled hat right-side up on the bottom of an empty suitcase.

4) Pack remaining items around the hat, holding its form.