How to Travel with your Suit and Tie

From the time you pack your bags to the time you get to your hotel traveling with a suit and tie is a race against the inevitable. Wrinkles happen; it's a fact of life and frequent travelers know better than anyone that unless they give careful consideration to the way they packed their clothing they will end up at their destination with a wrinkled mass of fabrics rather than sharp ready-to-wear articles of clothing.
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If you are traveling under ideal situations a garment bag is your best option for traveling with a suit and tie. Nothing protects the integrity of a suit and tie better than a garment bag. It allows the fabrics to flow freely and avoid becoming wrinkled.

The Next Best Solution
Obviously not everyone can travel with a garment bag. For whatever reason, space, price or anything in between garment bags are particularly cumbersome and difficult to travel with. In this scenario it is important to take an educated approach to packing your suit and tie.

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To protect your suit and dress shirt make sure everything is loosely folded in a stiff lined suitcase and not packed tightly. This will help prevent most of the stubborn wrinkles that arise from over packing; however it is still likely that you will arrive at your destination with slightly wrinkled clothing.
Luckily these wrinkles are easy to get out in short order. If you have time at your hotel room you can quickly iron your clothes or in a worst-case scenario where you have to dress up for an event immediately after arriving at your destination you could try misting your shirt and suit lightly with water after putting on the suit. True, you will be wearing slightly damp clothing however your body heat will evaporate the light misting your clothes received and work out any delicate wrinkles.

By: Hendrik Pohl

 
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  • Hamish says
    What about the mention of investing in clothing with a natural resistance to creasing, such as woolen suits rather than synthetic etc.
    • russ says
      pretty much any airline lets you carry on a garment bag, regardless of what class you are flying.
    • Ian Harrop says
      Travel in your suit - no messed up jacket and you look good on the way
    • Phoenix says
      I like the idea about putting your tie in a shoe in your bag to keep it from getting wrinkled...as long as you are not sniffing toe jams all day when you put the tie on later :)
    • barnes10 says
      I just tend to iron my clothes at the hotel, but this is great advice
    • This is great advice, and with a garment bag make sure it's not a cheap one. Fell for that already.
    • bren says
      some excellent comments here, alway a tricky situation.
    • Chris says
      Use your suit garment bag folded into your suitcase...wheelie bag -hang it staight up in your hotel when you arrive...seems to work fine for me.. I throw my tie's in with my suit

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