Whether you’re traveling with just a carry-on or have checked bags, too, every traveler wants to know how to pack a suitcase efficiently. Read on for the answer.
Folding or Rolling: Which is Better?
While some argue that roll packing doesn’t necessarily save space in a suitcase, there are other clear advantages over folding — especially if you use the ranger rolling technique.
For one, if you roll properly, your clothes will remain crease- and wrinkle-free. In addition, rolled clothes are easier to organize and see within a suitcase compared to stacks of folded clothes. Finally, rolled clothing can fit in small unused spaces such as inside shoes and hats or even in a side pocket of your carry-on bag. With all of these things considered, roll packing is the way to go!
What is Ranger Rolling?
Going a step beyond regular ol’ rolling, this smart packing technique involves rolling clothes (either individually or in a small set such as a t-shirt with a pair of shorts, underwear and socks stacked on top), and then tucking it within itself to keep it from unrolling.
Keep in mind ranger rolling isn’t the best way to pack all of the items in your suitcase. For example, bulky sweaters are best folded on top of your rolled items.
How to Roll Clothes for Packing
The first step in ranger rolling is to lay the article of clothing flat. Next, fold the end to be rolled last inside out. With a t-shirt, for example, fold the bottom two inches inside out and smooth flat.
Next, fold the sides into the middle. With the shirt example, fold the first side in and then fold the sleeve back over the side; do the same with the next side to create a uniform rectangle for rolling.
Start at the end without the inside out portion and tightly roll the garment. Once you reach the end, pull the inside out portion over the entire roll. That’s it! Use the same process for roll packing pants, socks, underwear, maxi dresses, you name it. Each item (or outfit, if you combine a few items in one roll) will remain secure, organized and wrinkle-free throughout your entire trip.
Jewelry such as long necklaces and chain bracelets, makeup brushes and cords are also perfect candidates for roll packing, and there are a lot of trendy products available made for Team Roll travelers.
Once you try rolling, you’ll never go back to folding again. In fact, you may want to rethink how you store your clothes at home!
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