How to Pack a Suit Without a Garment Bag (video)


The correct way to travel with your suit is to pack it in a garment bag, but with the prices airlines are charging for checked bags, it's hard to spend so much to pack one suit for a short trip.

An alternative is to use an old-school butler's trick by folding it into itself, and packing it with your carry-on. Check out this video for the technique.

By using the suit pants to fold the jacket onto, you'll create padding so the jacket and pants can't become creased.

(I've started the video 4 minutes in, so it's only about a minute.)

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  • Reply June 21, 2011


    If I need to pack two suit should I fold them separately and stack the bundles, or should I fold them as one bundle? Thanks.

  • Reply June 21, 2011


    Hey Chris,

    That’s a great question. With 2 suits your best bet is to use a garment bag, and carry it separately. You could try doing the method above, but the stack it creates might be too tall.

  • Reply June 22, 2011

    Aydika James

    Excellent video, Andrew! Great tips for my clients *and* me, as I travel with women’s blazers, etc. often. Tweeted and shared on our Facebook page…appreciate the great “real world” tips!

  • Reply June 19, 2012


    Finally…. this is what I have been searching for. Thanks so much!!

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  • Reply July 8, 2014


    Has anyone tried this?

  • Reply July 3, 2015


    This is just brilliant, thank you! I want to become a pro packer, as I’ll be traveling a lot soon, because of my new job, so this will be of huge help! Cheers, you can also visit my website

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