No one likes to iron in a hotel room. You’re tired, the iron is old and next thing you know, you end up with a brown iron print on your white shirt. Packing wrinkle-free takes some practice, but it’s well worth the effort. Especially if you can do it while minimizing the suitcase size you need to avoid checking a bag.
How to decide what to bring
For most business trips that are more than two days, people also tack on personal activities to the trip. This can increase the amount of clothing you need to bring, so you really need a strategy.
The common practice is to make a list of what you want to bring. This never works for me because I’m a visual person. Instead, I make a list of the activities I’ll be doing and the type of dress code required.
By writing out my schedule, I can see where I have some overlap and which days I’ll need more than one change of clothes.
Next, I take everything out that I want to bring. Everything. This game is about making choices. Once I take everything out, I start to pair things up to create outfits. Everything that doesn’t make into an outfit is set to the side. Then comes round one of decisions.
I pick out the ones I like the most and pair them with something on my schedule. Then for round two, I see what fits in the suitcase and see if I need to trim anything out. If by some chance I have extra room, I can grab one of the other items I had set aside. For a trip that’s 5 days or more, I usually end up packing and then re-packing at least once.
A lot of travelers subscribe to the “roll method.” Personally, I’m not a fan. It results in wrinkled clothes and you end up with a lot of wasted space. I stick to the flat and square corner method. Think of the old adage “you can’t fit a square peg into a round hole.” I try to take advantage of every usable inch of my suitcase, from the corners to the grooves between the pull-up handle.
You need to adopt some pretty specific folding if you want to do this and maintain a wrinkle-free environment. I’ve put together a Slideshare of some common items that you might need to pack and the best ways to fold them, including some tricky ones like suit jackets and button down shirts.