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How to travel with a suit

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by fly4food84, May 1, 2011.

  1. fly4food84

    fly4food84 Member

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    I'm flying out on Southwest Airlines this summer and have never traveled with a suit before.

    Whats the best way to fly and carry a suit so that it does not wrinkle?
     
  2. Don Carlos

    Don Carlos Senior member

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    You've got three options, really:

    1) Wear the suit on the plane.
    2) Use a suitcase with a foldout suit sleeve/compartment and/or a garment bag with such.
    3) Fold the suit inside out and place it in a normal suitcase along with your other items.

    Choice #1 is inconvenient for me most of the time, especially on longer flights. Choice #2 is how I usually roll, although minor to moderate wrinkling will still occur. I've attempted Choice #3 per the instructions offered by, if I remember correctly, Esquire or GQ. The bag was searched by the TSA, so the folding and delicacy of packing was rendered moot.

    I'd say there is no great way to travel and totally avoid any degree of wrinkling. That's why I pack a hand-held steamer with me anytime I'm traveling with a suit or sportcoat or both.
     
  3. Steve Smith

    Steve Smith Senior member

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    Search youtube for instructions on how to fold a suit coat. It is hard to explain but easy once you have seen it done. Then roll the jacket instead of folding it.
     
  4. JhwkMac

    JhwkMac Senior member

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    Depends on the fabric. Which suit are you taking?
     
  5. lookinglikeaG6

    lookinglikeaG6 New Member

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    I think wearing it is going to be your best bet. Is there anyway you can ship it out there to your hotel and have them hold it till you get down there?
     
  6. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    You've got three options, really:

    1) Wear the suit on the plane.
    2) Use a suitcase with a foldout suit sleeve/compartment and/or a garment bag with such.
    3) Fold the suit inside out and place it in a normal suitcase along with your other items.

    I've attempted Choice #3 per the instructions offered by, if I remember correctly, Esquire or GQ. The bag was searched by the TSA, so the folding and delicacy of packing was rendered moot.


    i do #3 and put the suit in my carry on to avoid those fat grubby tsa hands. works pretty well for me. and with good suit if you have time hang it up its almost perfect
     
  7. JayJay

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    i do #3 and put the suit in my carry on to avoid those fat grubby tsa hands. works pretty well for me. and with good suit if you have time hang it up its almost perfect
    I also fold and pack my suit(s) in my carry on. It works well, I've never had problems with wrinkles as a result of this.
     
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    I do number three and hang the suit overnight to let the wrinkles work their way out. Usually works pretty well. If I'm flying somewhere where I need to wear the suit the day I arrive, I just wear the suit on the plane.
     
  10. dieselman89

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    I'm also traveling soon and have the same dilemma. I was considering wearing my suit on the airplane. Do you think it's best to fold the jacket or wear it?
     
  11. acidboy

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    wrinkles can't be avoided, I'd consider getting a portable fabric steamer if I were you- they cost between $20 to $50 and they do a satisfactory job ime
     
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  12. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have a roll-on Briggs&Reilly. The top has a zippered fold out, fold up suit carrier. (folds into thirds). I was just back East with a cotton/linen suit in there and wore my wool jacket on the plane. I hung it up in the bathroom while I took a shower and it looked great after an hour or so. I have no problem taking 3-4 days of clothing and gym gear in a roll-on in spring and summer. It is hard to do in winter because of sweaters and other bulky stuff.

    If anything ever gets badly wrinkled, and it does, I just touch it up with a steam iron in the room. But I ALWAYS open a handkerchief and use it as an ironing cloth. I never let a hotel iron directly touch my suits or pants. I guarantee they will get shiny if you do, or worse. I also never send out my suits at a hotel-guaranteed they will come back shiny or worse. Shirts I will but never suits or pants.
     
  13. NaTionS

    NaTionS Senior member

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    Are you referring to dry cleaning or pressing?
     
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    both!
     
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    I did 47 trips this year with just carry on. I have a duffle bag looking thing from Tumi and I do the "onebag" technique. It works with one suit. Lighter suits, like cottons, though will tend to wrinkle more if you cram it into the bag. With heavier wool or flannel, the wrinkles are virtually unnoticeable. Since I tend to bring two suits, I wear the one with the lighter weight material (i.e. a super 150).
     
  16. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Both. They scorch & cook them! It is the easiest way to get your nice suit or pants shiny and ruined. Suits and pants need the right temperature (not too hot) and a pressing cloth.

    I will send out shirts on long trips, but I expect more wear and tear on shirts.

    By the way I always ask my local cleaner to give my clothing a "soft pressing" with a pressing cloth. They actually listen to me and the results show. I hope you can find a local cleaner like that too.
     
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    Do any US airlines have a suit compartment for passenger use? I've flown Quantas and Air New Zealand out of Auckland and both have had a small compartment that suit bags can be hung in. They often require folding in half but this is generally not an issue.

    They're intended for business class and up, but I have had luck using it when flying economy also, when there's room in there.
     
  18. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    They used to but I don't see that anymore except in Business class.
     
  19. NaTionS

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    Ah, did not know that. I rarely wear suits at the moment but I will keep that in mind. Thanks

    I was always under the impression that decent hotels (4/5 star) usually did a good job with dry cleaning.
     
  20. dieselman89

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    So do y'all suggest I just wear my suit rather than pack it in the duffle bag?
     

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