Roll It, Don’t Fold It

06PACK_CA0-articleLarge-1 Great tips on packing a carry-on bag.

13 thoughts on “Roll It, Don’t Fold It

  1. I see that, but I don’t see how the different method would work for jackets or dress shirts or even a large number of pressed trousers.
    Fundamentally, this method seems designed for jeans, cotton t-shirts (including nice cotton knits of the kind my wife wears) and pants that aren’t pressed (again, my wife has plenty of those but I don’t have a single pair, other than jeans).

  2. In my experience, you cannot pack those things in a carry-on and have them look right on arrival. If you need them, somebody else is probably paying for the trip, so buy a big bag and pay the sky cap to lug it.

  3. Never mind how you pack the damn thing, fix the pricing system so you stop taking a carry-on roller bag at all.
    I am sick and tired of checking my own bag and stashing my child-sized backpack in the overhead bin, only to be harassed by flight attendants to stow my stuff in front of me (goodbye, what little stretching room I had), simply because someone else was too cheap to spend an extra $25 and now expects to stash their entire trip’s luggage in the area above me.

  4. Airplanes bring out the worst in people. My three year old, whose feet don’t reach the floor, insisted that I put my carry-on in front of my seat, not his, even though his snacks and toys were the only reason my carry-on wasn’t in the overhead bin.

  5. I think they should do an equivalent example for men. They might conclude that it’s not possible, but perhaps there’s a more expansive solution.
    My guess is that men who travel this way 1) re-wear suits 2) use hotel laundry services to get pressed shirts and press their suits.
    The scheme described would work for me though. Many of my clothes are rollable, and I’m small enough that the clothes themselves aren’t huge.

  6. It’s not just a gender thing. If we were going someplace fancy (e.g., Palm Beach) or going to a special occasion (e.g., an out-of-town wedding), my wife would have fair number of clothes that can’t be rolled. But cotton and wool knits do occupy a higher place in the female wardrobe than the male. So if it were a “business casual” journey, she might be able to pack like this.

  7. The 70s were the golden age of getting a lot of changes of clothing in the suitcase and not having them wrinkle.

  8. But y81, aren’t you the one who had a moment of perfect happiness out of the realization that your scarf coordinated perfectly with you coat? (I’m teasing of course).
    But, I suspect your standards for wrinkles are much different than mine (and my most frequent common travelers).

  9. I’m with Jody. I’m tired of the overhead compartment essentially being reserved for jerks and their giant “carry-on” bags while I get penalized for being unencumbered.

  10. My husband is the “roller” in the family. I think he needs to more than I do, because his undergarments are a lot bigger than mine. I think he also rolls his casual/dress shirts and his pants. He’s an academic, but he likes to look sharp, within the buttondown/slacks uniform. He does iron when he arrives. (I almost never iron.)

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