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How to Roll Up & Pack Dress Shirts in a Suitcase

by Leigh Shan, studioD

There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination and unpacking your suitcase to find that your dress shirts have become bunched up and wrinkled. Avoid looking disheveled during your trip by taking care to properly fold and pack your shirts. Most importantly, ironing your shirts before you pack them and after you unpack them will guarantee that you always look as crisp as possible.

Iron your shirts before packing to ensure that they are wrinkle-free. Having a well-pressed shirt from the start will give it a better chance of arriving at your destination in good condition.

Fasten all buttons on your dress shirt to prevent the fabric from moving around once packed.

Lay a flat object, such as a book, on top of your dress shirt and roll the collar, sleeves, and hem around it to prevent wrinkling. This will be the start of a bundle for your dress shirts.

Add as many additional shirts to the bundle as will fit in your suitcase.

Place a sheet of plastic in between shirt bundles to prevent wrinkle-causing friction while in transit.

Secure you packed dress shirts with luggage straps to prevent them from moving around during travel.

Avoid over-stuffing your suitcase so as not to put pressure on your dress shirts. Your should be able to close your suitcase comfortably without apply pressure or forcing it shut.

Items you will need
  •  Iron
  •  Flat object
  •  Plastic


  • If you have the space in your suitcase, packing your dress shirts individually in shirt boxes will guarantee that they won't be crushed.


  • Do not place heavy items, such as shoes, handbags, or other accessories, on top of your dress shirts. The weight of these items can cause deep wrinkles in your shirts.

About the Author

Leigh Shan has been writing about beauty, health, fitness, home and small businesses since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Queens Courier," "Queens Business Today" and "The Real Deal" newspapers, as well as "The World Scholar" magazine. Shan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Fordham University in New York City.

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