How to Fold a Dress Shirt for Travel: A Wrinkle in Time No More

How to Fold a Dress Shirt for Travel: A Wrinkle in Time No More

How to Fold a Dress Shirt for Travel: A Wrinkle in Time No More

Ah, the dress shirt: the cornerstone of the business traveler’s wardrobe and the bane of the over-packer’s existence. If you’ve ever found yourself wrestling with a shirt that seems to have more wrinkles than a Shar-Pei puppy, you’re not alone. But fear not, my well-dressed wanderer, for I bring you the ultimate guide to folding your dress shirt for travel – sans the iron fist of the ironing board.

Step 1: The Lay Down 

Start by laying your shirt on a flat surface. Make sure the buttons are done up, at least most of them, unless you’re going for that “just rolled out of the suitcase” look. Smooth out any wrinkles with your hands – or a rolling pin if you’re feeling adventurous (and if your hotel room inexplicably has one).

Step 2: The Fold In 

Take one sleeve and fold it towards the center of the shirt. Now, this isn’t origami, so don’t overthink it. Just make sure the cuff lines up with the collar. Repeat on the other side. You should now have something that resembles a long rectangle, or a very short runway for ants.

Folding dress-shirt
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Step 3: The Flip and Fold 

Flip the shirt so the collar is facing down. Then, fold the bottom of the shirt up towards the collar. How far, you ask? About a third of the way, like you’re making a burrito that’s all business in the front and party in the back.

Step 4: The Roll Up 

Starting from the bottom, gently roll your shirt up towards the collar. Think of it as a sleeping bag for your shirt. If done correctly, your shirt will now resemble a burrito – a dress shirt burrito, ready to be packed away without fear of creases.

Step 5: The Finishing Touch 

Place your neatly rolled shirt in your suitcase. For extra protection, you can put it in a packing cube or a plastic bag. Some travelers swear by packing cubes, while others prefer the freedom of the “just throw it in” method. Choose your fighter.

Step 6: The Arrival 

Upon reaching your destination, unpack your shirt and hang it up. If there are any stubborn wrinkles, hang it in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. The steam will work its magic, and voilà – you’ll have a shirt as crisp as the day it was born.

The Takeaway 

Folding a dress shirt for travel doesn’t have to be a Herculean task. With a little bit of humor and a lot of rolling, you can arrive at your destination looking like the dapper traveler you are. So, roll up your sleeves (or rather, roll them in) and get packing!

And there you have it, folks – a foolproof method to keep your dress shirts in tip-top shape on the go. Remember, the key to a wrinkle-free shirt is in the roll, not the fold. Safe travels and smooth arrivals!