Folding vs Rolling: Which packing technique comes out on top?

It’s the age old travel debate, is it better to fold or roll clothes when packing? From cutting down crinkles to saving on space, we take a look at the pros and cons for folding vs. rolling. It’s time to crown the ultimate packing technique.
folding clothes for packing

Folding

Folding is often our go to when packing. Most of us (not all!), fold our clothes away and put them in our drawer. This makes it easy to grab them and shove them straight into our bag.

Pros

  • Folding clothes is quick.
  • It’s an easy way to pack.
  • Requires minimal effort.
  • For shirts and jeans it’s very convenient
  • You can fold items along their existing creases.

Cons

  • Clothes made of natural fibres like cotton will form creases and wrinkle.
  • Items like t-shirts and dresses are hard to fold wrinkle free.
  • It’s not an efficient use of space, takes up more room and can leave gaps.
  • Can be difficult to find the item of clothing you want if stacked on top of each other.

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packed suitcase

Rolling

Tightly rolling your clothes allows for much more compact packing. Yes, it can take a little longer. But you will be able to fit more clothes in your bag and reduce creases.

Pros

  • Rolling saves space in your bag, especially if you only have hand luggage.
  • You can organise your bag better, by being able to see every item of clothing.
  • Rolling is great for small items. Especially for items made from synthetic fibres like nylon as they will be less likely to wrinkle.
  • It works well for shorts, socks, synthetic t-shirts, tank tops, some pajamas and sweat pants.

Cons

  • T-shirts, jeans, trouser, dresses and swimsuits can often take up more space when rolled rather than folded.
  • It’s difficult to roll up button shirts.
  • Formal wear like suits or posh dresses are likely to crease when rolled up.

Packing cubes

Also you could try packing cubes. They’re a great way to organise your bag. You can organise your clothes by item and easily separate your clean clothes from dirty.

They help compress your clothes and make it easy for you to grab an item without the rest of your clothes falling out of your bag. However, they can be expensive.

So which packing technique is best, rolling or folding? We reckon, do a combination of the two depending on your item of clothing. Do you have any tips for packing? We’d love to hear them! Share your advice in the comments below.

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