Rolling vs. Folding Your Clothes for Travel. Which is better? - Encircled.ca

Rolling vs. Folding Your Clothes for Travel. Which is better?

July 27, 2015 0 Comments

Packing Tips for the Everyday Traveler. Ethically made in Canada with sustainable and eco friendly materials.

A very common travel question when packing for a trip is, "Should I roll or fold my clothing?"

Often the genesis of this question is a desire to reduce wrinkling, and mostly to maximize your space when filling up a suitcase or bag for an upcoming adventure.

So, what are the pros and cons of both methods? 

From an initial birds eye view, there appears to be little advantage to rolling vs. folding in terms of additional space.

{As an FYI, these are six of our Chrysalis Cardis folded / rolled in the suitcase}. 

Packing Tips for the Everyday Traveler. Ethically made in Canada with sustainable and eco friendly materials.

However, upon a closer inspection, you can notice a subtle space difference between the two.

Firstly, the folded is stacked higher, which means they might get squished (and thus more wrinkled) when the suitcase is closed.

Both the rolled and folded piles of Chrysalis Cardis are almost taking up the same width, but not quite. There is a slight space advantage to the rolled side. 

Packing Tips for the Everyday Traveler. Ethically made in Canada with sustainable and eco friendly materials.

As you can already tell, we're not huge fans of folding clothing.

When traveling, clothing tends to get super compressed, and even slightly damp from the changes in moisture when flying. It's best to pack to minimize this wrinkling, and we feeling rolling does the best job on that aspect.

However, folding is more 'stackable', and does feel more intuitive

We fold clothing in drawers, and in our closets. At Encircled, we fold our inventory because it is easier to stack.

Just feels natural. Nothing is weirder then trying to roll t-shirts, and underwear. 

Though, we should mention that certain types of clothing just fold better than roll. For our designs, which are stretch jersey, rolling is a definite must do.

Packing Tips for the Everyday Traveler. Ethically made in Canada with sustainable and eco friendly materials.

However, rolling your clothing is generally preferred by most frequent fliers.

Why? Well, the aforementioned wrinkling advantage is key. 

However, rolling your clothing when packing also makes it easier to stuff and store within the suitcase, therefore saving MORE space. For example, you can roll socks, and stuff them into pairs of shoes, or roll something and squeeze it into an awkward space where a folded top would not fit.

It's easier to see what you're packing also when you roll your clothes. They do look more distinct and separate. Lastly, as mentioned above, there is a slight space advantage with rolling. 

So, for us at Encircled, we're fans of rolling.  

Watch this fun video below for how to pack for weeks in a carry-on. They use a super-advanced traveller technique of the multi-layer roll.

 

What about you? Do you roll or fold? Why or why not?

Leave us a comment below. We'd love to hear your tips and tricks for traveling lighter. 

With wanderlust,

Chief Fashionpreneur, encircled

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