Folding Clothes Vs. Rolling Clothes: Which One is Best?

Folding Clothes Vs. Rolling Clothes: Which One is Best?

June 09, 2016

Folding clothes

We’ve all seen the memes and blog posts claiming to show the best way to pack a suitcase. Some show graphics of rolled clothes in neat cylinders, and others tidy stacks of carefully folded garments. Which one is really best? Here are the pros and cons of both.

Folding Clothes

Folding clothes is the traditional way to pack properly. There are many reasons to pack this way. Folding saves a lot of space because it uses as little surface area as possible in your luggage. If you fold your clothes, you can create tidy stacks in your suitcase that are easy to sift through. You can also stack outfits together to speed up your morning routine. If you’re a real neat freak, try folding them “envelope style” and stacking them sideways for easy reference. Folded clothes can also be compacted in vacuum seal bags for maximum suitcase space, which is ideal for long trips. The downside folding your clothes is that it takes longer to pack them and you may be tempted to just cram them in and hope for the best. Unless you’ve worked in retail, it can also be tough to fold quickly and properly. It’s never fun to unfold an outfit, only to find that it’s wrinkled in odd places and you’ll need to iron when you weren’t planning on it.

Rolling Clothes

Rolling clothes is the trendy way to pack, and it has become popular for a reason. You can quickly roll up all your clothes—even socks and underwear—and pack your luggage in just a few minutes. You can lay out entire outfits and roll them together in order to keep organised. Even neckties can be rolled up without risk of creating awkward creases! This method of packing also allows for more flexibility. You’ll be able to take advantage of the tiny corners of your luggage and squeeze in that extra lint roller or bottle of hair gel. The disadvantage of rolling your clothes is that they do tend to get more wrinkled. While your clothes won’t get that hard line that folding gives them, less flexible fabrics can get a frumpy crushed look that makes ironing a must.

Woman holding suitcase

So which method is the best? Ultimately, it’s up to you to do whatever helps you travel with minimal stress and maximum convenience. I prefer rolling my clothes because it’s quick, and life’s too short to spend extra time on laundry. Even at home, I roll my clothes before I put them in my drawers. That’s what works for me, but you have to decide what works for you!


Breana is an American expat living in the Dutch Caribbean. Graphic Designer and writer from sunny Arizona, she has travelled around the Caribbean, Mexico, Tanzania, Burundi, Kenya and most of the U.S. You can also follow Breana and her adventures together with her husband, at