How to Pack a Suit in a Backpack

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

I’m sure we’ve all been there, you’re in the process of packing for your trip and deciding what baggage to take with you to make your life easier in transit and upon arrival at your destination.

Do you take the garment bag, carry on and briefcase ALL for that business trip? If only you knew how to pack a suit in a backpack so your able to pull it out of your bag when you arrive wrinkle-free while reducing the number of bags you carry.

Whether your traveling for business, a destination wedding of just can’t leave your suit behind this guide could be your saving grace to ensure your arriving stress-free with a suit in great condition. Using the steps in this guide, your suit will be protected and wrinkle free with the tailored jacket and pants looking just as sharp as when they come out.

So here it is, your guide on how to pack a suit in a backpack effectively so you can enjoy your trip and not have to worry about how your suit will look when you arrive.

Packing the Suit

Step 1

First up, take the suit jacket off the hanger and lay it down, fold one shoulder over the other.

Step 2

Next, reach inside one of the sleeves and pull the sleeve out so the sleeve is inside out on the other side.

Step 3

Fold the jacket in half but ensure this is length ways first. Once done, fold the jacket back the other way

Step 4

Now the jacket is nicely folded, take the trousers and lay them down. Place the trousers length ways whilst laying the folded jacket on top.

Step 5

Next, include the folded shirt and wrap the trousers gently around the jacket and shirt not too tight as this will create long lasting wrinkles. Remember, the fewer folds you make the fewer opportunities for hard wrinkles to set.

Step 6

Place the folded suit into the backpack lay upright in line with the backpack and include other clothing items to pack the suit into position. This will help to ensure your suit stays in this position during transit.

Packing the Shoes

No formal suit is complete without the shoes and to complete the guide of how to pack a suit in a backpack it’s only fair to mention what to do with the shoes. There are two solutions, you can wear the shoes for your suit as you travel if you don’t mind wearing formal shoes with your jeans. But my preference is to pack these in the backpack heel to toe at the bottom of the bag, ensuring to fill the insides with socks and underwear to make use of the limited space.


So now you know how to pack a suit in a backpack by following these simple steps. It should take you no time at all to pack away that suit for your next trip. This packing method could turn out to be beneficial, you will travel lighter without having to carry a garment bag and the baggage reclaim wait could be a thing of the past.

By Mark Ollerton - Freelance Writer


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