With my recent trip to Venice and the other warm-weather trips I have planned next month (Oahu and Jamaica), I thought it would be helpful to let you in on a little known secret for how to pack a hat. It’s super easy and doesn’t involve any special travel gadgets, but it does help to have a suitcase that zips off on one side. I love my Tumi TegraLite International Carry-On, but most hard-sided suitcases will do it as well.
It requires a little pre-planning, but here goes…
How to Pack a Hat
1. Pack your clothing in the zipper side of your suitcase such that there is a circular hole large enough to rest the top of your hat in. Try to keep the heavier items on the wheel side, or they will slide down and scrunch your hat. Avoid putting shoes or other heavy solid items in this compartment, as they could also damage your hat.
2. Add other items inside your hat.
3. Zip it up, and you’re done!
For this trip I brought two hats. I simply packed my clothing around the hat, with my heavier items like jeans toward the wheels, then I put my bag of intimates inside of the hats (where my head would go). When I arrived both at my destination, and back home again, my hats were in perfect shape!
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Do you have any smart packing tips like this to share? I’d love to hear!