If you find yourself on the road a lot for business or pleasure, then you will need to know how to pack a sport coat. There is no real bullet proof way to keeping a sport coat completely wrinkle free if you keep it in your luggage. The only way to insure a wrinkle free sport coat is to use a garment bag and hand carry it which is not convenient for airline travelers. So if you fly, you will have to learn how to fold your sport coat in a manner that minimizes wrinkling. Luckily, this quite easy to do after you practice it a few times.
To pack a sport coat, you will need:
- Sport coat
- To pack a sport coat, the first thing you will need to do is to empty the pockets and unbutton it. Anything solid in the pockets might leave an impression.
- Hold the sport coat by the shoulders so the button faces away from you. Put your hand just inside the shoulder of one sleeve and spread your fingers wide. Take your other hand and push it through the outside part of the shoulder into your open hand. This will create a little pocket that will fold in neatly and help protect the sleeve when the sport coat is turned inside out.
- Now open the sport coat inside out at the seams so it folds over to cover the sleeve. Hold the shoulders of the jacket straight and fold the other side inside out. The sport jacket will naturally follow the center seam which will allow you to tuck in that half while protecting the other sleeve. Do not fight it. If you are struggling then you are not folding where the seams are and you should start again.
- Now vertically fold the sport coat in half before you pack it. Most will fold neatly right underneath the internal breast pocket.
Tips: Before you wear your sport jacket, hang it in the bathroom and take a long, hot shower. The steam will smooth out any travel wrinkles.