If you’re traveling for long distances, I recommend bagging and hanging your garments behind the drivers’ side door. This prevents a massive blind spot from creeping up on you when you are merging into the right lanes.
It’s important to hang your garments as often as possible, as the natural support built into each garment does not like to be crumpled.
If you’re flying with an extra suit or two, you should hang them on what I call a “temp hanger” and hand them to a flight attendant for hanging in the closet. A temp hanger is narrower and not meant for extended hanging and support for jackets. Please keep in mind I only suggest this because there is only so much room on an airplane and other people may be attempting to hang their suits as well.
If you must place your garments in a suitcase, please review the following instructions on how to properly fold your jacket and pants.
For the jackets, place your shoulder points backward together folding down the center back seam. Then fold the jacket near the second button and neatly place the arms folded at the elbows across the jacket. Then place your jacket in a garment bag along with your matching pants if applicable. Do not pack a suit jacket or pants with jeans or chinos as the friction will cause the wool to become damaged over time.
For pants, unbutton and unzip them, then lay side seam to side seam at the waistband and ensure the creases of both legs meet front to front and back to back. Then fold them at the knee and place them in a bag.
Hang your pieces in the bathroom of your hotel and turn on a hot shower to release most wrinkles. If the hotel has a steamer or iron you may use that instead.
If you bring your dress shoes, most airports have a shoeshine station to freshen up your shoes. It’s a great way to spend layover time and keep your pieces in top condition.
Support your shoes that are being packed by placing socks and underwear in them if you don’t have a lightweight shoe tree to use. Their cavernous insides need the support! Your feet will thank you!