How To Pack a Suit Into a Carry On Bag

On my recent ten day trip to Germany and Las Vegas, I had to pack a lot of cloths into a single carry on bag because I refuse to check luggage. Not checking your bags mean getting out of the airport and into your ride while everyone else is waiting by the luggage carousel. It also mean not having to worry about the airline losing your bags. On top of all that, many airlines have started charging for checked bags so doing carry on only mean saving money as well.

Most of the time, my trips are pretty short so the carry on works well. However, my trip to Germany for the SATW convention and then to Las Vegas for Blog World Expo was ten days long and required me to pack a suit as well. How do you get a suit into a carry on bag without any winkles? Watch the video to find out how I did it. Not only was I able to get ten days worth of cloths into a single carry on, I had enough room left over to carry all the free swag I got home!


48 thoughts on “How To Pack a Suit Into a Carry On Bag”

  1. PPC Ian says:

    Awesome video! In my opinion, it’s a VERY good idea to dress to impress at conferences. That’s how you get ahead in the business world and make a professional impact as you’re networking. It’s equally important to have a flawless suit. These tips definitely help! 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      Definitely a nice useful tip.
      I don’t really wear suits but this topic is one to be bookmarked.

    2. You need to iron again, all these cloths?

      1. By rolling you can avoid wrinkles …

        1. Andre says:

          and pack a lot more

          1. Hey John,

            That’s a very useful instructional video. Very well done, short and to the point.

            Vance

    3. Kirk Taylor says:

      Your first word is the exact thought that I had when I first watched this video! Extremely valuable! I am going to b a rolling traveler.

      1. ahh, If I have to wear a suit, it might be questionable to go. lol

  2. James says:

    The luggage looks big for the carryon box in planes though.

    1. John Chow says:

      That is a standard 22″ carry on, which is the max allowed by the airlines.

      1. d3so says:

        It certainly does look big for a carry-on but it’s understandable since that’s the maximum allowed size. That’s good that your taking advantage of the limit.

      2. 🙂 I will pack my bag in the same fashion when i will win affiliate summit passes from you to come to Affiliate summit West.

        1. Well these days John had many trips so I am sure he knows the current rules of Airlines.

  3. Harshad says:

    WOW! Now I can carry a suit with me. Haven’t seen a picture of you with your suit on… or do you have one here?

    1. John Chow says:

      There are a few on the blog but you’ll have to look back for them. Here’s one: http://blog.johnchow.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/09/wedding7.jpg

      1. Harshad says:

        Nice one. Suits go very well on tall people like you.

  4. Great tip John… I am going to have a business trip soon and i think i am gonna put what you said in use….

    thanks

    1. So again … John is really beneficial for all of us.

  5. Very cool trick to pop the shoulder in like that.

  6. charles wool says:

    Nice video I definitely use your tips as most of the time, my trips are pretty short.

  7. Very original !! nice video ! In business field you will absolutely need this to excel !! thank You i will be considering it !! 🙂

    1. Yes this one save huge time and space as well.

      Simply open and ready to use.

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    1. John Chow says:

      That is turn off. You shouldn’t see it unless you look in the codes. But then you will see it is off in the codes too.

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  9. fas says:

    Awesome tip John, never thought about it.

  10. Dino Vedo says:

    Wow… this blog is great! Will use the tips to make more money online fast!!! ;))

    1. Abhik says:

      Don’t be selfish.. Teach me the trick too 😉

      1. d3so says:

        Tricks are nice to learn.
        Please share Dino.

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  11. Wow, never thought it would be possible to roll a suit this way to squeeze it into minimum space. I am sure many will be inspired to carry only carry on bag with them without checkin. Great video.

  12. Abhik says:

    Man!! Wish I could be like you.
    It’ll take at least 2×22″ trolley bags or a single 40″ trolley for me.

    1. John Chow says:

      How long is your average trip? Two months? I can’t imagine needing a 40″ trolley.

  13. rob says:

    i wasn’t expecting much, but this was impressive haha!

  14. Iman says:

    What about weight John? shouldn’t it be less than 20 pounds?

    1. John Chow says:

      It depends on the airline. Most have a limit of 40lbs total for the carry on and personal item. However, the limit on Virgin America is 16lbs. That can create a problem if you have a high end carry on like the Tumi LXT Discovery, which weigh 16lb all by itself! Luckily, most airline counters don’t brother to weigh your carry on.

      1. I very much doubt you would get away with anywhere near 40lbs in Europe. The limit for your suitcase in the hold is only 50lb!!

        Aussies are limited to 7KG, which is round about the 16lb mark you mention. And they definitely weigh them in Melbourne! 🙁

        I flew on British Airways last week and they only mentioned max dimensions and “you need to be able to lift it into the overhead locker”, which I thought was interesting.

        All I want / require is to be able to carry my 13″ laptop (2kg) and my fragile dSLR gear. 20-25lb max. And only because hold-luggage is such a gamble for gadgets (theft / loss / breakage) and insurance levels are nowhere near enough!! 🙁

          1. Hi John,

            Thanks for coming back and adding more info in your replies to comments.

            Very helpful stuff.

  15. ihath says:

    thank you for the useful info. I need to go practice my packing skills.

  16. Mathew Day says:

    Like that video John, how to have class without the mass. I to only do carry on, especially now since the prices are getting hiked up for your luggage. I always did something very similar as you for a suit, but I like your technique better.

  17. Sean Supplee says:

    Always great tips for everything man your becoming the come to guy for just about anything business related 🙂

    1. d3so says:

      Yeah, even household business tips. Very useful stuff.

  18. One day one day. When ill travel the world like you do John, ill use this video and pack my stuffs the way you do lol.

  19. mike says:

    lol. never thought about packing in the suit in this manner. i simply love ‘how to’ videos. thanks john 😀

  20. As Barney would say, “Suit up”!

    I enjoy dressing up and will try this for my next flight – I love taking my wife to a nice dinner when we travel. Hard with small carryons.

  21. Chris S. says:

    Carry-on is absolutely the way to go. I try never to check bags when at all possible!

  22. I’m like general Patton with my suits. “Have one really good one and never sit down in it.” lol Thanks for the advice

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