Packing A Hat in Your Suitcase

Today, we will introduce some practical tips to pack your hat in your next travel.

Hats. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re a pain to travel with. Especially fedoras. Don’t pack a fedora. But if you’re a hat person, or you just need that extra protection from the sun, you have more options than ever for packing a great travel hat.

Foldable travel hats, rollable travel caps, non-goofy trail hats, and surprising innovations are coming to your dome piece. And if you don’t want one of those new-fangled travel hats, we’ve got a few simple packing tips for traveling with that massive hat on your next beach vacay.

First, to get together all the clothes you want to pack. Then, pack all of your heavy outfits at the bottom of your suitcase, such asshoes, bags and heavier fabrics to make sure that you do so to create a nice flat surface when you lay out the heavier clothes on top of your accessories.

Second, to take a nice heavy piece of clothing like a denim shirt and then roll it up.

Taking your hat, push the shirt down carefully into the crown (the part where your head goes), making sure it fills completely. If there’s still some space, to add another item of clothing so that the crown part is completely stuffed.Next, lay your hat upright onto the flat surface of clothing.

Then start adding your other items of clothing around the hat. For me that meant adding pieces of my holiday wardrobe like this skirt(perfect holiday wear), this romper and this bikini (like this). Pack all your items around the hat, making sure you pack it all nice a tight so the hat can’t flop around. Once you’ve done that add some more clothes on top so it’s nice a flat. Now just zip up your bag and away you go!

This technique works best if you don’t stuff your suitcase full, because if you do it’s pretty hard to prevent your precious hat being squashed. In those situations (the ones where you’ve bought so much and have to sit on your suitcase to get it closed) the only real option is to wear your hat on the plane.

Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch.

You’ll notice I kept my wardrobe fairly coordinated in a color palette sense when I was packing for Thailand, in an effort to stick with the principles of this (very old) post. Always helps to keep things simple!

The most important packing tip for a hat is—pick a hat that travels well. A hat that can handle being stuffed into your travel backpack or soaked by a sudden downpour is far superior than the most stylish hat on earth if it needs its own special case and meticulous care. You don’t need more luggage. And while you can pack a hat without folding it (more on that below), it’s nice not to have to worry about it.

It sounds obvious, but picking a hat for the road (that you actually want to wear) is harder than you think. Here are a few great travel hat options including: sun hats, rolling travel hats, soft beret hat, trail hats, and of course biking caps.

The Best Way to Pack a Fancy Hat


If you like to wear hats that are a little fancier than baseball caps, travelling with them can be a good choice. It is imperative to pack your easily crushed in your suitcase.

When you want to take your fedora, bowler, or a sunhat in your travels, you can either wear them, carry them with you all the time, or pack them in the suitcase. They can be crushed pretty easily, however, ruining the hat. This trick, from Geneva Vanderzeil at the style blog A Pair & A Spare, can save the day. Roll or fold a sturdy clothing item and stuff it into the crown of your hat to support it. Then lay it flat on the bottom of your suitcase. Once you’ve done that, just start packing around it so nothing sits on top of the crown. When you get to your destination, your hat should be ready to wear.

Nowadays I’ve started collecting hat the way that other people collect shoes.

They’re the ultimate accessory to me, especially when travelling – nothing dresses up a simple outfit like a panama or a sun hat. I took not only one but three to Thailand recently and have to say they became my constant partner.

One of the biggest issues is how you actually transport the thing without it a) ending up looking like a flat crushed pancake if you just throw it in your suitcase or b) annoying you constantly if you take it as carry on or c) getting left behind at airport security. After a fair bit of trial and error I’ve proposed a way to get around the whole ‘do they still sell hat boxes’ conundrum. Read on to see how I go about it.

Wearing: Eugenia Kim Hat, One Teaspoon Shorts, Club Monaco shirt,  J Crew Bag and flats, Daniel Wellington Watch.

We have a roll up hat that’s awesome. It’s easy — the band is elastic, so you can just roll it up and put it in a tote. It’s our best seller. For things that are more structured, like a structured straw, or something that’s a little bit heavier like felt, I like to bring a tote on the plane with me and put the tote under the seat. I don’t put them in the overhead, because they get smushed around, so that’s how I travel with it. I don’t travel with hat boxes, because the round ones don’t fit in the overhead. I’ve carried big drums before when I’ve gone on meetings, and that’s awesome because you can check that and it’s not going anywhere but I wouldn’t anticipate that it’s something most people really want to travel with! The other trick that I have is if you have a hard suitcase you can put the hat upside down in your suitcase and put a t-shirt in the crown.