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.