How To Pack Like A Man And A Woman — T-Shirts, Undies and Socks Edition


If I had a ten commandments of travel packing, the first one would be “Thou shalt not pack more than ten pieces of either t-shirts, undies or pairs of socks.” The second would be “Thou shalt not pack a full suitcase when leaving.”

It’s simple math. If you’re going away for seven nights, bring seven of each. If you’re going way for 16 nights, bring half of that number, so eight items each. Fourteen = 7 of each. Twelve or 11 nights = 6 of each.

Those Tide sink packets will save up a lot of room in your luggage. Bed, Bath and Beyond, drug stores and Amazon sells them. Just finding room for drying in the hotel or where ever you are staying will take some creative maneuvering.

Since I’m maxing out for a month, I’ll be packing nine and wearing the tenth on the plane. It’s packing cubes to the rescue. If you’re a cheap ass, the compression/space saving bags are okay. I still bring one to separate the dirty from clean.

For folding , packing and maximizing space, I turn your attention to helpful internet videos. If you’re comfortable with how you pack, just give these a look and give it a try. You might, you know, learn something new! Just avoid anything that says “Hacks” or “The Way You’ve Been (fill in the blank) Is All Wrong”. I want to punch those arrogant clickbait articles in the face.

To rewind, I use to work with an ex-army ranger (think Christopher Meloni in Wet Hot American Summer), so he taught me the t-shirt folding technique. It makes a huge difference in packing for both sexes. The video below has been viewed 1.7 million times so it’s legit, obviously.

The only drawback is if it’s a graphic t-shirt, it’s hard to tell which is which.

For socks, it’s common sense to stick them into your shoes. If you don’t do that already, you might want to re-examine your life. I just roll them up. The roll up and folder over technique works just as fine, I just think they unnecessarily stretch out your socks.  A simple tight roll works just the same in my estimation.

The undies, I do a hybrid of folding into a triangle from the leg holes, then in thirds and roll from there. I’m not uploading pictures of my boxers, so just do your own research.

The end result is that I fitted nine boxers, six t-shirts and four socks into a 14″x 10″ x 3″ medium sized cube. Isn’t that much better than below?



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