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How to Pack Silk for Travel

Written by Bianca Elgar


Posted on July 06 2017

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Last week I had a conversation about the versatility of my Capsule Wardrobe Collection and I was asked, as a travelling business woman, how do I pack silk?

Silk items are strategic wardrobe items to pack when taking business trips and vacations. This is because silk can be easily cleaned by hand and has a quick drying time. Silk items also allow travellers with limited suitcase space to have an item available that can be worn in a variety of formal and informal settings.

As it is also holiday time, I have jotted down some tips:

1. Iron everything before packing

Sometimes I use  a bit of spray starch to make folding a bit easier. Do the roll-up thing with most of your luggage, but I prefer to fold silk scarves, tops, dresses and skirts using white tissue paper and packing them in an A3 zipped bag/ document wallet, which you can pick up at any stationary store. Try to layer silk items on top of each other, then lay the zipped-up bag flat on the bottom of your suitcase.

This is how I would pack a scarf:


This is how I would pack a silk top:


For both, I would place them in the base of your suitcase to keep them flat:


Be sure to unpack right away and hang it up in the shower to steam when you arrive.

2. Fold lengthwise rather than crosswise.

This way, wrinkles are less visible and drop out quicker once the item is hung up. Also, fold it in thirds rather than in half (in the way t-shirts are folded in stores) - this will make any vertical lines less obvious. To pack a silk blouse, fold the sleeves crosswise across the front of the blouse.

3. Don't be afraid of silk.

It is very resilient, and much easier to care for than you may imagine. Silk is not only a soft and luxurious fabric but also very strong and insulating. When you pack a scarf for your trip, make sure it is big enough to cover you up for when it gets a bit chilly.

Our 130cm large scarves can be styled into skirts, tops and dresses, have a look at some of our styling videos.

And here are some of my general travel tips:

The Travel Drawer: Before you go anywhere, start a travel drawer that includes: your passport, foreign currency purse, travel adapters, sunglasses, phrase books, maps and guides and first aid kit.

Roll Your Clothing:  Tightly roll casual trousers, t -shirts, and shorts, which also minimizes wrinkling. (Naturally, I don’t advise this for silk.)

The Suitcase: While overstuffing your suitcase can damage your clothing, lots of empty space can also cause creasing. Fill up empty spaces with white tissue paper and place a towel over the top.

Security: Always remember to have two identity luggage tags on your case, including one on the inside, in case the outside label gets ripped off.

Pack it Out: Tissue paper and more tissue paper! I buy reams of tissue paper for placing between shirts and knitwear; it really is the best way to keep clothes in shape. Plus, it feels like you have been shopping at a fabulous boutique when you’re unpacking at the other end!

A travel pouch. To keep my smart phone, passport, boarding pass, money, (sun)glasses, and a good book at hand.

Re-package Your Beauty Products: Buy some small containers for liquids—so you can bring your beauty products from home and place them in a clear plastic bag, ready for airport security.

Don’t Forget:

  • Something to sleep in
  • Toothpaste and tooth brush
  • Tweezers
  • Cotton pads for removing makeup

Pack Tea: It’s always good to bring your favourite tea. It can make anywhere feel like home.

A Scarf for Carry-On: I always bring a large scarf when I fly. It can also double as a blanket.

Re-think Jewellery: Check with your hotel to see if they have a safe. In certain places, expensive jewellery can become quite a burden. When in doubt, leave it at home.

Enjoy your travel adventures! 



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