Here's one that must have been asked a thousand times. What is the best way to pack a suit? Seems like a garment bag would take a terrible beating on the plane, going through regular luggage channels (from the look of my suitcases).
Also, for ordinary clothing, is the "roll-up" method still considered to be the best way?
I don't know about packing suits, but I prefer the rolling method myself. It reduces wrinkles and doesn't take up as much room (especially with the shorts, tanks, swimsuits and t-shirts that I'm bringing on my cruise). When I helped my grandma pack for Hawaii last June, we rolled all her clothes and it worked out really well. I don't know if it's still considered the best or not but it's what I like.
One cruiser said to lay everything out flat, then fold it in all at one time. I'll put my formal gown on the bottom of the stack so it's neatly wrapped around a large bun of clothes. All of my "non-foldables" will be at the top of the stack since I don't care if those get wrinkled. Maybe I'll do that will all 9 of my suitcases!
i hang the suit in the cleaner's bag in the garment bag, along with all of our other good/dress clothes. A good garment bag is made out of the same material as a suitcase, and is made to take the abuse. Another great space saver is to put all your underwear & socks in ziploc type bags,roll them up- stuff them in the bag - squeeze out the air and toss them into a corner of your suitcase.
I pack in criss-cross layers - one layer horiztonal(pants usually) next layer vertical
Try going on line to packlight.com. They have instructions for packing all kinds of stuff in your suitcase without anything getting wrinkled. Just follow the instructions they give you. I tried it when my husband and I went on a cruise a couple of years ago, and it worked for me. DH decided to do it "his way, " and his stuff was wrinkled and my was perfect. Just read the instructions carefully and you should be okay.
Carnival Triumph - December 2003
Carnival Glory - March 2005 (can't wait)