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How to Pack and Travel with a Suit

There are very few things you need to bring with you during your medical residency interviews. Your interview clothes – suits (for males), however is the one key thing to bring.

I found it interesting during the interview tour to see how people transported their suits without getting it wrinkled. There were a variety of methods, so I thought I would share some popular ways of travelling with a suit.

One word of advice, you should always have your suit on hand with you for your interviews. Never check it in as luggage, the last thing you want is to have it gone missing before your interview!

1. Fold it and Pack it in your Carry-on

This method of carrying your suit wasn’t too popular, perhaps because of the wrinkles associated with folding it. I did however, find a neat instructional video of how to go abouts folding one to have no wrinkles.

2. Use a Garment Bag

By far, this was the most popular way people I knew used to carry their suits. Most suits come with a garment bag when you purchase them.

I ended up using the generic garment bag that came with my suit.  Looking back, I should have spent $10 and bought one a few extra features. I used my bag to carry my dress shirts, jacket and pants. I also had a nicer dress coat inside too.

When you get on the plane, if you ask the attendants nicely, they’ll usually let you hang your garment bag up in the closet at the front of the plane.

Some Extra Tips

  • Find a bag  that is waterproof and durable
  • Get a bag that can be folded onto itself so it’s easier to carry.
  • A handle and a way to clip your coat hangers is neat bonus
  • It’s convenient if the garment bag has extra pockets to store your ties, tie clips, belts.

3. Skyroll Garment Bag

This was definitely one of coolest ways to carry a suit that I personally saw.

The concept is simple. It’s basically a hollow cylinder which your suit wraps around. Inside the bag, you can store all your shirts, shoes and toiletries. I think one of these things will set you back $100+ … but definitely one of the smartest ways of carrying your suit.

4. Wear Your Suit onto the Plane

If you don’t have any other methods, you could always wear your suit. But I would advise against it.

Your suit could get wrinkled and dirtied. Plus it’s not the most comfortable thing to be flying in.

In the future, I think I might get a nicer garment bag to travel in. Hopefully, I won’t have to do any other interviews until a few years down the road.

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  1. Bea
    Bea December 8, 2012

    Thanks I’m a girl with a pantsuit and I HATE wrinkled clothing. I will be using this method to avoid any issues.

  2. Andrew
    Andrew September 8, 2014

    I recently purchased a skyroll garment bag; which holds a price of 150.00$. While the concept for the bag is great, the central compartment is too small, not fitting dress/suit shoes above a size 9, PERHAPS a 10 (US size 10). My size 13s weren’t even remotely close to fitting. For women though, or small men, this would definitely be a great item to have.

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