The New York Times asked flight attendants how they manage to pack over 40 garments in one suitcase, and it all boils down to one trick: roll your clothes to save space and avoid wrinkles.
Photo by Ninha Morandini.
Rolling clothes is the preferred way to pack for an upcoming trip, for many of these attendants whose work can take them away from home for several days at a time. It’s also become crucial for flying cheap, as airlines ramp up their luggage fees for anyone who dares to bring anything. Here’s how the professionals get it done:
To make room for these new travel necessities, many flight attendants roll their clothes rather than fold them to save space. Nerea Gomez-Cambronero, an attendant with Air Europa Líneas Aéreas in Majorca, Spain, has taught friends and relatives to roll-pack clothes. “The rolling-your-clothes tip is the basis of my entire company,” said Don Chernoff, an engineer and frequent traveler, whose www.skyroll.com offers a line of luggage that encourages rolling rather than folding.”It’s a more efficient use of the space.”
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