I’ve become dependent on my hats in the last year or so. They’re an easy way to top off an otherwise casual outfit and they’re a lifesaver for uncooperative hair days. Since I try my best not to overpack, I love taking just a few colors in my suitcase. And since uncooperative hair days are not uncommon in my world, I always bring hats with me. Keeping hats in the right shape during travel can seem daunting, but it’s actually quite simple to learn how to pack hats…
My hats and my toiletries are always the last things to go in my suitcase, so I leave holes for each. Oftentimes, I stick them around my shoes so my clothes aren’t rubbing shoulders with my shoe soles.
Some hats shouldn’t be bent or folded in any way. Those with more rigid brims (like my favorite black one) require a tiny bit of attention when packing, but they don’t take up much space. You want to fill your hat with soft items like socks, scarves, and shirts. And don’t forget to pack under the brims as well. I sometimes forget about the space around the hat itself because I can’t see underneath, but it’s great for other small items!
If you have hats with flexible brims like this ombre one, you can carefully roll them up, knowing they’ll retake their shape upon arrival in your destination. In order to roll them, first fold them in half brim to brim (see the photo below). Next gently roll from one end to the other. Place in your suitcase or carryon and you’re ready to go!