Ask Ben Popken How to Pack Like a Pro

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Ben Popken is one of our favorite writers for

He is always finding ways to turn mundane stories into attention-getting headlines (remember, that shakes on a plane story in your Facebook feed? That was him.) Headlines aside, Ben also has a knack for research.  So when he tells us there is a better way to do something, we tend to listen.

Now, when it comes to travel — we always want to find a better way. Whether it’s how to find a cheaper plane ticket, a better travel insurance plan or a better way to stay organized. In the travel department, Ben realized that a lot of us have troubles when it comes to packing up.  His advice to packing like a pro? Without the wrinkles? Without the fuss? It’s called Bundle wrap. 

How Ben says to do it:

  1. First you make a “core,” using something like luggage organizer. You can also fold up some socks in a shirt. This goes in the center of the bundle.
  2. Next, lay out a long-sleeve shirt and smooth it out flat with arms out and collars up.
  3. Take your next shirt and lay it 180 degrees to the first one. Arrange it so the edge of both collars just touch the edge of where the core goes.
  4. Now you’re going to lay out the clothes in a specific order. Shirts are on the vertical and pants are on the horizontal:
  • Jacket
  • Longer skirts and dresses
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Short-sleeved shirts.
  • Pants
  • Sweaters and knits
  • shorts


Want to see how it’s done? Check out Ben’s video: