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Fold or Roll? That is the Question. - The Traveling Alphabet
Fold Or Roll?

Fold or Roll? That is the Question.

Democrat — Republican?

Pro-choice — Pro-life?

Tastes Great — Less Filling?

Fold — Roll?

These are the big debates we each face in life and for any serious traveler, that last one is a hotly contested issue. All my life I’ve been a folder and pride myself on being a great packer who rarely checks luggage. 

The kids and Audrey will roll their clothes. I will fold. But at some point, I will (o.k., may) try rolling.

We have recently converted to using packing cubes and find them an excellent strategy to organize our clothes. This is handy when you are moving as much as we will. The advantage to rolling, as you can see on the right of this picture, is that clothes are easy to see. However, folding, in my experience, takes up less space. And space is a sought-after commodity in our carry-on-sized packs.

As we progress on this journey, I will report back. Your thoughts?

Bryan Gillette

Bryan Gillette is the founder and principal consultant for Summiting Group focusing on Leadership and Organizational Development. He has traveled extensively for both work and personal reasons visiting almost 60 countries and 40 United States. He is an avid runner and cyclist and ran 200 miles around Lake Tahoe in 76 hours as well as cycled across the United States. He recently spent one year traveling the world with his family.

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  1. This is totally foreign to me, as I’m not allowed to touch the baggage (I’m strictly an assigned porter.) Dee’s uses packet-it cubes, which seem to work great – And we never check luggage.
    Guess I’m a lucky guy!

  2. For some reason, I can’t get this song out of my head about hold ’em and fold ’em, so had to look it up. It’s from Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. Now you’ll be singing it! Chuckle.

    You’ve got to know when to hold ’em
    Know when to fold ’em
    Know when to walk away
    And know when to run
    You never count your money
    When you’re sittin’ at the table
    There’ll be time enough for countin’
    When the dealin’s done

  3. I like rolling and have started rolling clothes in my drawers at home. It helps me keep my drawers more organized and I can see what’s in them.

  4. Chiming in a little late, but I’m a folder ever since my mom, expert packer, taught me to pack a suitcase. But will admit, sometimes rolling is the way to go.

  5. Just back from a 2week trip on a professional congress + few days on motorcycle in France. I could bring one small back pack and had to bring my computer.. I usually check bags and bring too much. However, I managed super well with one backpack. I folded clothes several times (almost rolled), then sorted clothes in thin plastic bags where I was surprised almost a vacuum could be generated by folding the plastic bag. This freed up space. Needless to say, I was very proud of myself. my husband did bring down on the MC my big items:helmet, jacket and gloves, though. Thanks for sharing your travel stories. Happy trails!

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