We previously did a video on packing cubes and how they can take your packing to the next level. In this video, we wanted to focus on another packing tool that we use and love. This is our Eagle Creek Pack It Garment Folder review.
What is a garment folder?
The Eagle Creek Garment Folder is a large packing envelope that allows you to easily fold and pack items to avoid wrinkles. The folder includes an instruction board, which show you how to use it. You basically use the board to fold your clothes into the same general dimension, then place them into the garment folder. Once your clothes are loaded into the folder, you place the board on top, then close the flaps.
The garment folder includes a handle on top, which makes it easy to carry around. Like packing cubes, the folder compresses your clothes, minimizing the space in your suitcase while also keeping everything organized and wrinkle-free. This helps me to compartmentalize my packing, and also allows me to unpack my shirts by simply placing the folder into a hotel drawer.
The folder that I have is one of the older models, and it looks like Eagle Creek now offers a variety of different colors, materials, and sizes. The medium-size is rated to fit into most carry-on luggage, and is what I recommend for most folks.
Anything else that I should consider?
If weight is critical to you, then you may want to check out Eagle Creek’s Specter line. The Specter model is about 60% of the original model’s weight, which is due to the ultra-light nylon material used. It’s definitely an upgrade to the standard, especially if you’re sensitive to weight (e.g., a backpacker).
The Eagle Creek Garment Folder also makes a great travel gift for business travelers, or anyone that loves packing cubes. I feel like once you discover packing cubes and understand the value, then you want to use even more gear to organize your packing.
Unlike my packing cubes though, I don’t always use my garment folder on trips, especially if it’s a short trip since they are a bigger than cubes. However, whenever I need to pack dress shirts or pants, it seems to be a much better option than rolling or folding them into a packing cube.
Where can I get them?
You can order them directly from Eagle Creek, or purchase them on Amazon. The Original Garment Folder in medium size is about $25-29, and the Specter models runs for only a few dollars more. If given the choice, I would opt for the Specter model for the additional weight savings and durability. You can also get them in sets if you want different sizes.
Have you used a garment folder? What other packing tools do you use? Please share your thoughts and experiences below in the comment section!