December 10, 2021 6 min read

A beach hat is a perfect accessory for any beach-going experience since each girl cares about her beauty, style, and appearance. However, it can be a bit tricky to pack the hat in a suitcase and still maintain its shape and color and also how to pack hats away in storage until the next summer.

The art of packing a beach hat for a trip does not happen overnight, it takes time, experience, and study. This guide will discuss all the tips you need to know to pack different hat styles in your suitcase as well as will reveal and share some secrets so they are protected and look nice and neat.

What to Look out for When Packing a Fashion Sun Hat in a Suitcase

The following travel tips for women and men will give you all the information you need on how to pack a hat in a suitcase and save it from any potential damage:

1. Ensure that the hat is dry before packing it in your suitcase.

2. Pack the hat right on top of the suitcase.

3. Pack the hat with similar clothing items to avoid crushing it. You can use your favorite scarves, for example.

4. Make sure you keep your hat as flat as possible. before putting your clothes on top of it wrap them in a garment such as a sweater, soft towel, or other such material that does not stretch (such as a silk scarf).

5. Make sure to pack the hat away from the edges of the suitcase and other items. If you pack it near other items, it could get squished.

How to Travel with a Big, Medium-Sized, and a Small Beach Hat in a Suitcase?

Packing for the beach is hard work. Beach hats are one of those items that can easily take up a lot of space in your suitcase, but you'll need one if you're going to be out in the sun all day! The best way to pack a big, medium, and small beach hat in a suitcase is the following:

  • Large beach hat. Find a hat carrier and place the hat inside it. Drape a towel over the top of the hat carrier, ensuring the towel is big enough to cover the hat. Place this hat carrier in the bottom of the suitcase. A large beach hat will need a separate place in your suitcase and it is also a good idea to use packing cubes. So, you will be sure of your luggage.
  • Medium beach hat. Find a hat carrier the same size as the hat, place the hat inside it, and place this hat carrier at the top of the suitcase.
  • Small beach hat. Place this hat inside a hat carrier with the size specified for the hat carrier.

How to Pack Different Types of Hats in a Suitcase or a Bag? 

how to pack a hat & the best hats for travel

Packing hats in a suitcase can be tricky, but with the right tips and tricks, it becomes a lot easier to get them packed and protected. Here are some helpful tips for packing the different types of hats: 

  • Hats with a brim. Start by properly folding the brim of the hat to avoid breakage. Metal barrettes or clips can help hold it in place. Place the hat inside a deep plastic bag or in a hatbox or bin to keep it safe in transit.

  • Hats without a brim. They are usually soft, so they can be packed by placing them in a hatbox or carrier.

Types of Hats to Pack

  • Straw hat. If you need to pack a straw hat the first thing you need to know is that you can't roll it up like a normal hat. Next, you'll need to find a way to keep it from getting crushed. If you can't find a straw hatbox, it might be a good idea to place the hat on top of some clothes and place it in an upright position in the suitcase.
  • Fedora hat. One way to pack a fedora hat without breaking it is to fold it in half vertically, then fold it in half horizontally. Then wrap it in a clothing item, such as a T-shirt or sweater. Place the hat on the top of the suitcase with the most unnecessary force on the outside of the suitcase.
  • Derby hat. The derby hat should not be crammed into the suitcase, nor should it roll up in a ball or form a crease. Before your trip, pack your derby hat by placing it over the side of the suitcase. Once you have packed everything else, slide the derby hat into the other side. By packing your derby hat in the suitcase first, it will prevent it from being squished or torn.
  • Floppy hat. Typically, the best way to pack a floppy hat is to put it into a box. The box should be big enough to hold the floppy hat without being too long because the floppy hat will stretch.    
  • Garden hat. Place the hat on top of your clothing. Roll the hat up into itself. Place the rolled-up hat into a bag or pillowcase. Leave the bag or pillowcase near the top of the suitcase. Secure the bag to the inside of the suitcase with packing straps.
  • Bucket hat. It is important to pack your bucket hat in a suitcase with care. If you do not, there is a risk that your hat may get crushed during the international flight. To prevent the hat from being crushed, place it in a clean pillowcase or a ziplock bag. If the hat will be sitting on top of the suitcase, place it on top of a piece of soft clothing to prevent it from being flattened.

What Suitcases to Avoid for Packing Beach Hats

the best hats for beach

Beach hats are a must for those of us who want to keep our hair under control and protect it from the damaging effects of the sun. The best way to ensure you have the perfect beach experience with minimal effects on your hair or scalp is to pack a hat. However, some suitcases just aren't compatible with your hat and leave your expensive bucket on the sand. Here are some tips on what suitcases to avoid for packing beach hats. It is recommended to choose a bag with a cushioned and supportive strap on the inside and the outside or a simple beach bag. Look for a suitcase that has a flat bottom and wheels. Avoid locking zippers, as they can scratch the material. Choose a bag with an outside pocket. 

Advice from Professional Travelers

When packing a hat either for a casual vacation or a business trip, one should consider a few things. First, does the hat have a band that might not stay put? Second, what is the shape of the hat? Third, what other outerwear will the hat be paired with? These three questions should help you pick the ideal hat to pack.

Final Thoughts

If you think men's surf hats are easier to pack than ladies' summer hats, you're wrong. For both types of hats, it is necessary to do proper packaging, so as not to be damaged. So, as you can see, traveling is fun when everything is done properly. Now you know almost everything about the right packing of your favorite sun hats. Follow these simple rules and enjoy your summer adventures. 

Question Time

1. How do you pack a hat without ruining it?

Packing a hat can be difficult! It's important to be gentle when folding the brim of the hat so you don't break it. But at the same time, you want to make sure that your hat can be packed into your bag or suitcase without wrinkling or tearing the shape too much. This is the best way to do it!

2. How do you travel with multiple hats?

a brilliant trick for packing a floppy hat in a suitcase

Some tips to keep in mind when packing your hats. If you are wearing a wide-brimmed hat, put that in first and then pack around it, or wear the brimmed hat and place the small hats inside it. First, take a bucket and pack little hats in it. Next, we take a larger hat and put the bucket in it. To finish we pack the suitcase and cover our suitcase with a blanket. At our destination, we pull out the bucket and take out the little hats and arrange them to look nice.

3. How do you pack a straw hat without crushing it?

Sure, you can fold it once and put it in with the rest of your clothes when packing, but when you unpack your clothing, the straw will be crushed and useless for the rest of the trip. The best way that you can do with a straw hat is to place the hat on the inside of your suitcase, with the crown side down. The straw will be compressed but will regain its normal

Author - Aleksandra Djurdjevic
Aleksandra Djurdjevic          

Senior Content Creator

Aleksandra Djurdjevic is a senior writer and editor, covering surf, kayak and various watersports activities. She has previously worked as ESL teacher for English Tochka. Aleksandra graduated from the Comparative Literature department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Serbia. Aleksandra’s love for the ocean / rivers, getting out waves, season after season, seeking epic adventures across the globe helps her continue to be a top expert at CSG.

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