Wrinkle Free, Worry Free Travel

One of the biggest challenges travelling for my interviews was my suit. I was about to take this sophisticated and important piece of clothing with me on a trip across the country. On a plane. For three weeks.

The problems I faced were two-fold: a) I did not want to check in my suit lest it gets lost for the rest of my interviews and b) I did not want to use a case that could wrinkle the cloth.

Searching around, I found myself in the company of garment bags and special suit cases that could allow transport so long as it was folded in half or thirds. In the context of a three-week trek, the worries of progressively apparent creases or lost luggage were too much.

Preparing for this trip, I remembered I had read about SkyRoll some time ago (Forbes, Nerd Wallet) and decided to look for it. It was a tubular piece of luggage designed to carry suits, sports jackets, dress shirts, or dresses for business trips. After seeing it in person and comparing it to many other garment bags, I decided to give it a try.

I am pleased to say that the SkyRoll works beautifully. I have never had such a wrinkle-free travel experience.

The garment bag is made of a tough ballistic fabric, making it quite sturdy and weather resistant. The inner tube has two end compartments, allowing me to fit my dress shoes, toiletries, clothes and undergarments. The outer garment bag houses my suit, with two pockets remaining for my ties and dress shirts. The garment bag is subsequently rolled around the inner tube and fastened. Because there are no acute edges, the suit remains wrinkle free. While slightly longer in order to accommodate the suit, SkyRoll still abides by carry-on requirements. 

The SkyRoll, coupled with other packing and travel techniques have allowed me to focus my attention on answering questions instead of worrying about how my suit looks. 

A note on gear: Stuff I've got with me on my six-week schlep

I’m in the early days of what will be a six-week trip throughout Europe and the US. I will head back to my home base in Buenos Aires after finishing up this trip. So far, I’ve been in Geneva (business) and Rome (pleasure) and now Florence (even more pleasure).

Because this is a combination business and pleasure trip, I’ve been obligated to bring a few things with me that I would normally not on a personal trip. This includes my work laptop and other associated electronics, necessitating a computer backpack (I know, it’s not stylish, but I frequently find myself walking a lot from meeting to meeting, and my computer is heavy and unsuited for some kind of leather messenger bag). I also have with me my trusty Skyroll, in which I transport my suits, dress shirts, and shoes. Is this a stylish piece of luggage? No. But it gets the job done.

The same can be said of my big-ass Osprey backpack, in which I have four T-shirts by American Giant, tons of socks and underwear, two Uniqlo undershirts for use when I am wearing a suit, a pair of Levi’s 505 jeans in a dark denim, a pair of LL Bean 1912 khakis, which are by far the best pants you can wear while on a plane or a train, a pair of junked Old Navy khakis for use in rough and tumble situations (like riding a horse, which is what I wore them for last month in Mendoza, Argentina), a pair of blue stretch chinos by Bonobos, a navy blue cotton sweater by Brooks Brothers, and some Nike clothing for use while working out.

As far as shoes go, I’ve been wearing my trusted Clarks driving shoes, which are looking a little worn but are very comfortable, a pair of Merrell Trail Gloves for working out, and a pair of waterproof Clarks boots for rainier or more rugged situations. I also have a pair of dress shoes and just bought another here in Florence, Italy. As far as a jacket goes, I have with me only an LL Bean raincoat that stows in its own pocket. Wearing it is unpleasant because it doesn’t breathe at all, but it keeps me dry.

I also have with me my Tanner Goods wallet, a pair of Serengeti sunglasses, and, best of all, my Bell & Ross WW1-92 watch, which I absolutely love.

So far, everything has held up beautifully and I’m pleased to say that I seem to have packed very sensibly.