How to Travel with Hats

How to Travel with Hats

Whether you're jetting off for a beach vacation or heading out on a camping adventure, bringing your favorite hats along can elevate your style and offer much-needed sun protection. But packing hats without damaging them can be a challenge. Fear not! We've got you covered with expert tips to keep your hats safe in transit.

Pre-Packing Prep

Before you start stuffing hats into your suitcase, take a moment to assess your hat collection. Choose hats that are truly essential for your trip and leave the rest at home. This will save space and minimize the risk of damage.

Consider the material of your hats. Straw hats and felt hats are more delicate and require extra care compared to fabric hats like baseball caps or beanies. It's also wise to inspect your hats for any pre-existing damage, such as loose stitching or bent brims, so you can address these issues before they worsen during travel.

Packing Strategies for Different Hat Types

The best packing method depends on the type of hat you're bringing and your luggage options:

  • Carry-On vs. Checked Baggage: If you have space in your carry-on, this is often the safest option for delicate hats like straw or felt. You have more control over their placement and can avoid potential crushing in checked luggage. However, if space is limited, you can still safely pack hats in checked bags with the right techniques.
  • Straw Hats: To pack a straw hat in a suitcase, stuff the crown with soft items like socks or a t-shirt to maintain its shape. Place the hat upside down in your suitcase and surround it with clothing for added cushioning. For floppy straw hats, you can gently roll them up and place them in the center of your suitcase. If you have a delicate or expensive straw hat, consider using a hat box or hat carrier for extra protection.
  • Felt Hats: Similar to straw hats, pack felt hats upside down in your suitcase and fill the crown with soft items. Stuffing the crown with tissue paper can also help maintain its shape. If you have space, a hat box is always a safe bet for felt hats.
  • Fabric Hats: Fabric hats like baseball caps or beanies are easier to pack. You can fold or roll them up and tuck them into your carry-on or suitcase. For added protection, consider placing them in a mesh laundry bag or packing cube.

Additional Tips for Hat Travel

  • Use Hat Clips: Travel hat clips are a handy accessory for attaching your hat to your luggage or bag, freeing up your hands.
  • Wear Your Hat: If you have a particularly delicate or bulky hat, consider wearing it during your travels. This is the best way to ensure it arrives unscathed.
  • Pack Hats Last: When packing your suitcase, place hats on top of other items to avoid crushing.
  • Consider Hat Reshaping: If your hat does get slightly misshapen during travel, don't worry! Many hats can be reshaped using steam or gentle manipulation.


Traveling with hats doesn't have to be stressful. With a little preparation and the right packing techniques, you can easily bring your favorite hats along on any adventure.

And if you're looking for a new travel-friendly hat, be sure to browse the collection at The Beanie and Hat Company! We have a wide variety of stylish and durable hats designed to withstand the rigors of travel.


  • Can I wear my hat on the plane? Yes, you can usually wear your hat on the plane, especially smaller or more flexible styles. However, be prepared to remove it during security checks or if requested by flight attendants.
  • What should I do if my hat gets crushed in my suitcase? You can try reshaping it with steam or gentle manipulation. Some hats may bounce back on their own once unpacked.
  • Do airlines have specific rules about carrying hats? Most airlines don't have specific rules about hats, but it's best to check with your airline before you travel to understand any specific luggage policies that might affect how you pack your hats.
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