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How to Pack a Wide Brimmed Hat

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We are no strangers to that fact that deciding on what you’re going to pack for a trip can be painful. It gets even harder when you have to figure out what to eliminate and how to get everything that remains into your suitcase. With seasons changing and summer approaching, it’s that time of year when we dust off our favorite wide brimmed hat and get packing for vacation. While these are both stylish and protective of your face, they can be a bit of a challenge to bring with you. Luckily, we've got a packing method you can easily do to ensure you always have room for your favorite hat! 
As a smart luggage company we want to make travel easier for you. We do this by incorporating tech features into our luggage and into the way you travel. But it’s so much more than that. VESICA is designed with the traveler in mind, which is why our bags are compartmentalized for maximum efficiency. One of the biggest trends right now are wide brimmed hats, but the problem with these is that they can be hard to travel with. We all want our favorite straw hat to wear at the beach, but we don’t always want to wear it as we travel to the beach! We recently talked to the pros at Goorin Bros for some tips on how to get your favorite hat to and from your destination in one piece.

VESICA Smart LuggageOur favorite structured hat can be tricky to transport, so here’s what we learned when it comes to the best way to pack it:

  1. Start with an empty luggage compartment
  2. Create a flat base using packed items or the bottom hard shell of your bag
  3. Flip the hat upside down and place it on your flat surface bill side up
  4. Fill the inside of your hat with light garments or delicates like socks and underwear
  5. Once you have the hat in place, start rolling up shirts, pants and any other clothes you’re bringing to create a “nest” for the hat
  6. Create the “nest” by placing these rolled items around the empty spaces surrounding your hat to give it support and cushion
  7. Fill the remaining area of your luggage compartment as you normally would, preferably with folded clothes items

Other items to note:

  • Pack all your heavy items like jeans, jackets, and shoes in the opposite compartment of your bag (not in the side that is storing your hat)
  • While a structured hat can be tricky to transport, some hats are made to pack and can be easily rolled
  • Every hat is a little different and should be packed accordingly. Do not shove or fold brims to fit as it could cause bends in the brim. If that is your only choice, you just might have to wear it during the day of travel!

Creating the nest

 Placing your hat bill side up within the nest

Filling in the remaining area of your luggage compartment

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