Travel Packing: How to Pack Socks & Underwear

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By Ryan Gargiulo

Travel Packing Tip: Packing Socks & Underwear


While some would argue that there’s no best way to pack socks and underwear, I’d have to strongly disagree. I’ve done a lot of traveling in my day and I’m convinced that there is no better way to pack your socks and underwear than to roll them up neatly and stuff them into your shoes.


This method not only utilizes the would be empty space inside of your shoes, but it also saves you some serious space in your luggage or backpack. Watch the video below and you’ll see why I have yet to find a better way to pack my socks and underwear.


MEN: You should be able to fit 4-6 pairs of socks into one sneaker and at least 3-5 pairs of underwear into the other sneaker.

WOMEN: You should be able to fit 4-6 pairs of socks into one shoe and anywhere from 5-10 pairs of underwear into your other shoe (depending on the type of underwear).


DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PACKING SOCKS & UNDERWEAR? Share them in a comment below!

16 thoughts on “Travel Packing: How to Pack Socks & Underwear”

  1. While I haven’t tried the undies method, I have been stuffing socks into my shoes for years. I think taking up all those little spaces in your luggage/backpack is something we all work on… just like wearing heavier clothing as carry on.

  2. I’d be happy to use this tip for socks but I’m not sure that I’m comfortable with stuffing my underwear into my smelly sneakers :)
    My packing tip is to pack small items like bathers and t-shirts into cloth bags in my suitcase. It doesn’t save space but it keeps it neat and makes it easier to find things. Cloth bags are a lot cheaper than those packing cubes and they can be reused at your destination so you can avoid plastic bags.

    • Thanks for weighing in Bianca! About the socks, how about stuffing your socks into small ziploc bags and then stuffing them in your shoes. There’s your solution for your smelly shoes!

      What type of cloth bags are you talking about? I’m not sure I know what you mean.

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  4. I met a guy in Easton who told me to check out your site (someone’s dad!?). I am loving it all. About the shoes, I had to have ties in my suitcase when I traveled over 47 weeks a year. I rolled them and they went into the shoe. THEY NEVER GET WRINKLED OR CRUSHED! And my suits, although do not fit in a shoe, I ROLLED in the plastic drycleaner bag. The idea, it won’t wrinkle if material is not touching material (a plastic bag between the legs, and roll the pants over another plastic bag. Jacket laid out flat, plastic over the button/center area, and fold the arms over the plastic, and then another plastic over the arms, and fold and roll), and a hot shower will release the little wrinkles you might get when you get to your hotel. Thanks for sharing your ideas and letting us share ours! Good luck!

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for the comment. I’m guessing you probably met my father. I’m Ryan and my fathers name is Paul. He’s constantly running into people and spreading the word about my website. My biggest fan, by far. Haha! Anyway, great to hear that you roll your ties and stuff them in your shoes. Great idea. You sound like a professional business traveler with all of these great tips.

  5. Thanks for the tip. Just found your site with the search string of packing socks. I hate packing socks. I have sweaty feet, so, alas, for a trip of 16 days to Japan, 4 pairs of socks just doesn’t cut it. Espically when I need to remove my shoes often in temples, homes, etc.

    Any tips are always welcomed. :)


    • Hey Mikey, no problem at all. It really depends on how much luggage you’re taking with you or how light you want to pack for your journey. In my case, four pairs of socks works pretty well. Will you have access to a washer/dryer during your trip? I would be surprised if not. If not, then go ahead and pack a few more pairs just in case. You should look into purchasing a few pairs of Underarmour socks (link: or any brand that offers socks made of a moisture wicking material. You would be amazed at how much better this material works at letting your feet breathe and making sure your socks don’t stink after one use. Hope this helps!


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