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How to pack a kilt in a suitcase

Updated April 17, 2017

A kilt is a traditional garment worn by in formal situations by men within the Highlands of Northern Scottish culture. This knee-length, pleated skirt has overlapped front aprons that are generally crafted by hand from yards of tartan, also referred to as plaid, patterned and deep pleated material. The fabric is expensive and delicate, so when travelling, you'll want to ensure that your kilt is in excellent care, especially when packing a kilt into a suitcase.

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  1. Open the tights from their package and lay them out on a flat surface. If there are any wrinkles, tights can be ironed on a very low setting.

  2. Stretch out one leg of the tights and cut it off along with the toe covering to create a long, thin tube.

  3. Close all buckles and clasps on the kilt and make sure it is laid out flat with the apron or front half on top.

  4. Roll the kilt pleats tightly like a sausage from left to right, making sure the pleats are on the outside and the fabric is evenly distributed and straight. Tuck the fringe under the edge of the kilt roll.

  5. Put the kilt into the leg of tights and slide it through the open toe, so a part of the kilt comes out.

  6. Place the rolled kilt at the bottom of a suitcase and then place any additional items on top. This should ensure that the kilt is well protected and will fit in the suitcase.

  7. Tip

    When the kilt is unpacked, remove it from the tights and place it on a hanger. This will take out all creases or wrinkles that may have acclimated during travel. If you do not have access to stockings or tights, a kilt can be packed by fastening the buckles and laying it flat on the bottom of a suitcase.


    Do not put rubber bands around the kilt when rolling. This can cause marks and unnecessary creasing. The skean dhu or blade accessory that accompanies a kilt should always be checked with your luggage. It can be seen as a security problem and most likely will be taken away if attempted to carry on a plane.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 pair of sheer ladies tights, extra long or tall size
  • Suitcase
  • Scissors

About the Author

Serena Norr has been a New York-based writer and editor since 2001. Her articles have appeared in "Time Out New York," "Tea & Coffee Trade Journal," "Time Out New York," "Film Monthly," "Shecky's," "Princeton Review" and "Beyond Race." Norr specializes in health and wellness, motherhood, and beauty-related topics. She attained her Bachelors of Arts in English at Hunter College.

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