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Garment Bag Dimensions And Weight Guide

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If you’re traveling for business or plan to attend a formal event, a garment bag can help to keep your clothes neat and clean.

A garment bag is shaped so that clothing can hang or lie flat, and this helps to reduce wrinkles. It’ll also keep your clothes from touching anything that might get them dirty, and it can help you organize various outfits.

If you want to take a garment bag on a plane, however, or if you need to fit the bag into your luggage, it can be helpful to know the size and weight of the bag.

hanging garment bags with clothes

Garment Bag Dimensions

Garment bags are available in several different sizes. Some are designed to only hold short-hang items, such as shirts or a folded pair of pants.

Most garment bags are long enough that they can hold a suit with folded pants or a short dress. Others are long enough to hold an entire suit or a long dress.

Garment bags are designed to fit clothing without compressing or folding the clothing too much, so most garment bags are at least 14 inches wide.

Larger or padded garment bags can be even wider, and many measure between 20 and 26 inches across.

The depth of a garment bag depends on how many outfits it is designed to hold. Some garment bags are only a couple of inches in depth. Most garment bags are around 5 or 6 inches in depth.

Garment bags that fold into a type of tote bag, however, can be much larger and often have a depth of 9 inches or more.

Garment bags that fold into a tote shape are often quite short and might be 22 or 24 inches tall. Long garment bags are often around 65 inches in length.

Remember that, when it’s unfolded, a garment bag must be at least long enough to hold a men’s shirt or a short dress and could be long enough to hold a long dress.

The KIMBORA 60″ Dress Garment Bag measures 60 inches long x 24 inches wide.

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Garment Bag Weight

Simple garment bags made of nylon or a similar fabric, without any additional padding, are generally quite light. They often weigh between 1.5 and 2 pounds when they’re empty.

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Garment bags that fold up into a tote and have a hard outer shell or additional padding weigh more. The weight of these bags varies depending on the material, the size of the bag, and how much padding is included.

In general, though, these bags usually weigh around 10 or 11 pounds. Once clothing is added, this weight can easily double.

several sized hanging garment bags

Garment Bag Materials

What material the garment bag is made of will affect the bag’s weight and size. Some garment bags are made of cotton, canvas, or cloth.

These materials are durable and can protect your clothes from dirt, tears, and wrinkles. If these fabrics are coated, they can also protect outfits from moisture, dust, and pests like moths.

Materials like this are also relatively bulky, though, and they can add weight to the bag.

Plastic and high-density polyethylene fibers such as Tyvek are also common garment bag materials. These materials will protect clothing from wrinkles, moisture, dust, dirt, and moths.

However, they aren’t breathable. In warm or humid weather, this can cause any moisture already trapped in the garment bag to collect, and this can damage clothes.

Many soft-sided garment bags include a hanger. You can hang the bag so that it won’t be jostled during transit. However, hangers can be cumbersome if you need to travel.

If you can’t hang your bag, you may want to choose a hard-sided garment bag. These bags can’t be hung but are designed to protect your clothes on a plane or during a long car ride.

plastic clear garment bag

How many outfits can fit in a garment bag?

How many outfits you can fit in a garment bag depends on what type of outfits you’re bringing and how thick the fabric is.

Usually, a standard garment bag can hold two full suits or three full-length outfits, such as dresses.

Most garment bags also have side or internal pockets where you can store items, such as a tie, a belt, or jewelry, that go with each outfit.

Can a garment bag be considered a carry-on?

A garment bag is usually relatively small or can be folded or rolled into a smaller size, so it can often be considered a carry-on.

Garment bags that are designed to fold up and have a stronger outer shell are quite popular as carry-ons, especially because their additional pockets can be used to store other items, such as jewelry, socks, or even small personal items.

To ensure you can bring a garment bag as a carry-on, you’ll need to check the size guidelines for the particular airline you’re flying on.

Usually, any bag smaller than 22 inches wide, 14 inches tall, and 9 inches deep is an acceptable carry-on size.

The Mancro Foldable Carry-On Garment Bag is a great option.

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