The ideal way to transport a wig
Let’s start with the optimal packing and travelling conditions. In a perfect world, each wig will be blocked on a canvas head (or chin block, if you’re taking a beard). The block will keep your wig or beard stable and will support the foundation, lace front and style.
- The head or chin should be placed in a sturdy box or travel case that’s large enough to hold the head steady and not crush any of the hair
- That box or case is either carried on it’s own or packed into a larger suitcase or box that remains upright at all times.
In this scenario, your wig or facial hair is transported without being compressed or being allowed to move around during transit. When you arrive at your destination, you can simply open the box or case, remove the head and find your wig looking just as fresh and tidy as when you left home.
You can pack your wig upright, if it has a tall style, or lay it flat on it’s back, if the style is short or you’re worried it’s too ‘back heavy’ to stay upright.
For a wig that’s VERY full or fluffy, plan to travel with the wig on a head upright OR use a lighter weight styrofoam head to eliminate any risk the head will flatten the hair.
If you’re only traveling with one or two wigs or you’re driving to your destination, this might be a feasible option. Depending on the size of your case or box, you might be able to take a single wig onto a plane as your carry-on item.
Do you need a special carrying case to transport your wig or facial hair?
They’re very handy but they’re not absolutely necessary. The advantage of traveling with your wig head in a carrying case is that they’re designed to hold a wig in place, upright, during transport. You can achieve the same results with a small roller suitcase, large cardboard box or even a hatbox. Just make sure whatever you use is tall enough for the head to stay upright without smashing against the top – and deep enough so the wig isn’t getting flattened when the case is closed.
If you’re transporting more than one wig on a head, a large plastic tote is very handy. That’s how we travel with our stock of display wigs for events.
Pick one that has enough room for each wig, on the head, to be fully upright without touching the lid. Or, if you choose to lay your wigs on their back, make sure the tote is wide enough for the wig to lay without pressing against the sides.
The important thing is that your wig, on its head, is enclosed and protected from the hazards of travel.