This instructable couldn't have come at a better time for me, as I am off to England on Friday. However, I had already actually packed my suitcase - but - being eager to explain how I did it, I tossed everything out of my suitcase onto the bed and started again - just for you!
I tried to pack light, but don't think it worked that well, as I travelling across two seasons. It's warmish now, but will be cold by the beginning of November when I come back to the States..
Step 1: My secret to packing a suitcase
I must admit I am not the greatest folder up of clothes, etc., that's not my style. Therefore, I have gathered together over the past couple of years some of those little zip up mesh bags that are especially designed to pack your clothes, shoes, and things in. I use these for everything, and fold as best I can - and it works. Everything is kept neat - and unpacking is also made easy. You can buy these individually or in sets, and sometimes pick them up at the thrift store.
Step 2: Pack it in!
Some of the bags are drawstring bags - and these are very good for shoes. Why do shoes take up so much room!? I am taking three extra pairs.
The staunch walking shoe
The frivolous Sandal
and - the very posh strappy shoe - hey you never know!
Each pair will go in its own drawstring bag, which actually has a picture of a pair of shoes on it!
Step 3: Keep on sorting and folding
Necessary items must be packed, like underwear, socks, nightwear, etc.
I love the way that when I fold everything up (sort of) and shove into the mesh bags, everything gets flattened down without any effort on my part. I love these bags. Some of them have pictures of what you should put inside them - but you can ignore that - unless it suits you.