My mother in law reccommended packing using "Space Bags" since you can get so much more space out of your luggage and I just have to say that I am loving this idea!
I am a notorious over-packer. No matter how I try to quell my desire to haul my entire wardrobe cross-country,I just hate feeling unprepared while on vacation. I always come home with a suitcase full of unworn, but still needing to be washed clothes! With a child now, my problem has doubled!
Anyway, with so many restrictions on how many bags one can tote on an airplane, and having now to juggle a toddler (and car seat, blankies, books, and strollers) on our excursions, the Space Bag is SO the way to get all our stuff in one medium-sized suitcase.
I bought two packages of medium-sized bags (four bags total) from Target for like $8 each and that was more than enough for our family. Sure enough, I just vaccuumed the air right out, but if you don't have a vvaccuum (like at a hotel) you can just roll out the excess air and plug it up just the same!
I am so excited, I am bloggin about it. How lame. Furthermore,I am not even getting paid to write this. Just one mom sharing a tip that worked for her!
Next time you travel.. invest the money and you so won't be sorry.