Yes. How do you get everything you need into your suitcase? First of all, do you need everything? You won’t need a coat if you’re going to the beach, obviously. But do you really need 6 pairs of shoes for a weekend trip? To paraphrase what they say at the buffet: Take all you need, but use all you take.
Suitcases come in all sizes, weights and wheels. Most of them are expandable, too. So you can stuff right up to the weight limit.
There are many, many web sites that address packing issues, and I don’t want to re-invent the wheel. See this site. It pretty much sums it up for me. Rolling, bundling and packing cubes.
I would like to talk about packing cubes. I have had compression packs in the past. They’re ok, but with expandable suitcases I don’t feel they’re valuable. Also they don’t remove any weight, which is my main concern.
I recently bought Eagle Creek packing cubes. I bought the set made from lightweight fabric, so I add as little weight as possible. Wow, do I love these things! Now I know right where my socks and underwear are. I don’t have to take everything out of my suitcase to find something. And, as an added bonus, Eagle Creek put large letters on the outside of the cube so you won’t mistake the extra- small size for the medium size. Hm.
My advice: use packing cubes. Don’t be surprised by your suitcase!