A few years ago a purchased some packing organizers and I really like them. I have a small zippered mesh bag that holds all the lingerie and a garment folder that I use for the rest of my clothing. I make sure that my clean clothes don't come in contact with my shoes. (Think about how many different, "foreign" surfaces your shoes come in contact with especially when you're traveling. I use a disinfectant wipe on the soles before putting them in the suitcase.) While my shirts don't stay completely wrinkle-free, they're in better shape than they would be if I rolled them up.
Styling tools for my hair present a bit of problem especially since I recently changed my hairstyle and now use a massive round brush while drying it. I always count on the hotel on having a hair dryer and if for some reason I think I'm going to want to curl my hair... well, that would be a longer stay than a carry-on can support.
While searching online for the right type of tissue paper to use for packing, heavier weight, acid-free, etc, I found this article called "The Fine Art of Packing". It's a short read containing tips from some of the butler staff at a fine London hotel. I especially like that they wrap your lingerie in tissue and wrap it with a pretty ribbon. Wouldn't it be lovely to open your suitcase at the other end and see that attention to detail?
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- visit some of these sites to find packing lists that work for you. Print out a list or make your own and keep with your suitcase.