A few years ago, I needed a new suitcase. Stupid me didn't think to take measurements of my old suitcase before leaving to shop, so I went to the store and bought a suitcase that I thought was a "good" size. When I brought it home, my boyfriend made fun of me for the monstrosity of a suitcase I bought. I still didn't think it was that big until I put it next to my old one. Yeah, it was pretty much ginormous. In fact, it was so big, I expected my makeup bag and purse to start orbiting around it.
While I "thought" I needed a new suitcases, I had a couple of carry on bags that I deemed too small, which is what sent me shopping in the the first place, but if only I had seen this video first... this guy from packinglight.com fit 16 garments into a carry on bag and has some great tips! So if you're traveling for the holidays, I hope you can find his tips helpful and hopefully you won't have to pay that "excess baggage fee" that I got dinged with!