What you see there does not include my computer, cameras, associated wires and jewelry.
...and yes, I can easily close the suitcase without busting any zippers.
I think the only reason this was possible is because I'll be staying with my sister so I didn't have to bring any excessive toiletries, like hair products, curling iron, shower gel, etc. Otherwise, one tub of moisturizer and I would have had to check my luggage (no big liquids allowed). Also, my mom is an expert packer so I learned a few tricks from her. The most important being rolling clothing istead of folding.
So there you have it. I'm leaving Monday, my packing trial was a success and now I can rest a bit easier.
Any packing tips you'd like to share?