I packed yesterday/evening/this morning. I pack much more betterer if I have a list. I make a list of the thing I'll need to bring, especially when the things I need to pack are things I cannot pack until right when we leave, like my chargers and toothbrush and pillow and that sort of thing. Shoes, etc.
I didn't have enough time last night to make the list early enough to pack with it, but basically packed everything I wouldn't be able to buy when I was there, i.e. chargers, audio/electronic stuff. Also anything that cannot go on a plane in a bag that isn't checked luggage. Since I'm driving back from vacation, it's no big deal, but I sent my big luggage with the first caravan this morning. I realized I had packed a few things I should have kept to bring with me when I came, but they were things I wouldn't want to have to explain to security at the airport. I know that sounds really shady, but, for example, I have a radio transmitter for my car so I can listen to my MP3 player while I'm driving. Most people have one they plug into the device and play through the tape deck, but since I don't have a tape deck, that's out. The transmitter plugs into the cigarette lighter and has a cord that plugs into the MP3 player with twelve frequencies that match to certain high/low frequency radio stations that you can tune the radio to. Basic, I know, because Belkin sells a battery powered one with only two settings, and it's CRAP with a capital K. As simple technology as that is, it does look rather intimidating, because it has a LCD display and a fuse, etc. Since I've also got a one-way ticket, there are no further reasons to get myself searched: I'm not checking any luggage, I've got a one-way ticket, and I've got a bunch of electronics... IT'S BECAUSE I'M GOING ON VACATION!!! Whatever. We have to be there so early anyway, I don't want to delay our arrival to our gate.
So here's how I pack. I wash EVERYTHING I have, fold the clothes and categorize them: shirts, undershirts, collared shirts, shorts, gym shorts, sleep clothes, etc. Then I start throwing them into the suitcase (there's a procedure involving ziplock bags and forcing air out, that has a strange resemblance to the vacuum-packed bags in the infomercials, but since I'm not going to buy one of those, we save money and space in the suitcase by doing it with freezer bags), and the clothes that I don't wear as much don't get into the bag until everything else of importance does. Then it's a sudden death elimination of what other semi-nonimportant things I can fit in around the necessary things. I always pack to the brim...
That is all. Packing and I have a love hate relationship, but they both go the same way: if I have the time enough, I systematically pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff); if I DON'T have enough time, I frantically pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff). So basically I always pack everything I own (and some of other people's stuff).