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It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here. When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination--and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort insp It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here. When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination--and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you're exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you'll learn about: - Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase - The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits - Folding versus Rolling: What's right for which items - Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great - The Packing Timeline: How to avoid "I'm forgetting something" syndrome - Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip


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It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here. When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination--and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort insp It's time to pack perfect. Every trip, every time. Your journey starts here. When you travel, the journey is just as important as the destination--and packing is the first step. In How to Pack, Hitha Palepu, a former consultant who has traveled more than 500,000 cumulative miles around the world, shows that what and how you pack are who you are. Confidence and comfort inspire success upon arrival, whether you're exploring a new city, hoping to nail a job interview, or relaxing on a beach. In How to Pack, you'll learn about: - Power Pieces vs. Fantasy Pieces: How clothing earns its place in your suitcase - The Accessory Math Secret: The precise formula for all you need to finish off your outfits - Folding versus Rolling: What's right for which items - Globetrotter Gorgeous: Editing your beauty routine while still looking great - The Packing Timeline: How to avoid "I'm forgetting something" syndrome - Pack Perfect Lists: Samples and blanks for any kind of trip

30 review for How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip

  1. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    So, I thought this book was cutely made, and it has a lot of info. If you are a seasoned traveler, you will prob find this book pointless. I, however, just started going on an annual summer vacay and will probably use this bad boy. There were some things that I found obvious, but overall pretty decent. Thanks Blogging for Books for the copy. Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20... So, I thought this book was cutely made, and it has a lot of info. If you are a seasoned traveler, you will prob find this book pointless. I, however, just started going on an annual summer vacay and will probably use this bad boy. There were some things that I found obvious, but overall pretty decent. Thanks Blogging for Books for the copy. Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    while this book may not be very long it is jam packed with so many awesome tips on how to minimize your packing needs. It is very easy to understand and even the biggest over packer can achieve it. I really recommend this book for anyone who loves to travel and has Questions on how to slim down your luggage issues. Less can DEFINITELY be better. I received this book from Bloggforbooks.com in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I don't have time to document everything I didn't like about this book. Generally, it should have been a magazine article or blog post. There isn't enough meaningful content for a book, so it's filled with meaningless content, like flow charts that don't need to be flow charts and extraneous steps in already silly procedures. It's also poorly written. It has moments where you expect helpfulness and get nothing. For example, there are product recommendations for low-risk basics like packing cubes I don't have time to document everything I didn't like about this book. Generally, it should have been a magazine article or blog post. There isn't enough meaningful content for a book, so it's filled with meaningless content, like flow charts that don't need to be flow charts and extraneous steps in already silly procedures. It's also poorly written. It has moments where you expect helpfulness and get nothing. For example, there are product recommendations for low-risk basics like packing cubes and nylon bags, but no product recommendation for a travel steamer, a more difficult purchase. How to Unpack Step 2: Remove your clothes from your suitcase, hanging them up and placing them in drawers. Remove your toiletries and arrange them in the bathroom. Who doesn't know that already? Isn't that essentially the definition of unpacking? I can't believe it's considered traveling smart to pack 8 sports bras - yes, sports bras - for a 10-day vacation to NYC, Philly, and DC. Four for a 5-day trip to Barbados. That's in addition to regular bras. I think traveling smart is bringing 1 sports bra and using the shampoo and bathroom sink to wash it. It'll have time to air dry before you need it again. Some of us tend to overestimate the time we'll spend exercising on vacation anyway. Too risky? Bring 2, not 8. And I don't agree with the recommendation to apply your facial mask before sleeping on the plane. I think traveling smart is hydrating your skin with a leave-on, invisible mask. You won't look silly; you don't risk transferring product onto the seat, your blanket and pillow, and your clothing while you sleep; and it saves a step-you don't have to wipe it off after. This could have been a helpful, pocket-sized guide that would have made a great graduation gift for someone just venturing out into the world, a promotion gift for a new business traveler, or stocking stuffer for the travel lover. But it's not. Save your money.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    Taking a trip? This book describes in detail how you can prepare for that trip. The cover of this book looks like a piece of luggage with name tag included, it fits easily into most purses and has wonderful information inside. This little book screams pick me up and look inside. So, I did. Since I don’t travel much this is a great reference book to have. I loved the fact that this book has visual aids to help me navigate my way in preparing for different types of trips. The book has several Pre-p Taking a trip? This book describes in detail how you can prepare for that trip. The cover of this book looks like a piece of luggage with name tag included, it fits easily into most purses and has wonderful information inside. This little book screams pick me up and look inside. So, I did. Since I don’t travel much this is a great reference book to have. I loved the fact that this book has visual aids to help me navigate my way in preparing for different types of trips. The book has several Pre-preparing pages for you to fill in the blanks as you get ready for your trip. She has a packing time line that is seven days out. The author mentions things to avoid like, “I’m forgetting something” syndrome. She has a test to find out what kind of packing personality you have. Fun to know, useful information in planning. A few of the visual aids I found helpful were the ones that included pictures of different pieces of luggage and which would be best for the trip you’d be making. I appreciated the visual on the carry-on crash course and the one on finding the right organizing accessories along with choosing clothes that will work for your trip. The author also talked about power pieces to mix and match. I thought the other topics were helpful too like how to pack and fold for maximum space; toiletry needs and beauty must haves, packing the in-flight bag and helping you navigate a security line like a pro. Then after your trip is said and done she talks about unpacking. This is for the frequent flyer as well as the beginner like me. This author packs a lot of information into the 114 pages. I look forward to using as my go to book in preparing for my next trip. The author thought of most everything so you don’t have to. It’s a win, win. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Blogging for books site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! www.bookfun.org The Book Club Network blog www.psalm516.blogspot.com Book Fun Magazine

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anke

    This was quite interesting. Although I already knew some of things she recommended, I still learned something new and the writing style was enjoyable. I bookmarked her blog.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    I like the mathematical equations for how many of each item you need to pack based on the number of days you will be gone. As a lover of lists I also love the list pages in the back of the book. While most of the book is really just basics that most people might be aware of (try to pack as many things that can be worn again to maximize your number of outfits with the fewest possible garments). Probably the best tip that I hadn't heard of before is to use a contact lens case for smaller quantities I like the mathematical equations for how many of each item you need to pack based on the number of days you will be gone. As a lover of lists I also love the list pages in the back of the book. While most of the book is really just basics that most people might be aware of (try to pack as many things that can be worn again to maximize your number of outfits with the fewest possible garments). Probably the best tip that I hadn't heard of before is to use a contact lens case for smaller quantities of certain types of lotions/eye creams. The case with the lotion can fit nicely in your carry on quart sized bag.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ann

    This book didn’t provide the cure to my chronic overpacking. It did mention a couple of brands of packing accessories that weren’t familiar to me and after looking at their websites, I might be investing in some of those.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    I am always on the lookout for books about how to improve my organizational skills, especially for traveling and packing. I liked the cute cover of this book. Inside you will find a variety of tips ranging from how to start packing to beauty tips before your trip, and how to organize your suitcase and what to bring. Although I would consider myself as an intermediate packer there were still a handful of good tips I would keep in mind. Do check out if you enjoy these types of books!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    My business travel days are over, but that of my children is just beginning. I figured this book might be good for the latter for business, and maybe help me pare down for my few travels. There are some good suggestions, but it is very female oriented (makeup, cosmetics, heels vs flats, types of bras, etc). I was also struck by the use of "hair ties" to hold rolled clothes and for another use or two, assuming everyone would have them on hand and need to be travelling with them. I liked the illus My business travel days are over, but that of my children is just beginning. I figured this book might be good for the latter for business, and maybe help me pare down for my few travels. There are some good suggestions, but it is very female oriented (makeup, cosmetics, heels vs flats, types of bras, etc). I was also struck by the use of "hair ties" to hold rolled clothes and for another use or two, assuming everyone would have them on hand and need to be travelling with them. I liked the illustrations from an artistic point of view, but they aren't as helpful, for me as photos or more detailed drawings from a packing and finding new assistive point of view. I have an important trip next month, and will put these suggestions to the test to see if it helps. Thanks to Blogging for books and the publisher for sending me my copy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Larissa Trisetyowati

    I supposed this book would’ve been beneficial for me if I done reading it couple years ago. Lost luggage, jetlag, doing the pack & roll combos, been there done that. After 3-4 times of long haul flights, you’ll come up with a good packing strategy/remedy that best suited for your own needs. One thing I found it useful and have never known is the part when the author gave tips on how to keep the clothes clean on the go. That I didn’t know. I supposed this book would’ve been beneficial for me if I done reading it couple years ago. Lost luggage, jetlag, doing the pack & roll combos, been there done that. After 3-4 times of long haul flights, you’ll come up with a good packing strategy/remedy that best suited for your own needs. One thing I found it useful and have never known is the part when the author gave tips on how to keep the clothes clean on the go. That I didn’t know.

  11. 5 out of 5

    C.E. Hart

    How To Pack is a practical little hardback handbook to help your travels go more smoothly. I love traveling, and do it fairly often, and I learned some tips I hadn’t thought of before. The hardcover is adorable, appearing like a piece of luggage and the luggage tag displays the title. It’s slightly padded and has a nice leathery feel, making it a neat gift for a friend who is going on a trip. Traveling smart can make or break a trip. It is frustrating to get where you’re going and not have what yo How To Pack is a practical little hardback handbook to help your travels go more smoothly. I love traveling, and do it fairly often, and I learned some tips I hadn’t thought of before. The hardcover is adorable, appearing like a piece of luggage and the luggage tag displays the title. It’s slightly padded and has a nice leathery feel, making it a neat gift for a friend who is going on a trip. Traveling smart can make or break a trip. It is frustrating to get where you’re going and not have what you need, so the checklists and packing tips in this book come in handy—such as rolling or folding clothing. Personally, I’m not a big fan of rolling my clothes, and like using various sized packing bags, and I unpack as soon as I get to my destination to eliminate or lessen clothing wrinkles. The beginning of the book includes diagrams to help you identify your packing personality (which might be helpful to some.) And provides corresponding tips and methods to lessen your trip preparations. I didn’t really fit into any of the four personalities. I guess I’m fairly organized already, but I still gained some valuable information. How To Pack shares simple but useful tips to lessen the chances of forgetting something, avoid messy spills, etc. for future travels. Cover: Love Title: Like Pages: 128 Publisher: Clarkson Potter ISBN: 978-1101905647 I received a complimentary copy from BloggingForBooks.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog

    This was the perfect little book about packing. It was very straight-forward and included all sorts of lists and diagrams for ease of use. I think that it is a very cool idea to have a book about packing and this came to me right after I went on a trip and so I got to see all the things I did wrong, but it all made sense. Palepu laid everything out in a very logical manner and although she talks a lot about business travel, I think that a lot of it can be adapted to vacations as well. I think tha This was the perfect little book about packing. It was very straight-forward and included all sorts of lists and diagrams for ease of use. I think that it is a very cool idea to have a book about packing and this came to me right after I went on a trip and so I got to see all the things I did wrong, but it all made sense. Palepu laid everything out in a very logical manner and although she talks a lot about business travel, I think that a lot of it can be adapted to vacations as well. I think that packing for a professional trip would actually be a lot easier for me than vacation packing but Palpeu seems to get A LOT of use out of everything she packs and that is where I would be lacking. She gives great advice and even informs the reader about suitcases and the best ones for different circumstances. It was a very helpful read even though I did not need it in my immediate future, I think next time I take a trip I will be referring back for sure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I am not one who travels a lot (sadly, I wish I traveled more), but when I do I tend to overpack out of fear of forgetting something. This book, How to Pack, is a quick reference guide to packing and planning out what to pack. Check out my full review on my blog For the Love of Words.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    This book is chock full of actionable tips, packing lists, formulas, and gorgeous illustrations to boot. I picked it up just before a combined work/personal weeklong trip, and I'm glad I did. This is a great addition to your bookcase whether you're an infrequent traveler or a frequent flier.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    not any new information for a seasoned traveler

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sophia Exintaris

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. how I felt reading this: exhausted. (Sorry!!) Worth reading if you genuinely have never travelled before. Enjoyable quick read, and good advice. (Key items right below (spoiler alert). But it made me feel so very tired!! Especially the "how to repack" bit. Some common sense advice: - make a packing list starting with planning outfits around the itinerary. - have a toiletry kit always packed. Use miniatures. Remember the 100ml / 1L rule. - have electronics stuff always packed. This includes a car c how I felt reading this: exhausted. (Sorry!!) Worth reading if you genuinely have never travelled before. Enjoyable quick read, and good advice. (Key items right below (spoiler alert). But it made me feel so very tired!! Especially the "how to repack" bit. Some common sense advice: - make a packing list starting with planning outfits around the itinerary. - have a toiletry kit always packed. Use miniatures. Remember the 100ml / 1L rule. - have electronics stuff always packed. This includes a car charger if you'll be travelling by car at any point. And I will add my own: - lay out those outfits by day to see if you have the right things and pick the right accessories. Hoping you'll match "all your power pieces" is where I have gone wrong my entire life. - fuck travel wallets. Between checkin and boarding, keep your passport and boarding card (or phone) in the outside pocket of your in-flight bag. Where your phone is likely to also reside for the day. - keep a pouch of in-flight stuff (eye mask, lip balm, hand cream, audio splitter, headphones, kleenex, ...) always ready to go. Slip in your ipad before the flight. Sort of enjoyed reading it, but my only takeaway was that you can roll trousers and tees together as outfits. Though this conflicts with packing cubes... I also adore dresses, whereas the author worships trousers. So we'll always pack differently. Who am I? Well I haven't lived out of a suitcase for work. Ever. I travel for leisure and have done since I was 6 months old, about 38 years ago. I started packing on my own at the age of 10, and I've been on more than 50 trips in the past 10 years alone. The craziest one of which involved one week at a tropical +25C, and the next week (same suitcase), at -15C. Which was on the back of (fly in friday night fly out saturday morning) an emergency week-long visit to family with +10C. It all went flawlessly. I routinely go away for two to three weeks in the summer and do several long weekends a year. It's a very different packing style to Hitha's (she packs a workout outfit / day, I pack a towel and swimsuit) and I think that while her advice does carry across, it is most definitely better suited to business travel or very short breaks (3 days, 5 days...).

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    This review originally published in in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5 I enjoy traveling but I know that I can be an over-packer. I tend to jump on Google the night before a trip, search for packing lists, print three or four and then randomly fill my suitcases and check things off the lists. Not exactly efficient. So when I saw this book available, complete with lists for various types of travel, I was eager to take a look. I should mention that I am male. That doesn't seem like it should This review originally published in in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 3.0 of 5 I enjoy traveling but I know that I can be an over-packer. I tend to jump on Google the night before a trip, search for packing lists, print three or four and then randomly fill my suitcases and check things off the lists. Not exactly efficient. So when I saw this book available, complete with lists for various types of travel, I was eager to take a look. I should mention that I am male. That doesn't seem like it should be important, but it is. Nowhere does this say "For the Savvy Woman Traveler" or "For Women" or any sort of gender-identifying terms. I read the introduction and thought only, "This woman seems to do a lot of traveling, she probably has some great insight." And up through the first 30 pages (which is almost a quarter of the book) everything seemed really straight-forward and some good tips on selecting the type of suitcase for the type of traveling (I'd never given this much thought). And then she starts to get a little more specific, talking about the type of hair-dryer to pack, the sort of jewelry case to use, and the kind of makeup case that is most effective. Well...okay...not a big deal. The variation for men, with what kind of razor to bring and so forth will be a few pages later. Right? Um... Bras, skirts, dresses, jumpsuits. Scarves and leggings. Makeup, bobby pins, hair-bands. Cocktail dresses and skinny jeans. Where is the list for the male traveler? What kind of casual shoes should I be packing? How many ties and what colors? It is okay that this list, this book, is for women. I just wish it had told me that. Somewhere. Anywhere. There are things I can adapt for my traveling (rolling and folding, for instance) but there are just as many things that don't apply to me at all while tips that might help the man aren't to be found. What I had hoped to be a useful book proved to be not so. Looking for a good book? How to Pack by Hitha Palepu is a useful 'how-to' book for women, but leaves the male traveler out in the cold. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through Blogging For Books, in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I'm about to head out on an oversees trip and packing is always a source of anxiety and worry for me before big trips like this. So I was very happy to see this title among the Library's new books and checked it out straightaway. This compact little book is full of lots of practical advice for efficient, hassle-free packing and includes blank packing lists at the end to photocopy and have on hand for future trips. I took lots of notes and really needed the sample packing lists. I still need to car I'm about to head out on an oversees trip and packing is always a source of anxiety and worry for me before big trips like this. So I was very happy to see this title among the Library's new books and checked it out straightaway. This compact little book is full of lots of practical advice for efficient, hassle-free packing and includes blank packing lists at the end to photocopy and have on hand for future trips. I took lots of notes and really needed the sample packing lists. I still need to carefully consider and plan what clothing I will pack, as my wardrobe is not as well-defined and composed as the author's own wardrobe seems. She's made suggestions for packing accessories which I will use, but I would have loved a resource lists for purchasing recommended travel bags and accessories, including both high-end and more affordable pieces. I also will not create a packing station in my home, as she suggests, but I do like her forward-thinking in having everything I use each time I travel well-supplied and ready at hand. This was a quick read and will help me plan my packing more efficiently and less stressfully. I'd recommend this book to anyone who travels, whether on a fairly regular basis or only rarely. This review also appears on my library's staff blog here.

  19. 4 out of 5

    H

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Beautifully designed & illustrated, but where the pictures are meant to demonstrate how to fold etc. they fall short. Folding a jacket is unfathomable, even after looking at the video on Hitha’s website frame by frame, it needs breaking down more slowly into the various steps. Agree with other reviews on where the book is lacking - assumes travel is to cosmopolitan cities and hotels with laundry services and shops; someone could write a better version that outlines how to pack for other scenarios Beautifully designed & illustrated, but where the pictures are meant to demonstrate how to fold etc. they fall short. Folding a jacket is unfathomable, even after looking at the video on Hitha’s website frame by frame, it needs breaking down more slowly into the various steps. Agree with other reviews on where the book is lacking - assumes travel is to cosmopolitan cities and hotels with laundry services and shops; someone could write a better version that outlines how to pack for other scenarios. In the book’s favour, as an already highly organised packer, I did pick up some tips and ideas. I “Febreze” at home; now I’ll be decanting some to pack! Didn’t know folding boards existed - will be giving that a try! Hitha’s packing lists will enhance my own version; where hers fall short, mine fill the gap and vice versa. If the book is intended to help comprehensively, the list itself needs to prompt the packer to qualify and quantify their toiletries and medication tailored to each trip (the same as it does for clothes) - just having a ‘grab & go’ wash bag is asking for trouble... Some of the pages felt like filler; if I buy a book on packing, I can do without jet lag tips, and airport/flying advice. More lost luggage contingency tips would have been welcome; I like the tip to photograph your case before checking it in!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    There were some clever, interesting, and helpful suggestions in this book, but I must confess, I didn’t find it useful in the ways I had hoped to. Hitha Palepu clearly works in a more formal setting than I do, and as a consequence is comfortable in different clothing — I don’t own a blazer, a chic day dress, nor a pair of walkable ballet flats (although not for lack of trying with the shoes!). Additionally, she recommends a lot of gear specifically for travelling. I applaud her choices, as the p There were some clever, interesting, and helpful suggestions in this book, but I must confess, I didn’t find it useful in the ways I had hoped to. Hitha Palepu clearly works in a more formal setting than I do, and as a consequence is comfortable in different clothing — I don’t own a blazer, a chic day dress, nor a pair of walkable ballet flats (although not for lack of trying with the shoes!). Additionally, she recommends a lot of gear specifically for travelling. I applaud her choices, as the pieces she recommends are great, but I neither travel enough nor have enough storage space to make that a practical option. I got this book out of the library when I most needed guidance on clothes for a hot location trip that wasn’t all by the pool or in a restaurant, and didn’t find my needs met. I expect that I could have adapted her guidelines and lists to my preferred style and had a successful outcome for many trips, but I haven’t had a chance yet. Worth borrowing from the library, but you could also get many of the same tips from the internet (including Palepu’s own website). Edited to add: counting this towards my 2018 Popsugar reading challenge under the heading "book by an author of a different ethnicity than you".

  21. 5 out of 5

    Riah

    Sometimes I read what are essentially the self help versions of microhistories. I'm always hoping that by reading a whole book about an incredibly specific topic, I will learn something new and interesting and feel like I'm better at that thing. Unfortunately, this book did not do that. It didn't teach me anything new or neat, and so unless you really feel like you're a total disaster at packing, I would definitely not recommend this. Basically, it's common sense, with an awkward number of recom Sometimes I read what are essentially the self help versions of microhistories. I'm always hoping that by reading a whole book about an incredibly specific topic, I will learn something new and interesting and feel like I'm better at that thing. Unfortunately, this book did not do that. It didn't teach me anything new or neat, and so unless you really feel like you're a total disaster at packing, I would definitely not recommend this. Basically, it's common sense, with an awkward number of recommendations for very specific products and routines that I could see working for her but not for other people. She also suggests bringing a truly absurd number of sports bras (literally more than I own) for every single trip, regardless of personal preferences (or the acknowledgment that not everyone even wears bras), which is bonkers. Plan ahead and choose pieces you can mix with each other. If you can do that, don't bother reading this.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bonita

    Nicely put together with good information and thoughtful suggestions, such as guidelines for paring down on longer journeys. I had already implemented a few tips (like packing cubes - how did I ever live without them?) but there were tons of helpful guidelines and even a printable packing list. For those of us who have felt overwhelmed standing in front of our closets, or have a tendency to overpack, or forget to pack underwear, Hitha has words of wisdom and/or a plan. Her basic philosophy of pac Nicely put together with good information and thoughtful suggestions, such as guidelines for paring down on longer journeys. I had already implemented a few tips (like packing cubes - how did I ever live without them?) but there were tons of helpful guidelines and even a printable packing list. For those of us who have felt overwhelmed standing in front of our closets, or have a tendency to overpack, or forget to pack underwear, Hitha has words of wisdom and/or a plan. Her basic philosophy of packing what you feel good wearing, classic pieces that you can easily mix & match and change up with accessories seems like a winner. I will be following this formula on an upcoming 18-day trip, and I already feel less stressed about what I’m going to put into my carry on & how I’ll organize my travel bag.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mugren Ohaly

    The tone comes off as condescending. She tells us how much to pack of every item, but there's no way that you can fit it into a small carry-on, which is all she seems to talk about. Also, most of the tips are targeted at women (what clothes to wear, what make-up to pack, what kind of bag to take on the plane along with your carry-on). Finally, the how-to-fold section along with all her other tips on packing can easily be found on the internet for free. So why does she get to publish a book on how The tone comes off as condescending. She tells us how much to pack of every item, but there's no way that you can fit it into a small carry-on, which is all she seems to talk about. Also, most of the tips are targeted at women (what clothes to wear, what make-up to pack, what kind of bag to take on the plane along with your carry-on). Finally, the how-to-fold section along with all her other tips on packing can easily be found on the internet for free. So why does she get to publish a book on how to pack? I can't get over the fact that she expects people to pack their clothes 4 days before a trip. Do people have spare clothes that they can wear while the rest of their wardrobe is all packed in a suitcase?!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    It's a small, visually pretty book. If u can get it form the library and have a trip coming up, you might find a tip or two you would find helpful. As someone with severe dietary restrictions, it was kind of annoying to have the author tell me I shouldn't bring one of the few items I am allowed to eat in a plane (I.e., all nuts). I was on a flight earlier this week. Southwest is still giving out peanuts (sprayed with goop, so I'm not allowed to eat them anyhow). In all my years of flying, there's It's a small, visually pretty book. If u can get it form the library and have a trip coming up, you might find a tip or two you would find helpful. As someone with severe dietary restrictions, it was kind of annoying to have the author tell me I shouldn't bring one of the few items I am allowed to eat in a plane (I.e., all nuts). I was on a flight earlier this week. Southwest is still giving out peanuts (sprayed with goop, so I'm not allowed to eat them anyhow). In all my years of flying, there's only been one time where anyone had a serious nut allergy--and I got the flight attendant to give me a free bag of chips in recompense as there was nothing else I could eat.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mkb

    Perhaps this is more useful to people who are a bit anxious about packing? Seemed pretty straightforward. The only thing that struck me as weird was that the author totally describes a minimalist, one carry-on approach to packing but then puts in 2 workout pants, 4 workout tops and 4 sports bras in a suitcase for a five day trip. How on earth is there room for five days of clothes and everything else in addition? Also, all the examples in the book are directed to women (kind of like Marie Kondo' Perhaps this is more useful to people who are a bit anxious about packing? Seemed pretty straightforward. The only thing that struck me as weird was that the author totally describes a minimalist, one carry-on approach to packing but then puts in 2 workout pants, 4 workout tops and 4 sports bras in a suitcase for a five day trip. How on earth is there room for five days of clothes and everything else in addition? Also, all the examples in the book are directed to women (kind of like Marie Kondo's book which was also speaking to women). I think men pack and organize too. I guess the authors and publishers guessed that guys might do those things but they would not read books about them?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Medjie Sophie

    Reading this book was like reading a blog. It indeed had some great tips but basically nothing I didn't know. the author talks about the brands that she likes be it about the luggage she uses or whatever gadgets she brings onboard. Id say that this book is more designed for Single professional females who are about to embark on their first business trips. There are things that she put that just didn't make sense. A laundry/clothes folder on a trip?! for real?! and who brings a clothes steamer wh Reading this book was like reading a blog. It indeed had some great tips but basically nothing I didn't know. the author talks about the brands that she likes be it about the luggage she uses or whatever gadgets she brings onboard. Id say that this book is more designed for Single professional females who are about to embark on their first business trips. There are things that she put that just didn't make sense. A laundry/clothes folder on a trip?! for real?! and who brings a clothes steamer while travelling!? pick it up if it's your first time travelling but many of those tips are found online in blogs or a 10 minute YouTube video.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sejal

    I’m a flight attendant but still a terrible packer. I follow Hitha on IG and had seen book for around so I gave it a read. It’s super short and easy to read but to be honest the first time I read it, I skimmed it, I didn’t take notes nor did I think I gained much from it. But then I had to pack for wedding combined with a two day trip and I found myself reaching for the book for packing tips. I haven’t done a list yet but my shoes are now on the bottom of my bag and I felt packing was easier tha I’m a flight attendant but still a terrible packer. I follow Hitha on IG and had seen book for around so I gave it a read. It’s super short and easy to read but to be honest the first time I read it, I skimmed it, I didn’t take notes nor did I think I gained much from it. But then I had to pack for wedding combined with a two day trip and I found myself reaching for the book for packing tips. I haven’t done a list yet but my shoes are now on the bottom of my bag and I felt packing was easier than expected. I have a good feeling to come back feeling better prepared as well. If you have a trip coming up, procrastinate your packing by giving this book a read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    This is the best advice I have seen on packing by far. Since a large part of my life involves packing and travel, I'm always looking for ways to do it more efficiently. I have read countless articles, blog posts, and books on the subject. The information about how to choose and store things in your suitcase is very helpful, but even better it the author's approach to preparation and conclusion. She covers thinking through what you need before you begin, pre-packing, packing, unpacking at your lo This is the best advice I have seen on packing by far. Since a large part of my life involves packing and travel, I'm always looking for ways to do it more efficiently. I have read countless articles, blog posts, and books on the subject. The information about how to choose and store things in your suitcase is very helpful, but even better it the author's approach to preparation and conclusion. She covers thinking through what you need before you begin, pre-packing, packing, unpacking at your location, repacking, and unpacking at home. In unpacking at home, she includes evaluating what worked and what didn't work, as well as setting things up so that packing next time will be easier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ardi

    Browsing through Fullybooked with no agenda aside from checking out the P50 sales, this triggered my attention when I caught pass it looking for books in the travel section. I picked it up since I have a trip coming up, and as an over-packer - this might ease the load. I was able to read it in 30 minutes, as though it had some helpful tips, it's nothing that you wouldn't find online, really. It's a compilation of blog notes in hard-cover book form. Not worth the money, for sure, but something th Browsing through Fullybooked with no agenda aside from checking out the P50 sales, this triggered my attention when I caught pass it looking for books in the travel section. I picked it up since I have a trip coming up, and as an over-packer - this might ease the load. I was able to read it in 30 minutes, as though it had some helpful tips, it's nothing that you wouldn't find online, really. It's a compilation of blog notes in hard-cover book form. Not worth the money, for sure, but something that someone might find novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Molloy

    This book is fantastic and is ideal for anyone who travels. I am an extremely organized person and I always look forward to packing. After reading this book, I'm not just looking forward to packing, I'm excited about it. How to Pack doesn't just give you the tools and tips you'll need for every trip. It also reminds you that packing doesn't need to be something to dread or hate, and that it can actually be quite fun.

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