How To Pack, a book review

The alternative title of this post could be “Things that I am easily amused by.”  Or “Things that put a smile on my face while I’ve been sick for two weeks and counting.”  Both would be true.  And after two weeks of being felled by a nasty cold, I’ll take any amusement that comes me way.

Another true story, I’m fascinated by luggage but, when I travel, I try to pack as simple and as light as possible.  Having said that, I’m always feeling like I’m running out of room in my carry-on bag.  So, when I had the chance to pick up and review “How To Pack” by Hitha Palepu, I figured that I couldn’t go wrong.

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Honestly, I think it’s a really cute book.  Well, booklet if you will.  The book isn’t very big, maybe 4×6″?  But it’s organized well.  The book is subdivided as:

  • Preparing for Takeoff, How to Pre-Pack
  • Ready to Wear, Choosing Clothes with Style
  • Secret Weapons, The Right Accessories Can Make Your Look
  • Pack Pretty, Toiletry Needs and Beauty Must-Haves
  • The Perfect Packing Lists
  • Putting It All Together, How to Pack for Maximum Space
  • Come Fly with Me, How to Survive and Thrive in the Airport and Beyond


I love the lists and the folding suggestions.  While I do keep my own packing list on a saved spreadsheet, Palepu’s list is still a great starting place.  Some readers may appreciate that there are 8 copies of the packing list at the back of the book that can be torn out without damaging the book.  And I can see myself using it for maybe short weekend trips.  Palepu also provides good reminders like “wear slip on shoes” when getting through the security line of an airport.


The book is aimed at trendy, jet-setting women.  There’s an illustration in the accessory section that shows three pairs of shoes (two of which are high heels) and two bags (one is an evening bag and one is a city tote).

I am not a trendy, jet-setting woman.  When I travel, I’m traveling a bit more for adventure.  Granted, they are still urban adventures and not hiking in remote mountains adventures, but I need more practical accessory suggestions like wind breakers and fleece jackets.

But overall?  I’m happy to have this book.  It’s fun.  And it’s giving me a little escape just by reading it while I’m stuck at home… sick.

Disclaimer – I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  I’m not getting paid for this post.  

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How To Pack, a book review

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