“How to Pack” book review

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

I’ve read Hitha on the Go, the author’s blog, for a couple years, so when I saw her new book available for review it was an obvious choice. On first impression, this is a book I would cuddle with: it has a puffy cover, and the “stitching” is textured. The paper the pages are made from is nice and heavy. But we don’t buy books solely to cuddle, so how about what’s inside?

Review of "How to Pack" by Hitha Palepu

What’s inside is a concise guide to choosing what to pack, choosing the luggage to pack it into, and doing the actual packing and traveling. It’s full of common-sense advice that isn’t necessarily obvious, especially if you’re a novice air traveler. Here’s the table of contents:

"How to Pack" table of contents

You could certainly find a lot of the information online – a lot of it is on the author’s blog, in fact – but you would also spend hours scouring the internet to find everything that’s in this book. (I know because I’ve done it.) You can finish this book in about an hour, so I think the book beats the internet in efficiency and presentation here.

The “ready to wear” section, in particular, beats the advice you commonly find online. A lot of packing advice out there focuses first on choosing clothes that can be combined with pretty much everything else in your suitcase, with whether you actually like those clothes being secondary (if it’s considered at all). Hitha’s advice is to first consider what clothing you wear all the time at home, and then build your travel wardrobe around those items.

“Putting it all together”, though the shortest section, might also be the most helpful. Do you fold or roll your clothes, and what’s the best order to pack things in? I thought I was pretty good at this, but there were still a few tips in this section I hadn’t thought of.

How to Pack‘s strongest point is that Hitha sticks to her own expertise – frequent air travel, mostly for business. If you travel by plane at least a few times a year and aren’t completely satisfied with your packing routine, this book is for you.

This is also the book’s main weakness, though – it doesn’t really, as the subtitle suggests, cover any trip. I would say about half the sections are relevant to any trip; the other half are either specific to air travel, or the advice in the them would need to be modified to apply to car travel. So if your travel is mainly road trips, this book will probably only be helpful to you if you need help figuring out what to put inside your suitcase.

If you’re interested in buying How to Pack, the cover thumbnail below will take you to the Amazon page (affiliate link):

 

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11 Comment

  1. What a great book! I could definitely use it!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      And only $8 now…fyi!

  2. Might have to look into this book!! I’m not an efficient packer at all!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      If you need efficiency it would definitely help!

  3. my husband and I have battles about packing! I may have to get this for him
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      It would be a good subtle hint 😉

  4. This sounds like an interesting read!

    I’m not any good at following packing lists – but I always make my own to suit what I need!
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      The packing “lists” in this book are more like guidelines for making your own. I’m with you though – I would still have to alter them a bit to be *just right*!

  5. Interesting! I don’t do a lot of air travel, but it’s frustrating….I always try to have a change of clothes in my carry-on (but try to avoid checking luggage if possible). UGH.

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      That change of clothes is important!

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