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on Nov. 08, 2011 :
I just finished reading this book. I read it all in one sitting: it was easy to read and Lis managed to keep the topic of packing and planning entertaining enough to keep me reading.
First things first, this is a lot more than a "packing list". Although it does come with a few lists, it also comes with a philosophy to get you out of the mindset of taking things "just in case". If you think you need a huge backpack or suitcase and are already packing light, then read this and you'll know it's possible to pack lighter.
I am currently planning my first extended trip to Southeast Asia and found the advice about warm climate clothing and shoes particularly helpful (it covers colder climates too), and it was also good to know about the mosquito nets. Like Lis, I also work from my laptop on the road so I was also very interested to read the chapter on travel gadgets. True, I have read countless blogs and online articles on the topic already, but Lis really seems to "get it", and it's useful reading pretty much everything I needed in one place.
I am totally convinced that packing light is the way to go! And, although the author admitted she wasn't a fan of putting together detailed packing lists, I have just put mine together and am confident about ordering the smaller backpack I had my eye on now (32 litres).
Excellent for all kinds of travel, where you don't want your things to weigh you down physically and mentally.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on July 22, 2011 :
This book is a must for travellers everywhere. Nicely laid out, but more importantly, easy to read, Elisabeth Sowerbutts has managed to turn what could have been a dull and boring book about packing for vacations into a delightful read that will really open your eyes to all aspects of travel. Many of us fall into the trap of thinking there are no shops in the world, and that we must take everything we could possibly need for every eventuality, just in case. This is so not true as this wonderful vacation packing list points out in so many ways. This book is so much more than a simple packing list. This a well-thought out, thought-provoking book which really will save you a lot of hassle if the ideas within are implemented.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 18, 2011 :
Jam-packed with tips. I don't travel except for my trips home to visit the family, but the info will still be helpful for my next journey back home.
Some of the stuff could probably be better organized, but I appreciate the important bits repeated often enough that I won't miss them.
(reviewed the day of purchase)