Love it or loathe it packing is something that has to be done before every trip. It’s also something that most people normally agonize about and in the end over pack. When I’m asked for travel advice and tips one of the first things I always mention is to pack light. I tell people nothing is more annoying then having to deal with and transporting a huge piece of luggage around the world. I myself backpack around the world with carry on only and am always asked how I do it. Well now when I am asked I will guide them to my friend Ali’s eBook: Packing Made Simple: a simple guide to packing light.
I met Ali through the travel blogging community over 4 years ago and have been good friends ever since then. She is the writer behind the blogs Ali’s Adventure and Travel Made Simple. She’s been in love with travel since she was 14 years old and visited every continent before her 30th birthday. She’s created this book to help others learn from her mistakes and also make travel a more enjoyable experience by traveling light. She released this book a little over a month ago and I let her know I’d love to review it and share it with all of you. So here are my thoughts.
At 43 pages Ali manages to pack in (get it?) everything you need to know about packing light. While reading Packing Made Simple, you will learn:
- How to pack for your next trip
- How to downsize and travel carry-on only
- How to pack light even when you need to carry a checked bag
- What you can’t pack in carry-on luggage and what non-liquid alternatives are available
- Packing tips that make travel easier
- How to choose carry-on luggage
With years of travel experience under her belt you get a real sense that she knows exactly what she is talking about. She goes into great detail in helping the reader achieve the goal of packing light whether they’re a newbie or a seasoned traveller. She understands that carry on isn’t for everyone, but clearly gives you the benefits of what traveling light gives you. She even gives you tips to packing light with checked bags. The book also gives you information on restrictions airlines place on carry-on and what not to pack in your carry-on. That is very important to know because the last thing you want is to have problems at the airport when you arrive and have to end up checking in your bag for something that can’t be carried on.
My favorite part of the entire book is the suggested packing list. Oh how I love reading and seeing what other people pack for their trips around the world or vacations (I’ll be sharing mine Thursday). She gives you her standard packing list that obviously changes a bit depending on the weather of the destination. Some of the items apply to women, but if you are a man you just simply ignore and add the things you need. This is also where I found out that she does know what she is talking about, because her suggest packing list includes jeans. Oh yes… no packing list is complete without JEANS. Many will tell you not to bring them because they are heavier and take longer to dry and so on, but trust her when she says bring your jeans. I’m a huge advocate of bringing jeans with you no matter where you are going to travel.
In the end Ali does an amazing job at making something that most people get overwhelmed with simple. If you have ever stressed over packing for a trip this book is for you and will help you make it simple.
You can purchase Packing Made Simple: a simple guide to packing light on Amazon for the small price of $2.99.
I was sent a copy of the book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.