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The Packing Book: Secrets of the Carry-on Traveler

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  138 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Fully updated for the 21st-century traveler, this definitive packing guide will empower overpackers to throw down their brick-like suitcases and become carry-on pros. The Packing Book reveals the secrets of packing efficiently, with time-saving tips, techniques, and technologies. Packing consultant Judith Gilford describes her famed Bundle Method step by step, so that ever ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Ten Speed Press (first published 1994)
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Karen Guszkowski
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ann Dempsey
Recommended to Karen by: library
Packing light is the way to go!
Jan 22, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-yourself
While this book is quite a bit dated in spots (camera and electronics info were the obvious worst offenders but the butane curling iron was a nightmare inducting flashback too), it still holds up as a very in-depth, self explanatory resource for packing. It held your hand through everything - even the things that experienced travelers take for granted and forget to explain to newbies. “The Bundle” packing method sounded like a trip so I tried it and while it is not my favorite option it did get ...more
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
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May 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: travel
I picked this up at the library before a trip. It has a lot of good lists and tips - though sometimes the sheer volume of lists make you realize wow, I really don't need to pack that much stuff, that helps me pack less just looking at it.

I haven't decided if I will try her bundle method or just stick to rolling clothes. I will definitely continue to try to pack less on every trip. I will also look for more travel worthy fabrics when I can. I have packing cubes that I just got and LOVE, and the s
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read the first edition of this book (1994) so obviously the mention of things like film canisters etc was a bit out of date but overall I found it a good book! As someone who has done 2 week trips overseas with only a standard sized backpack, and not wished for anything more than what I packed, I still found it a good read with lots of valuable advice, it's easy enough to skip the bits that don't apply to me (men's/kids/teen pack lists) and so you won't spend too long reading it. Which is good ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
I've traveled quite a bit in my life and I enjoy packing. So it's weird that I would pick this up at the library. However, I am a chronic overpacker and with my upcoming trip, I will be testing out her bundle method.

I found some good tips though I knew most of it. It has a lot of resources listed, which could be useful for new travelers who are clueless on where to start, what to look for, etc.
Feb 25, 2016 added it
I couldn't even finish this book - it had more value as entertainment than usefulness. Really? I could take a long t-shirt to use as a swimsuit cover up, a bathrobe, to sleep in or even as a dress with a belt. Are we in the 80's? And apparently we are becoming more casual these days, and men may be able to get away without a sport coat, at least in cities? If I packed the bare minimum this book suggests I need, it would be way more than I already pack. Not useful at all. ...more
Jul 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up out of curiosity, and didn't expect to get much out of it, but I was wrong. There are many helpful hints for preparing for a serious traveling trip and the packing technique in itself seems worthy of a try. If the technique actually works in not only conserving space, but eliminating wrinkled clothes, then this book is endlessly valuable. ...more
Aug 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
While this book goes into a lot of detail on selection of luggage, it also has some great packing lists, including packing for kids. I found a lot of the tips and suggestions really helpful and look forward to trying to go completely carry-on on my next adults only trip.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
The first edition was published in 1994. Supposedly this book was updated since then but it doesn't really feel like it. Many aspects of travel have changed in the past 20 years but I feel like not many of the new security procedures or airline regulations have been addressed. ...more
So much stuff... The book is also geared towards Americans. Metric system isn't mentioned when luggage sizes are discussed and procedures throughout are with international travel from the US in mind, including "trips to Europe". I have one word: Rimowa. ...more
Mar 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Travel must

Found this book to be full of great advice! Haven't tried the bundle packing method yet, but may try it my next trip.
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
Really great resource and well organized.
Jan 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: didn-t-finish, travel
This book was okay. It had some helpful lists, but it had way more than I needed, so I only read part of it. It did help me pack lightly for my upcoming trip!
Alisa Kester
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: travel, kindle-books
There couldn't be a better book on how to choose luggage, travel clothing and accessories - and then explaining how to pack them. ...more
Pablo Greene
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Simply a priceless book for smart travelers. How to pack everything into a single carry-on. I re-consult this book over and over.
May 29, 2009 rated it it was ok
Some good tips on traveling light.
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
It had some very useful suggestions on packing lightly, which I would like to implement. I borrowed it from the library & think I need to purchase it so that I can use it while packing.
Ada Wong
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
A few useful tips and good checklists to serve as packing launch pad, but overall didn't revolutionize my way of packing. Also a bit outdated. ...more
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life!!!!
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good tips even for the seasoned traveler.
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