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Smart Packing for Today's Traveler Paperback – January, 2004
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This book far and away outdoes the other resources. Susan Foster not only has walked the talk and traveled extensively, she covers everything from how to travel on business in a hot country, in a cooler climate, packing on a cruise, to how to pack for a family. This book doesn't just have the usual tips on security procedures and the like, it actually has illustrations drawn that show the types of suitcases, the pros & cons of each type, what to buy for what kind of trip, etc.
What I found especially helpful were the diagrams that showed how to make 6-7 pieces combine into 10-15 outfits. You know how in the magazine articles they always show a capsule wardrobe and only demo about 4 combinations and then you're dying to know what you're supposed to wear the other 3 weeks of the trip? This one shows all the combos and how to layer for weather.
I also learned good tips on the electronics to pack, good travel companies to use and what you need in your laundry kit to do laundry on the road.
I used these tips on a 3 week trip to Europe Summer '06 and I was thrilled. I managed quite nicely on 3 prs of pants, 2 skirts, 1 pair of shorts, 5 tops and a couple jackets. Also a few pairs of underwear and socks. And I managed to be covered for evenings out, dinners, casual sightseeing and the whole gamut. Great resource, insightful book. I will use this book for years to come as it has chapters for cruises, beach vacations, skiing & adventure travel, etc.
A must-have book for the traveler.
When I was getting ready for a trip to Seattle a few weeks ago, we were told that the dress would be business casual. Well, since I am working from home, I needed to figure out what would be acceptable. I tend to overdress for all occasions and this time I decided to do research. After reading through the wardrobe sections, I decided to go a step below business casual and it felt right.
So, are you planning for a cruise? Part III: Customize Your Wardrobe is going to save you so much time and you will have more fun shopping for the clothes you will actually want to wear. The words: "less is best" is pretty foreign to me. I pack enough for three weeks at least. Just taking a backpack would be horrifying to me. Yet, this is what some people learn to do while traveling. Whether you are traveling light or taking it all, this book has something to offer. I went with the "One Week Trip, Casual Business Wardrobe" idea.
Susan has divided her book into four main sections:
1. Plan Your Perfect Trip - Planning for weather, travel fabrics, packing perfectly, etc.
2. Pack Smart - Airport Security, choosing the right luggage, checking or carrying bags?
3. Customize Your Wardrobe - Business, Cruise, Adventure, Resort, Sports, selecting clothes for your kids.
4. Travel Safely in Comfort and Good Health - Things to do before you leave home, worthwhile travel gadgets, money matters and travel insurance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a great book, I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the prompt shipment.Published 8 months ago by redroses
Very good guide. Doesn't mention tips for more tech like notes and numbers using smart phone.Published 13 months ago by Kmhooker
If you've never read a packing book its good. If you have its just more of the same. No new revelations. YouTube packing videos much betterPublished 13 months ago by Sardisgrandma
I travel quite a bit and found some of Foster's tips to be valuable. Many of her ideas are just common sense. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cabushka
I like to travel light. Book afforded the opportunity to pack for a week on the French Riviera. Went by plane, train, bus, cab.Published on January 26, 2014 by Louise Penny
Sent this to my mother as she was preparing for a trip to Italy. She learned a lot of helpful tips and felt more prepared for her trip. Read morePublished on October 18, 2013 by Just ME
The wife was looking for tips when packing for a cruise. She picked up a few, but there was a lot of common sense and filler.Published on September 22, 2013 by Hugh D. Murray