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How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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Hitha Palepu is an entrepreneur and a writer with extensive global experience in the life sciences, travel, and technology fields. She is the founder of Hitha On The Go, a lifestyle website founded in 2009 focused on helping women live their best lives.
Hitha currently serves as the cofounder and chief operating officer of Bridge2Act, a start-up technology company enabling charitable giving in a rapid, easy, and more informed manner. The company launched NO.GIFTS, a platform for people to “gift” their special days to amazing causes.
Prior to founding Bridge2Act, Hitha served as vice president, Business Development, for SciDose, a research-focused pharmaceutical company specializing in developing enhanced formulations for existing oncology and hospital injectable products. She was responsible for worldwide licensing of the SciDose portfolio and closed numerous deals totaling over $300 million in several diverse geographic areas.
Hitha graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in biochemistry and history. She lives in New York with her husband and son.
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She starts off with finding your packing personality - which, to be honest, I found a bit lame and like it was just a filler for the book. A lot of the book, to me, felt like filler - but then again a whole book on how to pack for some trips is a stretch. The Packing Timeline is fairly useful to help people feel organized over a period of seven days before leaving. She talks about the types of clothing you need and what to consider and planning outfits ahead. She provides removable packing lists at the back of the book.
The whole book seems a light touch on the whole topic - but would be helpful for someone who travelled a lot for business as she did. Hitha mentioned at one point she was traveling three weeks of every month. Her tips are definitely helpful in this context. For me, not a lot of it was new. I hadn't heard about the TSA thing she mentioned where people can skip the security lines before boarding. Also the option of ordering a vegetarian meal/vegan is a good idea as it's healthier and you get served first - something else I'll take away from the book. Aside from those two things, for me at least, there wasn't much else that was overly new. Much of my travel has been 12 hour plus flights so the idea of the inflight spa type stuff - where she talks about beauty lotions and hydrating skin care for in flight as a treat, is something I've done for years.
On the whole - would I recommend it? I would only recommend it if you are new to travel and are female and have to travel a lot for business. This would be great for that particular niche. For others, you may get tidbits from it. It does discuss the value of different types of carry-on cases etc so there is lots of basic stuff that would be good for newbies.
Please note that I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my review, however the opinions expressed are entirely my own.
I travel in seasons of my life. Lately, my suitcase has been my constant companion but I was probably around 35 before I traveled much farther than my grandmother's house in the same state I lived so packing wasn't something I grew up doing or felt confident doing. However, over the years, I have developed a mental list of must have items I run through right before I zip up my bag. Rarely do I have to run to the store to get something I truly needs. Rarely, I will need one of those items that typically aren't needed except special occasions and a couple of those were added to the non-carry-on items right after 9/11. Even though I now consider myself a pretty efficient packer, I learned several new tips and realized what I might be doing wrong when I roll my clothing (it looks worse than those I fold!). I still need some help putting outfits together but that has been a long-time deficit of mine.
If you know travelers, whether for business or pleasure, I think the perfectly sized hard backed version of How to Pack makes a thoughtful gift. Even the most seasoned traveler can do so more efficiently. The book comes with several blank packing lists so you can create your own go-to lists for a number of various types of trips.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and am in no way obligated to write a positive one.
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