There’s nothing like reading by the beach, or next to a warm campfire. But how do you pack books for your next holiday without damaging them? As a frequent traveller (thanks to out-of-town Uni) I have honed my book-packing skills!
Let’s get to it!
The art of selection
The key to packing your books correctly is choosing lightly. As a mood reader, I get that you’d want to pack as many books as possible for your trip. But you have to choose your books wisely.
Consider your reading pace, how long your trip is, what your vacation entails, and what mood you think you might be in. If you have to take more than two books, opt for paperbacks or smaller-sized hardcovers, they’re lighter and much easier to pack.
And, of course, the smaller the book, the more space there is for any books you pick up during your trip.
Protect your books.
Once you’ve got your best picks down, you’ve got to pack them just right. You can buy book sleeves or use resealable plastic bags to slide your books into. This will help protect them from scuffs, scratches and any accidental spills.
But, if you want to save space, you can wrap your books in t-shirts, scarves, or jackets.
Pack your books just right.
There are a few ways to pack your books to maximise space and protect them. If you’re a fan of rolling your clothes (which you should be), you can still bring your books. Place a T-shirt or pair of pants at the bottom of your suitcase, and then place your books on top of it. Now, you can roll and pack any other clothes all around your books.
The key is to cushion the clothes around your book so they don’t move around, adding an extra layer of protection.
You can use this technique if you’re checking in a suitcase or using a rolling carry-on bag. But, if you’re not using a suitcase or multiple bags, you should distribute the weight as much as you can.
The book you want to read on the plane should go in your handbag or backpack. Wrap your books in shirts if they’re going in a duffle bag, and you can slide another book into the front of your roller bag if it has a pocket.
Opt for e-books.
You can also opt to forgo lugging stacks of books around in your bags and instead read e-books. While not everyone is a fan of digital books, it is one way to take as many books as you want without the hassle of packing them.
You can use the Kindle app on your phone or tablet or invest in an e-reader – you won’t regret it.
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