Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Perfect Traveling Companion

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
I never go anywhere without a book. My friends tease me all the time about it because I've brought books to movies, parties- you name it, I've probably brought a book there.

When you're traveling, even just for a day, it's absolutely vital to have a book or two or three on you. Not everyone has (or wants) an e-reader, and if that's the case, you need to have a plan down, otherwise you can end up stuck lugging a 500-page hardcover on your New York trip (not fun).


Instead of torturing your arm muscles, follow this guide to reading while traveling:

1. If you're about to finish a book, don't bring it.

I know this is hard. You're dying to know what those last thirty pages contain and if you don't bring it with you, you won't be able to read it and then the world will end!!!!!!

Leaving your potentially favorite book behind is stressful
But seriously, we're trying to pack light here and books are heavy. You're going to finish those thirty pages in the first five minutes in the car/train/plane and then you're going to be stuck with that dead weight for the rest of the trip. Speed read it or leave it.

2. Set a limit.

If it's a day trip, bring only 1 book. You're not going to have that much time to read if you're - for example - going into the city for the day. 1 book should cover the train or car ride (if you're one of those lucky jerks who can read in the car) just fine, unless you're the world's fastest reader. If you are, kudos to you.

3. Stick to the limit!

I know, limits are lame. But you'll thank yourself later.
Yes you can probably fit three books into your purse but you want to be able to find your wallet and cell phone with relative ease. If you're going on an airplane this is all the more important: that suitcase full of books may have seemed like a good idea at the start, but when you have to pay exorbitant baggage fees, you're not going to feel so smart.

4. Go paperbacks.

You don't want to bring a book like this.
Hardcovers are pretty, but paperbacks are lighter! And can be squished into a bag better (just be careful- they can also get ripped/damaged more easily *shudders*).

5. Mix it up

If you are going on a trip that requires more than one book, bring a few in different genres or styles. That way, if you're in France or the Bahamas (lucky you, take me with you please) and you suddenly develop an aversion to all dystopian novels, you can pull out that fantasy book you brought. Problem solved!

Any bookish traveling tips?

18 comments:

  1. Love this, Sara! I travel a lot and it's always hard for me to pick which books to read! I always bring paperbacks though, like you mentioned, because they're so much lighter and easier to carry around.

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    1. Thanks, Hazel!! Paperbacks are definitely boss. :)

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  2. Love this post! I cannot even go shopping without my kindle in case I decide to stop for coffee!

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    1. I need to get into ebooks more! But I just can't let go of my paper books.

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  3. I used to like hardcovers a lot because they're so durable and pretty, but they are so heavy! I agree that paperbacks are the way to go when traveling.

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    1. Hardcovers ARE so pretty (especially those Penguin Classics)

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  4. Haha! I loved this post. It's so hard for me to choose which books to bring too. Definitely paperbacks. I need to be better at not bringing books that I only have 30 pages left in. :)

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    1. I've definitely done it before (talk about needing to follow your own advice lol)

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  5. Great list! Another point I would make is to bring an ereader if you have one! That way you have hundreds of books at your fingertips, but at a much lighter weight.

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    1. Very true! I haven't really gotten into ereading, but maybe I'll try to more in 2015.

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