First of all, this little book is really cute as it looks like a small suitcase with the title on a luggage tag. Looks aside, it is an easy read filled with tips on how to pack effectively and efficiently. I love how the author dispelled the mystery of how many items to take (like underwear) for the number days you are gone, and the packing checklists that are included in the book are a helpful guideline. She even discusses the appropriate items to pack depending on if you are traveling for business, pleasure, or both, as well as cute illustrations that include how-to's for folding items (like a suit jacket!). Although I don't think I will ever do an "inflight spa" or have a "packing station" in my home, I already have my eye on some packing cubes that I think will be my new best traveling buddy.
I realize that a lot of what is included might be considered common sense, but it is obvious that the practical tips shared are borne from experience. That's what makes this book not just a book. It makes this book a tool.
"How to Pack" would make a thoughtful gift for a graduate or retiree, someone going on a vacation, or a person who has gotten a job or promotion that would include traveling, or for the person that dreams of going to exotic places... some day.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest opinion.