Hello, all. It just so happens, I’m in NYC! And, while we were preparing this morning, my dad mentioned how he didn’t want to take his big heavy book on a one-and-a-half-day trip. So, he was looking for something light. I thought I’d do this post, just for any novices in the ancient and sacred Art of Book Packing. Let’s get started.
1) Weight. No way can you take too many heavy books, especially if you’re going on a plane. Do you really want to pay extra because you absolutely had to have your hardback copy of The Three Musketeers with you? I didn’t think so. So, just remember, light and thin is better.
2) Whether it’s hardback or paperback. Not only are paperbacks lighter, but they are not as pretty as hardbacks. Sorry. Your hardback books will just get banged up, torn covers, squished corners, etc. Your paperbacks might get a little wear and tear, it’s unavoidable, but they’re better to take than those hardbacks. Don’t forget that.
3) How many books you bring. If you’re going on a trip that lasts a couple of days, this isn’t a super big rule to follow. Just consider how much time you will have to read, and whether or not you will finish your one book before you get home. Then you can always bring one more, just to be safe. But say you’re going on a weeklong trip. Before you take about ten paperbacks, figure out where the nearest library is to where you’re staying. Perhaps you can use a relative’s card to get seven books when you arrive, and only bring three others. This also reduces the weight of your suitcase, so bonus!
You might want to try out these rules of the Art of Book Packing on a Christmas getaway or something, and I hope they’re helpful! This is your NYC Book Blogger, signing off.