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Should I Bring Books on Vacation?

I'm Asking: How Many Books Do You Bring on Vacation?

Although I'm fairly attached to both my smartphone and my laptop when I travel, there's something especially relaxing about settling down with a good book on a trip. Problem is, they can weigh down a carefully packed suitcase and become dead weight when done. It's a smart idea to bring books you don't plan on keeping and trade with another traveler or lending library at the resort, if the option's there, even if that means packing one fewer pair of shoes on the way. (I know, the sacrifice!)

Whether you tote hardcover books or paperbacks or plan to fill up your Nook or new Kindle, how many titles do you keep at your fingertips when traveling?

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SpecialSmoothie SpecialSmoothie 7 years
I just got back from a Wed-Sun beach vacation (so 4 days on the beach), and I brought 4 books (finished 3.5) - 2 hard copy books, 2 kindle books. I almost bought one more too.
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
one or two books
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
For a weekend, I bring 2-3 books, more for a longer trip. I almost bought a Kindle before my last trip but now I'm glad I didn't. You can't read during take-off and landing on the plane and on my last flight they never announced that it was ok to turn on the electronics.
firststreet firststreet 7 years
I usually bring one book per day (which means a heavy suitcase!), but a friend recently shared this tip with me: before he leaves for vacation, he locates the closest used bookstore to his vacation destination. As soon as he gets there, he stocks up on a handful of paperbacks at a very reasonable price. It wouldn't always work, but I'm going to try it on my next trip.
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
One or two. But I only read them on the plane or before I go to bed.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Never enough of them! I should have learned my lesson by now, but I never do.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
1 book, my iPhone stocked with PDFs. I used to bring my laptop but my iPhone has been fine on vacation.
gmbert gmbert 7 years
i usually bring a book for each day of my vacation. I love to read and vacation is the most time I have to do it. This used to be a problem with space/weight in my suitcase, but my Kindle has saved me!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
I think I typically bring two to three books. I used to bring more, but I'm trying to be a less cluttered traveler. :) I would LOVE to get a Kindle or a Nook or something just to have less to carry, but I love the feel and smell of a real book. I can't see myself wanting to read anything but my familiar paper companions when I'm just lounging around at home. Also, if I lose or damage a book, I won't be out a bunch of money. :P
jessr1214 jessr1214 7 years
way too many. i want a kindle for this very for a week long vacation i would bring ~5 books. silly i know but when i finish one i like to have options for the next one.
millarci millarci 7 years
I try to bring one or two books.
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