101: Trip Planning Part 2 – How Many Books Can Fit into a Carry On Bag

My holidays start at the end of the next week and I will be leaving on Friday evening (So excited, guys!).

This week will consist of packing, packing and more packing. So here I am! Continuing my Trip Planning series ( I am very sorry if these came late for all of you who already started school, college, uni or work – make sure to bookmark these for the next summer *wink*).

This part will consist of the solutions to very difficult arithmetical problems. DON’T RUN AWAY YET! You will need this, I promise.

So our first problem is:

• The biggest my hand luggage bag can be is 55x35x25 cm and can only weigh up to 10 kg (Evil airline companies are scheming against us bookworms!)… How many paperbacks can fit into my bag?

I am sorry, everybody. But don’t even think about bringing hardcovers with you! It is always better to bring few more than one prettier (very simple maths here).

How to solve this problem:

Step #1: Calculate how many days you will be away from your bookshelves.

For example, I am leaving on Friday, the 16th + 1 + 1 + 1 (a lot of days) I might be lost already…

But lucky for me I have actually done this before and I will be gone for ELEVEN days. Can you imagine spending almost two weeks so far away from your precious books?!?! It will be a real challenge!

Step #2: Subtract the amount of “busy days” or days you already have excursions and other sightseeing planned.

Very easy step here IF you read my Part 1 of 101 Trip Planning. Otherwise you might not even know what and when you want to see! (Go there immediately and research before continuing!).

I know for sure (because we actually created a Google Doc spreadsheet, listing all sightseeing activities and schedules. Go us!) that of the 11 days I will have 6 busy days. That leaves us with 5 days of reading freedom. I would get this number down a little bit more, as you never know what might happen.

Let’s say I will have a total of 3 relaxing days.

Step #3: Divide the amount of free days by the time it takes you to read one average book.

Every true bookworm should know how long it takes for him / her to read a 350 pages book! Because we are very good at maths, counting pages, timing reading, and just in general, we are awesome!

Let’s say it takes me 6 hours to finish one average sized book.

The next question would be:

Can I spare 6 hours every free day?

• If the answer is YES, make sure to bring one book for every free day (in my case 3).
• If the answer is NO, just bring one book for few free days that you will have and don’t feel any pressure (mental or physical by carrying around those books!).

See! Maths isn’t that scary and actually very useful in this case! (#MathsIsFun)

In my next and final Part of 101 Trip Travelling, we will talk about reading on the go and what books you should consider reading on the plane, bus or other means of transport (who knows, maybe you will travel by Zeppelin or Air Balloon! I am so jealous right now of anyone flying on the air balloon…. )

With Love,

11 thoughts on “101: Trip Planning Part 2 – How Many Books Can Fit into a Carry On Bag”

1. Ahaha I love the calculations!❤ Hope you have a great trip, Alex!

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2. I love the maths you put into this, and of course picking books to take on holiday with you is a very important task! One time when I went to Italy my parents only let me take one book with me, which I finished by the time we made it to the hotel on our first day. So I was left re-reading the same book for the remaining time I was there. Not good!
I’ve solved that problem by getting a Kindle, now I can take hundreds of books with me and it doesn’t weigh more than my Kindle does!
Great post, and I hope you enjoy your holiday as well! 😀

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1. Thank you ❤ I've downloaded some e-books and prepared 2 physical copies to bring with me. But also planning to bring my laptop with few movies and TV shows – the flight is going to be 13 hours long and I need to keep myself entertained! 😀

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3. Fictionophile says:

I always take over 300 books with me as I pack my Kindle. I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip.

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1. Thank you! The trip was amazing. So many new things! I am trying to sort through 10000 pictures to at least post some of them 😀

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4. Haha, I love this so much! I travel quite a bit but I generally read ebooks, which really, REALLY helps with the luggage space. I hope you had a great trip. 💕

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