My gift to you – my first ebook!

Hi Frugalistas!

To thank all my lovely readers, followers and friends for your support and encouragement over this year, I’m giving you an early Christmas present – a free copy of my first ebook, “The Packing Collection”.

My First eBook!

The Packing Collection is a selection of my posts on packing the frugalfirstclasstravel way all packaged into a pretty pdf ebook.

The Packing Collection will also be available as a Smashbooks download in the New Year, but for a limited time only, I’m making it available to readers of my blog as a free download.

While The Packing Collection doesn’t include any new posts or advice, all my best packing advice is now available as a convenient pdf.


Click the link here to download your copy now!  The_Packing_Collection_Ebook


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16 Comments on “My gift to you – my first ebook!”

  1. janeisawake 10/11/2012 at 3:01 pm #

    WOW! Thanks 🙂 Have downloaded to my iBooks!

  2. FoundTravel 10/11/2012 at 5:42 pm #

    How exciting!

  3. coolnewz 13/11/2012 at 12:44 am #

    I have it! I’ll read it! Thanks! 🙂

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 13/11/2012 at 8:38 am #

      You’re welcome! I hope you enjoy it. I’m really interested in your feedback once you’ve had a read, so please drop me a line.

  4. Holiday Addict 13/11/2012 at 7:19 am #

    Jo, I LOVE this!

  5. holidayaddict23 13/11/2012 at 7:21 am #

    Jo, I LOVE this! There was never a better handbook for a serail overpacker such as moi! Thank you!

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 13/11/2012 at 8:36 am #

      Thank you so much Clare. I really appreciate your feedback.

      My posts on packing are always the most popular, and generate the most comment (often from the serial overpackers!) so it just made sense to put it into an ebook.

      I’m really pleased you found it useful.

  6. Lynne 13/11/2012 at 10:22 pm #

    Wow! Thank you, this is so helpful to have ALL your packing ideas in ONE place.

  7. MMAndamon 04/03/2013 at 10:57 pm #

    I just saw this Guide to Packing, Jo! Wonderful compendium of tips and ideas!

  8. Pamela 02/01/2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Many thanks for all your suggestions. Certainly will visit a camp shop to buy one of those small light umbrellas. Also agree about taking rubber thongs for use in hotel showers. We always do this even though we book rooms with own bathroom. You never know about foot hygiene of last inhabitant and how well shower has been cleaned. Also take some older clothes we can leave behind. This year, we’ll be in France for at least 6 weeks and are seriously thinking of buying a local pre-paid mobile as I had problems with an international Simcard last year. Do you have any advice about purchasing, hopefully frugal price, pre-paid-card mobiles in France?

    But husband and I have a very different general attitude to packing. Because of our ages and different medical conditions we need to take certain mediations and equipment (husband needs a CPAP machine and spare mask etc), two months medication (we always travel long haul for around two months +). These alone can take up quite a bit. Always take travel hair drier as I have thick long hair and even good hotels often provide hair drier more suited to balding men than a decent head of hair. Loathe having to dry hair with something with little power taking forever. So usually take 3 Samsonite suitcases for check-in plus our cabin bags. You will shriek! But it works well for us. We always travel long haul Business Class BA when cheapest fares are available. Priority bags tend to come off carousel without much delay and we don’t mind waiting a while anyway. We pre-book airport car transfers – it’s lovely to see a man with your name just waiting to take your bags and load you in his car. Have often picked up lots of tips and advice on local conditions from drivers. For shorter haul flights within Europe, eg Frankfurt to Nice or Marseille to Paris we also fly Business or Premium Economy so no problem with having three bags. We used to travel by train but prefer now to get places faster and just give over our bags to airport check-in.
    We both wear good natural fibre jeans on plane for comfort and safety. Having worked with people who were on a plane that caught fire on landing (rare yes but still, in this case several people died and many more seriously injured) I learned it’s not a good idea to wear synthetics as these can melt into your legs. We also wear comfortable good quality leather sneakers on board. Husband specially loves an extra pair of Italian Geox sneakers (with cotton socks) in bag as the special little holes in the soles allow feet to breathe and stay cool. Some of these can be quite smart and don’t look like runners. As well as scarves and costume jewellery I always take 2 pashminas to colour coordinate with chosen wardrobe colours for trip. Real pashminas are so light, almost wind proof and so warm (don’t mean synthetic kind). Even in Australia in summer I nearly always carry one in my tote as some places have freezing air conditioning. As we often get invited to cocktail parties or dressy dinners and go to the opera we always take a more dressy outfit (I take good black pants and jacket, a white button down dressy shirt, a small evening bag, smart low heel black shoes, designer silk scart etc). I always wear this outfit lots of times while travelling, so it doesn’t just sit in the bag unused.
    So while I can see that carryon packing is the answer in many cases and your advice is well thought-out and really helpful, there are other options for people who travel a bit differently. Best wishes, Pamela

    • frugalfirstclasstravel 02/01/2014 at 4:55 pm #

      When you travel with a lot of medication or medical equipment all bets are really off when it comes to one bag travel – a CPAP machine alone would take up half my current little bag.

      I think the trick is to use the packing principles to minimise the size and weight of your bags – particularly important for those in economy with 20 or 23kg bag limits.

      I read a lot packing list posts on other websites, and do exactly as you do – take the principles and then adapt to my own circumstances. Your black suit, blouse and accessories sounds perfect for a great multitasking outfit!


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