What do you take with you?

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May 18, 2007, 5:22am

When you are heading out? DO you take a book or suffer a few days bookless? DO you take fiction or non? related to the area/activity or something different?

Most of the time my trips involve at least a couple of hours on a train to get elsewhere so I would pretty much always have abook with me.

Usually ficton, I wouldn't want to be reading about the area I'm heading to as the inevitable trials in written accounts would put me off, and I'd never be able to complete with the major trips the authors did, which would leave me disappointed.

Hence I'd take something to escape to another different place.
Not something precious like my C J Cherryh which is also too heavy going for the repeated interuptions on a trip, but probably an easy mystery by Sue Grafton or Harlem Coban or maybe Lee Child 's latest book.

How about you?

May 18, 2007, 8:17am

I always bring a book with me but, it is usually whatever I'm reading, and maybe what I plan on reading next. Longer trips I make sure I have more than I'll get through with me and I mix those up a little.

May 19, 2007, 6:50am

On a journey I will always have something with me to read but unfortunately I find it difficult to read for any length of time while 'in motion', 'planes OKish, trains problematic, vehicles of any kind impossible, thus newspapers and magazines fill the gap. Anyone got rules about what is read according to the mode of transport?

May 19, 2007, 9:17am

I can read easily if I'm in the passenger seat, but not so well in the back. Because I'm 'the mom' I'm always up front now. I can read on a plane and on a train. But not in a box with a fox. ;o)

I have learned to always always always take along something to read no matter where I go, unless it's a short shopping trip, and I'm alone. I prefer a paperback for day trips, just because of the portability issue. I rarely go anywhere for more than a day or two, anyway.

May 19, 2007, 10:01am

Always have something to read at hand wherever I am. If I don't, I resort to anything, cereal boxes, etc. :) Like some others cannot read at all in a moving car. Bummer. Have to read billboards and such. :) :)

May 19, 2007, 11:17pm

I always like to fall asleep with a good book, by flashlight if necessary, so I bring along a paperback when camping. I always bring books for plane and car trips, an extra one in case of delays. I choose a page-turning mystery or thriller for the "escape", so I don't feel restless or claustrophobic.

Has anyone read Poems of the Scottish Hills by Hamish Brown? Brown has published a number of books about climbing the Munros in Scotland (mountains over 3000 feet), and Hamish's Mountain Walk tells how he climbed all 279 of them in a single journey of 15 weeks. He is also a poetry lover, and he published this collection of favourite poems that evoke those beautiful scenes and rugged mountain weather. It's a good anthology, and it might be one fine book to take on a hill walking trip, or to read upon return.

May 21, 2007, 9:50am

Ooo, never suffer bookless! I went on a 4-day road trip this weekend and brought 3 books. I do read in the car. It used to make me sick, but I suffered through it and read anyway until I guess I got used to it. I can read in moving vehicles with no problems now!

I take more books than I could ever read on one trip. I'll bring something I'm currently reading that is particularly interesting. And always an old favorite. Sometimes something I haven't even started yet. I never think about whether the books I'm bringing are related to where I'm going (but usually I read fantasy, and I'm yet to go anywhere that has dragons or hobbits).

May 21, 2007, 10:13am

I'm usually backpacking and always try and minimise weight. Unfortunately that usually means not taking a book.

May 21, 2007, 11:09am

8 > I even take a book with me into the BWCAW though I always limited it to one(big) paper back. I always felt it was worth the weight.

Jun 12, 2007, 5:41am

I always have a book with me, even if I’m just heading out on a short journey to the grocery store or something. My biggest fear is ending up waiting for something somewhere and not having anything good to read.

As far as bigger tips, I take several books with me. I usually try to take one fiction, and a few non-fiction on various topics. I tend to travel light, for instance on my last big trip (a month in Ireland & the UK) I had a carry-on sized suitcase and a small book bag, and I had no fewer than four books with me, and I managed to buy four more on the trip, too.

When camping for a few days, I bring at least three or four books; when backpacking, I usually only bring one (maybe two if their small). When hiking, I have at least one with me. After all, if I should get lost in the woods, I want something to entertain me (I mean really, who needs food or shelter if you have a great book with you?).

I have no problem reading on planes, trains, or automobiles—however, when reading in the car, I find that I get more out of the reading experience if I’m not the one driving ... all of that honking and swearing really detracts from a good story!

Jun 13, 2007, 9:33pm

Three years ago, I went on a trip that I knew would be emotionally difficult for me. I didn't know what to expect, and brought as many books as I could fit in my bag. As it turned out, this was only two books. I made sure they were both rereads so it wouldn't matter if my mind strayed from the story line, as I expected it would. I made a good assumption, because I actually spent hours just staring at the same page. When asked why it was taking me so long to read, I just held it up and they said, "Thick book."

When it comes to really getting reading done on a trip, I bring something new yet familiar. I usually don't go on a trip without having two books so I will have a second option if I change my mind about what I want to read.

Jun 27, 2007, 12:42pm

When I fly I feel I have to a mini-library with me...but then, I live in Alaska, and most flights are veeeeery long flights.

When I am camping, I found the Shambala mini series are usually good to have around. On my last backpacking trip I read Mount Analogue by Rene Daumal, and on my last bike trip I read Thoughts in Solitude by Thomas Merton. They have mini-versions of Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, Dhammapada, and others. I find reading Buddhist spirituality in the mountains to be quite refreshing, and the books are very small and very light!

Jun 27, 2007, 4:50pm

I always try to bring some reading material along. I prefer hardcovers at home, but will buy paperbacks for travel, because I don't care if they get beat up. If I am flying, I insist on traveling light, with no checked bags, so I usually end up settling for magazines, unless acquiring new paperbacks at the destination appears problematic.

Arctic, you are SOOOOO lucky to live in Alaska. I love it up there, and have been lucky enough to work in every part of the state except the lower Yukon. Last year I spent several days in Dutch Harbor. They had a 6.0 quake offshore just a few days before my arrival, and the tail end of a Pacific hurricane came through while I was there.

One year, I even managed to be there for the start of the Iditarod. What a thrill! I watched the ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage, then drove up to Big Lake to watch the "real" start. That was the second year that Susan Butcher won, and everyone was wearing T-shirts that said "Alaska - where men are men, and women win the Iditarod."

My retirement fantasy is to have two homes - one in Alaska, and one on the South Island of New Zealand. I don't know if I want to work long enough to finance that dream though.

Jun 27, 2007, 5:50pm

I don't know if you follow it, but this year Lance Mackey won the Yukon Quest (The REAL dog sled race up here) and the Iditarod, the first time anyone has won both.

He lives in Fairbanks, and I swear, it could not have happened to a nicer guy.

Jun 28, 2007, 3:38am

I always bring a book or two when camping, I find something very sweet about resting in my tent at the end of the evening, with a little lamp beside me, reading a few pages while listening to the sounds of the wilds around me. I do find that I tend to fall asleep very quickly when out of doors all day, so I don't always accomplish much reading, but the little I do I savor.

I can't read in cars, never could, I get the motion sickness. But I do need a book on a plane, for after I've flipped through the magazines. Also, layovers are hell without a book:)

Come to think of it, I rarely go anywhere w/o a book of some sort.

Aug 22, 2007, 7:50pm

Yes no reading in autos not much in planes but then I've never been on a looooong plane trip. But holdovers in airports, thats when you appreciate a good book!

Edited: Aug 23, 2007, 10:55pm

When I backpack I bring along one book. Even though I try to minimize weight, I backpack alone so I need some entertainment during my downtime. It always has to be a paperback edition and something along the lines of a mass market edition; they maximize words while minimizing weight. Also, my backpacking paperbacks are always cheap used copies that I buy at library used book sales, say for like a quarter or fifty cents. That way I don't feel guilty if I need to rip out the pages I've already read to use to start a campfire...or minimize weight. Sacrilege, I know! Actually, I've never done that, but it's all part of my thought process in justifying the extra weight...

Sep 20, 2007, 5:07pm

I find I've never really read much when camping or outdoors -- my attention has always gone to the scenary during daylight and the comaraderie in the evenings.

Actually, plane flights are the best for reading while travelling - there's something about that level of background noise that is loud enough to force me to actively ignore it and pay attention to what I'm reading, but not so loud that it grabs my attention away from what I'm reading. Odd.

Nov 1, 2007, 11:59am

I always take a book for the ride there but I don't take it hiking with me. But if the family is going camping I'll take one. I can get right much reading done in a 4-6 hour ride to the mountains. I always take a book whenever we take a trip anywhere. I just don't take one when me and hubby go back country camping.

Edited: Jan 21, 2008, 7:25pm

Greetings to all! Just joined the group and thought I'd add my little bit to the discussion . . .

If it's more than a day trip, yes there's a book with me. Like some others, it's whatever I'm reading at the time. I'm also a BookCrosser, so I usually take "extras" and leave a copy for someone to find. A lot of my overnight outings these days are Father / Child with a local Y group. Accommodations are hardly roughing it, but we manage to get some nice hikes in. I'll usually take one of my extras to the dinning hall and "forget it" on a table or leave one in one of the common rooms if we have a lodge.

I have two such campouts coming up over the next two weekends, one Father / Son the other Father / Daughter, at two different camps, so I'm making my list of possible donations to the cause. BTW, both kids are teens, both are avid readers and my daughter is also on LibraryThing.

Jul 16, 2008, 5:25pm

thats very nice of you, but maybe you should put a note inside saying go ahead and enjoy this book! So people don't feel guilty, ya know?

Jul 16, 2008, 5:33pm

Regardless of where I'm going I always take the book I'm currently reading. If going overnight, I'll take more than one. I also take my MP3 player which usually has 2 or 3 audio books loaded.

Overkill? Nah!

Nov 8, 2008, 10:25am

i wonder if i'd like audiobooks.

Jan 15, 2009, 1:14pm

Hi, joined this group recently and wanted to add my opinion to this thread...

I always take an environmental essay book, such as Aldo Leopold, because when backpacking I want to read about nature as well as experience it....

I usually take a fiction book as well, preferably something long enough to hold me (a speed reader) through the week or whatever.