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Traveling 101: What to Pack and Not to Pack According to the Experts (Slideshow)

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Like most people, I enjoy a good book every now and then, and have even had my life changed by a few. For instance, after reading Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal a few years ago, I discovered it was a perfect replacement for the broken leg of my sofa — and I’ve been living a much more satisfying, balanced life ever since. But bringing a bulky, heavy book on a trip nowadays is insanity, especially after the invention of the Kindle. Sure, there are a few minor drawbacks to e-readers (I’ve never once said, “I dropped my book, and now it’s broken!” or “My book’s battery died,” because I enjoy life outside of the looney bin), but the extra space and the lighter load will be much more valuable. This goes for guidebooks, too, since most hotels have Internet access. And a knowledgeable staff. (Remember human conversation? There’s a blast from the past.)