Review: Packing Light by Alison Vesterfelt

Back in November I had the opportunity to download the audiobook for Alison Vesterfelt’s Packing Light.  It was by chance that I came across it on NoiseTrade where I often am scouring around for my music addiction.  Interestingly enough this was also my real first audiobook that I had tried out. I’ve written before about travelling light and minimalism but it was always a philosophy and concept that I have been experimenting with and continue to do so today.  Having the opportunity to listen to the perspective of someone else — in this case, Alison Vesterfelt’s journey and thought process — was quite refreshing.


In Packing Light, Vesterfelt is taking the reader along on her personal cross-country road trip experience, which actually leads to a mindful discussion on not just the literal decision towards travelling with less but also towards a spiritual and philosophical thought process.  The act of travelling for me has always somewhat represented a spiritual and philosophical journey and I appreciated the dilemmas and challenges that Vesterfelt found herself confronted with.  I found myself fascinated and moved while following Vesterfelt’s exploration and search towards figuring out the right path for her to take.

There is often a lot of discussion on minimalist lifestyles when you search online.  It isn’t necessarily something for everyone but at the same time it is something that I feel each individual should read and think about for themselves.  We are often bombarded with a lot of information and ideas; so much so that we often forget to allow us (and thus lose) the time to figure out for ourselves what is right for us, and what may be better for us.

One good outcome from reading (or in this case … listening) to Packing Light is that Vesterfelt’s story takes us on that journey and through the vivid tales and observations that Alison makes;  you may find yourself asking important questions … and maybe stumbling upon an answer.