Hitha On The Go for Quarterly.Co Review - Spring 2014 - Lifestyle Subscription Box

How Much? $50 per quarter plus $20 shipping
What’s in it? Hitha will send items and guides to help you pack light and arrive in style.

Quarterly Co. sends curated packages from people you care about. Boxes contain gifts selected by influential contributors and cultural icons. Currently there are about 30 influencers, curating boxes of everything from technology and toys, to food and cooking, to fashion and home decor, and everything in between.

This is my fourth Quarterly.Co box and I'm sure it won't be my last. This one is from new curator Hitha Palepu, a blogger and travel expert. Her blog, Hitha On The Go, offers fabulous travel, packing, and style tips. I travel a fair bit so I knew this box would be right up my alley!
"I’ve mastered the art of packing a carry-on filled with everything you need—and nothing you don't. I’m thrilled to teach you the same."

Every Quarterly.Co mailing comes with a letter written by the curator and an explanation of the products and why they were chosen.  The theme for Hitha's first mailing is shoes!

"Shoes, thankfully, were among my first packing successes. Now I'm sharing the goods with you."
The shipment included a Packing Guide for shoes (Hitha recommends only packing 3 pairs of shoes for any trip), and a 20% off code to Sole/Society. Sole/Society has some great looking shoes, made from real leather, but they aren't cheap, and shipping to Canada includes a 30% surcharge to cover taxes and duties.They currently have a 50% off Memorial Day sale so I might try to find a cute pair on sale to take advantage of my promo code.

Hudson+Bleecker Shoe Bag in Marrakech print ($64)
Hitha says shoe bags are a packing essential. This Hudson+Bleecker bag can easily fit 3 pairs of shoes, keeps the rest of your belongings clean and protected, and it's machine washable.

Spongelle Pedi-Buffer in Mandarin Mint ($10)
This is an on-the-go solution for rough, dry feet. It's good for 30+ washes and will cleanse, detoxify, buff, and soften.


When I first opened the Hitha On The Go box, I wasn't sure what to think. After reading the letter and looking over everything, I'm pretty pleased with the items I received. I am looking forward to packing for my next trip so I can put Hitha's shoe packing tips to the test. I've also decided to remain subscribed to this one so I can get more of Hitha's travel tips and product recommendations in the August box. This box cost $50, plus shipping, and included $74 worth of products, plus a 20% promo code.

What do you think of Hitha On The Go for Quarterly.Co?
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  1. I like the shoe bag but for the price of the box I would want three items.

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    1. I tend to value quantity of products as well, but the two received are very good quality and I'm happy with the value. Some Quarterly boxes have been valued right around the $50 paid.

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  2. That shoe bag is unbelievable! It's a well curated box, but I do wish there was a bit more value to it.

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  3. Thank you for the review and the feedback! I'll be sure to add more items to #HGQ02 :)

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    1. Hi! I appreciate you taking the time to comment here. I am looking forward to the next instalment. I need help paring down and packing toiletries!

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  4. I've got to admit, I'm so unimpressed by this box that I hadn't even bothered to pick it up from the mail room. Unless I'm blown away by the letter, I'm cancelling my subscription.

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    1. That's too bad. I've come to like it. The true test will be next time I pack for a trip and see how useful the shoe bag is.

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    2. I did pick up the box and it confirms that I'm unimpressed with it. The shoe bag is huge and yes will fit 3 pairs of shoes. But takes up 1/3 to 1/2 of my carry on wheelie bag so it'll be harder to pack outfits (I conquer and divide with my shoe packing). The promo code is also disappointing - min purchase of $85 when many cute shoes are under that mark.
      But I'm interested in using the foot scrub though. But for a $76 outlay including shipping, the box was a bust for me.

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    3. Goodness that coupon code is disappointing. I didn't read the fine print so didn't realize it was on minimum $85. There is no way I will be using it to save $17 when shipping is an additional cost PLUS 30%. A 50% promo may have been a different story but 20% is what they offer new customers. It's nothing special.
      For the shoe bag, I think if you pack it upright across the bottom, so that when the suitcase is standing up, the shoe bag is flat across the bottom, it would work well and take up minimal room. I understand what you mean about conquer and divide though. I stuff other things into my shoes and wedge them into corners. A shoe bag may be counter productive. We will see though. I'm going to give it a fair shot.

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  5. Hi Jill
    So I took your approach and gave the shoebag a fair chance for my most recent business trip. It was 4 days/3 night, mix activities kind of trip. I thought the bag was about 50/50. Some good some bad. It does fit 3 pairs of shoes (which I actually didn't need, i packed 3 with her guide and only wore 2) and keeps everything nice and clean. But it is quite large and wastes a lot of space with lots of "empty corners". I couldn't fit it in the orientation you mentioned (upright across the bottom) so I had to lay it flat and it took up 1/4 of my carry on.
    Overall for business trips, I think this box is still a total bust. However, I am going on vacation for a week in July and I'm taking a checked bag (medium suitcase) and i think it'l work much better.
    So I think in terms of minimizing packing for business and carry on, this box wasn't for me. Different styles and perhaps I'm even more of a minimalist than the curator. But the bag is a handy accessory.
    As an addition - I canceled my subscription and gave the same feedback as I gave here; they were incredibly responsive and refunded me the cost of the box eventhough I didn't ask. So i have nothing but good things to say about their customer service.

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    1. Thanks for the great feedback! I'm going on a week long business trip next week so I had planned to try it out, but like you, I won't need 3 pairs of shoes and I can see how the shoe bag would take up a lot of much needed real estate in my suit case. I'm sticking with Hitha for one more round though just to see what else she comes up with.

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  6. I actually didn't subscribe to this, but one idea for the shoebag if the size is of concern and you're not someone that packs more than the pair of shoes you're wearing and a pair of Tieks that fold into their own bag (aka me), that Shoe Bag would be a great "packing cube" for clothes.

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    1. I have been meaning to come back and comment with the same idea. I went on a 5 day business trip last week. I only had one pair of shoes so the shoe bag was unnecessary. Instead I used it as a packing cube. It was perfect and helped keep my suitcase neat and organized.

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  7. Wow, I'm so glad I checked back to this entry! Using the bag as a packing cube is a fabulous idea. I'm just packing for my week long vacation now and again, only bring 2 pairs of shoes and this bag would have been too big. However, it would work marvelously as a packing cube and keep my clothes clean. I have already used it once as a shoe bag, but with a bit of cleaning can be easily converted. Thanks for the tip!

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