Are you heading out on the open road for a road trip adventure? Whether you are heading out for a weekend or a massive cross country adventure, you will need to pack what you need into your car. Packing for a road trip can be a challenge and it can sometimes resemble a game of Tetris, trying to make sure that each box and bag fits into the vehicle with the best use of space.
So how do you make sure that you have packed and prepared correctly for your road trip? In order to help you pack more effectively for your trip, here are some tips that you can keep in mind:
Place the Large Items in First
Figure out what the largest pieces of luggage are and place them in the boot first. It’s a lot easier to fit smaller pieces of luggage and other items around them. If you start with the small and medium sized items you will find it difficult to fit the larger items into the car afterward.
Also it makes sense to put hard items such as boxes in first, then soft and squishable items like duffel bags filled with clothes and pillows in later. Those items can be squeezed into the small spaces around the other large boxes.
Think About What You Need to Access
It’s no good bringing some snacks and water bottles for the road if you pack them underneath everything else so that they cannot be reached as you drive. Think about the items that you will want to be able to access on the trip and pack them somewhere that you can reach them. You might even want to make a small bag with these items and keep it in the backseat within easy reach. Other items that you might need to access quickly are your passports if you are crossing into another country, your smart phone too and your wallet.
Keep Drinks and Food Cold
If you are bringing along drinks and snacks for the road, keep them cool and fresh by packing them in a cooler with some icepacks. There are many different sizes and styles of coolers available, so you can choose one that fits in your vehicle and is most practical for your purposes. Also, when you are on your way back and you have eaten all of your food, you can pack other items within the cooler in order to save even more space.
Invest in a Car Boot Liner
Car boot covers that are suited to your make and model of car will protect the interior of the boot from any scratches, spills, scuffs and other damage that might occur when you are carrying a big load. There are many different types of car boot liners, so take a look online and find the one that is designed for your particular vehicle.
Don’t Pile Things Up to the Ceiling
When you are filling your car boot, don’t pack the items all the way up to the ceiling. If you do this, the driver will not be able to see out of the rear window, which can be dangerous. If you are taking this much stuff, see if you can pare down what you are bringing with you or store it on the floor of the backseat in order to avoid blocking the view from the back windows.
Consider a Luggage Rack
If you often go on road trips and bring a lot of stuff with you, such as sporting equipment like bikes, surfboards or skis, you might consider investing in a luggage rack for the top of your car. The advantage of this is that you will not have to worry about fitting the items in the boot of the car and you will be able to carry more stuff. Of course, the luggage rack will make your vehicle taller so make sure that you remember this when you are driving under bridges and in parking lots!
These are just a few important tips to keep in mind when you are packing your car for a road trip. Take your time and think carefully about packing, so that you can be prepared for anything that comes your way. Have a fun road trip adventure!