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Road trips can be fun, whether you’re taking a short drive to see some local sights or travelling a bit further afield to visit friends or family. But one of the biggest challenges is packing up the car – pack too much and you won’t fit it all in, but pack too little and you may be left without necessary items.
Efficiency is key when packing a car with lots of items for your road trip. Below, we’ve provided our top tips and tricks to pack your car in the most effective way, while still allowing access to those must-have items.
There are some necessary safety items to pack, such as a first aid kit and a torch, as well as things to entertain any/younger children on the drive.
This list contains packing suggestions for the road trip itself, but not those items you might need while you're away.
When packing all your items into a car for a road trip, it’s important to work efficiently to ensure you can fit it all in comfortably. We’ve outlined some of the more efficient ways to pack a car below.
If there are going to be any seats not in use, and you're able to fold them flat, it's a good way to make more space for bags or cases.
Bulky suitcases and equipment can take up a lot of space, which is why it’s best to get these things in first. It may take a bit of shuffling around to find the best place for them, and some suitcases can be stacked on top of each other where necessary. Try them pushed in lengthways vs. sideways and check they won’t fall over or move too much in transit.
Once the largest items are in, there will likely be spaces available to slot the smaller items into. Any flexible items, such as canvas bags, rucksacks and sleeping bags, could be folded to fit the space while also padding the larger items so they can’t move. If you have a boot that's open to the main cabin of the car, like a hatchback or estate, try to keep a gap free in the middle so that you can still clearly see the road behind you in the rear view mirror while driving.
If your boot is likely to be completely filled, it’s worth asking yourself whether you need every item. Fitting too much in your car can increase its weight, and therefore its fuel usage too. Plus, driving with partially obscured vision could be dangerous. Anything that isn’t a necessity could come out, or you could find another place for it.
Cars generally have more storage space than you think, and you could use the glove compartment and underneath the seats to put items in.
There will be things you absolutely need on the journey, like blankets, food and games. It’s a good idea to put these in easy-to-reach places, like under seats or by your feet, and items that may be needed in an emergency, like a torch or toilet paper, should be packed into the car last, so they’re easy to get to.
If the space you have isn’t enough, you could consider having an overhead carrier installed before you go. Just ensure you take notice of your car’s weight limit, as it may be exceeded when the car is full of people and all packed up.
And that’s it! Once the car’s packed, you can head off on your adventure without the worry that you've missed anything you might need on the way.
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