Road trip is always a great pleasure and desire for everyone. Here, Catcherpouch is going to show you a few tips on how to pack a car. We all try our best to have minimalist travelers. At least in theory. There are always exceptions to the rule, of course. We try to not pack too much, even for long trips, but when doing a road trip, we feel like since we have the space why waste it?
Use the space wisely. There is nothing more satisfying than looking at a well packed vehicle. It is not just a joy to see, it will have a huge impact on how well you enjoy your trip.
In this article, we will go over some tips on how to pack your car for long road trips so you can actually enjoy it.
1. Rent the right size car
If you are picking up a rental from a company, then make sure you get one with enough space. You should settle on something fuel efficient to save money on gas, but big enough that you can take everything you need.
The size of your car is going to have a huge impact on how you enjoy your road trip. Too small and you won’t be able to organize your gear. Too big and you’re spending money needlessly on gas. It’s a balance.
2. Keep emergency kit accessible
Hopefully you don’t need to use it, but you do need to have an emergency kit. It should be accessible, yet out of the way. If there is space under your seat, either the driver or passenger seat, it can easily be stowed there.
If you do put it in the trunk of the car, make sure that you don’t pack over it. Find a place where it can be reached quickly.
3. Use duffel bags instead of suitcases
A trunk is not a perfect cube and suitcases don’t always fit well. You’ll need a soft sided bag that can be squished into some odd spaces when needed. They can stack easily, sort of like when playing Tetris.
Have them all easily identifiable with similar items. For instance, have one for toiletries, another for shoes and one for clothes. That way you don’t have to open up several to find what you are looking for.
4. Having cleaning products ready
Spills are inevitable on the road. You want to cover a lot of distance quickly so you will be eating and drinking your morning coffee behind the wheel more often than not.
Have some wet wipes in your door compartment or glove compartment for wiping your hands when they get sticky. And some glass cleaner for your windows. Paper towels and microfiber towels are a must have for getting big spills.
5. No clutter
If you end up rooting around for something make sure you reorganize it before hitting the road again. Once you have everything in its place, it should always go back to that space to stay clutter free.
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