Now that it is July, most of us are hitting the road for summer road trips. The worst part about road trips (other than the long car ride itself) is packing. Everyone dreads it, and they often procrastinate as a result. Procrastination then leads to overpacking, and the next thing you know, you are trying to play Tetris with your luggage. There's a real art to safely and efficiently packing your vehicle, and we are here to tell you how! Here are our top tips on how to pack your car:
First, Clean Out Your Car
Before any car trip starts, it's crucial to clean out your vehicle. The cleaning entails removing everything from the cabin and trunk that you don't need for the journey, such as your recyclable grocery bags, clunky equipment, or kids' toys.
Get Started the Night Before
We recommend packing the car the night before the trip or as early as possible. That way, you can start the journey off stress-free to ensure you are in a good mood on the road.
Bring Soft Luggage
Soft luggage, such as a duffle bag, is preferred if you want to maximize space. A hard-case bag with wheels may be an exception if your trip is longer and you need to lug it in a hotel. However, those bags take up an awful lot of space.
Avoid Cramming and Cluttering the Trunk
From a safety perspective, it's imperative not to cram so much to the point where the driver can't see out the rear window. They'll need to see all angles around the vehicle.
Save Space for Your Emergency Kit
It's essential to save some extra room for your safety equipment. The things you need might include jumper cables, spare tire, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, drinking water, and nonperishable food. You have to be prepared for the unexpected.
We hope some of these packing tips helped make your planning process a little easier. However, it is always better to be safe than sorry. Our expert technicians can give you a thorough examination and ensure your car is in proper condition to hit the road. Give us a call or come by Premier Automotive today!