The typical family loads plenty of baggage, toys and whatnot into their car before driving away for holiday. Getting everything ready can cause a lot of stress for some folks – nobody wants to forget anything behind and it’s important to make the best use of the available space in the family car.
The following 5 recommendations will help the head of the household to keep his or her sanity when packing for a road trip:
1. Less is more
Knowing what to choose is the first step to making preparations prior to going on holidays. Before setting out on holiday, one major problem is deciding what to take with us and what to leave at home. To solve this, a good method is to make a list and visualise how we want our perfect holiday to be – this way, we’ll only pack the things that are really going to be useful to us.
2. Sort by categories
Subdividing the items you have finally decided to take with you into categories is a good way to organise everything easily and efficiently. Sorting groups of items into categories such as clothing, accessories, children’s toys or first-aid kit enables us to take on the challenge step by step more easily. One example is to place the toys and neatly folded beach accessories in the same compartment, taking advantage of unused space.
3. Clothing rolled up and placed vertically
Packing suitcases and getting everything to fit is often like a game of Tetris. In order to maximise the space, you should roll up each article of clothing and place them vertically, as they take up less space and you can easily see everything at once. In addition, it creates a relaxing visual effect.
4. Make the most of the interior of the car
Keeping everything in its place isn’t just a philosophy, a lot of engineering goes into it as well. Every car’s compartments are useful for storing the most necessary items, such as tissues, drinks and snacks, so they’re always handy. But remember, for safety reasons you should never leave things lying around loose inside the cabin or on the rear parcel shelf.
5. In the boot, last in is first out
The first thing to consider when placing baggage in the car is to take advantage of the underfloor compartment, if any. Remember to put the things you need to take out first in the most accessible place. And it’s always more practical to keep the handles on top so they’re easier to remove. When placing the suitcases, the heaviest ones should always go at the bottom and as far back as possible.