One of the things for families and couples to do during the vacation season is go on long and relaxing road trips to exciting destinations. Packing for the trip can often be stressful. Below are six tricks you can use to pack your car for long trips.
Bring Something that Will Distract the Kids
One thing that can be a nightmare for parents is being stuck in an automobile with bored children for a long ride. They can quickly become annoyed and irritable. Prevent this by packing some items to distract them such as a tablet, handheld videogames, books, toys or an iPod.
One of the most important things about getting somewhere in a timely manner is not making many stops. While you will likely need bathroom breaks, you won’t have to stop for food and drink if you pack snacks. Store them in a mini-cooler to keep them fresh.
Pack Blankets and Pillows
Packing bedding and pillows can help children fall asleep while you are driving. This is also helpful if you stay in accommodations like a cabin where these items are not provided. Certain motels may also not have the cleanest bedding. So it’s good to have extras.
Pack Emergency Items
You also need to have items available in case of emergencies. This includes a first aid kit, car sick meds, and cleaning supplies. Pack coats, even if it’s not cold, in case you are stuck on the side of the road late at night.
Keep Your Luggage Organized
For more efficient traveling, your luggage should be organized by weight. In the trunk, put your heaviest items of luggage on the bottom and towards the front of the car. For luggage stored outside the trunk, make sure it is properly secured.
Pack Light When Possible
One of the worst things about luggage is hauling it around to and from your accommodations. Make your job easier by only packing things you actually need for your trip. You can plan to do a load or two of laundry and pack less clothing. Make a list of everything you need, and don’t add anything that isn’t on the list.
Once the packing is over, the trip can begin! The better you pack and the more organized you are, the smoother your trip will be. Use these six tips to make sure you are ready for your next big adventure!
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max. Information credited to Speedy Brake and Apollo Muffler shock installation in Calgary.