Packing your car for a camping trip can take a toll on you especially if you have not planned well. If you are not careful, you can end up packing and unpacking several times, tempers may flare, and you may end up with a bad start to your trip.
However, with a bit of planning and being organized, you can pack for your trip within no time and with less frustration.
- Be organized
Place the food items you will need in boxes or tubs, clothes in duffel bags or backpacks, toiletries in one place.
Use bags, duffels, and boxes with relatively straight lines to maximize the space. Use many smaller boxes and bags instead of few large ones.
- Put all items in one place
Get all items you will need for the trip and put them in one place. You can use a checklist to make sure that everything is there. When it is all there, you can see all the items you need to fit in the car. If it is too much, you can leave some items that are not vital to the trip.
Ensure everyone going on the camping trip has brought all their items. You do not want someone to bring a bag full of clothes at the last minute when you are done with the packing.
- Carefully pack the items into the car
Now that you have the items you are carrying for the trip, then you should start packing it.
Assess the vehicle you are using and note all the storage places you can pack the items.
The items you will need last should go in first. That way, the items you will need first when you get to the campsite or on the way will be accessible.
For instance, if there is bad weather, your wet weather gear should be within reach in case you want to come out of the vehicle on the way or at the campsite.
The heavy items should go into the boot first and you should place them at the bottom in the center. Place them against the secured parts of the vehicle such as against the seat’s rear. This makes it easy to handle the car.
To make packing easy, clothes should be put in backpacks and duffle bags so that they can squeeze in the spaces.
Fill the holes between heavy items with small items such as hiking boots, sleeping bags, and a kettle.
- Place items on the roof rack
Some items may not fit in the car boot such as camping chairs, fishing poles, bikes or a kayak. These are ideal for the roof rack. Remember that you should only place the bulky light items on the roof rack but not the heavy items.
If your vehicle does not have a roof rack, you should consider getting one since there are many types in the market. Depending on your needs, you should get a roof rack that will fit your bike, a kayak, fishing poles or whatever item you are carrying on the camping trip.
In the meantime, you can squeeze the items into the holes left when packing.
- Place very few items inside the car
You should not place a lot of luggage in the drivers and passengers’ area since these items can become killing projectiles in case of an accident.
However, you can put small items such as the sleeping bags in the back seat, soft pillows and the packs that you will need to keep yourself busy during the trip.
All the heavy items should be in the boot.