If you are like me, just hearing that title probably makes you remember one or more of your parents trying to stuff everything possible into the trunk before your road trips. For me, it was my father who was very picky about how to load a car. He would tell us to put our bags beside the trunk so he could pack them. One summer, I tried to pack them myself but he unpacked them all so he could do it right! Yes, there is a correct way to load a car and my dad wanted to fit as much as possible, have it all stowed safely, and be able to reach what he needed when he needed it. As an adult and a mother of two now myself, I totally understand. After all, if the kids’ backpacks go on the bottom it will throw off the balance and cause problems later when they remember they need their stuffed animals right now. I am excited to work with Kelley Blue Book to bring you these great tips on how to load a car for your family getaway. Kelley Blue Book is sponsoring this post and the giveaway kit but the opinions expressed are my own.
As a little fun precursor to my tips on how to load a car for your next family road trip, I decided to challenge my kids to a packing showdown. They went head-to-head on packing up the SUV fastest and most efficiently. I knew they would have fun trying to win for the best packing job and learn a lot about packing as they worked. It was sort of like suitcase Tetris! Now they know the things their father and I go through to pack up the car for summer activities.
How To Load A Car Most Efficiently For Your Family Getaway
As I said, there is totally a correct way to load a car most efficiently. Theses tips I will share with you are garnered from watching my father work, packing myself, and some bonus tips from Kelley Blue Book (KBB). As the leading authority in helping consumers choose the best cars for their lifestyle, Kelley Blue book wants to make it easier for families to hit the road. KBB knows the struggle families go through when packing up a car, and actually vets hundreds of vehicles to create its official “Top 10” lists. Their criteria includes everything from testing child safety seats to checking the availability of Apple CarPlay and even conducting a real-world test with real-world families. Do you have one the “best family cars” on Kelley Blue Book list? Don’t worry; these tips will help you learn how to load a car most efficiently for any car.
- Have All Bags Ready
Don’t pack as the bags show up. My dad was very smart to wait to pack until all the bags were ready.
- Choose Priority Bags For Easy Access
If you are stopping for a night along the way, you may not want to bring all your bags into the hotel. Knowing which bags you need for a overnight stop is helpful so they can get packed with easier access. This holds true for a pit stop or if you have packed any food or entertainment you may need.
- Consider valuables
If your road trip includes a side trip that will take you away from the car, remember to pack any valuables within easy reach so that you can keep them safe and take them with you on your detour. Alternately, pack those valuables deep within your stack.
- Safety first
Now you have done your leg work and you are ready to start actually packing. You don’t want any big, heavy bags falling out on you or squishing other bags so you will want to pack those on the bottom. Avoid loading SUVs beyond the height of the rear seat backs. Beyond this is unsafe because it blocks the driver’s vision and because if you come to an abrupt stop, the unsecured luggage to hurtle towards the passengers.
- Stackables towards the bottom
Nice square suitcases stack well and hold up their shape well so they do well at the bottom of a stack. Backpacks and duffle bags on the other had may get squished and also may cause things stacked on top to shift in travel and fall on you when you open the rear. See if any odd shaped stuff can go in the backseat you like comfy pillows or backpacks with electronics and food. This will make packing easier and allow for easier access to those items.
I hope you find these five tips on how to load your car for your next family road trip helpful. You can also enter to win a Road Trip Kit from Kelley Blue Book to make your journey easier.
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What is your favorite family car? What are your favorite tips for how to load a car?