How to Pack Your Car for a Road Trip

We all know that a lighter trunk leads to better gas mileage and more peace of mind. Still, most of us end up packing too much whenever we go on a road trip. Moreover, we find ourselves scrambling to find the stuff we need once we set out. ServiceMarket has compiled this guide on how to pack your car properly for a road trip so you won’t have these issues. Following this guide is just as important as reviewing your Dubai car insurance policy and getting your car road trip ready before you head out to ensure you have a smooth vacation.

Plan ahead

The secret to properly packing for a road trip, especially a long one, is to analyze the space that you have in your car and plan how to utilize it properly. Since you have limited space to work with, you have to make the most of it by using every nook and cranny for your belongings. This includes thinking of the space under the seat, in the central console compartments, in the glove compartment and in the pockets of backs of seats as storage space as well.

Packing supplies

Instead of using suitcases, since they take up a lot of space, pack your clothes in soft sided bags such as backpacks and duffle bags. You should roll your clothes as you pack your bags, instead of folding them, to save space and prevent creases. We recommend keeping a separate overnight bag that you can fill with one to three days worth of clothes, toiletries and other essentials that you take into your hotel with you when you stop to rest. This beats carrying all your luggage inside every time. You can switch out clothes from your duffles to your overnight bag whenever you run out. Remember to pack a collapsible laundry hamper as well.

Use clear sided tubs for cooking and picnic utensils, cling film, foil, ziplock bags and everyday food items. These tubs can also be used to pack shoes, books, board games, playing cards, sports equipment, beach towels, etc. Label the tubs so you know what is where when you need it. Depending on where you will be staying the nights, you might need to pack linen and blankets. Space bags should be used for these. Also, remember to invest in two coolers for food supplies and drinks. Get a big cooler for perishable food items and a smaller one for on the road snacks and ice packs.

What goes where

We recommend the following spaces for items that you need to pack for your road trip:

Emergency car kit – The glove compartment or under a seat.

First aid kit – The glove compartment

Water and oil for the car – Under seats.

Clothes bag/s – In the trunk.

Overnight bag – Back seat of the car

Electronic chargers – Central console compartment.

Clean-up stuff (baby wipes, paper towels, etc.) – Central console compartment.

Car manual – Pockets on back of the seats

Big cooler – Trunk

Small cooler – Back seat of the car

Laundry hamper – Trunk

Think accessibility

To keep things accessible, a good rule of thumb to follow is the first in, last out rule: things that you probably won’t need go in the trunk first, followed by things you might need. The last stuff to go in the trunk should be things you are sure to need everyday of your road trip. If the backseat is empty, instead of the trunk, the belongings that you will use the most should be packed there. However, if you are traveling with children, the backseat definitely won’t be empty and you need to be smarter about what you put where. Also, if you are traveling with a child, here is a great guide by Mumzworld for picking the best car seat

Don’t forget to pack your car manual for on the road car trouble and your car insurance documents. Before you head out for the road trip, make sure that you have adequate insurance coverage. You don’t want to be driving from Dubai to Doha without coverage for the GCC region, for example. If you need to switch insurance providers, get free car insurance quotes from reputable car insurance companies in Dubai on ServiceMarket.

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