There is an art to packing the car, for some it comes as naturally as breathing others less so, and loathe as I am to admit it, packing the car is something that men seem to do better than women. It has something to do with their sense of spatial awareness being better than women’s, and being able to see ahead of their actions. Personally I think it has to do with how much Tetris they played as kids. Fitting everything into the car and still having room for the family to travel comfortably is something of an art form, especially when they also manage to leave room to get a clear view out of the rear windscreen is amazing. If you are not one of those people who can get everything stored away first time, there are a few things that you can do to make the job a little easier.

Before You Start Packing the Car

Before you start loading up the car with all of your bags and baggage, pause and go out to the car. Remove all of the junk that is already in there and taking up valuable packing space. Clean out all of the accumulated rubbish and the fast food toys that the kids have left in the back of the car. You stand more chance of getting everything in if you take out all of the things that you don’t need. Though it may sound cliché and make you mutter under your breath about not being a child, you really should make a list. Having a packing list really does make things easier, and it makes packing to come home again a breeze. Make sure that your list has different categories for the different types of things that you need to take with you such as clothing, personal items and entertainment items.

Clever Packing

The best way to pack the car is by putting the items that you will need last, in the car first. Make sure that any of the items that you will need while you are on the road are easily accessible as soon as you open the boot of the car. This will be things like drinks and snacks or any picnic that you have packed to keep you going throughout the journey. Look at the types of bags and suitcases that you are using, you have probably had them for years. These days cases and bags are more versatile, less bulky and easier to get into the back of the car. It could be worthwhile to look at your packing options. Remember to pack some rubbish bags too, especially if you are planning on eating snacks in the car. Leave one open in the car so that everyone knows where to put their rubbish when they are finished with it. It also makes sense to have some wet wipes easily accessible for after snack clean ups or to deal with any in car accidents such as spills or sickness.

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