10 Tips for Packing the Car Before Your Next Camping Trip
It’s almost summer time! Time to head out to the great outdoors. But packing the car can be a bugbear, especially when you’re trying to curb your summer spending and pack light for your next camping trip. Do not worry.
- Think about what to bring, give yourself time
You can’t just decide to pack for the trip and get everything done in a day. Most important items should be packed in advance, and then the rest can be done on the actual trip. Camping is an experience that can be both fun and relaxing but can also be stressful. So, before you head out on your next camping trip, make sure you leave some time for the preparation and organization necessary to ensure the trip is a success.
- Check the vehicle in which you will be traveling for spaces
It’s time to pack the car for your next road trip, and you have a choice of car to use. You could use a car with the highest amount of legroom, or the one with the best speakers for your favorite music. You could go with a vehicle that gets the best gas mileage or one that has the most storage space. Or you might take the car that you want to spend the least amount of money on.
- Sleeping bags should be grabbable
For most of us, packing the car is a stressful task. We want to make sure everything is organized and packed well, but we are also worried that everything will end up too heavy, too fragile, or too delicate to be packed. Sleeping bags are another thing altogether, especially when you’re trying to make sure they are stuffable, light, and usable.
- Choose soft side luggage
Everyone knows it: traveling with a heavy backpack is a pain and is not a good idea to do it every day. So what’s the solution? Use soft side luggage to take your bags, and you’ll be able to hit the road pain-free.
- Pack for the weather
This can be done in advance, but it should also be done on the actual trip, so you don’t have an extra bag. This is one of the most important tasks when traveling, especially if you are planning to camp in the wild. Knowing how to pack is an important part of staying safe in the outdoors. This is especially true if you are camping in the summer months.
- Pack items that are light and won’t take up much space
You may also want to grab something lightweight, like a tent. You’re probably not going to need too much more than this when you go on a camping trip, but you should think about what you need and what you don’t.
- Pack items that are subject to change
Camping can be a great way to get outside, enjoy nature and relax. But, it can also be a logistical nightmare: when you take the tent and sleeping bag out of the car, you have to store the rest of the gear in a separate container. That leaves you with a very limited amount of space in the car to put food, water, and gear. No matter how much you pack and how much you plan, there are always going to be items that need to be moved or changed.
- Pack items that can be packed in separate bags
Pack light yet comfortable when you travel, with separate bags for toiletries, books, electronics, and other items—but not your clothes, of course.
- Pack items that can be repacked easily
You can reduce the amount of weight you need to pack in your car by packing items that can be repacked easily. If you are bringing a lot of clothes, consider bringing some of your clothes that can be worn multiple times. If you want to bring a bathing suit, don’t bring a full-sized one, bring a one-piece that can be worn again. If you are bringing an assortment of toys, consider bringing a few toys that can be packed in a small bag that can easily fit in your car.
- Pack items that can be packed without wrinkling
When traveling by car, the ability to pack belongings in your vehicle without wrinkling is vital. If you pack items that can be packed without wrinkling, you’ll have less of an opportunity to damage your items, and they’ll be fresher when they arrive at your destination.
Camping is fun; if you want to pack everything you need while still staying organized and taking up as little space as possible.