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Packing Most Efficiently for Road Trips

Going on a road trip can be a lot of fun—you get to bond with family and friends, see new places, and it’s often cheaper than air travel. But, it can also be a hassle—fitting everything you need can be a challenge, and packing up the car while leaving enough space for you and other travelers can be time-consuming and irritating. Here are some tips for maximizing space on your road trip:


  • Like with any trip, the first step to packing a car is deciding what you can cut out. Maybe you don’t need 10 hardcover books or you can get rid of your bag that’s only holding shoes. Whatever your needs, chances are your first attempt at packing will yield too many items.
  • Once you’ve decided which goods make the cut, use soft duffle bags instead of hard suitcases to store your goods. These will smush in the boot or backseat, giving your space to tuck away smaller, harder items, like skis or camping gear. Any items that can’t really fit in your big bags, put in smaller bags so you can stuff them underneath seats or in the small spaces of your car.
  • Pack your bags using this method. Part of the reason you may be road-tripping is so you can bring all your favorite clothes, instead of cutting down for a carry-on. It’s still important to pack efficiently, even if you’re bringing more items. Stuff socks into shoes; use space-saving bags; roll t-shirts and use them to fill up all the nooks and crannies of your suitcases.
  • Utilize rooftop storage systems. Road Trip Kit is the best roof storage system for any road trip. Unlike other rooftop storage systems, the Road Trip Kit doesn’t need a roof rack for install, and it attaches to your car with just a few hooks, making use simple. As opposed to many roof boxes, the Road Trip Kit has ample storage and flexible sizing. You can adjust the kit to fit your needs; if you wee going on a short couple’s retreat, you could had a smaller bag than if you were embarking on a months-long journey with your entire family. The Road Trip Kit rooftop bags are also waterproof, so you never have to worry about inclement weather on your travels.
  • And with that, use all the spaces of your car. Any pockets in the front doors or spaces underneath seats can be used for things like snacks, water, and maps. But don’t overdue it…
  • …Buy food, toiletries, etc. along the way. This will save space in the trunk and prevent many accidents like spilled shampoo or exploding canned goods.

Worry about packing a car shouldn’t stop you from pursuing a dream road trip. If you use these tips and the Road Trip Kit, you’ll get the most out of your car’s space. These will help make the packing step painless, giving you more time, energy, and money to spend on your exciting road trip journey.

5 Tips for Travelling to Europe in Winter:


Make the most of the smaller crowds

One of the best things about travelling to Europe in winter is the fewer crowds. Europe bursts at its seams in summer when a flood of tourists pour in to take advantage of high season. But as the warm sun fades away so do the crowds and travelling in the colder weather means that you can experience the delights of the continent in a far more relaxed way. In the cities, most attractions will still be open in the wintertime, just with shorter opening hours, so makes sure you check these before your visit. In summer, you’d find yourself waiting in line for hours on end to get into the major sites, so take advantage in the colder months when it’s a lot quieter.


Pack decent winter gear

Let’s be honest. You’re going to have a pretty miserable time if you don’t pack smart. When I lived in Berlin a figured out pretty quickly that my ‘winter’ clothes from Australia were more like spring or autumn clothes in Europe. Winter is a whole different ball game. Do yourself a favour and invest in some decent pieces before you travel. Trust me, it’s going to make your trip a whole lot more enjoyable because, let’s be honest, no one really has a good time with perpetually numb fingers and toes. Key items you really can’t go without are:

  • Warm, waterproof boots (ideally fur lined with a thick sole)
  • Beanie
  • Gloves
  • Thermal layers
  • Thick socks
  • Insulating jacket
  • Remember, the days are shorter

    Another thing to take into consideration when planning your winter European trip is the short days. In the middle of winter, the sun rises late and sets early so you can’t quite cram as much into your day as you’d be able to in summer. Of course, the further north you go, the shorter the days are. In Berlin for example, the sun can rise as late as 8:17 am and set as early as 3:52 pm in December. You’ve really got to make the most of every hour of the day!

Minimise your time out in the elements

While exploring on foot might be your preferred way of seeing the city (it certainly is for me), it’s not the best idea to be out in the elements for 8 hours + each day in the winter. Your energy levels get sapped much quicker in extreme temperatures (this goes for summer too) and you generally enjoy yourself less. If you still want to get around by foot, take lots of little breaks and pop into cafés for a hot chocolate or tea every now and then to thaw out and give yourself a bit of a boost. A lot of cities in Europe also have great public transport networks, so make use of it to get around to avoid the chill.

Find a winter wonderland in the Alps

While the northern European cities are still beautiful in the winter, if you head south to the Alps you’ll find a winter wonderland like no other. The snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and charming alpine villages combine to create a scene straight out of a snow globe. If you’re into winter sports, hit the mountains for some world-class skiing and snowboarding in the French, Swiss or Italian Alps, but if you’re more inclined to tumble down the mountain instead, go explore the little alpine villages, try your hand at snowshoeing or have some quality spa time.