Packing for a Road Trip

A place for everything
and everything in its place

Packing for a road tripPacking for a road trip is a great way to get in the flow. Do you know everything you’d like to bring? Do you have enough room in your road trip car for everything you’d like to bring? Do you have savvy ways of stuffing everything you’d like to bring into your road trip car?

The Chinese have the ancient art of feng shui. Packing for a road trip can make great use of that art.

Quote - Christopher Fry

Packing Light

I believe in packing light (although I do fondly remember one winter road-trip as a very young boy when I was buried alive in a huge mass of blankets, clothes, and gear in the back of a massive Ford station wagon), so consider carefully what you’ll really need to make a satisfying journey. Keeping track of too much stuff while traveling can become a terrible distraction.

Make a pile outside your road trip car before packing it in. It will help you decide if you have too much stuff, and it will help you find the right place for everything as you’re loading it up.


There are some things we take with us that are useful during the drive (road atlas, camera, food and water, etc). Take some time before you leave to find the right place for these things. Experience will help you here. If some things stump you…relax. Once you begin driving, those things without a place will soon find a place. And we hope they’ll find the right place sooner than later.

During your road trip, take some time to reorganize. It amazes me how quickly things can become disorderly. Spending even half an hour to empty your ride and then pack it back up has a huge payoff in ride comfort. My sweetheart and I often re-organize after a road trip activity. It’s a lot nicer than just jumping in and driving off.

Cargo Accessories

If your road trip requires you to pack not-so-light, then we can still keep things packed well. We can use all sorts of aids while packing for a road trip.

Be careful when tying things to your roof. It’s important to understand ropes, knots, and how things react to 70mph (113kph) winds. My favorite knot is the trucker’s hitch. I once used it to tie a 6 foot (183cm) long redwood burl table to the roof of our minivan.

Table on van

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