How has your summer been going? Have you gone on your vacation/family vacation yet? Are you driving to your vacation destination, or taking other means of travel?
My family and I always drive to our vacation destination. We tend to stick close to home.
Packing for a road trip is easier said than done. It’s not always easy to squeeze everything you need into your automobile’s trunk.
Just recently our daughter, her (ex) boyfriend and his family went to South Carolina for a family vacation. They had way too much stuff that they had to pack stuff on their car’s roof. That wouldn’t have been so bad but what would have happened if it rained? All of their stuff would have been ruined.
Are you familiar with Kelley Blue Book? Kelley Blue Book (KBB) is the leading authority in helping consumers choose the best cars for their lifestyle.
KBB knows the struggle families go through when packing up a car, and actually vets hundreds of vehicles to create its official “Best Family Cars for 2016” list. Their criteria includes everything from testing child safety seats to checking the availability of Apple CarPlay and even conducting a real-world test with real-world families.
KBB has some tips to help you pack up your vehicle for your summer vacation or any road trip you might be going on this year (and beyond).
Put heavier items on the bottom of the cargo area and toward the front, and avoid loading SUVs beyond the height of the rear seat backs. Keeping heavier items up closer to the center of the vehicle can help preserve handling integrity in emergency avoidance situations, while imposing a height limit on your stack of stuff will help maintain rearward vision and prevent objects from becoming projectiles in a collision. If you wouldn’t want somebody throwing it at your head, don’t keep it unsecured and at head level in your car.
Consider large trash bags for smaller loose items and soft items like blankets and pillows. It’ll be easier to transport these items to and from the car, and their flexibility makes them more space efficient than a large box, for instance.
There’s often plenty of action in the time between packing the car and fully unpacking it at your destination, and planning ahead can save plenty of headache. Obviously you’ll want to keep plenty of food and drink within reach, along with napkins, a trash bag and medicine, perhaps. And any modern family road trip is sure to benefit from a full complement of electronics and related accessories, like power cords and headphones. But if your journey will include a side trip that will take you away from the car, remember to pack any valuables within easy reach so that you can take them with you on your detour. Alternately, pack those valuables deep within your stack. If you plan to arrive at noon and check-in isn’t until 4pm, keep the swimsuits and sunscreen easily accessible so you don’t have to unpack and re-pack the whole car in the middle of the hotel parking lot.
My car’s trunk was a total mess. So much so that there was no way I could pack anything in it for a road trip.
My trunk was filled with everything. The boxes were books I planned on donating – I just never got around to it. There are also outdoor games I used at work stuff in there, first aid kit, car products, reusable tote bags and so much more. I’m surprised our kitchen sink wasn’t stuffed in there. I literally could not stuff one more thing in my trunk – let alone luggage and supplies for a road trip.
KBB challenged me to organize my car and make it ready for a road trip. Challenge accepted!!!
Here is my updated trunk.
I donated the stuff I needed to get rid of, put the outdoor toys in my husband’s car (for now – I need to leave them at work when I return this September) and used and Automotive Trunk Organizer from Miu Color to organize the rest of my “stuff.”
Now that my trunk is cleaned out and organized it’s ready for any family road trip we might go on. I even have plenty of room for carry on luggage, snacks and other things we might need on our journey.
Next up – organize my husband’s trunk. We have every intention of doing so, but the weather here in New York has been unseasonably hot – feeling like TRIPLE digits on many days. We’ll have to wait until the weather gets a bit more bearable before tacking my husband’s trunk.
We did use KBB to check on the price of my car when we were buying it. It actually helped us to knock almost $2,000 off the price. In hinesight I should have looked up more information about my car. I LOVE my car (I love it A LOT) but I have very little trunk space. Thankfully my husband’s car has a bigger trunk.
My husband is in the market for a new (used) car. We plan on checking car values on KBB when we go car shopping this fall.
If you would like to learn more about Kelley Blue Book you can visit them online at KBB.com. In addition you can check them out on social media.
KBB would love to give a lucky reader a great prize package to help with their next road trip. The prize package includes:
- One Carry-On Luggage Set (this is REALLY nice!)
- Kelley Blue Book Swag (sticky note book, tumbler and Bluetooth speaker) – My kids love the speaker.
- $25 Visa Gift Card (great for gas or snacks on the road)
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on August 22, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this prize package – OR – what road trip you have planned this summer (or at some point this year)?
For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t quality.
*I have partnered with Kelley Blue Book to bring you these great times. I received a similar prize package for my participation. There was no additional compensation. Kelly Blue Book is providing the prize package. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.