Vacations are full of fun and everyone is ready to throw their suitcase in the back and hit the road. Packing your trunk with everyone’s luggage, snacks, and road entertainment is a puzzle. You don’t want to be an hour into the drive and have to pull over so you can grab a snack or movie out of the back. Here are some tips on how to pack your trunk to make your vacation a breeze.

If you haven’t taken out all the old gas receipts, used napkins, and other trash out of your car then start there. It’s summer so you won’t be needing your ice scraper or winter tools, take them out as well. Try not to overpack, although it’s hard it will save you room in the end. Consider co-packing a bag to prevent overpacking, it will also create more space. Have a separate bag for items that will be used multiple times during the trip like snacks, water, and entertainment so passengers in the backseat don’t have to rummage through the luggage to find something.

When packing the trunk remember that the first things into the trunk are the last things out, so pack accordingly. If its a bag or that won’t be needed for a while put that in first. A pro tip is to pack your children’s luggage towards the last so it’s one of the first things out in case they need to change clothes or they need their swimsuits as soon as possible so they can dive into the nearest body of water.

Once you’re ready to start packing you’ll want to lay out everything you’re bringing in your driveway to see how much stuff there is and what items need to go in first. You’ll want to pack starting from the back of the trunk and slowly moving towards the front. It’s best to put luggage, lawn chairs, and sleeping bags towards the back so you have room to put a cooler in the front.

By bringing a cooler you can save money on food costs and pack everyone’s favorite thing. It is easy to throw away zip lock bags after you’ve eaten whatever was inside, but sometimes they can easily leak and spill. Be prepared for those spills and unpredictable messes by packing some baby wipes and paper towels into the easily accessible bag.

Lastly, don’t forget to pack a set of spare keys. The last thing you want is to be stranded at the beach and digging through the sand because you lost the only set of keys. Put them somewhere safe like the glove box or center console because it’s cheaper to call a locksmith to unlock your car than to make a whole new key.

Before you head off for your vacation be sure to bring your car into us at Foreign Affairs Auto in West Palm Beach to get your car ready for the road. We will make sure your car is running smoothly and put your mind at ease so you can enjoy the vacation without any worries. Make your appointment online to get things started. Hope to see you soon!