How to pack your vehicle for a road trip by Neil White

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Road trips might be fun and exciting, but they also require a lot of preparation. As well as preparing yourself, you need to pay attention to your vehicle. Whether you’re travelling by car, on a motorcycle, or renting an RV, you’ll need to know how to properly prepare your vehicle. The thing is, a well-packed vehicle is the basis of a successful road trip. You won’t get very far if your trusty steed isn’t prepared.

1. Preparing your car

When it comes to preparing your car, it’s all about saving space. Going on a road trip by car means that you’ll have to be compact and come up with practical ways to save space. Not only will you be able to pack more things, but your car can also serve as a resting place if you’ve got a long road ahead. The best way to save space is to change the way you pack. Instead of folding everything, roll it.
When you roll your clothes in your bag instead of folding them, you’re leaving more room for more clothes. What’s more, the rolling method will leave your clothes with fewer creases as well as keep them separate but compact.

2. Packing your car

Since you’ve figured out what the best way to pack your car is, it’s time to figure out what you need to pack. How heavily you pack depends on how far you’re going. If you plan on using your car as a sleeping compartment while you’re on the road, you should definitely pack some linen and pillows. To save space, you can use space bags to compress these items as they will inevitably take up most of the space in your trunk otherwise.
We’ve already covered the way you should pack your clothes, but you’ll also need shoes. Because you’ll be rolling up your clothes in the suitcase, you’ll have space to pack for every occasion. Your shoes should be stashed under the car seats to save you even more space.

3. Preparing your motorcycle

The most important thing about preparing your motorcycle for the road is to lessen the weight. How you pack will greatly affect how fast you go and how well your bike carries the load. This is why most experienced riders advise packing versatile things. So, when buying your gear, look for things that use the same functions and chargers. This will save you space as well as lighten your load. For the same reason, you should only carry the things that are useful.

A final piece of advice when it comes to preparing your motorcycle for the road is to practice how you pack. This will help you learn how to pack more compact. What’s more, you’ll learn how to pack smarter and what the best method of organization is according to your motorcycle.

4. Packing your motorcycle

Now that you’ve prepared your motorcycle for the road, it’s time to pack it. The first thing you need to look at is your must-have accessories for a road trip – and if you don’t have everything that you need, you can always find it on MX Store. For most convenience, you should pack your riding suit, helmet, and gloves in a separate bag. Your riding bag should be packed with only the essentials and a few extras in case something happens to the essentials. Avoid over-packing and being over-prepared, no matter how tempting it is.
You should focus on packing according to the weather. Depending on what time of year it is, you may need to pack warmer equipment and gear. That being said, regardless of the weather, you should always have waterproof boots with you, as well as extra pairs of socks.

5. Preparing your RV

If you’re travelling with an RV, you’ll have much more space to work with. RVs are usually suitable for long road trips because they easily fit you, your stuff, and even your family. That being said, you should make sure the fridge of your RV is well-stocked. This way, you won’t have to stop for food as much, and you’ll be able to see much more while you’re travelling.
Make sure to pack only things that are ready for consumption as soon as you open them. This mostly involves dry and processed food that’s tasty and suitable for the road. Another room that should be well-stocked is the toilet. This will also lessen your need for stopping and allow you to add more interesting things to your itinerary, thus enhancing the quality of your road trip.

6. Packing your RV

When it comes to packing your RV, you have a lot more freedom than with packing your car or your motorcycle. Of course, you’ll still need to be efficient and try to save space. That means that you’ll need to find a decent place for your suitcases, so you don’t trip over them every time you move. As well as that, you’ll need to pack other essentials.

Pillows and linen are a necessity when it comes to RVs because this will definitely be your home for the length of your road trip. As well as that, you should bring plastic cups and mugs, as well as plates and utensils, because you’re going to be eating here, too. Tupperware, can openers, bottle openers, and ziplock bags will also be highly useful. All of the things unrelated to your clothes should neatly be packed in one suitcase, for better organization. Some people prefer packing by function or RV section, as this can save time and confusion.

Conclusion

The most important thing you can do to prepare for your journey is to adequately pack your vehicle. When you’re on the road, you won’t have access to many things you may need. This is why it’s important to have them all with you, in your vehicle. Packed, organized, and prepared, you’ll be ready to take on the world and discover everything it has to offer. Who knows, along the way, you may even uncover many truths about yourself.