October 8th, 2014
How to Pack For a Road Trip
You’ve tuned up your engine, checked the tires, loaded your iPod™ full of great tunes, and found a travel buddy. What’s left? Packing your stuff, of course. We’ll show you how Eagle Creek bags can help make the process super easy.
Packing for a road trip is a bit different than the prep you do for other adventures. Your needs are different, and space is at a premium. Organization is key, and items that compress to utilize all available space become your best friends. You know the obvious items that every car adventurer requires: great music, good friends, a trusty GPS (or map, if you’re “old school”), and sturdy tires. But have you considered what you will use to pack your clothes, toiletries, and gear?
Great packing starts, of course, with great luggage. Duffels trump frame luggage every time when it comes to road trips, thanks to greater space-saving capability. You won’t go wrong with a duffel like the No Matter What™ Duffel, which is come in sizes from small to XL and tough enough to go anywhere. Consider your big bag sort of a “command center” for everything you need, with packing organizers like Cubes and Folders working as subdividers for specific needs.
Have a ride roomy enough for a large gear bag? The Morphus 30 is a game-changer, consisting of two full-sized bags in one. Keep them united as one oversized, wheeled unit or zip them apart into two: a traditional wheeled suitcase and a large backpack. Again, in-bag packing organization is going to be an absolute requirement for finding just what you need at a moment’s notice!
To that end, the Pack-It Specter™ Starter Set comes with everything necessary to organize your bag and compress your belongings. The Folder holds between 8 and 12 shirts and pants, the Cube is great for T-shirts and shorts and the Half Cube is great for your under garments. If you need a few more Cubes check out the Specter Cube Set.
Pack-It™ Wallaby will hang right from a back-seat door hanger, opening up a whole new world of available space and accessibility for your toiletries. Whether car-camping or grabbing your stuff for an overnight hotel/hostel stay, you need speedy access to your soap, shampoo, razor, comb, et cetera. It has lots of pockets and compartments so you’ll never waste precious time digging for your toothbrush and toothpaste ever again.
And last, but not least, keep your passengers’ comfort in mind with essentials that speak the language of “road trip”: compact, versatile, and easy to stow. Take, for instance, the Compact Travel Pillow and 2-in-1 Pillow. This kind of cozy gear is what you need! Similarly, don’t forget to pack a small cooler that’s easily accessible with snacks and drinks so that it’s grabbable without pulling over.
All right, road trippers, it’s your turn. What gear has upped your travel game? Sound off in the comments!
Shannon O’Donnell is a long-term traveler on the road since 2008; she travels slowly and supports grassroots tourism along the way. She published The Volunteer Traveler’s Handbook and founded GrassrootsVolunteering.org to help travelers connect with ethical volunteering and travel opportunities as well as plan long-term round the world trips.