I am excited to work with Kelley Blue Book to bring you these great tips. Kelley Blue Book is sponsoring the giveaway kit as a part of the promotion, and I also received a kit as part of the promotion.
Dominic and I joke that I married him for his car packing skills and he married me for my suitcase packing skills. Seriously, my hubs can pack a car for a family adventure like no other! He preps and plans and executes like a master. And I’m all about the front end … laundry, lists, snacks. You name it, I’ve got it organized and ready to go. We’re the dream team!
Over the years we’ve taken 3 different family cars on road trips, only one of which made it on Kelley Blue Book’s Best Family Cars, but no matter the car, Dominic has expertly fit everything I deemed necessary for our travels every time. And that’s a lot. Because I win zero awards for light packing.
Kelley Blue Book hosted a fun little packing showdown this summer and Dominic and I jumped on board. Mom vs. Dad. Expert suitcase packer vs. expert car packer. For this friendly competition we had to find out who could pack the car the best. Best being quickest and most efficient. No need to place bets on who won the challenge. That Dad Dominic, of course! He can Tetris a car in a matter of minutes. Truly, while I was still assessing if all the bags were present, Dom was ready to close the trunk.
Here are his top tips for efficiently packing a family vehicle …
Categorize Your Bags
Before anything goes in the car, Dominic says that you need all bags and extras present. Yes, even the kite for the beach and the baby’s stroller. Getting a grasp on what all needs to fit helps the process a lot!
Build From the Bottom Up
Firm, rectangle bags make a great base. But don’t think they always need to lay down. Sometimes lining them up vertically makes more sense. Build from the bottom up and utilize the space where your kids feet dangle. They don’t need the floor space like adult do.
Know What’s Fragile
Dominic hasn’t broken a thing while packing the car. He’s kept my camera safe, my laptop, and even a carton of eggs when we packed food along. During the initial bag set up he always has me highlight what needs extra care. Thanks, Babe!
Disassemble What You Can
I never would have thought that taking the wheels off our stroller would make it possible to fit it in the car better. I was ready to scrap it and just stick with my baby carrier on a recent trip, but Dom said no, he could make it fit. And he did! By simply removing the rear wheels (an easy pop on pop off feature) it slid perfectly behind Reid’s rear facing car seat. What I thought was dead space, was valuable space! If you can break something large and bulky down, do it!
Keep It Tight
When Dom is done packing, nothing wiggles. He wedges it all nice and tight so nothing shifts around while we drive. Not only do we save space, our items stay safe.
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