How to Pack for a Road Trip

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How to Pack for a Road Trip. A good rule to remember when packing for any trip is "less is more."

Things You'll Need

  • Luggage Sets
  • Travel Kits
  • First Aid Kits
  • Plastic Storage Bags
  • Backpacks
  • Duffel Bags
  • Fanny Packs
  • Select the smallest bag possible to carry the items you need for your trip. If you are going to be doing a lot of walking at your destination, consider using a large backpack as a suitcase.

  • Pack clothes tightly into small plastic bags. Shoes should be placed facing each other heel to toe and wrapped in a separate bag.

  • Place wrapped clothes in the bottom of your bag or suitcase. Throw in an empty bag for future dirty laundry.

  • Pack medicines and first-aid supplies in one bag or compartment and toiletries in another. Put potentially leaky items in sealed plastic bags and buy travel-size versions of your toiletries when possible.

  • Add books and any professional materials or electronic gear you may need.

  • Close and lift the bag to determine if it is too heavy to carry comfortably for several city blocks. If so - and if you're going to be on the move a lot while traveling - remove anything that can be bought, rented or borrowed at your destination.

Tips & Warnings

  • To save room, roll up all your clothes and pack them tightly together.
  • Consider packing outfits (matching tops, pants, sweaters and socks) in individual bags, so you don't have to unpack your entire suitcase each time you dress.
  • Avoid packing valuables in your suitcase; keep them with you in a purse or fanny pack.

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