How to Load Your Vehicle for Camping
Getting ready for a camping trip involves lots of packing — clothes, camping gear, food and cooking equipment, as well as sport and game equipment. When it comes to loading up your vehicle, use the following guidelines:
|Place all camp gear, coolers, food, and fuel in the trunk. Stow
liquids carefully so that they don’t tip.
|Don’t forget the goodie bag full of play stuff to keep
restless travelers happy.
|Use a car rack to handle overflow from the trunk. Never pack
camp gear inside the passenger compartment; preserve that space for
comfortable travel. If necessary, rent a larger vehicle.
|Attach removable sun screens to the inside rear windows.|
|Take blanket and pillows inside the car as nap-aids.||Carry a litter bag within easy reach of all travelers. Dispose
of litter at each pit stop.
|Put maps (carefully marked with the route) within easy reach of
the driver or navigator.
|Keep extra clothing inside, like jackets if you’re going
to higher elevations. Those extra layers will make you more
comfortable at rest stops.
|Keep coins handy for tolls.||Stow boats on the roof rack.|
|Keep a small cooler inside the car loaded with drinks and
snacks. Toss a few old towels nearby to soak up spills and cover
|Stow bikes on the rack, too. No room? Rent one of those special
bike racks for rear mounting.