If you’re planning your next family break, you’ll probably be looking for ways to save money on it too. Driving can be a much more affordable option than flying, and if you pack tactically, you might be able to save even more! These helpful tips to packing the thrifty way come from Izzy at PassSmart and are designed to help you save money on fuel!
Do you REALLY need that?
We’ve all been asked this question, and we probably all put up a pretty good case as to why we did really need it, but it might be time to rethink. Overpacking can create unnecessary excess weight, and when you’re packing 20 pairs of shoes for 7 nights away, the solution is obvious. Try to plan your outfits for each day and night, allowing, of course, for some emergency options! Think about whether or not you’re likely to use it or whether it’s just going to stay in the suitcase. Be ruthless!
Roll, don’t fold!
Rolling your clothes will allow you much more space in your case. Although I’ve just tried to discourage you from overpacking, utilizing your space in one suitcase will stop you from having to take two! You might even be able to share case space with your partner if you’re a pro-roller.
It’s also worth noting that material, squashable bags will free up more space than hard suitcases. You’ll be able to fit more in the car, and won’t have to play tetris trying to fit everything in the trunk.
Cutting down the kids’ stuff
It’s one thing minimizing your own stuff, but cutting down on the kids’ things can be an even bigger challenge. For such little people, they certainly create a lot of baggage! Of course, they need more changes of clothes than us, but there are ways to reduce the amount of toys, books and other things they want to bring!
Instead of spending time wrestling with them over their life-sized Winnie the Pooh, give them a bag each and tell them they can pack whatever they want as long as it fits in the bag. Turn it into a game and there’s less likely to be any tantrums.
Use it or lose it
Don’t leave things in the car that you don’t need. That may seem obvious, but many people have a habit of chucking stuff in the trunk and forgetting about it. So if you’ve got a snow shovel in the back and you’re traveling at the height of summer, it makes sense to take it out.
The same goes if you have a roof rack. The chances are you’ll be using it if you’re going away, but, if not, leaving it on there could significantly reduce your fuel economy.
Organizing your trunk
It’s not just when you go away that you need to think about having a neat and tidy trunk. Keep it that way for the rest of the year too by investing in some storage compartments. They’re available to buy online and in store and are perfect for busy mums and dads. Say goodbye to rifling around for stuff in the back, because there’ll be a space for everything!
This guest post was written by Izzy from PassSmart.com; the service for learner drivers looking for their perfect driving instructor.