There are very few events in life that I find more frustrating than trying to pack the car the night before a trip. I’m generally tired after a long day (or week) of work, distracted, maybe hungry, definitely cranky. Perhaps hubby is as well? Not a good dynamic.
To top that off, we’re over-packers. I don’t know why, but we load up like we’re vacationing in the hinterlands, not 10 minutes from a shopping center. We’ve tried to change our ways, but I’m not sure we can.
Imagine that late-night scene of us cramming stuff into the back of the car only to realize that it won’t all fit.
CUE: DEFCON 1 readiness
Here’s the good news. By using this one simple tip, we can avoid all of that drama: Pack and unpack for your trip ahead of time. Yep, I said unpack.
Do this a few days ahead, a week ahead, it doesn’t matter. You’re going to pack your clothes at some point, anyway. Might as well do it early.
After you’ve loaded the car with everything you’re taking, snap a picture of the trunk or cargo area using your phone’s camera.
Next, unload the car one layer at a time, taking a picture after each layer is removed.
This whole process of loading, photographing and unloading the car should not take very long; and it will save you from a massive headache when you’re ready to hit the road.
Simply pull out your phone, follow the photos starting with Layer One and re-pack the car.
You’ve got a handy reference on your phone for packing the car at the end of your vacation. You can hit the road relaxed, happy and have a great vacation!
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