The fast pace of modern life can thrill, we need to get away from the constant hustle and bustle now and then and a road trip is a fun, cost-effective way to do this.
There is nothing as freeing as hitting the open road, with your windows wound down and your music turned up.
But poor packing can turn your blissful break into a holiday from hell.
If you have a nimble car — like the new Datsun GO — packing may seem like a daunting task but a little planning goes a long way and it will surprise you at just how much you can squeeze into your roadster.
- First thing’s first: Make a list!
Write everything you intend on taking with you, starting with the absolute essentials.
Do not forget a first aid kit for emergencies and some cold hard cash because even not everyone accepts cards or QR scanner payments.
Once you have all the essentials down, add the nice-to-haves.
And once you have all of those down, it’s time to decide what stays and what goes.
Channel your inner Marie Kondo and try to keep what you are taking to a minimum.
Try not to duplicate—you don’t need two pairs of heels, do you? And where take multi-purpose items, like the two-in-one shampoo and conditioner.
- Next, get to packing!
Do this the night before. Be daring (or bag!) and get creative.
Roll your clothes instead of folding them.
You can squeeze more in this way — and your clothes will not wrinkle when you unpack them later.
Place socks, underwear, and smaller clothing items into plastic bags and then inside shoes or hats.
Decant small amounts of cosmetics and toiletries — such as the foundation and shower gel — into empty pill boxes or contact cases and take only as much as you will need.
If you travel often for an organisation, invest in a set of packing cubes.
Vacuum bags are also a great space-saving innovation and useful when you to take your own bedding or big, heavy coats.
- Be strategic when loading the car.
Take some time to look at all the space available to you and to plot out where you will put each piece of luggage.
Note any spaces not intending to use — but could be for — storage.
Think about the spaces underneath the front seats, any compartments inside the doors and your cubby hole.
Your new Datsun GO also has several compartments of varying sizes, located around the steering wheel.
Pack your larger items in first and then place your smaller items on top or squeeze them in between.
It is important not to pile the luggage in your boot too high they might obstruct or your view of the rear window.
Secure any loose objects which might roll around the floor well or fly into the windshield, while you are driving. Keep in mind that a fully-loaded boot may cause the back of your car to sag.
This could alter the angle of your headlights and end up blinding other motorists so if you are carrying an extra heavy load, consider adjusting your headlights slightly.
To find out more about the new Datsun GO, book a test drive at your nearest Datsun dealership or visit www.datsun.co.za for more details.
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