Packing your car for your travels is rarely an enjoyable task

At that point you just want to jump in the driver’s seat, hit the open road and escape your day to day life, but unfortunately, it’s never that simple. Make sure you’re prepared by taking a look at our list of essentials.

Fueling up before a trip

How to keep clean during a trip

Best way to pack for a trip

Fuelling Up

When we say fuel, we don’t just mean fuel for your car, although that is essential before setting off on your journey. You’ll need to be able to fuel your body with food to keep you energised throughout your trip. Now, cooking at a campsite or a festival isn’t the most luxurious, but you can still make a good meal with a camping stove and a few tinned foods. Alongside that, it’s best to pack food that can be easily stored, doesn’t need refrigerating and won’t easily melt in the warm weather.

Swansway Snacks:

  • Cereal Bars
  • Crisps
  • Nuts
  • Biscuits
  • Fruit – Bananas, tangerines, apples, pears.


Motoring Meals:
If you have the option to take a stove with you, you may want to consider the below easy meals.

  • Instant Porridge Pots
  • Breakfast in a tin
  • Instant Noodles/Pasta
  • Baked Beans
  • Tinned Soup

Keeping Clean:

Access to showers at festivals and some campsites can be few and far between. Make sure you pack some supplies to help keep fresh for those times when you don’t have access to running water.

  • Deodorant/ Body Spray
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Water Carrier (if you have space)
  • Mouthwash

Keeping yourself fresh is important, but don’t forget about your trusty stead. Once you arrive home from your holiday, consider what you’ve put your car through, it’s likely it will need a freshen up too. Take a look at our top tips for giving your car a good scrub.

Sleeping Supplies:
As exciting as camping out under the stars may be, there’s nothing like your own bed. With all the something that you’ll get up to in a day, whether it’s rushing between stages to see your favourite bands, or heading down to the beach near your campsite, you’ll need your beauty sleep to be able to wake up fresh and ready to do it all over again the next day. There are a couple of things you can do to make your sleeping situation more comfortable, without adding obscene amounts of luggage.

  • Thin Sleeping Bag
  • Self-inflating roll matt.
  • Eye Mask.
  • Ear Plugs.

Tips for packing

Once you’ve got everything organised, it’s now time for the tricky part, trying to fit it all in whilst leaving space for you and any passengers you may have. Try to pack in as few bags as possible, and perhaps separate them into sections, this will help you when it comes to unpacking. You’ll be able to just grab your essential bags first and go.

Packing your car requires more thought than you may first expect, ensuring you optimise the space and guarantee a smooth driving experience is important. Start by loading up the heavy items, such as your tent and any camping equipment you may have, once this is in place you can start adding the lighter items, food, clothing etc.

If you’ve got a smaller vehicle, why not consider purchasing a boot organiser, this will help to ensure everything you have fits in, or you can make things even easier for yourself by purchasing a roof box to give you some extra space.

Looking for a bigger car? This is the perfect opportunity to start searching, take a look at some vehicles that we sell that have a large boot space.

Audi Q7 – for the Audi lovers out there, you may want to consider the Audi Q7, with a potential boot capacity of 770L there is plenty of space for you, your passengers and your luggage.

Peugeot 5008 – Not only does the 5008 have a boot capacity of up to 952L - when the seats are folded down or up to 1,060L if you completely remove the seats, but there is also handy underfloor storage,

Range Rover Velar – The Range Rover Velar offers the epitome of adventure combined with elegance. With a boot capacity of 632L, rising to 1,690L when you fold the rear seats down. If you’re looking for practicality and luxury, this is the car for you.

SEAT Tarraco – The Tarraco is SEAT’s first seven-seater vehicle, and it’s no ordinary seven-seater, with both the rear seats and second row of seats able to slide, lock into place and fold flat.

Want even more space? Why not consider a van? Take a look at our current used Van stock.

Staying Safe:

When you’re heading out on your travels, it is important that among all the excitement, you remember to take the correct steps to ensure a safe journey. One of the key things you can do is check the load capacity of your vehicle, there’s nothing worse than packing all your heavy camping equipment, only to find out that you’ve packed too much and are making the journey unsafe, likewise, when packing, ensure you keep the rear-view window clear.

You may be in holiday mode by the time it comes to hopping in the driving seat, but be sure to make sensible decisions. Flip-flops might be the ideal footwear to stroll along the beach in, but they are not safe for driving. As for your passengers, they might want to start the festivities early which is all well and good, providing that they do not distract you from focusing on the road.

Now you’re all set to head off on your summer adventures. Go ahead, get ready to hit the open road, cruise along the coastal roads, or party away in a field somewhere, you’ll have the peace of mind that your car will carry everything you need and more!

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