Tips for packing your car

Going on a trip or moving into a dorm?  Need to fit a LOT of stuff in a small space?  Being prepared is half the battle.  First thing you should do is completely clean out your vehicle. Take out everything that is not needed on the trip and all trash.  This will save much needed space. 
What are you taking?  This is where prioritizing is very important.  Do you really need to take that oversized teddy bear or blanket?  If it’s the key to get that toddler to sleep then YES it’s important!  If not then maybe it can stay behind this time.  If you are moving then it may be of more importance to bring it.  If you know for sure you will need an item then it needs to go in the pile that has to be packed.  Prioritizing is important, so put important things in first.  Suitcases, boxes or duffel bags go in first. Breakable things or things you may need to reach on the trip goes on the top.   
Start putting the pieces together and fitting things in, rearrange if you need to but take your time and make sure you don’t leave anything out! If you have clothes on hangers, leave them on the hangers and lay them over the top of everything else.  After all you will be just hanging them right back up when you get there!  If you have something important that you will need right when you reach your location, pack it in a bag or box marked “pack this last”.  This will keep it all together and you will be able to easily get to what you need. 
Don’t forget the snacks!  Save time and money by bringing food with you!  Snacks, drinks and/ or sandwiches should be easy to get to.  When it’s time to eat pull over and stop at a rest stop or gas station.  This is not only safer for you and other on the road, but it gives you time to get out and stretch your legs.  Fresh air and moving around will give you a “second wind”.
Road trips, either for vacation or relocation should be fun and exciting!  Proper planning can make all the difference!
ICC Collision Center hopes you have a safe trip!

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