Thinking about heading out of Glendale and hitting the road this summer? Packing is maybe one of the least enjoyable things about road-tripping but doesn’t have to be too complicated. With a few handy packing tips, your summer road trip can be a breeze.
Follow the right rules
When you’re packing, you can abide by a few basic rules to save time, space, and stress. REI recommends the 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule for packing clothes.
- One hat
- Two pairs of shoes (including flip flops or sandals)
- Three bottoms
- Four tops
- Five pairs of socks
- Six pairs of underwear
Stick with the essentials
Want to minimize your packing list? Start by making an actual list. When you write down what you want to bring, it’s easier to see what you won’t actually need for your trip. Not planning on doing any work or watching TV? Then there’s no reason to bring your laptop. Don’t think you’ll have time to do a lot of reading? Bring just one book or an e-reader.
Another key to making the most of your summer road trip packing is making sure you’ve got a vehicle with all the space you’ll need. Do a pre-pack and check your trunk or cargo space to make sure everything fits so you’re not scrambling at the last minute. And don’t forget your emergency kits and essentials like snacks and drinks just in case.