May 19, 2012

May 19, 2012

Packing Tips for Road Trips

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you had a safe and great week. It has been another busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me. This weekend, Dab the AIDS Bear is making several appearances in different states including the Florida and New York City AIDS Walks. So stay tuned for pictures and slide shows coming soon.

In order for Dab the AIDS Bear to make all of these events, we have to travel often. While most of these trips are done by plane, we also have the rare occasions where we go by train or car. While packing for a plane or train trip, you don't have to be as careful about packing since you can always take extra and pay a few. But when traveling by car, you have a limited amount of space depending on the size of your vehicle.

When it comes to packing your clothes for a road trip, try to avoid bringing multiple structured suitcases that will take up a lot of space in your trunk. Instead, use smaller, soft-sided bags like duffel bags and backpacks to wedge around the rest of your gear.

If you plan to stop at a hotel along the way, pack an overnight bag with only the items you'll need to use that night, including a change of clothes, pajamas, toiletries, and medications. If traveling with kids, it's a good idea to consolidate everyone's clothes into one bag (a wheelie bag might make sense in this case). If you will be leaving some bags in the trunk overnight, make sure you park your car in a safe spot and bring any valuables with you into the hotel.

Pack the rest of your items -- the things that you only plan to use at your final destination -- in a separate duffel or weekender bag. Spread your family's things out over a few different bags. These should go in the back of the trunk to save room for up front for the items that you will use en route.

Of course, I also have to make room for another bag containing the different sizes of our Dab the AIDS Bears, HIV/AIDS awareness pins and handout literature. So a car can fill up very quickly even if I am traveling alone.

Hope these tips help you out when you take your next road trip.

Have a safe and great start to your weekend!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab