How to Organise a Backpack for a Long-distance Road Trip

Heading on a long road trip to get to your holiday destination?  Instead of having to rummage through different cases and places in the car to find essential items, it’s time to reduce your search woes by consolidating whatever’s needed for your trip into a nifty backpack.

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This means that when it comes to finding that elusive necessity, everything is wonderfully contained in a compact backpack, facilitating quick access while keeping everything organised.

“When it comes to extended road trips with my family, having one or two central places containing the essentials makes things easier with one less thing about which to worry,” says Eugene Beck, CEO of RoadCover.

Beck is a seasoned traveller, having travelled on many road trips, both with his family and to cycling events across South Africa, provides the following advice when it comes to organising your backpack for a long journey:

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  1. Bottom left pocket

Water bottle: Water is an essential for any road trip, keeping you hydrated while boosting the brain with oxygen which helps to keep you alert while driving.

  1. Top left pocket

First Aid Kit: It is a good idea to use a transparent bag for this so that items can be accessed quickly.  Include essential items here such as plasters, sanitizer or disinfectant, painkillers, prescribed tablets, hydration sachets, pills to stop gastro-related symptoms, alcohol wipes, burn cream, anti-histamine tablets and ointment, tweezers and earbuds.

  1. Secondary compartment

Toiletries: toothbrush, face wash toothpaste, hand cream, suntan lotion and insect repellent.  Insert this at the bottom of this pocket so that in case something leaks, it will not go all over the rest of your contents.  On top of this include a raincoat and then a fleece-lined jersey.

  1. Main Compartment

Bring with you a change of clothing such as shorts and t-shirts.  You can also include your tablet or notebook in this compartment, with the clothing providing protection against any bumps.

  1. Top Right

This position allows for easy access of you cell phone, music device, cables, charger, wallet containing your driver’s license, ID Card, medical aid card etc.  It is also a good place to have emergency numbers written down and typed on your phone.

  1. Bottom right pocket

Snacks such as energy bars, peanuts, raisins, and dried fruit.

  1. Security

Make sure your bag is tied properly to keep all your items safe inside your backpack.

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