Travelling is supposed to be fun. Although with 5 kids under 12 in tow, it’s a bit of a military operation. There are prams, nappies, bottles, spare clothes, coats (for 7 of us), a picnic, car seats, and goodness knows what else to take.
We have a Ford Galaxy… it has seven seats but not a lot of additional space once the seats are filled.
We’re going on holiday in August and we’re currently trying to figure out how to get everything in…
Here’s what we’ve come up with.
- Roll the clothes – If you roll clothes you can get more in a bag. This saves space because you’re taking less bags.
- Don’t use suitcases – Hold all’s and soft fabric bags are the way forward. They fit into oddly shaped spaces.
- Make the most of the pram – Carrycots of prams can be handy to pack things like nappies and other soft items. Although, I’d avoid putting shoes in it.
- Use the foot wells and spaces under the seats – Shoes fit well under the seats in the car. We have legs on two of our child seats which limits what can be place in front, but there’s nothing stopping us from using the spaces under the seats.
- Get a roof box – We don’t have one of these at the moment but we’re going to have to invest in one for our holiday. They can hold the extra bits and pieces.
- Eat the picnic – If your family is anything like mine you’ll be eating the picnic before you’re an hour away from home.
How do you travel with a full load? Are there any other ways to utilize the space in the car when travelling with kids?
If you can add anything to the list let me know in the comments below and I’ll update the post.