After a long winter in Mishawaka, we’re finally close to some warmer weather. At Jordan Toyota, one of our favorite ways to celebrate the changing of the seasons is to take a road trip across Indiana. So, we thought we’d offer a few tips for how to pack light for your next adventure so you don’t have to deal with all that clutter.
Check the weather
Clothing well-suited for colder or wetter climates are usually bulkier than summer-wear. Taking a look at the weather in your destination can help cut back on that. If you’re headed to somewhere a bit chilly, you can plan ahead. Or, you can take advantage of the space you saved if you’re trekking off to a warmer climate.
Roll your clothes
Whether you’re planning to pack a suitcase or a duffel bag, volume is always a concern. One of the best ways to conserve space is to roll your clothes tightly. If you fold them carefully beforehand, you can even avoid wrinkles.
Think about what you really need
Most of the time, we tend to bring more than we need on road trips. Try to focus on essentials like toiletries, snacks and clothing. There’s still plenty of room for conveniences like books, tablets, handheld gaming systems, and snacks — but this way, you won’t find yourself drowning in unnecessary items.
Budding environmentalists look for ways to reduce their impact on the delicate ecosystem of our beloved planet in every way possible. If you and your eco-buddies are looking to shirk the environmentally-detrimental airline industry taking outdoor adventures this fall, here are some strategies for taking a zero-waste road trip.
Smart snacking: One of the highlights of any road trip is passing around delicious snacks while singing your favorite songs. Unfortunately, those gas station treats are typically packaged in single-use plastic. Pack your own snacks in reusable containers before you leave home to save money and minimize waste.
Keep it hygienic: If you’re going to be on the road for multiple days, you’re probably going to need to bathe if you plan on having any companions on your trip. Rather than spending a ton of money on plastic-intensive travel-size toiletries or using the ones in your hotel, buy reusable travel-size containers. Better yet, if airline ounce limits aren’t an issue, bring full-size versions to reduce the chance of leaks.
Fuel efficiency: Road trips typically require a lot of fuel, especially if your current vehicle has low gas mileage. Rent an affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle like a Prius from Jordan Toyota to save money on fuel and reduce your carbon footprint.
Start preparing for your zero-waste journey by calling Jordan Toyota’s service department to schedule a maintenance appointment. It’s an easy way to make sure your vehicle is healthy and safe for your upcoming trip.