How to Pack More Stuff in Your Car When Traveling or Moving House

If you're moving any distance, whether it's across town or across the country, it's a good idea to plan how you're going to pack the car. With kids and pets and your essentials to squeeze in, you might find you're lacking the necessary space to move everything you need.

  • 01 of 07
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    If you're using your car to move precious cargo to your new home, you'll need to make sure that everyone and everything fits inside comfortably and safely. While it may seem like you don't have that much to take with you, packing the car takes some skill, a little know-how and this guide. Find out how to pack more in your car so that everything you value will go with you.

  • 02 of 07
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    If you want to take a lot of your stuff with you in the car, you should think about packing your things on the outside, leaving room on the inside for passengers and pets. If this is the case, it might be time to invest in an overhead carrier. While there are a lot of carriers on the market, it's essential that you figure out which one is right for your move as they tend to be expensive and it'll be something you'll use for a long time to come.

    Before you buy, check out this article...MORE on finding the right car rack and carrier for your move.

  • 03 of 07
    Man moving a mattress on top of his car

    The other day, as I drove out of the city, I spotted a mattress along the side of the road. Now, perhaps someone wanted to get rid of it and dumped it off, hoping a passerby might want to pick it up. More likely, the lost mattress is a victim of a move gone wrong. It seems quite straight forward to strap a mattress to the roof of a car, until you start speeding down a freeway.

    So, to prevent your mattress from such a terrible demise, find out how to properly secure it and know the precautions to...MORE take before you head out on the road.

  • 04 of 07
    Girl standing in front of pack car in winter

    Unlike vacation-time, moving brings an entirely different set of difficulties and issues that you'll have to deal with as a parent. It's one thing to plan a fun road trip, it's another kind of "fun" when you have to travel because of a move.

    To avoid too much hair-pulling, find out how to involve your family, and prepare as best you can, for the car trip to your new home.

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  • 05 of 07

    How to Move Pets by Car

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    If you're preparing for yet another move, whether locally or across an international border, find out how to move your pets to ensure they are kept safe and adjust to the change.

    While both flying and driving have their ups and downs, there are ways of preparing your pets for moving to ensure the journey is a little more enjoyable. These tips for taking your pet on the road will provide you with tips and suggestions on how to get your cats, dogs or ferrets safely from the old home to the new.

  • 06 of 07
    Woman using calculator and laptop to determine budget

    Moving to another city, state or country means needing to get there and travel to your new home adds costs to your moving budget. So it's a good idea to factor in these costs while you're planning your move to ensure you've allocated enough funds and that any little emergencies that arise are accounted for. And remember, while traveling because of a move is about reaching the destination and your new home, there's no reason why you can't enjoy the journey.

  • 07 of 07
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    Moving a car has its considerations. Is it worth it to move your car if you're going a long distance? To another state or even another country for example. What are the things involved in transporting your vehicle? Find out here as we walk you through The Dos and Dont's of Vehicle Transportation.