Video Spotlight: How to Pack for a Road Trip

Sharon Rowley, a fabulous superoo mom about to embark on an 8000-mile 4-week road trip with her six kids, has been busy sharing her pre-road trip tips with us, including gathering info from the kids, and working on the itinerary (with a bonus section on how to keep the “Are we there yet?” cries at bay!).

Today, you can glean from Sharon’s amazing organizational skills as she teaches us how she packs her car for a road trip! Be prepared to be amazed!

How to pack for a road trip with kids

Prefer to read Sharon’s advice? Check out this Video Transcription

Hi this is Sharon Rowley from and today I’m showing you how we pack our car for the Great American Road Trip.

So when you and six kids are traveling for four weeks, you need to take a lot of stuff but you need to be able to access it in an easy way when you get to a hotel you don’t want to have to unload all of your suitcases to get to what you need for just one night.

So what I did is I decided to pack using shopping bags and bins, so that I can just pull out exactly what I need for each location individually. Now obviously what you’re seeing here is a lot of bins that take up a lot of space and that’s because I Drive a really big car but this type of idea can work for other cars like minivans and SUV’s.

What you want to do first is you want to measure your space so that you know exactly how much room you have to allocate to those bins, and then you want to shop for bins that will fit nicely into the space that you have.

Now in each bin I can actually fit two separate shopping bags and I can easily pull them out take out one shopping bag which contains enough clothing for my family for one night and take that into the hotel. Then when I return the dirty clothes to the bin I can pull out all the bins and alternate the order so that I always have the clean clothes up on top where I need them.

The one other tip I have about packing toiletries is don’t put everything in one bag. Take the items that you need every single day, the comb the shampoo, the toothbrushes, and put that in one bag that you can easily carry into the hotel at night. Then put items that you’re carrying with you just in case, like band-aids and first-aid items, and maybe even some medications and keep that in a separate bag that you can access just when you need it.

Another tip I have to maximize the space that you have available is to buy different size bins that’ll fill up that space and allow you to keep everything neat and organized. I even have these smaller size bins that we purchased where I’ll keep things like laundry supplies and food items that maybe we’ll use for tomorrow’s picnic that sort of thing.


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About the author

Sharon Rowley is the busy Mom of 6 kids ages 8-13 and managing this large family calls upon all of the super-organizational skills she can muster! Sharon shares her ideas for Moms every day on Momof6, and her passion for family travel over on Great Family Road Trips.

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