Packing a Small Car

I’ve done enough moving and road trips in my Honda Accord enough times to call myself an expert in the art of packing small cars (and leaving enough room so you can see out of the back windshield).

It really is like a game of Tetris and I have to thank my parents and friends for playing with me.

Here are some tricks that I wish I had known sooner:

  1. Stuff smaller shoes like flats into bigger shoes like boots. You can also stuff boots and shoes with things like scarves, socks, hats, etc.
  2. SPACE SAVER BAGS – don’t overfill them because it will end up defeating the purpose,  but they will be life savers if you use them right.
  3. If it all possible, don’t use suitcases. They’re bulky and take up space that could be used for something else. If you have to, ROLL, DON’T FOLD!
  4. If you have the ability to take out your back seats and leave them behind, do that. If not, leave them UPRIGHT so they create a sort of shelf for any boxes/stackable items. They also serve as a general sight line for your back windshield view.
  5. Stuff any pillows/blankets/extra clothing in the spaces between the doors and back seats. Use plastic bags to protect them. This is also a good space for books.
  6. Don’t overlook the seat back pockets for books, movies, socks, anything else you can squeeze in there.
  7. Things usually kept in your trunk (first aid kits, ice scrapers, jumper cables, etc.) can be moved to the floor of the front seat so that the trunk can be left for bigger things to lie down.
  8.  If your glove box and other closed compartments aren’t already full, fill them. It’s easy to forget those spots exist.
  9. Find things to clip important documents to the sun visors. It’s one less thing to shove into the glove box.
  10. This might be an obvious one, but pack all the big things first. You never know what little crevices your bigger items will create. Then you can fill them in with all your little knick-knacks.


Most important tip: Nothing you’re trying to bring with you is worth sacrificing the safety that comes with being able to see out of the back window.

Safe travels, friends.


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