Posted 17 December, 2019 at 14:59
Packing up the car for Christmas needn’t be a stressful experience with these tips by Kate Simon co-author of the Lonely Planet guide ‘How to Pack for Any Trip’. Kate found the Nissan Qashqai to be the perfect solution to a stress-free road-trip
Take out anything languishing in its dark corners – say goodbye to those old wellies and make space. And give the boot a Christmas spring clean before getting on with a trial run - it will relieve stress by revealing what’s really, achievable. Now write a list – it will stop you forgetting things and stop you overpacking. Don’t duplicate - for example, take a multi-USB plug that everyone can use.
Get a sense of your boot’s dimensions for a realistic idea about how much you’ll get in. Think about height and the weight restrictions of your vehicle and remember not to obstruct the driver’s rear view. A versatile boot can be a real bonus. The handy Divide-NHide Cargo System on the Nissan Qashqai allows you to instantly reorganise the cargo space to suit your load.
A versatile boot can be a real bonus for a Christmas family road TRIP Qashqai can turn into Santa’s sleigh for the festive family road trip. The floor of the boot of the Qashqai can even be raised to remove the lip of the boot and smooth out the step from folding down the seats, making it easier for loading.
Maximise the space within your luggage by learning a proven packing method – regular travellers swear by rolling so get practicing. Choose soft bags and even vacuum bags can instantly double your space for those bulky winter clothes. Other tricks include stuffing all the gaps and recesses, such as shoes, with socks, toiletry bags, belts etc. Soft clothes can cradle fragile objects.
If you’re travelling far and intend to break up your journey, pack just one bag with everything everyone will need for the duration of that stopover. You’ll want to carry gifts safely so that they don’t arrive damaged. And leave some space for those you’ll be bringing home too!
A common mistake is to trap your passengers’ legs with extra luggage. So take a good look around the car’s interior for other handy hidden spaces. The Nissan Qashqai’s removable boot floor is a great example of a hidden space that provides that much needed extra bit of packing room. It’s also a brilliant secret spot for hiding precious or valuable items. There’s the glovebox on the front passenger side and there may be storage behind the gear leaver. Pockets on the doors can be spacious as can hidden recesses underfoot in the rear. Hooks are a neat place to hang party outfits.
Packing a car boot is a bit like putting together a huge puzzle. The Nissan Qashqai’s Divide-N-Hide Cargo system, which allows for shelves and dividers to be adjusted, is a great way of creating more space to fit in those awkward luggage puzzle pieces! Put in large, weighty luggage first to the centre and the back. Pack other large luggage next, with any smaller bags towards the front. Last in first out is your mantra; non-essentials to the rear, essentials and items you will need on the road should be closest to the boot door. Once you’ve filled the car boot, check that nothing can move about. Make sure the parcel shelf can close, essential to keep your possessions away from prying eyes when you stop for the service station.
Qashqai has a versatile cargo space allowing for shelves and dividers to be adjusted to create more space and has a 430 litre boot (which increases to 1.598 litres when the rear seats are folded flat). This make Qashqai the ideal choice to turn into Santa’s sleigh for the festive family road-trip.