Pack Up Your Good­ies In Your New Back­pack

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HEAD­ING ON A LONG ROAD TRIP TO GET TO YOUR HOLIDAY DES­TI­NA­TION? IN­STEAD OF HAV­ING TO RUM­MAGE THROUGH DIF­FER­ENT CASES AND PLACES IN THE CAR TO FIND ES­SEN­TIAL ITEMS, IT’S TIME TO RE­DUCE YOUR SEARCH WOES BY CON­SOL­I­DAT­ING WHAT­EVER’S NEEDED FOR YOUR TRIP INTO A NIFTY BACK­PACK. THIS MEANS THAT WHEN IT COMES TO FIND­ING THAT ELU­SIVE NE­CES­SITY, EV­ERY­THING IS WON­DER­FULLY CON­TAINED IN A COM­PACT BACK­PACK, FA­CIL­I­TAT­ING QUICK AC­CESS WHILE KEEP­ING EV­ERY­THING OR­GAN­ISED.

“When it comes to ex­tended road trips with my fam­ily, hav­ing one or two cen­tral places con­tain­ing the es­sen­tials makes things eas­ier, with one less thing about which to worry,” says Eu­gene Beck, CEO of Road­Cover* (www.road­cover.co.za).

Beck, who is a sea­soned trav­eller and has been on many road trips, both with his fam­ily and to cy­cling events across South Africa, pro­vides the fol­low­ing ad­vice when it comes to or­gan­is­ing your back­pack for a long jour­ney:

1. BOT­TOM LEFT POCKET

This is the per­fect spot for your wa­ter bot­tle. Wa­ter is an es­sen­tial on any road trip, keep­ing you hy­drated while boost­ing the brain with oxy­gen, which helps to keep you alert while driv­ing.

2. TOP LEFT POCKET

Store your first aid kit here. It is a good idea to use a trans­par­ent bag for this so that items can be ac­cessed quickly. In­clude es­sen­tial items here such as plas­ters, san­i­tizer or dis­in­fec­tant, painkillers, pre­scribed tablets, hy­dra­tion sa­chets, pills to stop gas­tro-re­lated symp­toms, al­co­hol wipes, burn cream, anti-his­tamine tablets and oint­ment, tweez­ers and ear buds.

3. SEC­ONDARY COM­PART­MENT

Pack your toi­letries (tooth­brush, face wash, tooth­paste, face cream, sun­tan lo­tion and in­sect re­pel­lent) at the bot­tom of this pocket so that in case some­thing leaks, it will not cover the rest of the con­tents. On top of this in­clude a rain­coat and then a fleece-lined jersey.

4. MAIN COM­PART­MENT

Pack your cloth­ing in the main com­part­ment.You can also in­clude your tablet or notebook in this com­part­ment, with the cloth­ing pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion against bumps.

5. TOP RIGHT

This po­si­tion al­lows for easy ac­cess of your cell­phone, mu­sic de­vice, ca­bles, charger, and wal­let. It is also a good place to have emer­gency num­bers writ­ten down, in ad­di­tion to hav­ing them saved on your phone.

6. BOT­TOM RIGHT POCKET

Pop some snacks such as en­ergy bars, peanuts, raisins, and dried fruit in here for when you get the munchies.

7. SE­CU­RITY

Make sure your bag is tied prop­erly to keep all your items safe and sound in­side your back­pack.

“Back­packs may dif­fer in de­sign, but there are usu­ally two main ar­eas of smaller pock­ets and larger com­part­ments,” Beck says.

“Plan­ning is key when it comes to mak­ing the most of a long road trip, to en­sure that you get to en­joy ev­ery step of the way.”

*Road­Cover as­sists its mem­bers to re­ceive full pay­outs of their Road Ac­ci­dent Fund (RAF) claims with­out in­cur­ring any ad­di­tional costs for them­selves.

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