For regular holiday goers, adding a luggage rack, tray, or box on their vehicle’s roof is an essential.
Among these options, the roofbox is a popular choice because it provides protection for your items
against the elements. It is also more elegant and attractive compared to the idea of just strapping your
luggage on a roof rack or tray.
To fully enjoy the benefits of your roofbox and to avoid any inconvenience, here are 7 tips when packing
your roofbox during holiday trips:
1. Be keen on the box’s capacity. The roofbox is not meant to replace the conventional luggage
compartment of your vehicle. Use it just to augment your car’s luggage capacity. Get to know
the weight capacity of your box and your vehicle’s roof itself. The heaviest items and equipment
should be placed inside your trunk or vehicle while the lighter objects like tents, blankets,
pillows, clothes, etc, are ideal for the roofbox.
2. Ensure that the box is secured on its base or rack. The roofbox is generally removed from the
vehicle when not in use. For your next holiday trip, ensure that it is well secured to prevent loss
and accidents while you are travelling.
3. Don’t put your valuables in it. Even if your roofbox has a couple of locks, it is not advisable to
put on your valuables like bags and gadgets. Remember, there will be instances when you need
to park or leave your car somewhere else while enjoying your vacation. Additionally, you don’t
want to experience the hassle of constantly stopping and opening your roofbox just to get the
items you need.
4. Ensure proper weight distribution. The weight of your luggage or the items you put on your
roofbox will eventually affect the vehicle’s center of gravity and your manner of driving or
handling the car. The added weight on top means more momentum and a longer braking
distance. So you have to ensure that the weight of your roofbox load is properly distributed. The
heavy ones should be on the center or lower portion of the box while the lighter ones are placed
on the sides or on top.
5. Ensure that the load won’t move. If the box won’t be totally filled, ensure that the items inside
won’t move and sway as you travel. This can be done by using straps and other items to hold
them in place.
6. Place an extra sheet of cloth over your box’s contents. After you have placed all the items you
want to carry on your roofbox, it is recommended to add a layer of cloth or thick paper over
your items before closing the box. This is to prevent any of the loaded items from accidentally
hitting and opening the box’s locking mechanism from the inside.
7. Double check if it’s properly locked before hitting the road. And finally, double and triple check
if your roofbox is tightly locked and sealed before hitting the road. Surely you don’t want to lose
your items one by one at every road bump.