Taking to the open road for a weekend getaway or a longer trip across the country is a great way to enjoy your sports car. After all, one of the reasons you chose the car was to go on long, scenic drives. Cruising scenic highways on your way to the mountains or the beach is your dream.
The reality is a little different, emphasis on “little.”
The average sports car, especially a convertible, has a fraction of the cargo space of larger vehicles. This means that when you’re packing your trip luggage you’ll have one-half or one-third the cargo space as your neighbor’s sedan and one-tenth what you’d get if you were driving an SUV. If you’re driving alone this will be difficult. If you’re going on a romantic getaway or taking a buddy trip, space will really be at a premium.
Planning ahead is going to be key, especially when it comes to luggage. Here are a few tips for reducing luggage.
- Know what you need rather than what you might want.
- Downsize toiletries to smaller bottles/containers and remove any duplicates. Remember that hotels have soaps, shampoos, even lotions and conditioners that you can use.
- Minimize clothing. Check if the hotel or B&B has laundry available or if there is a local service you can use at your destination.
- Consider shipping any large, necessary items to your destination. This is only feasible for extended vacations, but can be worth the expense.
When you’re planning your trip there are a few other things you should take into consideration.
- Tune up your car. If you’re going to smaller communities or remote locales, there may not be a mechanic to help with foreign or sports cars.
- Remember you are not a race car driver – take your time and drive with care.
- Check the parking. Not every hotel offers parking these days, let alone secure, covered parking that will keep your car safe from thieves and the elements alike.
- Consider the season. If you want to drive with the top down, make sure the weather report says it will be possible. Otherwise you might as well borrow the neighbor’s sedan.
Think ahead and set some priorities and you’ll have that amazing road trip of your dreams.