A man brings luggage to a silver VW car with a Volkswagen Accessories roof box, where another man is waiting for him to start a journey

Well prepared on the road: Our tips for going on holiday by car and packing safely

Well prepared on the road: Our tips for going on holiday by car and packing safely

Your trip should be unforgettable – we think so, too. With our tips and travel checklist, you can prepare both yourself and your car for the journey.

Your trip should be unforgettable – we think so, too. With our tips and travel checklist, you can prepare both yourself and your car for the journey.

More weight – less control

An overpacked car is quicker to skid, and it’s more difficult to steer and brake. Observe the following points when travelling with heavy luggage:

  • Check the gross vehicle weight rating in the vehicle registration document or the owner’s manual
  • Take into account the weight of your passengers
  • Weigh heavy luggage, observe the permitted vehicle load capacity
  • Balance: Distribute the weight evenly
  • Increase the tyre pressure if you have a lot of luggage
  • Secure your luggage
  • Adjust the headlight setting (see owner’s manual)
How to pack safely
A silver VW vehicle with a folded down seat and open luggage compartment – packing correctly

Seats as supports

In general, don’t fold down the seats. They are an important support system – ideally reinforced by diagonally fastened belts.

A grey VW car with a bike rack from Volkswagen Accessories – ready for travelling

Create space for yourself

Secure sports equipment, such as skis or bikes, on special carrier systems or in a roof box.

The interior of a Volkswagen with a stable grill from VW Genuine Accessories

A grille for extra safety

Use a stable grille when loading above the height of the rear seat backrest.

A silver VW vehicle with open luggage compartment packed safely with a lot of luggage

Heavy at the bottom – light at the top

Pack heavy items at the bottom and right against the rear seat backrest wherever possible. Light items go on top.

A Volkswagen car with clear back and open door – travel arrangements

Keep the back clear

Do not place items that are over than 25 kg in weight on the rear bench or behind other people – instead, place them in the footwell. Ensure that no luggage is left unsecured.

A first aid kit and a warning triangle from Volkswagen Accessories in the luggage compartment of a car

Keep important items close to hand

High-visibility vests, a first-aid kit, a warning triangle and other important items should always be within easy reach.

Just a few grams – full force during a collision

Even if you have a collision at just 50 km/h, unsecured objects will fly forward with about 50 times their weight.

Illustration of the weight of objects in case of an accident at 50 km/h

Off to a good start: check

Have the most important things been packed and have you prepared well for the journey?

A VW service employee checks fluids of a yellow VW car during Vehicle Check in a workshop

Vehicle Check – reassurance in no time at all

We check your Volkswagen from the engine to the brakes. The result: Value retention and a feeling of being safe on the road.

A turquoise VW car with roof box – Volkswagen Accessories transport systems

More room for the important things

Transport systems and accessories from Volkswagen.

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