UK-based whizz Nicola Lewis, pictured, founder of This Girl Can Organise, explained it's a simple four-step process, starting with ensuring you have the right storage compartments
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How to pack your boot for a stress-free staycation: Professional organiser shares her top tips – from packing clothes in vacuum bags to stackable crates

  • UK professional organiser Nicola Lewis shared her four-step packing process
  • Explained the key is to ensure you have the right storage compartments
  • Suggested hanging up over-the-seat pouches and vacuum pack bags 

Many of us are packing up for a Great British staycation. But the hassle of squishing bags into the boot can add unwanted stress to your family holiday. 

Fortunately a professional organiser has shared her top tips for stress-free car travel – and it’s simpler than you might expect. 

UK-based whizz Nicola Lewis, founder of This Girl Can Organise, explained it’s a simple four-step process, starting with ensuring you have the right storage compartments for all your essentials. 

UK-based whizz Nicola Lewis, pictured, founder of This Girl Can Organise, explained it's a simple four-step process, starting with ensuring you have the right storage compartments

UK-based whizz Nicola Lewis, pictured, founder of This Girl Can Organise, explained it’s a simple four-step process, starting with ensuring you have the right storage compartments

The finished organisational system features over-the-seat storage compartments (seen behind), fold-up storage boxes (left) and holdalls filled with vacuum-pack bags (right)

The finished organisational system features over-the-seat storage compartments (seen behind), fold-up storage boxes (left) and holdalls filled with vacuum-pack bags (right)

How to pack for a stress-free staycation: Nicola’s four top tips 

  1. Add a floating boot organiser to store essentials like waterproofs, first aid items, sick bags, tissues, tyre pump and electrical devices
  2. Pack a couple of collapsible and stackable containers and organise them into category order (toys, holidays essentials, food for the store cupboard)
  3. Place your clothes in vacuum bags and pack them into holdall bags. This will give you a lot more room inside your boot to pack more things. If you’re still struggling for space, consider using another vacuum bag and storing this underneath the front passenger car seat!
  4. Did you know there’s two handy hooks inside your car boot, perfect for holding any extra bags

‘Add a floating boot organiser to store essentials like waterproofs, first aid, sick bags and tissues, tyre pump and electrical devices,’ advised Nicola, who is working with Car Store UK. 

These over-the-seat pouches are attached to the backseat headrest and give you dividers that are easy to access.

It means little ones can reach behind them for an iPad or snack without the adults having to worry about sifting through a bag. 

Next, pack a couple of collapsible and stackable containers and organise them in category order, for example toys, holidays essentials, food for the store cupboard. 

These over-the-seat pouches are attached to the backseat headrest and give you dividers that are easy to access. It means little ones can reach behind them for an iPad or snack

These over-the-seat pouches are attached to the backseat headrest and give you dividers that are easy to access. It means little ones can reach behind them for an iPad or snack

Next, pack a couple of collapsible and stackable containers and organise them in category order, for example toys, holidays essentials, food for the store cupboard

Next, pack a couple of collapsible and stackable containers and organise them in category order, for example toys, holidays essentials, food for the store cupboard

It keeps things neat in the boot and makes it easy to unpack. You can simply take the entire storage container inside, rather than juggle several smaller bags. 

Nicola continued: ‘Place your clothes in vacuum bags and pack them into holdall bags. This will give you a lot more room inside your boot to pack more things.’

This works particularly well for car travel as weight is less of a concern. The main factor is minimising space so focus on that instead. 

If you find yourself really tight on space then you can always slide one of the vacuum pack bags under the front passenger seat to get another load of clothes on the road. 

Vacuum pack bags work particularly well for car travel as weight is less of a concern. On the return journey you can use a handheld pump or dip into a petrol station to use the vacuum

Vacuum pack bags work particularly well for car travel as weight is less of a concern. On the return journey you can use a handheld pump or dip into a petrol station to use the vacuum

For added ease, pop the vacuum pack bags in bigger holdalls and store these side-by-side in the boot

For added ease, pop the vacuum pack bags in bigger holdalls and store these side-by-side in the boot

If you find yourself really tight on space then you can always slide one of the vacuum pack bags under the front passenger seat to get another load of clothes on the road

If you find yourself really tight on space then you can always slide one of the vacuum pack bags under the front passenger seat to get another load of clothes on the road

Finally, make the most of the tiny hidden hooks on the inside of your boot wall. These are perfect for slinging handbag straps or shopping bag handles so you have easy access

Finally, make the most of the tiny hidden hooks on the inside of your boot wall. These are perfect for slinging handbag straps or shopping bag handles so you have easy access

Finally, make the most of the tiny hidden hooks on the inside of your boot wall. These are perfect for slinging handbag straps or shopping bag handles so you have easy access on the move.

Followers thanked Nicola for her tips in the comment section, with one writing: ‘This is an amazing tip… Great for packing camping gear I got he car when we have a family of 5 to get in too!’

Another wrote: ‘I have a mini too and I just threw everything in an Ikea bag and Into the boot. I wish I was as organised as you.’ 

A third added: ‘Great tip to store vacuum packs under front seats. Thanks.’ 

Followers thanked Nicola for her tips in the comment section, with many saying they would use them at home

Followers thanked Nicola for her tips in the comment section, with many saying they would use them at home

Nicola is working with 

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