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How to Pack Your 2018 Ford for Camping Season in Alabama

Camping with new Ford SUV

Summer is in full swing, and fun, family camping trips are the norm for many Alabama residents. When you’re planning an outdoor adventure complete with sleeping under the stars, carefully pack all the essentials into the family Ford to ensure you have everything you need when you need it. Whether you’re heading out for a weekend or an extended camping excursion, pack and load with less fuss by planning well and packing with care.

Precision Packing

Plan ahead, and pack ahead when possible, to safely stow all your camping gear in your 2018 Ford car, truck or SUV in a logical order. Precision packing allows quick access to items you need first, which you can’t accomplish if you just start chucking things inside. Instead, place everything you’re taking with you on the ground near your vehicle, then sort items in the order you’ll need them when you arrive at your campsite. Load the items you’ll need last first, and vice versa.

Go Soft for Added Space

Assess the amount of space you have by adding the amount of known cargo space and concealed cargo options like under seat storage. How many extra items you can add to your pile of necessary gear hinges on the available space in your vehicle. The 2018 Ford Focus hatchback offers nearly 44 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the first row, while the 2018 Ford Escape offers 68 cubic feet of total cargo space when you fold down both rear seats. Maximize your available cargo space by opting for soft-sided luggage, bags, duffels and packs. Soft bags pack tighter and conform better to cargo areas, car trunks and even wheel wells in truck beds and help fill holes left by oddly shaped camping gear.

Checklist of Essentials

The interior maximum cargo volume of the 2018 Ford Expedition is an astounding 105 cubic feet, but if you’re taking numerous passengers, you lose precious space. Making a checklist of essentials not only ensures you won’t forget anything important, it also lets you prioritize your cargo and help determine what you can leave behind.

Start with the essentials, which should include everything you need for a safe, comfortable and hygienic camping trip, then add less essential items as space allows. This may mean giving up your plush king-size comforter in favor of a basic sleeping bag, but camping does entail roughing it to some degree. Your essential list should include shelter, bedding, basic toiletries and cleaning supplies, standard first aid items and clothing and footwear appropriate for the weather, climate and planned activities of where you’re going.

Visit Us for Your New 2018 Ford

Ernest McCarty Ford proudly serves the Greater Birmingham area. Visit our showroom at 1471 1st Street North in Alabaster, Alabama, to view our extensive inventory of the latest Ford cars, trucks and SUVs or contact us at 888-375-0371 to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly, helpful sales consultants.