Summer is the best time of year to hit the open road and see the beautiful forests of northern California. However, before you take off from Vallejo in your Honda Accord or CR-V, you should plan your road trip by packing properly. Here are some tips on how to pack for a road trip by minimizing your luggage and traveling light.

Double up

Most everything you wear should be usable more than once and in a variety of situations. For instance, pack a zip-up that functions as a rain jacket, a windbreaker, and comfortable loungewear. The same goes for items like shoes, which should be wearable on a hike or at a restaurant. Don’t pack anything that’s only useful in certain specific conditions.

Light and breezy

Instead of packing clothing made of thick, heavy materials, choose items that are lightweight, thin, and breathable. These take up much less space in your suitcase. For instance, pack hiking pants instead of jeans. If you’re worried about feeling cold, bring a jacket you can wear over any thin shirt rather than a bunch of thicker shirts or sweaters.

Another essential for every summer road trip in California should be to have your Honda vehicle serviced by a professional mechanic. Schedule a service appointment at Avery Greene Honda if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area.