1. Read your owner’s manual.
Really. It’s full of information you should definitely be aware of before you pack a thing.
2. Secure heavy items.
If your vehicle comes with latches or floor hooks, by all means use them with good, strong straps. Make sure you keep track of how many heavy items you’re adding to your trunk. Too much weight may stress the tires and other components of your vehicle, and undetectable shifts could affect vehicle performance and braking distance.
3. Choose the right luggage.
Softer luggage is a better fit for all those nooks and crannies, allowing you to pack even more goodies. If you’re still having trouble fitting everything, consider a Volkswagen-recommended car rack or another Volkswagen DriverGear accessory to help free up space inside your vehicle for the essentials. The extra legroom will make your passengers happy.
4. Keep doors free and clear.
Don’t pile anything up against any of them, front or back, regardless of who’s sitting where.
5. Keep the space clear in front of all airbags.
This means the dashboard and the curtain airbags, located above both the driver- and passenger-side doors, if you have them. (Not sure where they’re located? They are labeled.)
6. Don’t put kayaks inside the vehicle.
Do secure larger items on the outside of the vehicle using Volkswagen-recommended car racks and Volkswagen DriverGear accessories. This can save space for other essentials inside, too. Contact your local dealer for available Volkswagen accessories.
7. Make use of coat hooks.
Keep lightweight items such as jackets out of the way and wrinkle-free. Use a garment bag for extra security — and remember to remove heavy or sharp objects from the pockets of hanging items.
8. Contain the little things.
Tuck small items into milk crates or covered tubs so you don’t have to dig around for them later. Be sure to keep hard or sharp objects covered as well.
9. Plan ahead.
Pack the items you’ll need the most — like snacks or overnight bags — last so they’re easier to access. It’s also a good idea to pack your heaviest items as far forward in your luggage compartment as possible so weight is distributed evenly.
10. Leave those sightlines wide open.
Pack items at backrest height or lower so your line of sight is not obstructed. Of course, rearview mirrors and any onboard cameras can help, but they don’t take the place of a good, old-fashioned look around.