Weekend traveling requires some packing finesse. It’s unlikely you’ll need to rent a truck unless you pack like my 14 year old. More often, your car, SUV, or pickup will be transporting you, your company, and your gear. Add to that the weather this time of year requires extra layers and winter gear too. Space is precious, so if a little snow doesn’t keep you indoors for a great weekend, then now is the time to think about choosing to add cargo space. The extra space in a cargo bag is an obvious value, but there are different styles to fit different needs.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Measure the dimensions of your roof and the racks before shopping. Do you have a rack on the roof of your vehicle or do you have a “naked roof”? If your roof is naked, you’ll need a different type of rack system than if you have rails on the roof. Don’t forget to check and see if the cargo box or bag is compatible with your vehicle and roof rack. That’s not something you want to find out the day you’re packing the car.
Aerodynamics and Weather
The Thule Quest Roof Mounted Cargo Bag adds about 13 cubic feet of packing space and has an aerodynamic shape to help with wind drag. It’s made of weather-resistant material, so you can take it out even on a snowy day. If there is a chance for a torrential downpour, however, I might be more inclined to use a cargo box instead. For example, the Thule Transporter Combi Hitch Mounted Cargo Carrier can be mounted to the back of your vehicle, also reducing drag.
For an environmentally friendly option, you can choose a Yakima Get Out Car Roof Cargo Bag, which adds about 13 cubic feet of space. For all of us environmentally conscious people, all of Yakima’s cargo bag material is PVC-free. Yakima’s Planet Payback initiative is focused on reducing waste and making as small a footprint as possible on the environment.
Cargo Bags by Thule and Yakima
There are lots of options for choosing a cargo bag for this winter, so check out our selections to find your perfect bag today.