Ready to hit the road and need some extra space in your vehicle? Introducing the Pelican rooftop cargo carrier, designed to secure cargo boxes to bring along all your important gear and belongings. From hunting and sporting equipment to suitcases, sleeping bags and pet beds, a cargo carrier can give you and your passengers some extra elbow room for a more comfortable ride.
But before you stash all your gear up top, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, learn how to pack a rooftop cargo carrier properly so you can travel safely, keep items from getting damaged and retrieve items quicker once you arrive at your destination.
Distribute Heavier Items Correctly
Before we dive into how to pack a rooftop cargo carrier, let’s talk about weight distribution. Even with the hardiest and toughest roof storage box, you don’t want to overload it on top of your car. So, first, determine your car’s weight limit and the storage box’s weight limit. While the weight limits are usually pretty high, it’s a good idea to know it regardless. You can typically find your gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) on the driver-side door sill or the manual. For the cargo carrier, it should be in the instructions or manual also.Now, before you load up the carrier itself, place heavier items in the vehicle, whether it’s a truck bed or the trunk of a car. Keeping heavier items closer to the ground is safer and ensures your vehicle is not top-heavy. Be mindful of your weight distribution, both inside and outside of your car. For example, weighing your cargo carrier down on one side can cause items inside to be crushed or slide around too much. A good rule of thumb is to secure heavier items towards the middle or split the difference with some heavy items to each side.
Camp gear can last for generations, if taken care of properly. If you still have your grandfather’s Coleman lantern, you know what we’re talking about. However, it’s important to take care of your camp gear not only while it’s being used at the site with a few camping storage ideas, but at home, too. Once you return from your weekend or even month-long camping trip, it's a good idea to look things over, repairing leaky tents or broken poles.
Have you recently bought a boat and need to outfit it? From useful accessories to safety equipment, there are countless boat must-haves that you should carry on board. From basic items like a bimini shade and sunscreen to a waterproof Bluetooth radio to stream some tunes, a boater’s wishlist is practically never-ending.
Rugged and highly efficient, cargo boxes offer lots of benefits. Instead of overcrowding your car with multiple passengers, backpacks and all your provisions and gear, a cargo box can provide more space to stretch out and enjoy the drive. It can also keep longer items like fishing poles and skis up top while driving through snow, rain and ice.
Ready to head out for a family camping trip or a ski trip with your friends? Instead of having a crowded car plus added gear and backpacks, give everyone a little breathing room with an exterior rooftop cargo carrier! Never used one? Don’t worry – it’s easy! Here’s how to attach a cargo carrier to your roof rack so that you can store skis, tents, muddy gear and more.
In areas of the US located near the Atlantic hurricane basin, hurricanes are a fact of life. Residents of states like Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, and even New York know that for a few months each year, their weather can turn deadly—so they have to be prepared, both physically and mentally.
According to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), there have been over 45,000 wildfires in 2020 alone. Sadly, this has placed countless families and homes in harm’s way. Started suddenly by lightning strikes or other accidents, they begin small and spread rapidly. To better protect yourself from a wildfire, it’s essential for you and your entire family to have an emergency plan in place and know what to do should you need to evacuate.
Your hiking trip has arrived and gear is strewn across the floor. Now it’s time to load your heavy-duty backpack! What’s laid out might look like a lot, but with careful Tetris-like planning, you can make every square inch of space count. While loading methods might vary slightly with each backpack, there are fundamental rules that every hiker should follow. A literal balancing act, here is how to pack a hiking backpack efficiently and methodically.
Who doesn’t like a clean and clutter-free pickup? There’s just something about seeing a well-organized truck bed that is just so pleasing to the eye. But if you’re like most truck owners, your truck bed storage setup could probably use some major help. Between daily trips to the job site, outdoor adventures and last-minute outings, things can get pretty messy back there.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), hurricanes have caused the most death and destruction out of all recorded weather disasters in the United States. That equates to over $50 billion in damage per year and immeasurable amounts of harm to people, property and pets. But there are some simple things you can do to ensure that you and your four-legged friends are ready for whatever Mother Nature hurls your way.
Your backpack was designed to go with you everywhere, so don’t be ashamed if it faces the occasional snack spill or gunk buildup. After all, for many of us, the backpack is the ultimate go-everywhere cargo carrier, the thing we use to tote anything and everything, from dirty gym gear and extra clothes to trail snacks on the weekend and full lunches during the week. A dirty, worn-out pack just comes with the territory, which is why it’s crucial to carry heavy-duty backpacks as much as possible.
None of us want to imagine what might happen in the event of an emergency, but — as scary as it is to consider — preparing for a disaster is crucial to ensuring the health and safety of you and your family. Having a well-derived disaster plan can mean the difference between life and death in potentially devastating situations, so it’s well worth your while to conceive. One of the facets of your emergency response plan should be to pack a go bag that you can grab and go should you need to flee.
When you’re heading out on a road trip or are moving, your car becomes the hub of everything. In a sense, it becomes your home between homes, and it’s the trusted transporter of your most precious valuables (including your family). One other important thing about the car: it has limited cargo space. You’ve got to find a way to safely fit your belongings, plus the cooler and the snacks — which, by the way, need to be immediately accessible at all times — as well as you, your family and your pets, all in a car with a trunk the size of a bathtub. It’s a true challenge.
According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), there are about 20,000 earthquakes per year in the United States, with some of the biggest earthquakes in the past decade leaving unprecedented damage in their wake. Large-scale quakes cause large-scale devastation — mudslides, landslides, fires, tsunamis and collapsed buildings or roads are common. As a result, earthquakes can leave victims badly injured or even dead.
The best photographers know that the prize-winning shots are the ones that come from off the beaten path, from the middle of a rainstorm, from the far-off angles that you can’t get to easily. They also know that these places can be disastrous for expensive photography gear. The fact is, cameras are fragile and expensive, and they operate best when they are free of debris, moisture and impact. A solid storage solution — both while out in the field snapping photos and when not in use at home — is crucial for any dedicated photographer. So what are some simple and effective ways to keep your camera safe and sound between uses?
Though none of us want to think about facing an emergency situation, preparing for a disaster is actually one of the best ways to ensure that you weather even the harshest storms without incident (perhaps quite literally). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that citizens have an emergency plan in place and keep at least 72 hours of basic survival supplies on hand at all times. A bug out bag (BOB) is a smart and simple way to do this, and it doesn’t take a huge investment of money or time.
Thinking about upgrading your backpack? Consider the rucksack. Perhaps the word “rucksack” calls to mind some quaint, primitive pack used by a traveler from the 1800s, but the truth is that it’s actually the exact opposite. In fact, a rucksack is more like an upgraded version of your typical backpack, and it’s a lot more rugged and technical than the one you used to take to school.
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself whether you’d be safe in the event of an automotive emergency? Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for cars to break down and require a tow, potentially leaving you in a vulnerable situation on the side of the road. In fact, AAA reports that it fields over 30 million roadside assistance requests each year, with the most calls involving battery failures, flat tires and keys locked inside the car.
Though not complicated, packing a cooler is a task that involves some considerable forethought and strategy. We’ve all experienced the dreaded soggy butter boxes and floating soda cans once the ice melts, but prevention comes down to two important factors: selecting the right cooler and packing it properly. The first one is easy if you use a Pelican cooler. The second one takes a little bit of practice and planning, but it’s practice and planning that go a long way.
Can we take a brief moment to show some appreciation for the duffel bag? These essential carry-alls somehow manage to fit a week’s worth of clothes and gear without breaking a sweat, making them truly versatile pieces of luggage for all manners of adventure. Even when they’re jam-packed, they’re fairly easy to transport thanks to the multiple straps and carrying configurations. But a well-packed bag makes all the difference, so today we’re covering the best way to pack durable duffel bags so you get the most out of every single liter.
Packing a backpack, like starting a fire or pitching a tent, is art masquerading as a chore. A perfectly-packed pack is easier to carry, fits more stuff and stores your items so you don’t have to go rifling through it every single time you need something. But the thing is, there’s no backpack-packing formula that works for everyone, mainly because we’ve all got different gear to stash depending on the expedition at hand. Luckily, there are a few packing tips that’ll help ensure you get the most out of your backpack no matter where you’re going.
We all get satisfaction out of dumping a 10-pound bag of gas station ice atop the contents of a perfectly-packed cooler, but is there a better way to keep the cooler... cooler? Actually, yes, and it involves the same subzero stuff you used to mess around with in high school chemistry class. Dry ice is the underrated cooler companion that helps keep all your perishables cool and dry for longer. Here’s how to master it using your Pelican hard cooler.
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