This cartoon is a joke, of course, but let's look at what you should or should not do in order to get all that stuff (kitchen sink, etc) to the cottage, campsite or wherever.
Not everyone has the luxury of a trailer or even a trailer hitch. Here is a good example of a smart way to transport that atv you so treasure. Note the clever use of the tie down straps to firmly hold the atv front and back. Not sure how they get it on the roof, but probably just run it right up the back of the Beetle (it is an all terrain vehicle afterall). Just repaint the bug in the Fall.
And what vacation would be complete without a boat and bikes. This very well packed example shows how ingenious the owner is. The boat actually keeps the sun out of the VW, making the interior nice and cool. Another benefit is that no one is going to cut you off in traffic, since they know that you just don't care.
Good old duct tape. Here is an excellent example of its usage when packing up to go on vacation. This versatile product is able to secure those items that won't fit in the trunk. An added benefit, is that it can also hold the door closed. If using this method, please be sure to take an extra roll with you for the trip home.
All the best and happy roof rack packing!
Until next time........