How To Put Luggage On Car Roof Rack?

With the roof of your car often being poorly designed for cargo, getting all your gear in and out can be quite a task. Thankfully with proper strapping techniques, you’ll never have this problem again. By loading up every piece as high on top of it could go before fastening them down tightly with rope or bungee cords (or whatever) than just making sure everything has at least one clip per point where they touch so nothing falls off when driving over bumps – voila: instant space-saving solution.

How To Put Luggage On Car Roof Rack? Required Materials:

Cam Straps or Ratchet Straps

The importance of using ratchet or cam straps cannot be overstated. They offer a simple solution that can protect your load from slipping, but they also come in handy if you want to make sure the weight doesn’t pull on one side while driving down the road for instance! You should always use heavy-duty strength rated pieces like these ones since their holding power exceeds what most people would consider safe by far (around 2x more than normal).


It’s time to get creative. This is an opportunity for you to experiment. Create your own kinetic recovery ropes or use ratchet straps, cam straps, and bungee cords too if that suits the object more than rope does right now. If tying knots isn’t something new but just seems overwhelming, try out some trucker’s knots as they’re easier on beginners’ hands while still being effective in securing things safely from moving around during transport – plus those styles also look stylish at campgrounds alike so no one will know what kind of handyman skills were used behind-the-scenes when camping essentials need handling ASAP every single night.

Bungee Cords

You can use bungee cords as a secondary means for tying down your load, but they should never be relied on as the primary way to secure it. They are unsafe and hard to handle so try other methods first.

Cargo (Spider) Netting and/or Tarp

When you are finished strapping down your load, make sure to cover everything with a sturdy net or waterproof tarp. This will prevent the spread of airborne debris and protect any vulnerable areas from getting soaked by water droplets.

Roof Rack

If you’re constantly hauling things like bikes or kayaks on top of your vehicle, consider purchasing a specific roof mounted bike rack for these items (for example Thule and Yakima) to save time and add safety.


Don’t let your pride get in the way of a helping hand. If you are dealing with cumbersome cargo, ask for help. A friend or family member might be able to assist more easily than expected and save time by making sure that everything goes smoothly on both ends of this deal, not just yours, it can even make up for any transportation issues, Don’t allow heavy items like furniture down an unstable flight path into somebody else’s home if they’re not prepared either.

Tying Items to a Car Roof

Step 1: Following the directions that come with your products

When you are tying things down to the roof of your vehicle, each product (ratchet straps, cam straps, or rope) will have different instructions for use. Make sure you read all safety precautions before using any type of strap! As a general rule buy two times as much weight in order not under stress it too hard on this equipment and perhaps cause failure during transport.

Step 2: Considering a roof rack

Here are some tips to help you load your car with gear without worry. To secure the bike rack for suv, loop straps or ropes around both side rails and crossbars so they hang down below each tire valley-side out (or rope up). Place items evenly across this width until it reaches about 1/2 way back over the center where there’s more room for piling higher objects on top of one another before finishing off with tarp or netting covering whole cargo area if necessary; lighter goes lower place heavier stuff at the front end since those will be closest when driving away.

Step 3: Naked Roof

If you don’t have a roof rack, protect your investment by laying down a blanket or towel first before securing tie-downs. Be sure to twist straps as much as possible so they stay away from any delicate parts on the car such as windows and mirrors this will also help prevent noise when driving over road cracks. Protect those valuable trim pieces with rope locks if need be; just make certain that these items do not obstruct their operability during operation time (such as license plate holders).

Step 4: Placement

For instance, place, low-hanging stuff at the bottom end which helps reduce weight pulling upwards while heavier objects go higher near the middle point between doors – remember this also applies vice versa.

With the roof of your car, you have to be mindful about where items are placed because they can cause problems. When trying things down on a naked surface make sure that lighter goes lower- if not it will just get sucked upwards by an updraft and potentially interfere with driving conditions or safety features like sunroof operation.

Step 5: Overhanging Items

One of the most common ways to keep an object from flying off during a car accident is by tying down any items that extend past your windshield or rear window. Items like canoes, Christmas trees, and other large objects have this problem due to their size so they should always be tied securely in place before you drive off.

Step 6: Proper Use of Tie-Downs

Cargo should be secured to avoid shifting and damage during transit. Use cam straps or ratchet straps, but make sure you don’t overtighten for your car’s safety. Consider investing in a roof rack if possible, otherwise, lay down blankets/towels first before fastening ropes through vehicle doors at all times (not windows). A tarp is also an option but ensures not to overload the load since this can cause issues as well such as shaking or swaying while driving on bumpy roads which may result due to poor engineering design within pickup trucks themselves.

Step 7: Test Load and Drive Safely

When you are loading your cargo on the top of a vehicle, make sure it’s secure. Make small adjustments if necessary with each item and then check after 5-10 minutes to see how things have been holding up in real-world conditions before continuing onto our next stop.

Check your load before you go for a drive. Make sure it’s secure and if not, fix the straps or otherwise reinforce them with safety bands to prevent any loose items from coming off while driving at high speeds on roads where winds could cause gusts that would whip up dust in their paths.

A loaded truck is an unstable ride by itself- but when you add breezes like those found out here across the open country there are even more ways anything can come undone. So take some extra precautions by double-checking everything.


Loading up your car the right way will save you both time and frustration. The next time you need to take a trip, give these techniques a try before hitting the road.


Q. Can suitcases be put on a roof rack?

A. If you’re looking to take your gear with on the roof of a car, there are two main options: open baskets/trays and enclosed bags. The best way for carrying around luggage will depend upon what size and amount are needed as well as waterproofness required by the user so choose wisely.

Q. How luggage can be strapped to the roof of the car?

A. As soon as you secure one end of the safety strap under a roof bar that runs perpendicular to your vehicle, bring it around again for another wrap but invert so there are two loops coming off at different angles instead. This will keep anything tied down safe from theft with its extra protection.

Q. Is it considered illegal to tie something on the roof of your car?

A. No, not explicitly. That being said there is a way you should be trying these things- securely and safely. This could result in getting yourself arrested if done improperly which will only happen because people don’t know what they’re doing without following proper procedures for securing their load onto an area where theft isn’t possible like this one might well turn out to be when using some type of device commonly found among many drivers nowadays.

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