The Christmas season is here, and, for many, one of the most essential parts of the whole “Christmas vibe” is the tree. There’s nothing quite like the way a tree imbues a room with holiday atmosphere through its look and smell (the latter of which is not to be underestimated).
But one thing we don’t like to think about quite as much is how we actually get that Christmas tree. If you’re one to go out and cut it down yourself, that part might be fun (hey, to each his own). But then how do you get it back to your house? Especially if one does not have a trailer, transporting a Christmas tree can feel like a hassle.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be so bad. Though one common method used for tree-transportation is to put it on the vehicle roof, we opted below to provide advice on taking it inside your vehicle. This is a convenient way to transport your tree if you have a big ride (the 2020 VW Tiguan, for example, grants users up to 73.5 cubic feet of space to work with, when properly equipped).
Read on to find out how best to transport a Christmas tree inside your SUV while minimizing damage to the tree, the vehicle, and one’s own fragile psyche.
Christmas Tree Transportation Tips
- Remove unnecessary items
- Lower rear seats
- Spread blankets (or some other kind of covering) over the inside to avoid covering everything in pine needles and sap resin
- Bring along some ropes or a lashing strap
When you get the tree:
- Load it in trunk-first. If it comes wrapped, keep the wrapping on.
- Get the trunk right up against the back of the passenger seat so it can’t slide around.
- Secure with ropes/lashing straps. Wrap them around the interior, then around the tree. Then tie to anchoring-points in the vehicle interior
Note: If your tree is too long to fit within the closed cargo hold, check your local laws to see how far it’s allowed to stick out the back. In Germany, items can stick out of an open vehicle back up to 1.5 meters. However, you may need to utilize a warning flag or light, and reflectors. Also, be careful of the tree covering the registration plates or rear lights.
Now that you know how to transport your Christmas tree, find out the best places to pick one up near Elgin, IL!