Thanks Lori, that's what i'll plan on doing. I'm always worried about having personal stuff out of sight.
Also, I know i'm bringing alot, but i'm not a very light packer, I always bring that much. We're also traveling from Nor. Cal to So. Cal a few days ahead of time so i'll really be gone for 8 days. When I go stay with relatives during the summer and i'm gone for about 2 weeks I usually bring a duffle bag just for shoes
although that is when I am just driving my own car so it's not that big of a deal. Anyway, thanks again! This forum is great!