How to Strap a Christmas Tree to the Top of your Vehicle

huge christmas tree tied to the roof on a minivan

One of the timeless staples of the Christmas season, no one’s home is complete without a Christmas tree! Sure, you could opt for an artificial tree that lives in a box in the basement 330 days of the year, but then you don’t get the joy of that fine pine smell or the authentic look you get with a real tree. If you’re looking to get a tree from a local tree farm, you’ll want to be sure you’re prepared when bringing your tree home. To help you out, we’ve put together a few tips to make the process easier for you.

Things to bring with you to the tree farm near you:

  • Heavy-duty gloves (beware of sap!)
  • A tarp, sheet or blanket (also beware of sap!)
  • Rope, bungee cords, bailer’s twine or nylon straps (and plenty of it!)

After deciding on which tree you want, secure it to your vehicle using the following steps:

Transporting a Christmas Tree

  1. Shake any extra needles, branches, bugs, etc. out of the branches of your tree so they don’t go flying while you’re driving.
  2. Wrap up your tree in the blanket, tarp or sheet that you brought to keep it from scratching the roof of your vehicle and make it easier to manage
  3. While wearing gloves, lift the tree onto your vehicle with the bottom trunk of the tree pointing towards the front of the vehicle. This helps the air travel over the tree with less resistance than it would if the tree faced the other way.
  4. Tie your tree down using the rope or rope-substitute. You’ll first want to wrap your rope around the tree as tightly as possible, then tie the tree to your roof rack as tight as you can. If you don’t have a roof rack on your vehicle, tie the tree down to something secure inside the vehicle or tie at the ends of the rope together at the ceiling inside the vehicle.
  5. Check to make sure your tree is secure and wrapped up by pulling and pushing on it. Tighten ties if needed.
  6. Drive slowly, avoiding high-traffic areas as well as sudden stops or acceleration.
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