So I've already reached the conclusion, from reading many posts in the 'moving' tag, that I will be selling the vast majority of my furniture before leaving (shelves, desk, and dressers, mattress and boxspring will be Freecycled). I had already planned to pare down as much of my belongings as I see reasonable. Many thanks to all of you who have answered other peoples queries about their moving situations. The two thoughts I had on getting the remainder of my belongings from DC to WI are to either rent a van with a car dolly and move my crap that way. Definitely the more expensive of my two thoughts, but it would mean getting to keep more of my stuff. Plus giving me the room to actually have a friend make the 15hr+ drive with myself and furry feline son. My second thought was those car rooftop storage things. I drive a 2001 Honda Civic 4dr. I know these things come made out of hard materials and more bag like soft materials. This wouldn't allow me to keep as much, but would definitely add to what I could bring with me versus what only fits in my car. The bag ones look to be considerably cheaper (thats just for an example). Anyone ever used one of them? Do they hold up to high way driving? How much do they affect your gas mileage? I think I'd prefer this option, because I could just roll up the bag and reuse it if/when needed. Plus without having to rent anything, I can move on my time and schedule, not when I've told someone I'd pickup or return something.