Must-haves to carry when caravanning overseas
14 August 2012
With the Olympics sadly drawing to a close last weekend, plenty of people have been left feeling at a bit of a loose end. What do we watch on telly now? How else should I spend my Saturday other than watching Mo Farah and Usain Bolt win gold medals?
On the bright side, the end of the summer Games means that the UK is a lot quieter, making it the perfect time to take a caravan holiday overseas.
It's also a great way to avoid busy airports as other holidaymakers look to escape British shores; Heathrow was at its busiest capacity ever following last weekend's closing ceremony, and there's a good chance that it's going to remain a bustling place to be. Instead, take to the road with your home away from home.
Of course, before you join the legions of travellers fitting in a summer break before it gets too late, don’t forget that driving overseas requires you to follow different guidelines than you would at home.
Whether you're a veteran overseas caravanners or you've never toured abroad before, it is essential that you familiarise yourself with the documents and other items that must be carried on board your vehicle before hopping across the channel.
First of all, you'll need to have GB stickers and/or EU number plates as well as headlight converters or adjustable beams. In Spain or Croatia, you will require two warning triangles, although most other countries in Europe demand just the one.
You should also have high-visibility vests in case of a breakdown. A first aid kit is always handy to have in the car. At least two disposable breathalysers are needed to travel to or drive through France and you might be fined if you fail to meet this guideline.
As far as documents go, make sure you have files containing your driving licence, passport and any necessary visas, and your insurance certificates for both of your vehicles. Those over three years old will require an MOT certificate and your car or motorhome V5C is a must-have, too.