Necessities for Europe

Discussion in 'Continental Touring' started by irnbru, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,328
    Likes Received:
    9,685
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Hi please can someone point me in the right direction if there is a list somewhere of essential things we will need before touring Europe...hopefully next year. Just been reading some threads and now know we need a continental adaptor for power supply. What else will we need?

    Thanks

    Sandra
     
  2. jonandshell

    jonandshell Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    5,258
    Likes Received:
    7,871
    Location:
    West Norfolk
    First Aid Kit.
    Warning Triangle.
    Beam Deflectors.
    Hi-viz vests for all occupants.
    GB sticker if you haven't EU-type number plates.
    A marker board for your bike rack.
    Enough gas to see you through the trip, a refillable system, or be prepared to buy foreign bottles and hoses.
    A socket tester to check for reverse polarity.
    A water hose.
    Watering can.
    Levelling ramps.
    Snowchains for mountainous regions in Winter.
    European breakdown cover.
    Travel insurance. (don't rely on the EHIC!)
    Map!
    Satnav.
    Aires/stellplatz/campsite guide.
    The ability to ask for a beer in every European language!
    I think that's it!

    Happy Travels!!:thumb:
     
    • Like Like x 10
  3. voyagerstan

    voyagerstan Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2011
    Messages:
    323
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    torquay sometimes
    just go everthing is every where , it half the fun finding things , wheres your sence of adventure . enjoy .:yeah::yeah::yeah: stan
     
  4. vwalan

    vwalan Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Location:
    roche cornwall
    you missed the most important one .fray bentos pies .
    seems jj and me are the only ones that understand how usefull they are . hee hee
     
    • Like Like x 4
  5. voyagerstan

    voyagerstan Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2011
    Messages:
    323
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    torquay sometimes
    do you use them for leveling your van to :Rofl1: stan
     
  6. Parcverger

    Parcverger Funster - Campsite Owner

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2007
    Messages:
    482
    Likes Received:
    441
    Location:
    Parc Verger - Limousin
    • Like Like x 2
  7. ukbill

    ukbill Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2011
    Messages:
    4,897
    Likes Received:
    4,862
    Location:
    benidorm
    usefull for what posing as road kill :Laughing:
     
  8. sdc77

    sdc77 Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    2,483
    Likes Received:
    2,892
    Location:
    East london
    Pot noodles and spare bulbs
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Merle

    Merle Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2013
    Messages:
    417
    Likes Received:
    214
    Location:
    Wiltshire
    You will need a spare set of vehicle light bulbs, and I was told at Malvern you now have to carry 2 warning triangles. I must admit I'm confused over the breathaliser buisiness for France....and I also saw recently that the hi-viz have to have two stripes not one like they sellon most market stands:Sad:
     
  10. vwalan

    vwalan Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Location:
    roche cornwall
    also if you are over 3,500kg you must have wedes available for using on steep hills when you stop for parking . using the kerb or stones isnt allowed . spain can be funny on this one .
     
  11. Popeye

    Popeye Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2011
    Messages:
    7,706
    Likes Received:
    16,898
    Location:
    New Forest
    Hi Alan, I assume you mean wheel chocks or wedges, but tell me how does one define steep?
     
  12. gradyp

    gradyp Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2011
    Messages:
    61
    Likes Received:
    22
    Location:
    Widnes
    Original insurance doc
    Original logbook
    Both parts of driving license
    Sense of adventure
     
  13. irnbru

    irnbru Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,328
    Likes Received:
    9,685
    Location:
    Glasgow
    Thanks for all the replies. Looks like we will have some shopping to do...once I twist mums arm to go away for a few months :Smile:

    Isn't there an adapter or something I can buy that will fix the polarity. I'm not very good with electricity. Will I blow something if I don't do it right?

    How do I know if we weigh over 3500kg?

    Our gas I think is propane. Orange bottles. Can these be refilled in Europe?
     
  14. vwalan

    vwalan Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Location:
    roche cornwall
    yes . the spanish doc.. 08/v-74
    on page 4 only says a marked slope . .remember this is spain best just do it .
    but for years i have seen trucks etc with big chocks in frames on the chassis and chocks etc . it seems other countries also require it but its never mentioned by rac /aa etc .
    just thought if spain are being awkward best mention it .could be a money earner for them .
    some people do fill orange gas bottles abroad with adaptors .
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2013
  15. lorger

    lorger Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2008
    Messages:
    6,187
    Likes Received:
    7,552
    Location:
    Dumfries
    The gas will depend on how long you go for and at what time of the year, if its summer we can last 2 weeks on one 6kg bottle.

    We have never taken a polarity tester with us so far and never came across any problems, I'm not an electrician so placese seek proper advice. I think the reverse polarity will be fine unless you try to work on it while still plugged so if ever doing anything electrical unplug your lead which I would do in the uk also. I'm sure someone will be along to correct me.

    With a name like your dont forget to take a few bottles as it is hard to find :Rofl1:

    Also take photo copies of all your documents and keep them well hidden just incase anything goes wrong, we even photocopy our passports and have them well hidden in the van.

    Don't forget a bottle opener :Rofl1:

    If you have a dog and your taking it then make sure you start its jags on time I think its 6 months in advance.
     
  16. Leftlegger

    Leftlegger Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 29, 2012
    Messages:
    418
    Likes Received:
    400
    Location:
    N.somerset
    Here,s one I made earlier,note the irems in RED :
    CHECKLIST

    1. FUEL
    2. FRESH WATER CONTAINER CLEANED AND TOPPED UP
    3. GAS BOTTLES FILLED AND CHECKED
    4. PASSPORTS
    5. FERRY REF NUMBER AND TIMES
    6. MOTORHOME paperwork
    7. EUROS
    8. KETTLE PANS DISHES CUPS PLATES
    9. BOTTLE OPENER
    10. CAN OPENER
    11. WASHING UP LIQUID
    12. CHEMICAL TOILET FLUID(or Bio Or not)
    13. ELECTRIC CABLES CHECKED AND PACKED
    14. WATER HOSE CHECKED AND PACKED
    15. RADIO CHECKED
    16. TV AND REMOTE
    17. SAT SYSTEM AND REMOTE
    18. MAST FOR TV AERIAL
    19. LARGE SATELLITE DISH+LNB+CABLES+TRIPOD
    20. OIL WATER AND FILTERS CHECKED
    21. SPARE BULB/FUSE KIT
    22. SPARE FUEL FILTER
    23. REFLECTIVE JACKETS
    24. GENERAL CONDITION OF WHEELS /TYRES/BRAKES
    25. SAT-NAV WITH AIRES ADDED AS FAVOURITES
    26. SPARE SAT-NAV
    27. LARGE SCALE ATLAS OF FRANCE,Other Maps as needed
    28. LAPTOP
    29. CYCLONE MEDIA PLAYER FOR FILMS
    30. TABLES CHAIRS
    31. B-B-Q
    32. SECURITY LOCKS CHECKED
    33. SOLAR PANEL CHARGING?
    34. SUNGLASSES
    35. READING GLASSES
    36. FOOD & DRINKS
    37. Folding trolly
     
  17. smiffy502000

    smiffy502000 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    sutton coldfield
    and a bloody great trailer to stuff it all into!!!!:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
    • Like Like x 2
  18. vwalan

    vwalan Funster

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2008
    Messages:
    7,594
    Likes Received:
    3,853
    Location:
    roche cornwall
    you mean like mine .ha ha .
     
    • Like Like x 2
  19. smiffy502000

    smiffy502000 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Messages:
    218
    Likes Received:
    118
    Location:
    sutton coldfield
    that's the one:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  20. magicsurfbus

    magicsurfbus Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    3,491
    Likes Received:
    8,231
    Location:
    NW England
    [​IMG]

    ..if you end up on an aire where the loo disposal point is a grid, and not a hole.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page