Top 10 "essentials"

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  1. Nykos

    Nykos Read Only Funster

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    Go on, have a go at your top ten essentials for a "full timing".

    We are planning a 12 month tour of Europe, me, my wife and 2 sons (7 and 9 yrs) and we
    would love to hear your top ten choices.

    Cheers

    Nick
     
  2. simong

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    this is a hard one:Confused:

    1, a laptop with net connection
    2, my fishing gear
    3. a good digi camera
    4. some sort of water filter
    5. a mobile phone
    6. tool kit/breakdown cover
    7. a good books
    8. tv & dvd player
    9. some sort of entertainment fort the kids
    10. satnav

    we struggled getting past number six:Laughing:
     
  3. lesleyjean

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    Take with you

    Money loads of it
    Sense of Humour
    Acceptance
    Affection
    Ecstacy
    Empathy
    Euphoria
    Happiness
    Curiosity
    Hope
    Interest
    Humour
    Patience
    Love
    Pride
    Surprise
    Wonder
    More Money
    Desire
    Attitude
    Passion
    More Money

    Leave Behind

    Anger
    Annoyance
    Anxiety
    Boredom
    Comtempt
    Depression
    Despair
    Disappointment
    Disgust
    Envy
    Embarrassment
    Fear
    Frustration
    Grief
    Guilt
    Hatred
    Hostility
    Horror
    Jealousy
    Loathing
    Pity
    Rage
    Regret
    Remorse
    Sadness
    Shame
    Suffering
    Worry

     
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  4. Jim

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    An inspirational list Lesley, especially for 4 am:thumb:
     
  5. Braunston

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    1. ACSI Camping Card
    2. CCI Card
    3. MOT that last for the whole period (if required)
    4. Road Fund Licence as above
    5. Insurance Vehicle and Medical as above
    6. EHIC card
    7. CC Europe Book 1 & 2
    8. Aires Guide
    9. Stelplatz Guide
    10. Extra Long Hookup Cable (Perhaps 2 or 3 length)
    11. Winter and Summer Cloths
    12. Refillable Gas Bottles and adapters

    There are more, hope that helps
     
  6. scotjimland

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    Hi Nick

    we have been on the road for over two years ..

    you don't say what van you have.. .. but if it's big enough.. top of the 'must haves' is


    A Washing machine ...

    site facilities abroad leave a lot to be desired, and are expensive, .. and if your using aires there is no where to do the laundry... of course it's fine doing it in a bucket .. IN SUMMER .. try it in winter .. not much fun..

    Lots of EHU leads .. several short lengths are better than one huge one. 15mt and 25mt are useful

    A Sat Nav.. I recommend Tom Tom XL1 Europe
    Atlas of every country you plan to tour, Michelin are the best

    good luck

    Jim
     
  7. Pikey Pete

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    My list, as I do use site's, more than I wild camp.

    1 Electric Hob.
    2 Combi Microwave.
    3 Electric heater ( Unless your van has one as standard, mine doesn't )
    4 Refillable gas system and adapters.
    5 SatNav.
    6 Sat. dish and box. + TV.
    7 Laptop and WiFi signal booster.
    8 Mobile phone. ( with 3G if poss. Better still an iPhone )
    9 Sog
    10 Awning and ground sheet.

    Pete :Cool:
     
  8. billym

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    Ok so here's our list.

    4x bikes

    4x pairs of crocs



    Paper , paint , pens ( for the kids )

    As many books as possible ( for the kids )

    Body boards , football, rugby ball, cricket stuff, table tennis stuff, kites board games

    ( for the kids )

    Tv. Dvd. X box DS etc ( for the kids )

    Address book ( for the kids to keep in touch with family/ mates , and to write in new ones

    Diary , camera ( for the kids )

    2x laptops ( for the kids )

    Chocolate raisins as gambling chips ( for the kids :Rofl1:)

    Lightweight tent ( for the kids )

    Walkie talkies ( for Everyone )



    My Life and other stuff:


    Anything else you just get en route.
     
  9. hilldweller

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    Are you a widow ? A friend of mine had a saying "She'd kill a normal man". It came to mind the minute I saw that list.

    Oh, and this friend got a new girlfriend, and she did. I'll bet he died with a big grin though.
     
  10. Douglas

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    1/ A mobil phone each, one that is unlocked so that you can fit simcards of the country that you are in, many of them pay in credit so they cost you nothing if you dont have phones that are unlocked plan to get then unlocked when you are away. Spain is good.

    2/ If you have a laptop then get yourself a WIFI mini dish from Hawkings Technology about £60.00 you will be amazed how many free wifi links you find and with the dish you can work from your van in comfort, all for free. I'm doing it now...

    3/ Rig yourself up for wild camping ie solar panels and batteries, you will save £thousands if you do

    4/ Learn to drive with a soft at about 55 mph, again a noticeable saving.

    5/ Fit a good water filter for drinking water, one like aguapur, the convenience is well worth it.

    6/ Lots of money, with the present exchange rate everything is expensive in the Euro zone


    Thats about it for now

    Doug...
     
  11. navman

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    Good price here at the moment

    BT Shop - Hawking Hi-Gain USB Wireless-G Dish Adapter (HWU8DD)
     
  12. Nykos

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    Thanks for all your advice and good will.
    Certainly there are some very important must haves.
    Keep them coming if you have any more.
    Cheers for now
    Nick

    :thumb:
     
  13. lesleyjean

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    Hi Hilldweller

    Yeah I could kill a normal man, in fact any man if the mood grabbed me. Hee Hee:Wink:

    No, I am not a widow got married on 25th February 1978. 31st Wedding anniversary coming up very soon.

    But of course I was a child bride, hee hee
    :Blush:
     
  14. hilldweller

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    Respect.

    Hell of a guy.

    Must put Carling Black Label on his cornflakes.
     
  15. lesleyjean

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    I wouldn't know he left me 20 years ago
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    Just kiddin, hee hee








     
  16. hilldweller

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    It is. Just ordered one, thanks.

    It looks to me that this a Dabs site - at one point it directs business customers to Dabs and the goods look a bit out of place for BT. Who cares !!
     
  17. roger loiselle

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    Top Ten

    :Wink::Wink:A couple of things you legally need in Europe and not a bad idea here:

    Hi glow jackets or waistcoats for everybody
    2 warning triangles
    A first aid kit.

    plus:
    PMA Positive Motorhome Attitude, you are a representing all of us.
    A basic understanding of customs and habits of the country you are visiting.
    Plus all the other stuff already submitted
    Have fun, Take care
    Roger Loiselle
     
  18. hilldweller

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    And it's just arrived.

    Is this sexy of what !!!! I've not tried it yet but it's worth the money to have it on show, my own private Jodrell Bank.

    I guess it must work, the design is sound.
     
  19. marymo

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    Must Have's

    Hi Nick
    Lucky things taking off for 12 months ... my list is

    1. High Vis jackets for all
    2. 6 Ton jack to lift camper (thing it comes with would'nt lift a bike)
    3. Tool box
    4. DVD's for kids/us (tape like mad from movie channel and store on spindle)
    5. Colouring book/crayons for kids
    6. Paddle Pool - a bucket or two of water and kids are happy
    7. Aire's book
    8. Portable Sat. Dish
    9. Steamer Pot
    10. Refillable gas bottle
     

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