List of items for trip abroad ?

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  1. JimboT

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    Is there a list anywhere of items you should take traveling abroad mainly France Italy and Germany.
    High Viz vest when i took the car years ago.
    Any tips advice driving on the wrong side of the road!
    First trip looking like Montpellier end Feb
    Thanks
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    hi vis yes...one for everyone on board and kept in the van...not in an outside locker as they MUST be worn before getting out on the roadside.

    fire extinguisher.

    not sure if spare bulbs are still compulsory, maybe not as some cant be changed roadside.

    large note on windscreen or steering wheel stating 'DRIVE ON RIGHT'

    so easy after an overnight stop to forget if the roads are quiet.
     
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    Thanks
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    First Aid kit and fire extinguisher:
    The European Good Samaritan Law requires every driver to stop and provide assistance when an accident is encountered, providing it is safe to do so. This may require a first aid kit and fire extinguisher and it is advisable to have these items when driving in France.

    heres a list of essentials but some maybe outdated...(breathalyser etc)

    http://www.go-to-france.co.uk/pages/Driving.htm
     
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    spare glasses if you wear them
    1 hi viz per person
    warning triangle (2 in Spain)
    spare bulb set
    fire extinguisher
    breathilyzer is still on the books, make your own mind up
    speed stickers to the rear if you are over 3500kgs
    GB sign
    Headlight Light correctors
    make sure your sat nav does NOT have speed cams or it will be confiscated
     
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    2 pin Continental adaptor for EHU.
    Decent steel pegs. Ditch the little wire ones.
    Torch and spare bty's.
    WD 40, 3 in 1 oil, rags and superglue.
    I carry a small collapsible spade-- just in case
     
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    Funster and/or UK flag! :Smile:
     
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    ACSI book and card

    All the Aires book

    A good road atlas
     
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    You'll adapt to the 'wrong' side of the road very quickly on the highway, but don't forget the same applies in shopping centre, visitor attraction and service station car parks.

    I'm usually OK with that in France - it's when I get back to Britain and start driving out of Sainsburys on the right that causes the problems. I can get France flashbacks for up to a month after the holiday's over. Probably age.
     
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    Echo what everyone said re kit, but just an opinion on Montpellier - we tried it this year and it was a total disaster! We went all over France last September and everywhere we went was very motorhome friendly, apart from Montpellier. It is a very 'green' city with trams everywhere, roads are very narrow, kerbs are VERY high. We tried to get into the Park and Ride - here's a tip - DON'T! When we passed the point of no return, we found a height barrier going into the car park and had to drive the wrong way up the tram lines to turn around to get out! We finally escaped the town by driving through and around the Old Town (with wing mirrors folded in) and got onto any motorway we could find, even if it was going in the wrong direction, to get out!

    We should have guessed really, everywhere else in France every other vehicle we saw was a motorhome (bit of an exaggeration, but you get my drift...), but as we drove into Montpellier I remember commenting - 'funny, I haven't seen one other motorhome yet....'

    Does anyone else have the same memories of Motorhoming in Montpellier, would be interested to know, not that we will ever go there again!
     
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    Hi

    I always have photocopies of paperwork - known as an ICE pack - available in the van and left with someone in the UK.

    When I started motorhoming, I was advised to ensure everything was legal, paperwork etc all OK, anything else that is forgotten can usually be picked up en route. It's good advice and I have quoted it many times.

    A really good map is a boon too - forget the satnav, it will conk out at some point.

    Russell
     
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    And .....If it can make you feel more confident : my mobile number so you can call for help! Just PM me if you want it. Once abroad it might be too late if you have no connexion to ask for some help on FUN!


    Also .... be very careful as a pedestrian! You'll have to look LEFT first! And don't trust French drivers when on pedestrian crossing paths.....you could be as mashed as a potatoe:Doh:

    Happy New Year!


    Amicalement

    Frankie:Smile::Smile:
     
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    Had a quick look at it on Google Maps, it seems as though its on the outskirts so you should be OK!

    Looks a brilliant event - have a good time. :Smile:
     
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