Things To Pack For A European Road Trip
There can be nothing more fulfilling and memorable than a road trip through Europe. It’s a good excuse to pack your things, jump in your car and forget your responsibilities as you follow the open road and never quite know what you might find. But don’t make any official plans before you check this handy guide about the things you’ll need on your European road trip.
Travel tickets are an obvious must, as is a valid passport with at least six months left to run. You should also renew your European Health Insurance Card so that you’ll still be entitled to free or reduced cost health care if you should fall ill while you’re in the continent.
Many of us rely on our debit cards these days because it’s generally more convenient. However, if you’re driving through Europe it’s worth having some Euro coins for the numerous toll roads you may travel down. Not all of the booths will be staffed by humans which is why it’s essential to have coins and not just notes as the machines rarely accept them or provide change.
A driver’s best friend in the 21st century is a satellite navigation system, which is understandable as maps can be complex to read for younger generations and take up time (although you should always have a real map as back-up in case of emergencies). Always ensure that your sat-nav is up to date and any speed camera alert will need to be turned off if you’re driving through France or else you could get fined.
A Perfect Playlist
In many cases there is very little to see when driving down the longer stretches of road, particularly on the German Autobahns. Furthermore, it can be very rare to find a decent local radio station so ensure you’ve loaded all your favourite songs onto your phone (or a CD) to keep you entertained and pass the time on the long drive.
These days the camera on your smartphone will likely be more than enough quality for the job, but if you’re more of a traditionalist then make sure you’ve packed your camera and that it is fully charged with plenty of storage place. Also remember your chargers and European adapters for all electrical products that you plan to take with you.
French Road Laws
Remember that if you’re driving through France you will need to always have in the car a high visibility jacket, a warning triangle and a breathalyser. Failure to have any of them on the off chance you get pulled over is subject to an on the spot fine. You can buy a complete kit from stores like Halfords.