When embarking on a motorhome holiday the preparation can seem to last as long as the holiday itself. When you buy or hire your motorhome a dealer like Premier Motorhomes will no doubt have given you a long list of general dos and don’ts regarding preparing the vehicle itself but when it comes to what to pack, there are some essentials to consider.
It is probably true for most people that the items that are most important can often be the things most likely to be forgotten! With this in mind, it’s a good idea to make a checklist and keep it handy so that you can add to it every time something fresh pops into your mind. Underline the things you absolutely must not forget. So, for foreign travel you will need the following:
- Passports for all the people going on the trip.
- Money, in Sterling as well as the currency relevant to the place you’re visiting.
- Credit cards and bank cards.
- Travel insurance documentation and EHIC cards. Take any vital medication with you.
- Driving licences and documentation relating to your vehicle.
- Pet passports and vaccination certificates.
- Electrical adaptors if necessary.
Whether abroad or in the UK though, there is also a long list of things to pack which are relevant to any family holiday and the thing to remember is that all participants have to be catered for. If you are travelling in the UK that usually means being prepared for all that the British weather can throw at us! So let’s think about what that requires in terms of the packing list:
- We all hope for warm sunshine but pack some warmer clothes just in case, including waterproof clothing and good, waterproof boots if you’re going to be doing any walking. If you’re expecting a heatwave, take sunblock and after-sun.
- Take a map. Satnavs and GPS devices can always break down.
- Chargers for mobile phones and devices. Batteries for portable radios, shavers, etc.
- If you can tear the kids away from their iPads, a selection of board games or a deck of cards provides hours of cheap entertainment.
- Toiletries. Things like deodorants, shampoos and the like can be expensive to buy in the middle of nowhere and the chances of getting your favourite brands are minimal. Take all-in-one products where possible to save on space.
- An emergency medical kit containing plasters, painkillers, tweezers, antihistamines, etc.
- Don’t forget spectacles and contact lenses, as well as sunglasses.
Take some food and drink staples too. Even if you’re planning to eat out it’s always nice to have a cup of tea and a snack:
- Tea bags and coffee, sugar/sweeteners.
- Long-life milk.
- Packet soups.
Finally, if you’re taking your pet, don’t forget his food, bowls, toys, bedding and leash with an anchor point for outside the motor home.