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What to take with you

What to take with you

Whether you are a regular visitor to France or travelling abroad for the first time you will find this check list an invaluable aid to ensure that nothing has been overlooked.

1. Documents

  • Passports, Camping Carnet*
  • Ferry crossing reference no.*
  • Insurance certificates*
  • EHIC card*
  • Car Registration Document*
  • Driving Licence*
  • MOT certificate where applicable
  • Car Manual
  • G.B.sticker
  • Written authority to drive car from owner if it is not owned by you
  • Certificate of ownership for boats
  • Written permission from parents if taking another family's child.

2. Car accessories

  • Red Warning Triangle*
  • Reflective jackets x 2*
  • Spare Parts Kit
  • Spare bulbs and fuses*
  • Cycle Rack
  • Tyre Pressure Gauge
  • First Aid Kit*
  • Spare set of car keys
  • List of foreign service agents
  • Tool kit and Tow Rope
  • Deflector tape for lights
  • CDs or Ipod
  • Car repair manual
  • Towing mirrors
  • Tow bar cover.

3. Books and Guides

  • Maps
  • Any guides to area (e.g Michelin)
  • French Dictionary
  • Phrase Book
  • Personal Reading books or kindle
  • Address Book

4. Camping/Caravanning Equipment

  • Tent/Awning, groundsheet, gazebo
  • Pegs and Mallet (strong pegs for hard ground when very dry or stony)
  • Step for caravan
  • Gas cylinders, Spanner for gas cylinders
  • Table and chairs
  • Adaptor Plug for hook-up with 50m of cable
  • Water Carrier, Bucket
  • Waste water container
  • Spare guy ropes, elastics, “D” rings
  • Levelling aid or spirit
  • Levelling blocks or chocks for caravan/motorhome
  • Spare Wheel/Tyre for caravan/trailer
  • Chemical fluid
  • Polarity tester
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Caravan door keys
  • Barbecue (check if allowed on site)

5. Clothes

  • Light clothes (T-shirts, shorts, skirts, sandals etc)
  • Sundresses and sunhats
  • Sweaters and jeans (for cool evenings)
  • Track suits
  • Swimming costumes, goggles etc.
  • Beach shoes,
  • Cagoules and wellingtons
  • Canvas shoes or rubber shoes for rivers/lakes
  • Walking boots for rambling
  • Nightwear

6. For the Children and Sport

  • Buckets and spades, Plastic balls, football etc.
  • Games, Comics, Books
  • Tennis rackets, Dinghy, Windsurfer, Bicycles
  • Table tennis bats and balls
  • Binoculars and compass

7. Food

  • Tea bags,Coffee, Sugar, Salt and Pepper
  • Breakfast Cereal, Fruit Squash.
  • Favourite foods so that you don’t have to shop as soon as you arrive.

8. Linen

  • Sleeping Bags or similar
  • Pillows
  • Tea Towels
  • Towels for shower and beach

9. Kitchen Items

  • Washing up bowl, Washing-up liquid
  • Washing powder, Dishcloth/Scourer
  • Kitchen cleaner
  • Broom, Dustpan and brush
  • Clothes line,and pegs. Airer
  • Cooking pans/frying pan
  • Kettle/Teapot
  • Chopping board, Knives (incl bread knife)
  • Cutlery, Plates, Bowls, Cups, Mugs, Glasses
  • Measuring jug, Mixing bowl, Colander/Sieve
  • Tin opener/bottle opener, Cork screw
  • Kitchen roll, Tinfoil and Clingfilm wrap
  • Plastic Waste Bags, Scissors
  • Cool box, Plastic Food Containers

10. Medicine, Toiletries etc

  • Toilet Paper not always provided on sites
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Aspirin, Paracetemol, Travel Sickness Pills
  • Personal medicines and pills
  • Antiseptic cream, Plasters
  • Insect Repellent, Ant Powder
  • Fly and Insect Spray
  • Sun Screen and After Sun cream
  • Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush
  • Razor, Shaving Cream, Shampoo
  • Hair Dryer,Mirror, Brushes and Combs
  • Cotton Wool,Tissues
  • Toe clippers and scissors, Tweezers

11. For the baby

  • Disposable nappies/trainer pants
  • Potty
  • Changing bag, wet wipes, creams
  • Feeder mug, baby foods
  • Bottles and sterilising unit
  • Buggy/backpack, travel cot and high chair
  • Sunshade for pushchair
  • Sunhat and sleep suits
  • Armbands, plastic sandals

12. Other Items

  • Matches, Torch, Tissues
  • Travel Plug (for razors and hairdryers)
  • Travel Iron, Coat hangers
  • String, Rubber bands, Insulating tape
  • Thermos, Alarm Clock
  • Mobile phone and Charger
  • Camera (video, digital and still) Films,Discs
  • Binoculars, Spare Batteries
  • Sewing Kit, Shoe Cleaning Kit
  • Beach items, Parasol, Windbreak, Mats
  • Sunglasses (essential for driving)