If you’ve never camped in Europe then you’re missing a treat. Pack up the car and get going while it’s still easy to do. There are more than 10,000 campsites all over Europe with fantastic amenities, swimming pools, spas, close access to towns and beaches and all for a fraction of the cost of a hotel stay. Here are some tips for first-time European drivers and campers:
There are some items that are required by law if you are planning to drive your vehicle around Europe and some items will be more country-specific so do a bit research before you book. Here are the essentials:
- Reflective Jackets – one per passenger and kept in car cabin.
- Warning triangle
- Breathalyser (essential in France)
- Safety Helmets for motorcycles
- First Aid Kit (compulsory in Germany and Austria)
- GB car sticker
- Headlamp beam deflectors
Also make sure that the following documentation is in order:
- Driving licence and National Insurance number
- Travel insurance
- Vehicle insurance
- V5 and Tax and MOT up-to-date
- European breakdown cover
For any camping trip in the UK or in Europe, the shelter of a tent is a necessity. Sleeping mats and bags or a portable camping bed if you have the space are also essential. You’ll need cooking supplies, cutlery, toiletries, water and food but also useful tools such as torches, first aid kits, matches and an extra supply of batteries will be lifesavers. For a quality outdoor survival store, visit http://www.angloforro.co.uk
The price of camping varies from country to country but will be in the region of £10 per person per night, which is considerably cheaper than paying to stay in a city hotel. Many sites will offer laundry facilities and hot water showers but some of the larger parks even have extras like pools, waterparks or on-site supermarkets.
Be mindful of decided to go wild camping whilst abroad, especially if you’re fairly new to camping. While most camping laws are the same across Europe, you don’t want to find yourself with local law enforcement on your case and you don’t speak the language! Wild camping is illegal completely in Greece, for example but tolerated in most other countries as long as you clean up after yourself and don’t start a fire (in France).
There are some unique driving laws that are country specific too so if you don’t want to land yourself in hot water, it pays to read up on these before you head off. For example, did you know it is illegal in Spain to drive in sandals or flip-flops and be bare-chested? In Germany, it is against the law to run out of fuel on the autobahn and you mustn’t eat or drink whilst driving in Cyprus!
There is no reason why you shouldn’t have a fantastic time exploring the wonders of Europe at a reduced cost and the same rules of camping etiquette apply on every campsite wherever you happen to pitch up for the night. These include, cleaning up after yourself, kept noise to a respectful minimum, don’t leave food lying outside, always make sure your camp fire is fully extinguished and don’t let your kids run riot. Happy Camping!