16 days until your road trip! Where are you headed- to the beach? Mountains? Open countryside or a city break? Whichever it is, it’s time to look at your road trip paperwork.
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Check ALL your road trip paperwork
Ok, I get it, paperwork is boring- but these boring jobs are ESSENTIAL and the fines if you get it wrong are on-the-spot and upwards of 100€, so it’s worth taking a few minutes and just checking it all. I don’t want you to get caught out. The French police love waiting outside the Ferry/ tunnel exits for unsuspecting drivers who haven’t got what they need. The reason for doing the checks NOW is so you have time to fix any issues… you know, like the MOT expiring in 3 days time. Little things like that!
So, without further ado, here is a list of the paperwork you MUST carry with you when you visit Europe in your motorhome:
- Driving Licence
- Motorhome Logbook (V5c) – the REAL one, not a copy.
- Vehicle Insurance (obviously must cover Europe for the length of time you’re going. Check this carefully, especially if you’re going for longer than 30 days.)
- SHORT Term Insurance- if you are only adding someone onto your insurance for a few days (ie- to share the driving!) then bring this paperwork
- If it’s a hire vehicle, you need written proof that you’re allowed to bring it to Europe
- Insurance for any other vehicle you tow (like motorbikes)
- MOT (valid!) for all vehicles
- Trailer EU certification if you have a trailer
- Breakdown cover- check it covers Europe! Keep a note of the number you need to dial- ideally programme it into your phone. (Don’t forget to use +44 if it’s a UK number)
- VIGNETTES- this is a big one if you are travelling to certain countries across Europe. Hopefully you found out all about those in your country-specific checks.
Other personal paperwork we take when we travel:
- Personal travel insurance
- EHIC cards (the new version of E111 cards offering limited healthcare across Europe)
- Drone Insurance
Other paperwork which might be useful on your road trip:
- Pet passport and details of chips etc
- Proof of medication
- ACSI card if you’re using it
- Ferry/ Tunnel booking details (and membership cards if applicable)
- Printout of first night stop if you’re using paper map- if not have it programmed into the sat nav (if you don’t have it yet- don’t worry. We’re going to cover how to pick a good first night stop later on in this countdown)
- Details of house insurance if that covers things like jewellery or valuables (make sure it covers travelling with jewellery or expensive items)
NOTE: While it’s important to check all this paperwork and gather it into a folder for easy storage, I DO NOT recommend you put it all in the van just yet, unless you’re very confident it’s in a secure place. That’s an awful lot of personal data and I would hate for it to be stolen.
Keep it somewhere safe- just DON’T forget to bring it. If you’re running a packing list, add it to that (I use NOTES on my phone- that way as I think of something to remember, I can quickly add it to a (long!) list. Now I just need to remember to look at the list!! 🙂
Complete your passenger API (advanced passenger information)
If you’ve booked on the ferry, I think you have to give this at time of booking. But on the Tunnel, you just need to do this in advance. It takes about 5 minutes, tops… which is of course why I have been putting it off for 2 weeks!! But TODAY is the DAY.
- Get all the passports for everyone who is travelling (If you’re taking someone else outside your household, get a copy of their passport.) We recommend taking a photo of the main page in each passport so that you have a record on your phone, just in case.)
- Log in to EuroTunnel website. (Don’t make my mistake- the password for your booking has been EMAILED to you by Eurotunnel, it is not one you made up yourself! I easily wasted 10 minutes trying to remember which password I used…. doh!)
- Complete the API for each person, which consists of full name, DoB, passport details and country of residency.
- Make sure it’s all saved and then you’re DONE!
See- that wasn’t so painful, was it?!?!? (I really hope it wasn’t!) Now your vehicle is carrying all the essential kit, you have all the essential paperwork… everything from here on out is pretty much optional- apart from money, which is coming up in a couple of days! So pat yourself on the back and feel very smug- hard work is all over… until it comes time to actually pack the van. 🙂 We’ll save that for another day, shall we??
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