A road trip in Europe is one of the most exciting holidays you can take – it brings spontaneity, new experiences and lots of laughs. When me and Theo drove down to France last summer with Arabella we didn’t realise how much easier, stress-free and fun the trip would become. Driving to a destination gives you more control, and far less pressure to meet gate closes, and flight times.
Nothing but the open road stretched out in front of you and the possibility of unearthing new cultures, foods and famous landmarks with every passing country. It’s the ultimate sense of freedom and the most incredible way to spend some quality time with family, friends or loved ones. I am hoping to do a road trip this summer to some of my favourites European cities including visiting Bruges, Antwerp, Rotterdam and The Hague. If you’re planning a road trip too, whether it’s just a few days or an epic journey over several months, here’s my top tips!
Get the car checked out before departing!
Make sure you make all the right checks before heading off on a road trip. Oil, check, tyres, check, water, check, lights, check! Only 44% of drivers polled recently by Slater and Gordon said they check their oil, water, tyres, batteries and lights before heading off on a trip. I always head to Kwik Fit to get my car checked before I go on a long trip.
The very first item on your list should be a set of the comfiest clothes you own. Think pyjamas and you’re just about there. The last thing you want is to feel restricted on a long road trip. Take clothes for both hot and cold weather and plenty of layers for chilly evenings.
Don’t forget to pack your driving license (including counterpart paper license), and travel insurance documents including emergency contact number for your insurance company. And it goes without saying; don’t forget your passport!
Breakdown cover & roadside assistance
Although you may already have this in the UK, be sure to check with your provider that it covers you for travel in Europe, as a lot of policies won’t include it as standard. Eurotunnel offer you comprehensive breakdown cover at competitive prices when driving abroad – so you needn’t ever get stranded by the roadside!
Roadside emergency kit
Including fire extinguisher, hazard warning triangle, emergency foil blanket and more handy items, which hopefully you won’t ever have to use, but it pays to be prepared.