A packing checklist for a successful motorhome holiday

If this is your first trip in a motorhome, you may be wondering where to start when it comes to packing. In many ways, it’s not too different from any other European holiday.

The biggest consideration lies in the practical aspects of managing electrical, water and waste supply. It is also worth remembering that a motorhome holiday allows you to get off the beaten track. Parking overnight near a remote village is a memorable experience, but a little forward planning is helpful in the event of an emergency.

Stay Organised with Packing Cubes

These fabric-packing containers come in a range of squares, rectangles or even tube shapes and are small enough to fit into a carry on, suitcase or rucksack. Keep like for like items together, gently compress clothes to make more room and keep clean clothes separate from dirty clothes as you travel.

Important Paperwork

When you arrive to pick up your Happy Camper motorhome, you are required to show that you are licenced to drive a vehicle of up to 3.5 tonnes. If you are visiting from outside of the EU, you may need to apply for an international drivers permit. If you wish to share driving duties with a friend or partner, they will also need to carry the same paperwork.

In addition to your original passport, driving licence and holiday insurance documents, we recommend bringing a legible photocopy of all of your paperwork. Copies can come in handy should they be lost, stolen or damaged during your trip.

Prescription medicines and over the counter remedies

Don’t forget to pack all essential medication. Be aware that there are limitations on taking medicine in and out of countries. Check that you can bring the medication into France, and how much you are permitted to carry. Keep everything in its original, correctly labelled packaging and if you can, bring extra in case of delays home.

Technology and charging facilities

You may want to unplug during your time away, but some technology can prove useful for rainy days and emergencies. We recommend carrying a charged mobile phone in case of breakdowns. If you are bringing cameras, MP3 players or E-Readers that require regular charging, you may wish to consider a portable power source. Take a look at our previous blog ‘Must Have Gadgets for your Motorhome Holiday.’

Extra Bits and Pieces to Consider

While packing space is limited, there a few extra items that you may want to consider. From disposable gloves (to wear when emptying the waste disposal) to a bottle stopper for the half-empty bottle of red; you will be glad you thought to bring them along.

  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Bottle stopper
  • Sanitiser and wet wipes
  • Disposable gloves
  • Superglue
  • Peg-less washing line
  • Hand wash liquid
  • Zip lock food bags and extra clips
  • Notepad and pen
  • Puzzle books
  • Sun block and after sun
  • Tweezers and nail scissors