How to plan an overseas trip

As we move later into 2020, we are starting to get more freedom especially in regard to where we can go on holiday. As much as there are an array of places to visit in the UK, the prospect of going across the channel for a well-earned break is exactly what some people are looking for this year.  


Bringing your motorhome abroad is not only budget-friendly but more convenient as you don’t have the stresses of booking flight travel and accommodation. You also have more freedom to move about from city to city, meaning you can cram in more sightseeing into your trip.  


The first step is simple: pick your destination. Once this is done, check out the tips we’ve put together which are important to consider whilst planning your overseas trip.  


Have the necessary documents 

Depending on your location, you may need a Visa, so give yourself plenty of time to apply for this. Check your travel insurance policy and make sure this applies to your destination, as you will want full coverage abroad! 

Regarding your motorhome, check that it has the necessary documentation and keep it in the van. This will include the likes of a full, valid driving licence and national insurance number, proof of vehicle insurance, proof of ID (passport) and valid MOT and road tax. 

Check your motorhome’s measurements, as you’ll need to supply the ferry or Eurotunnel with these if you’re travelling to Europe. 



Check other countries towing regulations 

Entering a different country, there will always be contrasting rules to where you’re from. It’s important to brush up on these before your trip to ensure safe driving. 


There are many towing regulations to consider such as what tow bar you’re using, your tyre pressure, speed limits and towing weights. Many European countries also require high-visibility waistcoats or jackets to be carried in the passenger area and used by every adult in case of breakdown. 


Brush up on road rules 

Driving in a different country can be daunting, although if you drive carefully and observe others, then it should only take one or two days to adjust. There are a few main rules that should be known before you set off on your travels: 


  • Many European countries require you to have your headlights on anytime the car is running, even in broad daylight. 
  • Nearly all countries forbid talking on a cell phone without a hands-free headset. 
  • Many countries require each car to carry a reflective safety vest or kit with a reflecting triangle (typically supplied by the rental company). 


Remember the essentials! 

Some essentials we have picked out include a map and phrasebook (so you can ask for directions!), campsite and bed furnishings to make your stay as comfortable as possible, tools in case of repairs and something to entertain yourself with! A good book, travel playlist and board games are perfect ways to pass the time.  



Travelling long distances means your vehicle will be more susceptible to dirt, stone chips and black exhaust marks, which is why one of  Pro-Tec’s Towing Jackets should be one of your essentials. The protective jacket not only leaves your motorhome clean the whole journey, but it also saves you money from specialist repairing of stone chips that affect your vehicle in transit. The Towing Jacket also meets all requirements for front light visibility, making for a safe and secure journey to your chosen destination.  


If you have any more queries about how a Towing Jacket could protect your motorhome or caravan, contact our friendly team and we can show you why Pro-Tec covers are the best quality covers, as well as the easiest to fit. 



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