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Four Steps to Successful Packing - The Essentials for a Motorhome Holiday Abroad

Whether you are preparing for your first motorhome holiday or are a seasoned traveller, it is always a good idea to check that you have everything you need.

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A motorhome holiday abroad is a little different to the types of holidays you may be used to. A road trip means that you take everything you need with you, and you may be travelling through very different landscapes and experiencing all sorts of weather, terrain and places! This doesn't make your packing more difficult. It just means it is extra important to ensure you take into account everywhere you will be planning on going and everything you might need. Your comfort and overall experience will depend on ensuring you have everything need for every eventuality you might encounter.

When you are heading out on a motorhome holiday abroad, there are a few extra considerations you should make. If you're flying and then hiring a motorhome, you will have to consider your baggage allowance for your flight. So packing smart is more important than overpacking.

There's no need to worry; we have a few steps to help you pack everything you need for an awesome motorhome holiday abroad.

Motorhome driving along Icefields Parkway, Canada with mountains and trees in background and blue sky.
Icefields Parkway, Canada

Step 1 - Choose a fly-drive motorhome package that includes some major essentials

If you're flying abroad and picking up a motorhome, you want to choose a package that includes most of what you'll need. Of course, if you're driving your own motorhome then this isn't going to be an issue but if you're a newbie, listen up because this list might include some things you had forgotten. 

These are some of the things to consider:

Laundry items 
This is things like linen, blankets and bedding. These are bulky items and can swallow your suitcase if you need to take them.
Towels are another thing to consider. Most towels are bulky and can be surprisingly heavy.

Radio and Bluetooth connectivity are not a must-have, but they can make your trip a little more enjoyable. These are difficult to take with you, so check to see what is available in your motorhome

Man in motorhome kitchen area with woman in background reading
Comfort Plus motorhome © Dethleffs GmbH & Co. KG

Cooking and cleaning items are a great bonus to have in your motorhome. If you can't hire these, you may be able to buy what you need out there and donate them after you have finished.

Sat Navs are often overlooked. Luckily most vehicles come with these inbuilt, but it is worth checking to ensure you have one available.

Interested in a motorhome holiday abroad? Please take a look at our Worldwide holidays and browse our caravans to make sure they have everything you would want.

Step 2 - Consider the items you may need but can buy when you get there

You won't need to take absolutely everything with you. A quick trip to a supermarket will sort out most of your basics and be a great help with your packing. It is worth writing yourself a list so that when you pick up your motorhome, you can head shopping and grab anything you need.

Toilet roll is not always provided, so make sure to get some for your journey. It is helpful for all sorts of things and handy to have around.

If you are going to spend a lot of your time cooking and eating from your motorhome, you will need to pick up some food and essentials. You may need to stop off regularly depending on what options you have available for keeping things cool in the motorhome.

Birds-eye view of motorhome kitchen with food prep on the side and girl looking in fridge.
Sunlight A70 Motorhome © Sunlight GmbH_Photo Martin Erd

When you go shopping, make sure you pick up plenty of bottled water. It's always best to be safe rather than sorry and drink bottled water unless you are certain your stomach can handle the local tap water.

Before you go shopping, give the motorhome a quick look over. If anything you feel is essential isn't provided, you may need to pick up some of these items. This can be things such as bottle openers or specific cooking items.

Step 3 - Pack your clothes and personal items

When you get to step three, you are really starting to narrow down your packing to essentials and clothing.

Clothing is an essential, but it's also something to think about a little more carefully when going on a road trip. You may be driving through lots of different types of weather and experiencing all sorts of things. This means you need to pack for all occasions! Think about the things you plan to do and pack accordingly. So if you are going to be hiking, take lots of pairs of socks and your hiking boots. For lazy days on the beach, you may need a couple of swimsuits to change into.

Toiletries and cosmetics are next. If you get stuck, these are items you can buy when you get to your destination, but if you have a particular brand you like to use, then make sure you take it with you. This includes makeup, perfume, shower gels, shampoos and any creams and lotions you need.

Close up of a person packing a suitcase
Packing the essentials

Money and traveller's checks are something you won't want to forget. Make sure you take a little local currency with you to buy any small items.

Don't forget your passport, tickets and your driving licence. You may also need to bring proof of address, identity and even some insurance. Check with your motorhome hire company precisely what they need from you.

Ensure you have an electrical adapter for any electric items you may need to take with you.

You will want to take and pack a day bag or pack too. Make sure the bag is comfortable to wear and carries everything you need in it. In your day pack, you will need bottles of water, your camera, sunscreen and any medication you need. It is also worth packing some warm layers in case you need them. Add in some lip balm, a torch and a small first aid kit, and you should be good to go.

Step 4 - Check your medication and any safety items you may need

Once you have most of your personal items and any items you need for the motorhome, you need to make sure you have everything you need to stay safe and healthy while on your road trip abroad. This isn't an exhaustive list, but it's a good starting point. Make sure you have taken in the medical needs of everyone in your holiday party, and you are sure to have a great time.

Make sure you have your glasses and contact lenses with you. If you have spares of any of these, take these too.

Take any painkillers and medication you feel you may need. Anti-histamines, bug spray and travel sickness tablets are good examples of the things you might need.

Check to see what is required where you are travelling. If you need any doctor's notes or vaccination certificates, make sure you have these in time for your holiday and produce the paperwork.

Close up of a small first aid kit
Bring a basic first aid kit

Don't forget any prescription medication you need to take. You will need enough to cover your holiday and maybe a little spare if you can in case any get lost.

You will also need to make sure you have a suitable first aid kit with you. A small and basic one should be enough.

If you plan on doing a lot of walking then pack extra blister plasters. These can make a big difference to your comfort levels while out and about.

This is a good basis for your packing but always make sure you take in your individual needs too. We have more advice and a more comprehensive list on our packing advice page for you to check out.

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