Avoid the busy months
Try to avoid July and August, as the majority of locals and tourists take their holidays during this period. This means that the roads, attractions, and facilities will be busier than usual. If you have no other choice than to travel during this period, then make sure you book all your campsites in advance. Exploring new places as you drive is a great adventure, but it’s better to be safe and ensure you have a place to stay.
Research the regions you want to visit before going on your trip. What’s the weather like? Do you need an International Camping Card? What legal documentation and equipment do you need? If you plan to visit towns, monuments, beaches, etc., then invest in good guide books. A good guide book can instantly inform you of the best places to visit, opening times, history, language, and more. Instead of individually googling every attraction, a guide book will have a list of everything you need to know in one place.
Learn the basics of the local language
Some of Europe’s best caravanning sites and facilities are in France, Italy, and Spain. If you’re planning on visiting one of these destinations, try to learn some of the basics, as English isn’t the predominant language. Learning a little of the language of the country you’re visiting will also make a big difference to the way people treat you, especially in France, where people don’t like to speak English – even if they understand it. Duolingo is a great app you can use to learn a range of languages for free.
Use GPS or road maps
Since you’re not familiar with the surroundings, it will help to get a GPS unit or a map of the areas you plan on visiting when caravanning in Europe. If you are buying a GPS unit make sure it contains maps for all the countries you intend to visit. Michelin Maps are great for almost every European country, so make sure to get this if you prefer something a bit more traditional.
Know the dimensions of your vehicle
Make sure to measure the height and length of your vehicle. If you come across a narrow gap or low bridge, you obviously need to know if your caravan is going to fit. We recommend measuring your vehicle yourself, don't rely on manufacturer details, especially if you have additions which could alter the original dimensions.
Do you know what equipment you’ll need for meeting the legal requirements when caravanning in Europe? It will vary from country to country, but in Spain, for e.g., you’ll need two warning triangles, a spare tyre, a reflective jacket, spare bulbs and a nationality sticker. Any overhanging loads, such as bike racks, need to have red and white marker boards attached. Make sure you keep an electric heater, it saves on propane during chilly nights, and you can just plug it in at the campground. Love The Outdoors gives a comprehensive list of all the camping essentials you’ll need. Proper planning is the best insurance for a smooth travel experience in Europe.
If you’re thinking of heading to sunny Spain, then try Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort in Alicante. We have a wide range of services and facilities to ensure you have the most enjoyable camping experience. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment – with three tropical swimming pools, two heated pools, sports facilities, a restaurant, and daily shows.
Our camping plots are between 90 and 180 square meters each, all fully equipped with toilets, showers, electrical points, and a TV connection. Whether you want to stay in a motorhome, caravan, tent, or one of our bungalows – contact us to make a booking.