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Preparation for driving in France

The last trip to France: Discovery  packing was not the greatest!As you have probably noticed by now by the last 2 weeks worth of how-to articles, I have been busy preparing my Discovery for an impending trip to France.

I am heading down to the Île d’Oléron over the Easter weekend to meet up with some French friends for a week of skimboarding and surfing. The plan is pretty fluid, and I may head across France and visit some friends in the Alps too.

A few English guys are heading over and I am meeting them there, but as it stands at the moment, I am travelling down in the Discovery by myself, as a friend pulled out at the last minute.

So the past few weeks have been busy getting the Discovery ready for the trip. Lets take a look at what I have done so far.

In preparation for my France trip I have:

Work also completed that will provide a more relaxed drive with more power/torque:

As you can see, its been a busy few weeks, and as the holiday approaches, I have turned my attention to the other equipment I need to take.

Compulsory items for driving in the EU

As well as checking the car over, I have been sorting out all the compulsory equipment you need to carry in the car when driving on the continent.

  • GB sticker - attached to the back of the car/caravan if you haven't got the new Eurostyle plates
  • Warning Triangle - 1 needed for France, 2 for Spain
  • Spare bulb kit - drivers must be in a position to replace any blown exterior bulb.
  • Hi-visibility vest - Compulsory in France & Spain, and recommended elsewhere.
  • Headlamp beam adjusters - Headlamp adjustment is compulsory in both France & Spain.

Basic tools/spares

It always pays to be prepared when travelling abroad, so I take all the basic equipment should I encounter a problem.

  • Bottle jack
  • Socket set
  • Spanner set
  • 1 litre of oil (more can bought in France if needed)
  • Fan belt
  • Hammer
  • 4lb Lump hammer
  • Cable ties
  • Disposable plastic gloves
  • Petzl Head Torch

The last France trip: Myway roof tent on my old Discovery 2 TD5All of this packs into one plastic box, so doesn't take up a huge amount of room in the back of the Discovery. I need most of the room for surfboards and skimboards!

I have also dusted off the roof tent. Although I am staying at a friends house in Oleron, I am going to take the roof tent as it gives me the flexibility should I decide to head off to the Alps or other parts of France.

In cab comfort

Another driving aid that helps enormously is GPS. I have used my GPS extensively on my previous European road trips, and it really helps take some of the stress out of driving and finding places. I will back this up with a European map, and yes, I do know how to read a map!

CD's: I have also been busy preparing tunes for the 6 hour drive from Roscoff to Oleron, and they will be loaded into the CD changer on the Disco. Sorry, but I can't understand French radio! 😉

So there you have it - a little run down of what has been going on to get the Discovery ready for its first major road trip. It's going to be interesting to see how much fuel it uses, and how good the MPG is on a run.

I will be updating the website with photos and blog posts while I am away in France, and will update my Twitter account regulary.

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