The key to adventure: packing light
It's not the only preparation we have done. I've imposed limits on baggage, numbers of socks per family member and agonised over what toys, books and equipment to bring. It runs in the family apparently. I have always quoted my grandfather as the king of packing but it seems he wasn't the only family member to impose dracoanian rules about what you can carry. As a young man he traveled the length and breadth of the country on his motorbike with nothing but the barest essentials. His limits were so strict that he would cut bars of soap in half to save weight. Then again that's nothing compared to my Dad. My mother told me yesterday that they went on holiday to Devon sometime in the early sixties in his 3 wheeler Morgan. Like my Grandfather he was always worried about carrying too much weight. In fact he was so concerned on that trip that he made my Mum go on the bus. From London. Nice one Dad.
I'm not that bad but I have considered it. For a moment. Actually I've been trying to keep up with the law when it comes to taking vehicles abroad. This year France imposed a law that all drivers must carry at least 2 disposable breathalysers in the car with them at all times. It's a great idea but it means another trip to Automate in Bideford to pick up more 'essentials'. Then there's the issue of rear mounted bike carriers in Spain. Thanks neighbours for putting the willies up me on that one. And not forgetting the beam benders, first aid kits, hi viz jackets and the EHIC. And so it goes on...
Thinking of heading off yourself this summer? You might need some of this:
- 2 breathalyzers for France (from 1st July).
- Warning triangle, two for Spain.
- Hi-viz jackets for the driver. One for each person in the car for Spain (not mandatory).
- Spare bulbs (recommended).
- GB sticker (if you don't have GB plates).
- First Aid Kit (not compulsory but advisable)
- EHIC card and travel insurance (advisable).
- Breakdown cover (up to you).
- Beam benders (compulsory).
- Wife and kids (not compulsory - if you prefer they can fly and meet you there)