France is one of the most beautiful, diverse, and culturally rich countries across the whole of the European continent and when planning a family vacation to explore all that France has to offer, or at least as much as you can fit in, then an SUV is certainly the best way to do it.
So, whether your vacation is coming up in the next few weeks, or you are planning on your family adventure of a lifetime next year, you have come to the right place. Here is a concise guide to organizing your SUV before a family vacation.
Do Not Over Pack
When you were younger and before you had a family of your own, you were probably more than likely able to ram as much as you possibly could into your suitcase and only had to pack for yourself.
Now, especially if you have young children, packing becomes much more of a military exercise and the best way to avoid genuine breakdowns on all fronts is to not overpack. Remember, there will be a plethora of launderettes in French villages and towns readily available on the road, so dirty washing can be cleaned on the go, rather than taking enough different clothes for each separate day.
Be Smart with Storage
When it comes to storage and extra space in a campervan, it is often a struggle, but many people still want to start each day fresh and well-presented, with everything in their backpacks for that day’s adventure.
One huge tip with the clothes you have chosen to frugally pack and are going to wear is to buy sustainable plastic hangers in bulk and use them not only for your clothing and accessories, but for a plethora of other items as well. The more floor space you leave free, the more organized you will feel, so hanging everything and utilizing wall space is an absolute must.
Leave Some Space
The cherished memories you will create will live on in photographs you capture, videos you take and, of course, your shared experiences and relieving adventures, but both you and your children will certainly want some authentically French souvenirs of your trip.
This is why you must leave room for such items and when you are browsing the markets and artisan boutiques, choose small items to bring back with you, whatever your children say to the contrary.
Invest in an All-in-One Charging Cube
These days, each of you, even your children, will undoubtedly be travelling with more than one electronic device and, as such, you will need (and want) enough charge to use each one at different times.
By far the best way of charging your various devices is to invest in an all-in-one charging cube, which can run off the mains of your campervan and can be recharged to use its own charge when you stop and borrow a socket. At night, rotate everyone’s devices, so everyone has at least a little power to use the next day.