What to pack if you’re driving abroad
If you’re planning to drive on the continent, there are some things that you need to carry with you that are not compulsory in the UK. Failure to have them in your vehicle could land you with a heavy fine.
In France and Belgium you must carry a reflective jacket, which should be stored somewhere you can access it quickly and easily. You must also carry a hazard triangle and, if you’re in France or Monaco, an unused breathalyser device.
In Spain and Italy, the rules on jackets and warning triangles are similar to France and Belgium. In addition, you’re required to carry snow chains if you’re driving in Italy between October and April.
In Spain, a spare wheel is mandatory, and if you wear glasses, you’re required to carry a spare pair with you.