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Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

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Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

We're planning to go camping in France at the end of August/start of September but have a few questions about it. We're thinking of going to the Bordeaux / Lac de Lacanau region which is quite a drive from any of the ferry/train routes, only have a small car (02 Corsa) and there will be 4 adults and 1 baby going so cannot fit everything in the boot.

As far as I can see we can do one of the following -

* Hire a larger car in the UK.

Pros - everything in the car from the moment we leave the house.

Cons - may be extra to drive it in France? Extra cost to the holiday. Not ideal (but not really a huge issue for me) driving a RHD car over there.

* Hire a larger car in France.

Pros - LHD vehicle. May be cheaper than the above option.

Cons - Having to change cars over in France. Still have to fit everything in the Corsa at some point.

* Get a roof box.

Pros - everything in the car from when we leave the house. May not be _that_ costly if found on ebay or even Freecyle.

Cons - Having to buy from new is costly. Poorer performance from car. The RHD issue.

* Get a cargo net for luggage.

Pros - everything in car... Cheaper than roof box.

Cons - not as tidy, secure or waterproof (even with a tarp) as a roofbox. Poorer performance from car.

Has anyone been in a similar situation or even if not, what are your opinions on this?

Also if anyone can recommend some good family friendly campsites around there it would be appreciated.

Finally, what is the general comparison of the ferry and eurotunnel prices? From what I can see there's not that much in it.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

Why not hire a roof box and take your car to northern France. Bordeaux is a long drive in a small car with a baby. Try Picardy eurocampings.co.uk/en/europe/france/picardie/ or Nord Pas de Calais eurocampings.co.uk/en/…

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2. Re: Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

Can you rent a small trailer to pull behind you? Not sure if your make of car allows this, but normally a trailer hitch is not that expensive to add and the trailer can often be found used or can be rented.

Just an idea.

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4. Re: Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

Why not hire a fully equiped tent at a holiday site in France?

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5. Re: Going camping in France, but how to get everything there?

Wow! you don't do things by halves!

We have been camping for the last couple of years in France, however with a car full and a baby, it is a big commitment all the way to Bordeaux, at least 3 days journey each way. You also have to factor toll charges into your costs, as they can be very high in France if using the main routes.

We purchased a soft roofbag to travel last year - it was gortex fabric and carried much more than your average hard box. It was brilliant, and I would definately recommend. Cost was around £35.

Whilst Bordeaux is amazing, and warm, suggest trying South Brittany for camping. The sites are plentiful, and there are different sites dependant on budget/ needs. It is easily accessible, either by driving or direct ferry. Really really pretty, and warmer than home!

I would recommend the eurotunnel over the ferry as it's just so simple and quick. You generally get loaded on the next available train on arrival, so don't have to hang about as you would a ferry. It only takes 35 mins and you are straight off onto the main routes from there. Prices fluctuate each time you do a mock booking, but hold out until you see a price/ time slot that suits.

Enjoy your trip!

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