With the rise of ‘staycations’ showing no sign of abating, holidaying in the UK is where it’s at in 2018.
Forget airport delays, missed flights and a sinking pound this year, because now is the summer of our caravans and motor homes. With the rise of ‘staycations’ showing no sign of abating, holidaying in the UK is where it’s at in 2018.
Attaching a caravan to the back of your car - or jumping into your motor home - gives us intrepid Brits a sense of freedom, destiny and control that other holidays just don’t provide.
This quest for holiday independence is reflected in cold, hard stats too. The latest set of figures from the National Caravan Council (NCC) show that in the year to June 2017, sales of touring caravans, motor homes and caravan holiday homes increased by an impressive 9%. Moreover, the NCC estimates that the leisure vehicle industry contributes more than £6billion a year to the economy through sales and tourism.*
Caravans, of course, have long been embedded in our national psyche, but where they were once a figure of slight ridicule,today’s touring caravans have been given a trendy makeover.
Leading high street retailer Robert Dyas is firmly behind this resurgence. To that end, it has put together a checklist of useful items that will enable you to create a home from home on the road.
Outdoor guru and Senior Trader for Robert Dyas, Richard Redman says, “In this day and age, caravan holidays don’t mean forsaking the home comforts. Thanks to a range of portable and practical products aimed at getting the most out of the great British outdoors, style and convenience come as standard.”
Home Comforts on the Road Checklist
There are gazebos. And then there is this Quest 6-Sided Pop-Up Gazebo (£229.99). It takes one person less than 60 seconds to erect this practical shelter - leaving everyone more time to enjoy their holiday.
Al fresco dining is one of the many joys of spending a holiday outdoors and this Quest Deluxe Gloucester Folding Picnic Set (£59.99) (Online only) has ample space to host many an open-air feast.
Indulging the little ones is a must on holiday. So, give them the opportunity to act like adults around their own table. This Quest Children’s Garden Table and Chairs with Parasol (£29.99) (Online only) is just the ticket.
Relaxing after a hard day’s fun is another comfort that can be really appreciated on holiday. Check out Robert Dyas’s impressive range of outdoor chairs for some primetime lounging.
BBQ’s are a must in the outdoors. This Outback Voyager Smokeless Charcoal BBQ (£79.99) is ideal for caravan holidays. Small enough to pack away, but big enough to produce some classic BBQ flavours.
Don’t forget the plates or drinking utensils!This Polar Gear Melamine Dinner Plate (£2.49) is durable enough to withstand spend time on the road. And this Polar Gear Alfresco 2.5L Plastic Pitcher (£6.99) brings a touch of reassuring home style to proceedings.
This Nautical Stripe Roll Up Picnic Rug(£9.99) is great for eating on the move. While this 20 Litre Polar Gear Active Family Cool Bag (£9.99) will keep your picnic food and drink nice and cool.
Once dusk begins to fall, this Uni-Com 2-in-1 COB Spotlight and LED Lantern (£14.99) will keep some light on proceedings.
Of course, any British holiday is hostage to the fortune of our weather. Some rainy day indoor games will alleviate any boredom - they’re ideal for keeping everyone entertained while driving too. These ingenious Esdevium Games Rory’s Story Cubes (£7.99) (Online only) will fire the imagination of all ages. This Charles Bentley Casdon Children’s Sat Nav Pretend Play Toy Car Steering Wheel Simulation (£19.99) (Online only) will keep the little ones - and some not-so-little ones - entertained too.
Finally, the basics. Heaven forbid you should ever require a plaster or bandage, but this comprehensive Small First Aid Kit (£26.99) (online only) will cover any minor medical mishap. A torch? Here you go: this Duracell Explorer Torch (£9.99)
is ideal illumination for travelling.
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About Robert Dyas:
Robert Dyas, a man of notable character and remarkable determination, founded the company in 1872. He had a vision to provide customers with the best products, service and advice possible – a tradition that continues to be the focus of the company to this day. In 2012, successful businessman and star of BBC TV’s Dragons Den, Theo Paphitis, bought the company.
Theo Paphitis is one of the UK’s most high-profile businessmen with an empire spanning retail, property and finance. Theo, through his staff at the Theo Paphitis Retail Group (TPRG), has continued the Robert Dyas tradition of excellent customer service.
Robert Dyas offers an extensive range of household products. The range includes smart home technology, DIY solutions, small and domestic appliances, homeware, bakeware and kitchenware, outdoor and garden, utility, gifts, textiles plus Christmas trees and gifts.
The company has 94 stores, ranging from 1,250 to 9,000 square feet (116 to 836 square meters) and operates online and in the South of England. The most western store is in Yeovil, the most eastern store in Colchester, the most northern store in Solihull and the store furthest south is in Eastbourne. The company’s head office is now based in Wimbledon.
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