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The HandiWorld Guide to Father’s Day 2021


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After a year that none of us are likely to forget, lives are just beginning to return to a form of normality around the UK. With that in mind we see that Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s an ideal time to decide what to buy as a gift this year.

If you’re looking to move away from the usual gifts and give something different that makes an impact, we’ve got some HandiWorld suggestions for you. If you, like many others enlist your Father to help with lifting, carrying and moving loads, our first suggestion might help with the strain of that lifting and handling.

The HandiMoova 2in1 Load Carrier is adaptable, versatile and efficient. It transforms in seconds from a 2-wheel hand truck to a 4-wheel platform trolley. This means that not only can smaller loads be easily manoeuvred, but for those times where larger bulkier items need moving your Dad will easily be prepared for both.

Fully collapsible for flat and easy storage, the HandiMoova 2in1 will fit in most car boots for those times when you call home asking for Dad’s assistance.

Next up is our bestselling HandiRack.

Our HandiRack inflatable roof bars should be on every Dad’s wish list this year. Inflatable, easy to install and remove, they can be used for all of your travel and leisure needs. A strong, safe and innovative solution for a multitude of transportation and leisure problems.

No need to worry when there’s a change of car either, as they fit almost every make and model. You can find out more about exactly which cars the HandiRack fits here:

https://www.handiworld.com/handirack-car-guide-europe/

Another fantastic use for the HandiRack is if Dad likes water sports (or is ever enlisted to take you canoeing, kayaking or paddle boarding). The HandiRack can be quickly inflated and essential sporting equipment securely transported to your destination. To round off the brilliance of this product as a gift, the box is a great shape for wrapping!

Our final suggestion for the Fathers who love their outdo

or sports, is our CAMBA Kart – All-terrain kayak, canoe and SUP trolley.

We know all too well how tricky that final bit of the journey can be once you arriv

e at your destination. Negotiating tricky terrain can often be the most difficult part of the trip, including heading back up to the car after a great day out. The CAMBA Kart is different to other kayak carts; it features clever CAMBA patented technology that keeps the Kart balanced at all times, and makes it much easier to negotiate obstacles and rough terrain. Suitable for use with canoes, kayaks and paddleboards, it is designed from the strongest materials to ensure the best performance. You can find out more about this incredible CAMBA technology here:

https://vimeo.com/397428275

Whatever you’re planning on doing to treat your loved ones this Father’s Day, we do hope it’s a very special day for you all, from the team here at HandiWorld.

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Dog Car Seat Covers

Canine Adventures: Testing the HandiWorld Dog Car Seat Cover

Today, we have a guest blogger Carly who is here to tell us all about her dog Pickle and her experiences using our car seat cover for dogs.

“Pickle’s first experience of the car came on the day we picked her up from the adoption centre in March 2020 to join her outdoorsy, adventurous adoptive family. Freshly washed, she was carried into the back seat and settled down with my husband whilst I drove us home. We hooked her onto the seatbelt with her car harness, gave her a furry blanket as a dog car seat cover to protect her from slipping but she still spent the entire journey crushed up to my husband and whining for the 15 minutes it took us to get home. Relieved to be out of the car and into her new home, she bounded out into our garden to explore her new surroundings.

We took our time introducing new things to her routine, walking on a lead, meeting new people, exploring the garden – she took every new development in her stride even though it sometimes pushed her boundaries more than she liked in the first few weeks in her new home. The first breakthrough in becoming more adventurous came the day she was able to sit in the car on her own, suddenly we were able to travel together without another passenger in the car to keep her still and a whole new arena of adventures opened up.

We’ve now had six months of interesting adventures together and car journeys have become Pickle’s favourite activity. Her excitement as she bounds into the car and sits patiently to be hooked into her seatbelt harness is delightful, an everyday reminder of how far she has come in half a year.

When I upgraded my car three months into our adventures, I was worried her enthusiasm for the car she had come to know and love would be diminished, but, fear not, she loves the new one as much as I do! What my new car didn’t enjoy was its regular coating in mud and dirt from a dog who was learning to play in the great outdoors. Mud, dirt and anything smelly she could possibly have picked up along her walk are transported with her at every opportunity.

Having a dog car seat cover was a requirement I had not expected when we got all our doggy accessories, so we had to get our hands on one pretty quickly to protect the new car. Pickle was very excited to see her dog car seat cover arrive in the post (she loves the post being delivered!) and we soon got to work installing it so she could adventure ASAP.

The dog car seat cover went in really quickly and easily, fitting around the headrests with easy to use clips and allowing us to close the seatbelts to attach her harness over the top of the cover. Within 5 minutes Pickle was packed up for her next adventure and ready to go.

No longer does Pickle skid around on her blanket in the back seat spreading mud and muck with her, she jumps straight onto the cover (a feat she couldn’t have done when we first got her as her legs were not strong enough) and is contained safely and cleanly within it. It’s easy to remove so her dirt can be easily removed when humans need the car too. No longer having to clean the seats daily with an endless supply of wipes makes my day easier too and Pickle can get as dirty and disgusting as she likes on her adventures without me having to worry. And I am looking forward to the day I upgrade my car again and don’t have to apologise to the car dealership for the state of the seats!”

Thank you, Carly (and Pickle, of course) and we hope you continue to have many years of adventuring ahead with your new car seat cover for dogs. Thanks so much for all the pics of Pickle exploring her new world.

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CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

Why the CAMBA Moova is different to other hand trucks

Our CAMBA Moova is different to other hand trucks. We haven’t so much reinvented the wheel but used our CAMBA wheel technology to create a hand trolley which is less effort to move and provides greater control for the operator. If you need a better solution than your current sack barrow provides, then consider the CAMBA Moova.

Here’s why the CAMBA Moova is different to a regular hand truck…..

  • It provides better stability. The CAMBA wheel technology means the wheels are constantly adapting to the unique footprint of each wheel, keeping your load stable at all times.
  • It can go up and down stairs. As each wheel works independently of the other, getting up and down stairs is a much easier task.
  • It makes easy work of unstable terrain. The CAMBA Moova was designed with a variety of surfaces in mind. It makes easy work of hauling across mud, sand, gravel, and grass, making it an ideal tool for use in the garden, on a beach, or on a fishing trip. It’s perfect for festivals and camping trips too.
  • It can carry up to 100kg in weight. That’s around 45 standard house bricks, and way more than enough for a family tent with poles and everything.
  • The wheels are puncture-proof. One (or two) less things to worry about!
  • It folds down for easy storage. The handle is telescopic and the wheels fold in, meaning it takes up less storage space.

The CAMBA Moova is a great option for a range of activities, for both leisure or work. It is designed to work with our HandiDuffel 135 litre or 95 litre, giving you even more options for storing and moving your gear.

It has been designed with the user in mind. With features like a rubber grip handle and a simple to use push-button release, the CAMBA Moova is very user friendly. The ergonomic design is sympathetic to the human operator and places less strain on muscles and joints.

Watch our video to find out more about how the CAMBA Moova works on different surfaces and to see the CAMBA wheel technology in action.

If you’re looking for something to help you move a kayak, a canoe, or a paddleboard more easily, the CAMBA Kart uses the exact same CAMBA wheel technology. Check out the CAMBA Kart here https://www.handiworld.com/camba-kart-all-terrain-kayak-canoe-sup-trolley/

So, if you’re needing something to get some stuff from here to there with less hassle, then the CAMBA Moova could be exactly what you need. It is different to regular, traditional hand trucks but it’s designed with so many things in mind, not least you, the human, as an integral part of the whole hand truck co-operative kit. For some tasks, a traditional hand truck just isn’t up to the job. Could the CAMBA Moova be the innovative solution you are looking for?

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CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

5 of the best uses for the CAMBA Moova Hand Truck

Great news if you’ve pre-ordered our brand new CAMBA Moova – they are landing with us, and then with you, very soon! Thank you for your patience – it’s been a funny old year, hasn’t it? Hopefully, you haven’t missed out on too much you would have used it for and there will be plenty of opportunity in the future to use the innovative hand truck that is our CAMBA Moova.

The CAMBA Moova is an improved HandiMoova, our popular sack barrow. It has a carrying capacity of 100kg and is designed to handle all sorts of terrain from gravel and sand, to mud and grass, and even up steps. It has British designed and patented CAMBA wheels which allows movement of objects of all kinds with minimal effort. It folds down when not in use to save space too!

But just what can the CAMBA Moova be used for?

The CAMBA Moova is a fantastic gardening trolley

As a hand truck that can easily navigate mud, grass, kerbs, and gravel, the CAMBA Moova makes an ideal gardening trolley. Whether it’s shifting heavy planters, sacks of topsoil, or taking the rubble out, it’s comfortable tackling the type of terrain the typical UK garden can throw at it.

CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

Heading for the beach? The CAMBA Moova is an excellent beach trolley

The innovative CAMBA wheel technology makes hauling across sand a piece of cake. Which is a good job because the last time we did a family trip to the beach we had soooooo much stuff. Food, a beach shelter, enough buckets and spades to keep an entire class bubble entertained, towels, some other stuff I have no idea why we needed…. And it all needed to be kept free from water and sand. The CAMBA Moova is ideal for use with our waterproof HandiDuffel, so whatever you need to get down to the beach or seafront, this is a perfect combination.

CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

Looking for a festival trolley? The CAMBA Moova is as ready for it as you are.

When you’re not sure which festival trolley to buy, think about what you will actually use it for. When we’ve been to any major UK music festival we’ve mainly used a trolley for getting our stuff from the car park down to the camping area – which can be anything from right next to door to in the next county – and then back again. So it needs to be something which can take as much as possible in one go over what can be challenging terrain on arrival, fold up small to stow away, and then handle the even more challenging terrain packing up again. The CAMBA Moova makes easy work of mud, whether wet or dry. And there will be mud.

CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

Put the CAMBA Moova to work in the workplace

The CAMBA wheel technology makes the CAMBA Moova a little different to other trollies; it can go up and down steps. While it may not be able to get around on its own – not yet anyway! – the tech makes hauling the trolley up and down steps less strenuous and with more stability.

If your office is on a different floor to your warehouse, or your showroom area on a different to your loading bay, the CAMBA Moova can help you get your essentials from where they are to where they need to be. Could you use a sack barrow like this in your workplace?

CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

Keep on moova-ing with the CAMBA Moova

Moving home is a stressful time. It really is. There’s so much to think about and to do. Whether you’re using a moving firm or doing a DIY removals job, the CAMBA Moova will come in hugely useful in getting your boxes into your shiny new pad that bit quicker. Is your new place a first floor flat? The CAMBA Moova is great on stairs. So whether you’re moving your kids into their first student digs or moving on to your retirement pad, the CAMBA Moova can earn its keep. Once you’re done, it’ll hang in your new home happily (not taking up too much space) until the next time!

CAMBA Moova Folding Hand Truck

If you’re looking for something that’s more like a wagon, check out our HandiMoova 2 in 1 load carrier. It can carry up to 135kg over more predictable terrain, with a choice of 2-wheel or 4-wheel use. We are taking orders over at  https://www.handiworld.com/handimoova2in1/

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Surfing for Beginners

Surfing is a popular activity. It is estimated that around 500,000 people in the UK surf regularly. Are you one of them?

If you’ve never surfed before and want to start, here’s our guide to surfing for beginners in the UK.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Where to surf in the UK

The UK has a coastline of over 12,000km, so there are lots of options for surfing. However, the best spots are generally found in Devon and Cornwall, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, and South Wales with a few surfing schools located in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as the Anglian coast.

There are also artificial surfing lakes around the UK, such as Surf Snowdonia and The Wave in Bristol.

Check out Surfing England’s website for more information about surf schools in England. https://www.surfingengland.org/english-surf-schools/

Are surfing lessons expensive?

Surfing lessons are similar to driving lessons, except you don’t need so many of them and you don’t need to pass a test at the end! You can be up and surfing with only one lesson, though the norm is for two or three lessons to get confident.

Prices are around £25 – £30 per session (1 or 2 hours) and you can get discounts per person if you are taught in a small group rather than 1-to-1, or if you book a block of lessons. There isn’t a lot of price difference around the UK, but you might be able to get better value in other parts of the world. Maybe you can combine learning to surf with a holiday abroad, or in the UK?

For the lowdown on some of best surfing schools in the UK, take a look at Lonely Planet’s recommendations at  https://www.lonelyplanet.com/articles/the-best-places-to-learn-to-surf-in-the-uk

To learn what to expect from surfing lessons, check out this handy article on learning to surf at Porthcawl Surf School by Little Stuff

Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash

Surfing holidays UK

If you want to combine learning to surf with a holiday, then you can do that, either abroad or right here in the UK.

Surf Snowdonia, as an example, has glamping lodges where you can stay while learning to surf on their 300-metre surf lagoon. Read: Glamping at Surf Snowdonia by Otis and Us. If glamping isn’t for you – the Hilton Garden Inn will be opening on site from April 2021!

Going abroad is a great option for learning to surf. You can get some good prices on both the holiday and the lessons by exploring holidaying in places like South Africa, or Mozambique. Alternatively, you can learn to surf in Hawaii, the most iconic of surfing locations, but that might cost you a little more!

The HandiRack, our universal inflatable roof bars, are a great way of transporting your surfboard.

HandiRack - Surf Board

Will surfing be in the Olympics?

Surfing has been added to the sports at the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020, though these will now start in July 2021. It will be on a real ocean rather than a wave pool, and the inaugural event will be Shidashita Beach in Japan. Riders will be judged on the quality and difficulty of the moves they perform while riding the waves.

You can find out more about surfing at the 2020 Olympics at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surfing_at_the_2020_Summer_Olympics

Can surfing be dangerous?

Surfing is generally considered a safe activity but with all watersports, there are risks such as drowning, and being hit by other participants or equipment.

You can reduce your risk by….

  • Wearing appropriate surfing PPE such as a wetsuit, a helmet, and a floatation device.
  • Making sure your equipment is in good repair, and choosing a board which has flexible fins and a blunt nose, or fitting a nose guard to your board.
  • Wearing sun screen and drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Warming up and cooling down to prevent muscle strain
  • Having someone with you or nearby at all times – you should not surf alone.
  • Following the rules and etiquette of surfing

But don’t let any of this put you off – here are 7 Good Reasons you Should Surf

Have we inspired you to start to learn to surf?

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Stand up Paddle Boarding for Beginners

Stand up paddleboarding is an activity growing fast in popularity. Whether this is due to the coronavirus (stand up paddleboarding is a good social distancing activity) or something else, we are not really sure, but we’ve certainly seen a lot more people out and about doing just this. Have you ever been stand up paddle boarding?

What is stand up paddleboarding?

Stand up paddle boarding (or SUP) is like surfing but isn’t. Instead of using waves to propel yourself like in surfing, you use a paddle to push yourself along still waters or waves. You can paddleboard on a lake, a river, or the ocean. You can stand up on the board, or kneel if you prefer.

It originated in Hawaii and has been around for hundreds of years, though the modern version dates from around the year 1900.

Photo by Matt Zhou on Unsplash

Is stand up paddle boarding difficult?

Stand up paddleboarding is very accessible as an activity. It doesn’t require the skill of surfing, and is easier to get into than kayaking. It’s suitable for people of all ages and it can be taught in a few hours, unlike surfing where you often need multiple lessons for a sustained period of time to really pick it up.

Have a look at this article from Isle, Surf and Sup to learn more about how easy it is to get into stand up paddleboarding – https://www.islesurfandsup.com/is-paddle-boarding-hard/

How to do stand up paddle boarding

Stand up paddleboarding is basically standing or kneeling on a board while using a paddle to propel yourself. It’s all about balance and momentum – like cycling. There’s not much else to it. Learn to balance yourself. Learn to move from a kneeling position to a standing position. Get the hang of paddling and turning your board in a different direction. It’s all about practice.

Here’s a great video from Tin Box Traveller

What stand up paddle board to buy

Getting the right sized paddleboard is important. Longer and wider boards provide better stability but might be difficult to paddle, especially if you’re short and lightweight yourself. Wider boards are good for increased stability in moving water – such as rapids.

Bigger boards are more difficult to store but inflatable SUPs are available and these provide good stability too.

The HandiRack, our universal inflatable roof bars, are a great way of transporting your SUP.

HandiRack Inflatable Roof Bars

HandiRack Inflatable Roof Bars

Have a read of this article from PumpedUpSup to learn more about ideal SUP sizes – https://www.pumpedupsup.com/blogs/news/what-size-sup-board-is-right-for-you

Photo by Grant Durr on Unsplash

What to wear when stand up paddle boarding

What to wear when stand up paddle boarding is kind of important but there’s not really specialist SUP wear – it’s the same stuff you’d wear if you were surfing. A wet suit is good but then swim-shorts and t-shirts are fine too. The plan isn’t to spend too much time in the water anyway!

You should wear a floatation device, especially if you are not a strong swimmer. Children should certainly wear one.

If it’s a cold day (or even if it’s not) you might also want to wear thermals. The water can be cold even if the sun is shining.

On your feet, water shoes are a good option. Bare feet are fine, until you fall in and need to walk on the bottom of the riverbed.

If it’s a hot day, then don’t forget your sunscreen and shades.

It’s also important that you get a board leash – like in surfing – so your board stays close to you if you fall in the water.

Where to go stand up paddle boarding

There are lots of places around the UK to go stand up paddleboarding, but like kayaking, you might need a license to access some waterways. While some stretches of water are public access, many are under the control of the Canal & River Trust, the Environment Agency, the Broads Authority and a number of other waterway authorities.

You can get a temporary licence (30 days) from The Canal & River Trust https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/canoeing-and-kayaking/paddle-boarding-the-basics or an annual membership from British Canoeing which includes a licence for a host of managed waterways around the UK and liability insurance – https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/news/2019/stand-up-paddle-boarding-on-canals-and-rivers

Check out the list of locations covered by British Canoeing membership and those not included to find a suitable place near you – https://www.britishcanoeing.org.uk/go-canoeing/access-and-environment/licensing

The CAMBA Kart, our innovative board and paddlesports trolley makes getting your SUP to the waters edge much easier.

CAMBA Kart Paddlesports Trolley

Is stand up paddleboarding safe?

Stand up paddleboarding is as safe as it can be for an activity that is physical and done on water, which can be unpredictable. It’s important that you, as with other watersports, respect the water and take notice of the safety advice from your instructor.

Check out safety advice from the RNLI at https://rnli.org/safety/choose-your-activity/stand-up-paddle-boarding

Are you a stand up paddleboarder?

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8 At-home Activities to Keep the Adventure Spirit Alive

We know what it’s like when you’re yearning to get out and enjoy the great outdoors but circumstances mean you’re stuck at home for now. Whether it’s a global pandemic, lack of funds, or work commitments keeping you from going too far, there are activities you can do which will help satisfy your craving for adventure (for now, anyway).

Here are 9 outdoor and adventure activities you can do at home.

Build a climbing wall

A climbing wall for you or the children can be done outside or even inside if you have enough wall space. While you probably don’t have the space for a full climbing rig, you can set something up for a spot of bouldering.
Take a look at https://thecreatedhome.com/diy-climbing-wall to see how you could set something up indoors.
Outdoors, you will need a solid wall or some sizeable pieces of wood and some climbing studs. You can buy these online, for example at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Climbing-Holds

A climbing wall can be a considerable expense but it also makes a good project which will help you while away a few hours. A well-built climbing wall can last a very long time too, so this is definitely an investment in both time and money.

Do some back garden camping


A firm at-home favourite is back garden camping. There’s nothing like sleeping under canvas and in your garden is still a good way of getting your body clock in sync with nature. The downside is that you don’t really get a change of scenery, but on the upside, you get a toilet nearby and you know who’s used it! You can also get away with not having to take lots of equipment and supplies with you and you will never have the problem of not having taken suitable clothing.

Have a read of our blog post – Camping Equipment List: What camping gear do I need?

Do some back garden cooking


Cooking on an open camp fire or even using your regular gas camping kitchen is a change from your home’s kitchen. Food always tastes different when it’s cooked on a camping stove and it always reminds me of being outdoors and on holiday. Back garden cooking is always good preparation for cooking when camping if you’ve not done it before.

What can you make?

Well how about hot dogs or burgers, and s’mores for dessert? I like making fried chicken wraps and one pot meals like vegetable curry are always a winner.

Check out these camping recipes from Mini Travellers for some more ideas https://minitravellers.co.uk/12-delicious-camping-recipes

Hold a back garden festival


If you really want to get into the festival spirit then why not hold your own backyard festival? As well as the tent you can also put on some music, play your own, and do some crafting too. Face painting and festival hair always make my children ridiculously excited. What would you do at your own personal festival?

Have a look at https://minitravellers.co.uk/10-festival-themed-party-ideas/ for some festival themed party ideas.
Read this https://tinboxtraveller.co.uk/how-to-throw-garden-festival/ for tips on how to throw your own garden festival by Tin Box Traveller.

Hold your own cycling event


Indoor cycling is a great way to exercise when you can’t get out and about but isn’t it boring when they only thing you have to look it is the wall? We can’t all afford a Peloton to take part in classes with others but what about using your own TV and the videos that others have kindly made? Check out this YouTube account for some brilliant cycling videos – can you imagine pedalling along to these? https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVbBtdw-_SCqGDs6-_awaDg

In terms of the equipment you will need – if you don’t have an exercise bike, then you could adapt your own bikes to use indoors. You will need ramps or stands – either bought or make your own. This one looks interesting if you can’t get hold of a ready-made one …… http://tidybrownwren.blogspot.com/2011/06/how-to-make-your-own-exercise-bike-for.html

For smaller cyclists, I’ve seen a set-up which uses stabilisers placed onto props so the back wheel is lifted off the floor. Genius! https://www.heart.co.uk/lifestyle/parenting/mum-sets-up-genius-indoor-cycle-studio/

Do some orienteering


If you can get out and about into your neighbourhood, then how about creating an orienteering challenge? Get a street map of your local area or make your own using Google Maps.

This is a good way of introducing using a compass too. You can make the map and route as easy or as complicated as you like.

Nature spotting


There might not be anything more exciting than mini beasts in your garden but some back garden wildlife spotting is a good warm up for the real thing. There’s lots to spot in your garden such as earthworms, ladybirds, spiders, and all manner of domestic birds like pigeons, sparrows, and robins.

Download a bug safari sheet from the RSPB at https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/go-on-a-bug-safari/ and a bird spotting sheet at https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-families/family-wild-challenge/activities/go-birdwatching/

Build a bivouac

Building a den is a great activity for indoor or out but a proper bivouac is the best! Made from branches, building a bivouac feels like a real survival activity. Have you ever made one?

Here are some tips from Countryfile – https://www.countryfile.com/how-to/outdoor-skills/how-to-make-a-bivouac/

What activities do you do when stuck at home?

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HandiRack Inflatable Roof Bars

The HandiRack – the inflatable roof rack for your car

Probably our most famous product is the HandiRack inflatable roof rack – have you got one? They are a great way of adding extra carrying capacity to your car. They fit all types of car – well, the ones that have a roof – they are much cheaper than standard roof bars, and they fold down very small when not in use – what’s not to love?

The HandiRack roof bars are available in either black or limited edition Camo print for those adventures where you want to blend into the great outdoors. These universal roof bars are great for carrying a canoe or kayak, or for teaming up with our HandiHoldall to add extra room for a camping trip, or moving home, or for all that extra shopping.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about our most popular item.

HandiRack Inflatable Roof Bars

HandiRack Inflatable Roof Bars

How to fit HandiRack inflatable roof bars

One question we are asked frequently is…… are HandiRack inflatable roof bars easy to fit? The answer is yes. It’s not that you don’t need to make an effort here because you do have to do something yourself to get them on your car, but we provide full instructions and really, there’s not much to think about.

In short, you need to unroll and lay the bars out in position on your car, strap them on, and then inflate. It is really simple but can take a little getting used to. We recommend that you work out how to fit them in advance of your trip – there’s nothing like trying to do something unfamiliar when you’re on a schedule!

Check out these videos to help you to understand how easy fitting the HandiRack is……..

How to use HandiRack inflatable roof rack

We have seen the HandiRack being used for a variety of jobs. Kayaks and surfboards, garden benches, for a house move, to the official HandiHoldall for extra carrying capacity, and everything in between.

HandiRack extras:-

All variants of the HandiRack come with a wet weather kit. This is a small addition which provides extra protection during rainy weather. You can also buy this as an extra at https://www.handiworld.com/product/handirack-wet-weather-kit/

We would recommend you use the Anti-slip racks as a way of minimising wear and tear on your vehicle and limiting the movement on your luggage. These can be purchased in a bundle with the HandiRack at https://www.handiworld.com/handirack-anti-slip-pads/ or at https://www.handiworld.com/handirack-camo-anti-slip-pads/ for the Camo version.

HandiRack + HandiHoldall 400 Litres Bundle

The HandiHoldall, a soft roof box, is designed to work the HandiRack. If you buy a HandiHoldall at the same time as the HandiRack, you can get a special bundle deal. HandiHoldalls are available in a variety of sizes from 175 litres to 400 litres. Please check out our website at https://www.handiworld.com/soft-roof-boxes-roof-bars/.

HandiRack Reviews

We’re really pleased with the reviews continuing to come in for the HandiRack carrier. As much as we have faith in our universal roof bars, it’s always extra reassuring to see that customers are happy and that the products have stood up to the real-world tests thrown at them!

This review from Mel is for the HandiRack inflatable roof rack and our HandiHoldall – a great combination which efficiently adds carrying capacity at relatively low cost and requires minimal storage.


© Trustpilot 2019

See this review at Trustpilot – https://www.trustpilot.com/reviews/5d62f4a6f018690bd053cd35

Thanks to Tiffany for sending us this pic of the HandiRack on top of her Fiat 500. They show that our universal roof bars can indeed fit on a smaller 3-door car!

Whether you’re thinking of buying a HandiRack for camping, for carrying something oversized like a canoe or kayak or a garden bench, or when moving home, we are happy that the inflatable HandiRack is a good value solution, especially if you’re not only on a budget but also have to be frugal with your storage requirements – the HandiRack is a lot easier to store than a regular set of roof bars, and the complementary HandiHoldall easier than a hard shell roof box!

If you’d like to buy both the HandiRack inflatable roof bars and a HandiHoldall soft roof box then check out our bundle deals – they will save you money! If you have any further questions about any of the items in our store, then please do get in touch.

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HandiHoldall 330 Litres Weatherproof Soft Roof Box

The HandiHoldall – The Flexible Roof Bag

The HandiHoldall is a flexible roof bag designed to fit our patented inflatable roof bars, the HandiRack. Available in three sizes, the HandiHoldall is a good way of adding carrying capacity to your car for a camping trip, or moving home at low cost. Because the HandiHoldall folds up again when not in use, it’s ideal if you don’t have enough storage space at home for a roof box.

How to fit the HandiHoldall

The HandiHoldall is very easy to fit. It is designed to work perfectly with the HandiRack and we highly recommend the HandiHoldall as your roof bag if you own a HandiRack; while other roof bags may fit the HandiRack, none do as well as the official HandiHoldall. If you buy the HandiRack and HandiHoldall together, we do a special discounted bundle deal. Please ask if you have any questions.

You can also use the HandiHoldall on a regular set of roof bars using our roof bar fitting kit, which comes included with every HandiHoldall.

Each product comes complete with fitting instructions; watch our video for an idea of how to fit the HandiHoldall and the HandiRack.

Want to see a HandiHoldall in action on a regular roof rack? Check our Erin’s video of her family camping trip and a look at how the roof bar fitting kit works. Thanks to Erin at Yorkshire Tots for taking the time to give the HandiHoldall a thorough testing.

Is the HandiHoldall waterproof?

The HandiHoldall 400 litre and the 175 litre are completely waterproof. They are built to keep out the water. Have a look of this video of them being tested!

The HandiHoldall 330 litres is weather resistant. We advise putting waterproof items into the HandiHoldall and using inner bags where possible. The 330 litre HandiHoldall can fit 2 x 95l or 2 x 135l HandiDuffel bags inside, and we have a bundle deal available – check out https://www.handiworld.com/handiholdall-330-litres-category/ for more details.

HandiHoldall reviews

We’re really pleased with the reviews continuing to come in for the HandiHoldall. As much as we have faith in our products, it’s always extra reassuring to see that customers are happy and that the products have stood up to the real-world tests thrown at them!


© Trustpilot 2019

See this review at Trustpilot – https://www.trustpilot.com/reviews/5d62f4a6f018690bd053cd35


© Trustpilot 2019

See this review at Trustpilot – https://www.trustpilot.com/users/574d830c0000ff000a24e8b3

We’ve also had this review in for the HandiHoldall and the HandiRack direct from a happy customer. Thank you to Sharon for the feedback and for the pic of them both working together on her car.

“I am just writing to say how impressed I am with the HandiRack and HandHoldall package. 

The first thing that impressed me was the incredibly quick delivery. 

We used the HandiRack and HandiHoldall to travel up to Yorkshire and it was brilliant. We stopped once to check it and it hadn’t moved an inch and nothing was flapping about.

Once we got to Yorkshire we put the rack on my sister’s car and used it to transport a sofa bought in a charity shop, saving us the £25 delivery charge. I think we entertained the locals getting the sofa onto the roof but once up there and strapped down with the tie downs we had an uneventful journey.

My sister thinks it is a great idea and I will be recommending it to everyone.”

So there we have it; the HandiHoldall is a great way of adding carrying capacity to your car when you don’t have any room at home to store a regular roof box. If you have any questions about bundle deals, fitting, or anything else, please do get in touch.

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Camping Equipment List – What Camping Gear Do I Need?

We love camping! It’s a great way of engaging more with the outdoors and (usually) a way of holidaying that bit cheaper. But isn’t there a lot of ‘stuff’? One of the best things about camping is that you can make it as basic or as luxurious as you wish. We all have our own personal preferences, and these may change from camping trip to camping trip too. Are you a ‘glamper’ or more of a bare-essentials type of camper?

What camping equipment do I need?

Camping isn’t necessarily a cheap endeavour. Yes it’s good fun and you’ll save money on hotels in the future, but camping equipment can get very expensive. Buying second-hand or end-of-line stock is a good idea for saving money; you can pick up some real bargains such as tents that have only been used once by new campers who decided camping wasn’t for them after all. Look out on local social media selling pages, Gumtree, and local small ads.

While we would advocate starting small and building up your supplies, it’s a nicer experience all round if you have the essentials to hand on a trip. Scrimping on camping gear can be a false economy if it means your holiday is more fraught than fun.

So what exactly do you need for a camping holiday with your family?

Here we have a camping equipment list. Some of it is essential, and some of it not so essential. Pick and choose what you feel you need and once you’re happy with your selection, keep the list somewhere safe for next time. While a camping equipment list is not compulsory, we have found that we have forgotten to take something every time and have ended up in a shop or on the scrounge with fellow campers not long after arrival. A list comes in very handy to stop us forgetting the same things over and over.

Camping equipment list

Please feel free to print out this list, scribble on it, add your own kit, keep it for next time. Hope you find it useful.

To download a PDF version of the checklist, please click here.

The basics:-

  • Enough clothing for how ever many days you are staying
    • warm clothing
    • waterproof coat
    • swimming costume
    • pyjamas
    • daily outfits
    • spare socks
    • more spare socks
    • undies!
    • Wellies
    • Spare pair of shoes for the tent and around the campsite, such as flip flops or sandals
  • Bedding and a pillow
  • A mat, air-bed (and pump), SIM (self-inflating mattress), or camp bed.
  • A tent (unless you intend to ‘sleep under the stars’)
  • A groundsheet / footprint
  • A mallet and tent pegs
  • A torch – with spare batteries if you need them

Cooking equipment:-

Unless you’re going to be eating at the local pub every breakfast, lunch, and dinner time (we’re not judging, we’ve done that too!) then you will need to take some basic kitchen equipment.

  • Cool box and cool packs
  • Something to cook on – hob, gas stove, teppanyaki grill for example
  • Lighter – or box of matches
  • 2 x saucepans
  • 1 x frying pan
  • spatula
  • cooking/serving spoons
  • vegetable peeler
  • potato masher
  • chopping board and knives
  • strainer/colander
  • kitchen roll and disinfectant spray
  • cutlery
  • plates
  • bowls
  • cups / mugs
  • tin opener
  • bottle opener / corkscrew
  • plastic washing up bowl and drainer
  • washing up liquid
  • dishcloth and tea-towels

Health and hygiene:-

  • A wash bag with soap, flannel, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A first aid kit with antiseptic cream and sticking plasters as a minimum, a pair of scissors, tweezers, and nail clippers
  • baby wipes
  • A hairbrush
  • A dustpan and brush for sweeping out the tent
  • Loo roll
  • Hand towels
  • Large towels for swimming / showering
  • Shower gel
  • Shampoo
  • Wash powder / laundry detergent
  • bin bags / plastic bags for dirty washing
  • clothes pegs
  • clothes line / hanger

Around the tent:-

  • Porch / awning with pegs
  • Floor mats / tent carpet
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Armchairs
  • Storage cupboards
  • Bin bags for litter
  • Water carrier
  • Toys and games, books, pens and pencils

Electrical equipment:-

Some people prefer to go off-grid while others are up to the eyeballs in electrical equipment. There are no right and wrongs here!

  • EHU cable
  • Fairy lights
  • Device charging leads
  • Power pack
  • Electric fridge/cool box
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • TV
  • DVD player
  • Radiator / heater

And how do you carry all of this camping gear in your car?

Check out the inflatable HandiRack and HandiHoldall soft roof box.

HandiRack + HandiHoldall 330 Litres Bundle

What camping food to take?

If you’re planning on cooking your own meals on your camping trip then you are definitely going to need some food. Some campsites have very good supermarkets on site where you can get hold of everything you need at a reasonable price. Others not so much. Our car is usually so full of camping gear that getting a week’s worth of food in there too just isn’t possible, nor is it a good idea to keep a week’s worth of food at a time, especially if you’ve only got a camping fridge to store it all. We usually go to a nearby supermarket once the tent is pitched and get enough food to get us through the first couple of days.

Photo by Nathan Shipps on Unsplash

Planning meals is best. You really only should buy the exact ingredients you will cook and eat. There’s not much point in buying food out of habit, finding you’ve no way of keeping it viable, and then it going to waste. Planning is key!

The sort of meals that we cook while camping are…..

  • Chicken wraps
  • Hot dogs and salad
  • Mince and pasta
  • Burgers and salad
  • All-day breakfast
  • Stir-fry

We cook meals which need a small number of pans, or can be cooked on the grill. Roast chicken and all the trimmings would be lovely, but roasting a chicken when camping is a big ask! We do know people who take a slow cooker and leave things cooking in the tent while out for the day. We’ve not done this yet – it’s too much of a risk with the electrics which aren’t always 100% reliable.

What sort of meals do you make when camping?

Photo by Peter Secan on Unsplash

 

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