Car Safety Tips Every Driver Needs to Know

Staying safe on the roads is so important, no matter how far you’re travelling but it’s fair to say that the further you’re driving, the more safety issues you could incur.

Every driver knows the basic safety checks to do before leaving the house to ensure their car is in working order but not all of us bother and we’re certainly not all as clued up about what to do if we face a safety issue on the go.

The summer holidays are soon to commence if yours haven’t started already which means everyone is about to hit the road for some great summer adventures, so here are the car safety tips and tricks we think every driver needs to know!

The 20p Tyre Test

You should really check the depth of the tread on your tyres regularly anyway but especially before heading off on a long journey. A lot of people avoid testing the tread on their tyres because they think it’s time-consuming but with this handy hack, it’ll take seconds to check if your tyres are safe and road legal.

Tyre Safe have put together a whole article on how to use any 20p coin you’ve got lying around to check your tyre tread depth and it really is genius! In short, all you need to do is place a 20p into the main tread groove of the tyre and if the whole depth of the outer rim of the 20p is inside the groove, your tyres are legal but if any of this outer band of the coin can be seen, they’re not.

Don’t Forget Your Warning Triangle

Hands up if you don’t have a warning triangle in the back of your car? It’s not a legal requirement in the UK but it is highly recommended to keep an emergency warning triangle in your vehicle in case you break down and it could actually help you if you do find yourself stuck.

In terms of your own personal safety, having an emergency warning triangle will help you warn other drivers that you’ve broken down and your vehicle is not going to be moving, this means other road users can easily avoid your vehicle and give you plenty of space to stay safe while having to stand on/near the road.

Having your emergency warning triangle will also help make you visible to the recovery company or mechanic you’ve called, meaning you’ll get the help you need quicker.

Always Take Your Free Car Seat Demonstration

As a parent, you’re not just responsible for your own safety in the car but your child’s too and making sure they’ve got the right car seat and that it is fitted properly is a big part of this.

One of our top hacks for ensuring the best level of car safety for your child is to take the free demonstration many car seat retailers will offer you. Whether it’s showing you how to use the seat in-store or actually fitting it in your car for you, there are many UK car seat stores that offer free demos both before and after buying a car seat and this is a great way to ensure you’re using this car seat to the best of its ability.

Never Put Your Feet on the Dashboard

Anyone who has ever ridden in the car as a passenger is guilty of putting their feet up on the dashboard while grabbing a quick nap before you get to where you’re going but this can actually be really dangerous and one of our top car safety tips would be to avoid doing this at all costs!

An American woman’s story went viral in 2017 after she spoke out about the injuries she sustained after being in a car accident while her foot was on the dashboard and it is now more known than ever before why to not put your feet on the dash! If your car is in an impact, the airbags will go off, one of which is in the dashboard and if your body is in direct contact with this, it could lead to injuries, so be sure to keep your feet off the dashboard!

Choose Your In-Car Playlist Carefully

Most of us like a bit of in-car entertainment and many of us will opt for a bit of music but did you know that some songs are actually proven to be dangerous to listen to when driving?

From being too loud and intense to just downright distracting, Confused.com shared the top 10 songs that are known for being dangerous to listen to whilst driving and unfortunately for some, there’s Guns N’ Roses, The Black Eyed Peas, Kanye West and more of some favourite famous faces on the list!

The experiment conducted by Confused.com revealed that certain types of music led to more aggressive driving whilst others led to driving quickly and some drivers even found classical music led to more erratic driving!

For the safest drive possible, its recommended you choose music that mimics the rhythm of the human heartbeat which is 60-80 beats per minute.

Secure Belongings Down That Could Move Around

There’s nothing more dangerous than overfilling your car and then having your belongings rolling all over the car. If you have to brake suddenly in an emergency, you could see your possessions fly to the front of the car and if the impact was strong enough, through your windscreen.

It’s so easy to organise your car storage and keep everything secure, so that nothing could move and hurt someone, including moving your bulky luggage into a roof bag on the top of the car. We have a range of soft roof boxes in varying capacities, making it easy for you to find the one that can perfectly hold all your belongings.

Staying safe in the car doesn’t have to be difficult if you plan ahead, so follow our top car safety tips and you should be in for a smooth and successful journey.

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Road Trip Travel Tips to Get You to Your Festival On Time

The UK’s motorways can get jampacked with traffic at the best of times, add a festival with thousands of visitors into the mix and you could find yourself sat in queues for hours.

If you want to avoid the traffic and get to your festival on time, you need to be prepared and plan your journey well in advance and that’s what we’re going to be helping you with today.

We’re going to be sharing our top travel tips for when you know the roads are going to be busy and some invaluable pieces of advice for avoiding the queues and being the first at the festival gates.

Do the Bulk of the Travelling the Day Before

Our number one piece of advice for avoiding the festival rush on the roads would simply be to do the majority of your travelling the day before and stay in a hotel overnight and make your way to the festival either by car or foot the day before.

It might cost you a little extra money for a hotel but you won’t have to get up as early as you’ll be close to the festival site and it’ll save you a lot of time and stress as you’ll only have a short journey to make.

Pay Extra for Early Access

A similar idea to travelling to the location the day before, some festivals offer early access passes for a premium price that allow you to enter the festival site before the event properly starts, usually 24 hours early.

Again, this may be an extra cost but you’ll get to set up camp exactly where you want as you’ll have first choice and you won’t have to battle hundreds of other cars to get to the festival, meaning you’ll be starting your weekend feeling far happier.

Check Out Public Transport Options

Driving yourself to a festival isn’t always the easiest option and relying on public transport could lead to a less stressful journey. Some festivals have coach services running from various locations to the site, so it may be worth looking into whether that sort of thing will work for you.

If you’re attending a festival that allows you to walk in by foot and you think you can transport everything you need on your back, getting the train could work if the site isn’t too far from a local station.

For example, Leeds station is around a 30-minute drive from Bramham Park where the 2018 Leeds festival is being hosted and shuttle buses are being run from the station to the site, so you’re unlikely to sit in much traffic at all.

Look into Scenic Routes

A lot of festivals will be easiest to access via main roads and motorways but sometimes there are alternative, more scenic routes that can get you to the same destination without half the traffic, so it’s worth planning ahead if you’re driving by looking into all the possible routes.

All roads heading towards festivals are likely to be busy, so even if you do find a hidden countryside route, you could still experience some delay but it could be less than sticking to the most common routes, so always do your research.

Book Shared Transport for You and Your Friends

If you’re heading to a festival with a big group of friends or family, you might want to consider hiring shared transport such as a minibus to take you to the festival. Not only does this take the stress off any of you having to drive, it’ll also help to reduce the number of cars on the road by a few.

It’s also great to arrive together, so you can get the party started from the moment you walk in!

As well as wanting to get there as quickly and easily as possible, you want to get there as safely as possible and we couldn’t agree more with Ingenie’s top tips for surviving travelling to a festival. They recommend checking the weather before you set off, listening to your body while driving to avoid dangerous driving when tired, taking control when you’re in the drivers’ seat and even give you some top tips on sharing the petrol costs!

We hope you’ve found this useful if you’re planning a trip to a festival soon. If you’ve got any top tips for getting to a festival quickly and easily, let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

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HandiWorld’s Guide to Surviving Long Summer Drives

We all have a go-to checklist of things to remember before going on a long drive in the winter months. There are things we all pack in the car and checks we do to our vehicle before heading on a drive in winter weather but we don’t seem to do the same for long drives during the summer but here at HandiWorld, we think you should.

We’re going to be sharing with you our guide to preparing yourself for a long summer drive, so carry on reading to find out our top tips for having the best road trip possible in the warm weather:

Keep Plenty of Drinking Water Onboard

When it comes to winter drives, we usually advise keeping flasks with warm drinks in your car in case you get stuck somewhere with no access to food or drink and the same situation could arise on a summer drive but when the weather is warm, you don’t want to be without drinking water.

You’d be surprised how quickly you can become dehydrated when the sun is beating down and the inside of your car can get even hotter than the outside, so whether you get stuck in heavy motorway traffic, breakdown in the middle of nowhere or just have a long journey before there’s anywhere to stop, you don’t want to be without drinking water, so make sure you have plenty on board.

Have Wet Wipes or Cold Flannels in the Car

Cars are notorious for being very warm places when the sun is out and it can feel impossible to get cool when you’re stuck inside one and the last thing you want when you’re driving is to overheat, so make sure you’ve got cold flannels or wet wipes within reach to keep yourself cool.

A top tip is to bring a cool box with ice packs and keep wet flannels or packs of baby wipes in there to keep them really cold, so when you need an instant refresh or a quick cool down, they’ll do the trick perfectly.

Give Your Windscreen a Really Good Clean Before Heading Off

We’ve all experienced the moment where the sun shines and you can’t see through the windscreen properly for marks and streaks, so make sure you give your windscreen a proper clean before heading off on your trip to avoid the glare of the sun on your dirty windscreen distorting your view of the road.

It is possible to top up keeping your windscreen clean as you go by spraying some washer fluid and using your wipers but this isn’t ideal when the sun is beating down, so make sure it’s free of streaks in advance.

Don’t Forget Your Sunglasses

Continuing with the theme of minimising the effects of the suns’ glare, you don’t want to forget your sunglasses on a summer road trip in the same way you don’t want to be without your hat and gloves on a snowy drive.

Trying to drive through dazzling sun without sunglasses is a real recipe for disaster. Not only is it near impossible during the height of summer, it can lead to you having to squint and therefore not having a full view of the road or can leave you with a headache in which case you may not be able to continue driving.

Be Sure to Take Care of Hay Fever Before You Set Off

You might have never thought that your hay fever could affect your driving but according to an article by the RAC, a survey found that 27% of UK drivers suffer from symptoms of hay fever and one in three of those people admit that it does distract them when driving.

Whether you get the itchy eyes, runny nose or sore head, be sure to get a grip on your hay fever before you leave the house to ensure nothing is taking your attention away from the road when you’re driving. There’s plenty of medication on the market to relieve the ailments of hay fever, just be sure to pick a non-drowsy option.

Check All the Levels Under the Bonnet

As you would before any long car journey, make sure you take a look under the bonnet to ensure all the fluids and oils are up to the level they should be, so this includes your window washer fluid, engine oil and radiator coolant.

You don’t want to run low on any of these things on any journey and when the sun is shining and the car is hot, it is likely that these fluids may disappear quicker than usual.

It’s also worth being aware that your engine is more prone to overheating in the warm weather, so keep an eye out for the signs that your engine is getting too hot. If your car is showing signs of overheating, Reader’s Digest recommends you pull over to a safe place as soon as possible and wait for at least half an hour before opening your bonnet and checking out what’s going on. You might need more engine coolant fluid or if there’s something more serious going on, it may be time to call in some professional help.

Don’t Overfill the Car

Body’s produce heat, so the more people in the car, the hotter it is likely to get, so you don’t want to cram lots of bags and suitcases into the car too as this will only reduce the airflow and make the vehicle hot and stuffy.

Move as much of your luggage as possible into an external storage space such as one of our soft roof boxes that have capacities of up to 400 litres to take as much of your luggage as you need it to.

By not overfilling the car, the air conditioning can flow freely and everyone can have more space to sit and keep themselves cool.

Our overall top tip for driving in warm weather would be to take it at your own pace and take regular breaks to allow yourself and the car to cool down.

We hope you’ve found this helpful if you’re planning a summer road trip and want to ensure it is a safe and successful one.

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How to Pick the Perfect Kayak or Canoe for You – The HandiWorld Guide

A lot of our loyal HandiWorld customers are water sports enthusiasts, many with a particular interest in kayaks and canoes, so that’s made us pretty intrigued by them too.

The world of water sports equipment is a vast one, with plenty of gear to choose from and different products being right for different people but today we’re going to be making things a little easier by sharing with you our guide as to how to pick the right kayak or canoe for you and we’ll even be throwing in a couple of handy transportation tips to help get your vessel to the waterfront.

Kayak vs Canoe – What’s the Difference?

Before we get on to how to pick the right raft for your water sports adventures, let’s just establish the difference between a kayak and a canoe because that’ll be a big deciding factor in which one you go for.

They may look similar in size and shape but the main difference between a kayak and a canoe is where the rider sits. In a kayak, the rider has a small designated area for seating and the rest of the boat is closed off, hence they are specified as ‘one-man’ or ‘two-man’ because the seating area is purpose-built whereas canoes are either totally open top boats where the rider can sit either side on a raised seat or kneel on the base of the boat.

Another difference between the two is the paddle you use, kayaks are powered by double-bladed paddles and canoes are rowed using single-bladed paddles.

Picking the Right Kayak

Starting with kayaks, there are a few things to think about when choosing the right one for you and they’re as follows:

  • What kind of waters will you be riding in? Open water or closed lakes, will it be warm or cold water?
  • Do you want to sit on top or sit inside and how does this fit with where you intend to ride?
  • What kind of speeds are you looking for? This will determine the length of your kayak

As a general rule, ‘sit on top’ kayaks are better for beginners or people who simply don’t like to be confined. You’re going to get wet using a SOT kayak, it’s inevitable but they’re self-bailing which means they drain water themselves through the design of the raft, they’re also ideal for warmer waters or environments where you’re likely to want to get out and swim.

When it comes to sit inside kayaks, these are ideal for pros who want speed as the general design of the raft is streamlined. If you’re heading into cold water and want to stay warm and dry, a sit inside is a far better option but it’s worth remembering if you happen to flip over, it’s a far trickier situation to recover from.

When choosing the length of your kayak, it’s generally known that the longer and narrower your kayak, the faster it will go but the wider the kayak, the more stable it will be on the water but perhaps slower, so this is something you have to weigh up depending on where you’ll be riding and how well-trained and experienced you are as a rider.

Picking the Right Canoe

Similarly to picking a kayak, there are a few things to consider before choosing the right canoe for you and one of the biggest deciding factors is location, where will you be using this canoe?

The kind of waters you’ll be riding in will heavily dictate the kind of canoe you need, especially the shape of the canoe.

Paddling.com have some great advice for picking the perfect canoe and they suggest that the flatter the bottom of a canoe, the more stable it will be but the slower it will travel and the rounder the bottom of your canoe, the faster you’re likely to go but the more instability you’ll experience, so you need to consider whether you need speed or stability when choosing your canoe.

Another reason you need to know where you’re going to want to ride your canoe is that when deciding whether you buy a canoe with a keel or not, this is dependent on where you will be riding. Lake canoes should and will have a keel and river canoes shouldn’t have a keel and this also determines the manoeuvrability of the canoe.

The rocker of a canoe is how much the hull curves from the bow to the stern and this is another factor that dictates hull speed. There’s a choice between fully rockered and moderate rockered canoes, both with differing speed potentials, so choose wisely.

Most experts will advise you to try before you buy when it comes to canoes as there are many things to consider and you need the right one to allow you to ride in the way you want to. Many water sports clubs will have canoes to hire, so test as many out as you can before finally purchasing your own.

Transporting Your Kayak or Canoe

There’s no denying that a kayak or a canoe is a big piece of equipment to transport but HandiWorld can help make light work of it.

When it comes to moving your boat from home to where you want to ride, you need the help of the UK’s only inflatable roof rack, the HandiRack. Our very own patented creation that makes transporting loads of up to 60kg easier than ever before.

Simply attach the HandiRack to your car and then attach your kayak or canoe to your HandiRack using the HandiBungee cords and there you go, you’re ready to hit the road and head off on your adventure.

Once you’ve reached your destination, it’s time to unload the kayak or canoe from the car and move it down to the waterfront and that can be pretty backbreaking work if you do it without the help of a purpose-built trolley.

The HandiKart is our very own kayak or canoe trolley that is specially designed to move your boat from your car to the waterside in one swift and easy move, without involving much manpower from you. Made using Camba Wheel Technology to ensure it can roll smoothly on any terrain, the HandiKart weighs just 4kg and measures 560mm wide, making it compact to transport.

If you’re on the hunt for a new kayak or canoe, we hope this buying guide has come in handy. If you’ve got any other top tips for picking a kayak or canoe, share them with us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

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How the HandiMoova Can Help You in the Garden

Now we’re firmly in summer, everyone’s attention has moved away from home renovations and over to doing up the garden, which means it’s the perfect time for us to share some top tips with you on how to make life in the garden a little easier.

No matter how much you love doing the gardening, you’re never going to turn down a helping hand which is why we’re confident all gardening enthusiasts are going to want to know about the HandiMoova.

The HandiMoova is an all-terrain trolley made by HandiWorld, a multi-purpose two-wheel trolley that is particularly handy in the garden. Made with a lightweight but robust frame and Camba Wheel Technology to ensure the HandiMoova is smooth rolling over all surfaces, we’re going to be sharing with you a few ways the HandiMoova can offer you some assistance in the garden!

Moving Rubble and Rubbish

There’s nothing worse than digging out the flower beds or clearing a load of rubble and realising you’ve left it in the middle of the lawn and are now going to have to lug it to the wheelie bin in buckets but you can say goodbye to doing that with a HandiMoova!

When paired with the HandiSac, an extra strong multi-use sack, you can load anywhere up to 60kg worth of rubbish and rubble into the bag and onto the HandiMoova and quickly and easily transport from one area of the garden to another or over to the bins.

Manoeuvring Heavy Pots and Ornaments

Whether you’ve just bought some new ornaments for the garden or want to have a revamp and move some existing plant pots around, this can be back-breaking work if you’ve got heavy stone ornaments but the HandiMoova can make light work of this.

Simply use the HandiBungee cords to strap the pot or ornament you want to move to the HandiMoova and easily wheel it over to where you want it to be, saving you time and any potential injury.

Bringing in New Plants

We’ve all been there, the car boot is filled with new flowers, potted plants and small trees ready to dress up the garden and it’s only then you realise you have to move all this by hand but the HandiMoova can help speed this process us.

Whether it’s a heavy potted plant that is simply tricky to carry or trays and trays of plants you can’t physically transport all in one, load everything up onto the HandiMoova and simply wheel it behind you until you reach where you want them to go.

Clearing Out the Shed

One of the first jobs of summer for many people with a garden is to clear out the shed and get it fit for purpose again but this can involve a lot of back and forth between the bin, the house and the car for things going to the tip and charity shops, so using the HandiMoova can help save a lot of walking by allowing you to transport more in one trip.

Load up whatever it is needs moving and fix in place with the HandiBungee cords and you can easily make your way to wherever you need to go without having to try and juggle armfuls of things!

The HandiMoova’s sole purpose is to make life easier and we think it has proved it can do that in the garden!

To make gardening quicker and simpler, get yourself a HandiMoova and witness for yourself what a great helping hand this invention really is!

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Driving Outside the UK – Everything You Need to Know

When it comes to holidaying outside the UK, many of us Brits choose to drive over to nearby European countries in the car to keep all our home comforts in tow but that can pose a bit of a challenge when you reach your destination.

Driving laws differ around the globe and just because you’re a great driver on UK roads, doesn’t mean you’re clued up enough to get behind the wheel abroad.

We’re going to be sharing with you some top bits of advice to keep in mind if you’re taking your own car overseas or hiring a car in a country outside the UK to keep you safe on foreign roads!

Check You Meet Foreign Driving Criteria

To drive in the EU or anywhere else in the world, you must have a valid GB license and therefore have passed your driving test. Some countries outside of the EU require you to have an International Driving Permit which you have to apply and pay for, as well as being 18 years or older with a valid GB license.

If you’re hiring a car abroad, you may have to be over 18 or even over 21, so make sure you check before you head over to that country.

Check Your Insurance

If you’re taking your own car out of the UK and are planning on driving in Europe, you need to make sure you’ve got the necessary insurance.

This is one of the most important things to make sure you’ve got sorted before getting behind the wheel of your car abroad. Some insurance policies will cover driving in other countries and some won’t so be sure to speak with your provider and check your policy to see whether you’re covered or need to take out additional insurance for your holiday.

Most European Countries Drive on the Right Hand Side of the Road

One major thing to remember if you’re taking your car across to the likes of France or Spain is that you have to drive on the right-hand side of the road, as opposed to the left like we do here in the UK.

If you’ve been driving in the UK for a long time, it’s likely to be second nature to you to drive on the left-hand side of the road, so don’t let yourself slip into habits from home when driving around Europe and stick to the right-hand side!

Give Way to the Left on a Roundabout

Something else that is likely to feel totally unnatural when you first start driving outside the UK is giving way to the left on a roundabout as opposed to the right like we do here in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

This is simply because you drive on the opposite side of the road in countries such as France, so the general rules of the road work in the opposite direction, such as left-hand turns being more challenging than right-hand turns, due to driving on the other side.

Don’t Forget Your GB Sticker

If you do not have a euro symbol on your number plates, you will require a GB sticker on your car to drive inside and outside the EU. The AA highlight how the sticker has to feature black letters on a white background of a size around 80mm high and 10mm wide.

If you’re heading outside the EU, even if you have a euro sign on your number plate, you are likely to still need a GB sticker but check the regulations for the country you’re heading to.

Have Your Reflective Jackets Onboard

Although recommended in this country, it is not compulsory to have reflective jackets in your vehicle at all but in some countries, particularly European ones, it is the law to always carry a high-vis jacket in your car in case of breakdowns or emergencies, so make sure you pack these otherwise you could land in trouble in the country you’re visiting.

Buy a Breathalyser (France Only)

It was passed as a law in 2012 in France that all drivers must carry breathalysers in their cars and would be fined if they were not to have one, however this has now been changed and although it is still considered compulsory to have an ‘alcotest’ in your vehicle when driving in France, there is now no enforceable fine, however it may be worth carrying one just in case.

There’s a lot to remember and consider when it comes to driving outside the UK but luckily there’s plenty of information out there to help you do everything right.

As well as the above, our top tip for every roof rack is to pack the car properly. Overfilling your car is dangerous, distracting and just not a good idea, so instead of shoving everything into the boot, investing in a HandiHoldall and HandiRack bundle will help you distribute your belongings properly and transport everything safely.

If you’ve got any top tips for driving outside the UK, we’d love to hear them, so share them with us on Twitter or Instagram!

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What to Pack for a Weekend Cycling Trip

Now we’re in the depths of Spring and soon to be heading into Summer, we’re very much at the heart of cycling season now which means biking enthusiasts have now got their diaries filled with upcoming cycling trips and weekends away on the bikes.

When it comes to packing for a cycling trip, it’s essential to have everything you need but to pack as lightweight and compact as possible, so we’re going to be sharing with you our ultimate packing list and a few top tips on how to pack perfectly for your biking adventure.

What to Pack

How to Pack It

Once you’ve established everything you need and want to take with you, it’s time to turn your attention towards how to pack everything up and that’s where HandiWorld can help.

It’s unlikely you’ll be setting off from home on your bike, it’s more probable that you’re going to be heading somewhere in the car before starting your adventure, so you’re going to need to get all your gear for the trip into the car.

175 Litre HandiHoldall

Our brand new 175 Litre HandiHoldall is the latest addition to our soft roof box range, this one having been designed especially with cyclists and sports enthusiasts in mind. Suitable for attaching to the HandiRack alone if that’s all you need on top of the car or if you need to transport your bike on the roof too, the 175 Litre HandiHoldall can also be fitted to metal sports racks alongside bikes thanks to the specially designed size and shape.

An ideal capacity for storing all the belongings you could need for a weekend away cycling, this new version of our roof bag is lightweight and easy to attach to the car, making your life as simple as possible, so you can get on with the fun parts of your adventure.

Panniers

Once you reach your destination and are ready to commence on your rides, you’re going to need a way of packing your daily essentials on to your bike and they’re unlikely to all fit in a backpack.

If you’re cycling relatively far from your base, you’re going to need plenty of kit with you in case you need spare changes of clothes or parts for your bike, so packing your bike using panniers is your best option.

Panniers extend the storage space available on your bike and allow you to distribute the stuff you want to carry with you on your trip evenly, so it doesn’t affect how you ride but seeing as we’re not the experts at bike storage solutions, we’d recommend reading Travelling Two’s guide to packing your panniers.

We hope you have a great time exploring the great outdoors on your cycling trips and we’d love to know if you grab one of our new HandiHoldalls to help with the packing process, so let us know how you get on by getting in touch on Twitter or Facebook!

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5 Hacks for an Easy and Enjoyable Festival Experience

Festival season is just around the corner now which for some is an exciting prospect but for others, it just means weeks of worrying about what you need, how to pack and transport it all but most of all, how you’re going to survive the potential mud bath you’re going to be camping out in if the British weather decides to do its worst.

We’ve turned our attention towards figuring out the best ways to ensure an easy and enjoyable festival experience, so we’re going to share with you 5 festival hacks that will make your weekend in the outdoors the best it can possibly be!

  1. You Can’t Over Pack

Forget all other clever and innovative festival hacks, the best way to ensure you have an enjoyable festival experience is to quite simply pack more than you think you’ll need. There’s nothing more miserable than sitting in wet, muddy clothes with nothing to change into because you didn’t pack enough, so make sure you’ve got plenty of extra outfits to ensure you never have to spend the day in uncomfortable, dirty clothes.

  1. Transport Your Stuff with a HandiMoova

A product that we think every seasoned festival goer needs to get their hands on is our HandiMoova. An all-terrain trolley that takes muddy fields in its stride, you’ll be able to quickly and easily transport all your bags of stuff from the car park to your tent pitch in no time.

As well as making light work of moving all those extra outfits you’ve now packed, you can minimise the trips you’ll have to make back and forth across a muddy field thanks to the HandiMoova’s 60kg weight limit allowing you to move pretty much everything in one go!

  1. Portable Charger

One of the best ways to capture the memories from a festival is on your phone, so you don’t want that running out of charge which means one of the top festival must-haves is a portable charger.

Not only will you want to be able to get plenty of pictures and videos, festivals are big places and you don’t want to be wandering around without a way of contacting your group because that’s bound to dampen the mood, so be sure you can keep your phone charged up at all times.

It’s also advisable to buy a cheap phone to take to the festival with you to avoid serious upset if your expensive smartphone heads for the mud screen first!

  1. Wet Wipes, Dry Shampoo and Hand Sanitiser

One thing that gets people seriously down towards the end of a festival is the fact that you’re probably dirty, don’t smell great and haven’t showered in a couple of days, so to keep your spirits up and the party going on, pack plenty of essentials to help you keep clean on the go.

We totally agree with Go Outdoors when it comes to what to pack for keeping clean at a festival as they recommend you have wet wipes, hand sanitiser and dry shampoo with you for keeping hygienic and fresh all weekend.

  1. Make Your Tent Visible

If you ask any festival lover what causes the most arguments amongst friends at festivals, they’re likely to say, ‘not being able to find the tent’, so one of our top festival camping tips would be to make sure your tent is really visible.

Whether you pitch up near a landmark of the site, so you always roughly know whereabouts you’re located or you make a flag to help you find your tent from afar, you don’t want to leave being able to find your tent to chance, so make sure you can find your way back, even in the dark of night.

There are so many festival hacks that will help ensure your adventure is a great one but we think these five are real essentials that everyone needs to know.

We’d love to know what your tips for surviving festivals are, so share them with us on Twitter or Facebook!

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The Most Talked About Festivals This Year: Everything You Need to Know

Festival season is just around the corner now, so if you’re a festival fan, you’re probably on the hunt for all the details on this season’s hottest events and we’re here to help with that.

We’ve done all the hard work for you and got all the details together on this year’s biggest and best festivals. From family friendly to adults only, no matter where or when the festival is being hosted, we’ve got all the information, so carry on reading to get your summer of festival fun planned!

Isle of Wight Festival 2018

The Isle of Wight festival has been a well-loved and highly anticipated event on the island for over 45 years and is returning in 2018 with one of their best lineups of rock and pop music superstars. Children and teen tickets are available, making this appropriate for family members of all ages.

When? – 21st – 24th June 2018

Where? – Seaclose Park, Newport

Who’s It For? – Music Lovers

What’s On? – Music from The Killers, Kasabian, Depeche Mode, Liam Gallagher and more

How Much? – £209 for a weekend ticket, £145 for islanders, £175 for students, £150 for teens, FREE for children

Camping Available? – all weekend ticket prices include camping, boutique and luxury camping available

Bestival 2018

A festival that brings the Jurassic coast to life, Bestival is looked forward to by thousands of attendees every year and has something to offer all kinds of festival goers. So, whether you like the music, the activities or simply camping with friends and family, Bestival 2018 is an event to add to your diary.

When? – 2nd – 5th August 2018

Where? – The Lulworth Estate, Dorset’s Jurassic Coast

Who’s It For? – All ages welcome but aimed more towards teens/adults

What’s On? – Music from live DJs, Grace Jones, London Grammar and more. Interactive art area, craft corner, bar and open exercise classes.

How Much? – £170 for adult weekend ticket, £160 for student weekend, £113.50 for teen weekend ticket and free weekend tickets for children under 12

Camping Available? – all weekend tickets include camping, access for campervans available for purchase separately

Camp Bestival 2018

Known as the ‘little sister’ of the Bestival, Camp Bestival is a family orientated Summer festival which has something to please all ages.

When? – 26th – 29th July 2018

Where? –  Lulworth Castle, Dorset

Who’s It For? – All Ages

What’s On? – Live music and acts including Simple Minds, Clean Bandit and Tokio Myers. Other activities include live theatre, carnival rides, arts and crafts and plenty of food and drink

How Much? – £197.50 for an adult weekend ticket, £185 student weekend ticket, £125 for a 13-17 year old weekend ticket, £98.75 for a 10-12 year old weekend ticket, £45 for a 5-9 year old weekend ticket, £15 for a weekend ticket for children 4 and under and babies enter for free.

Camping Available? – all weekend tickets include camping, caravan and campervan entrance available as an additional purchase

Download Festival 2018

Infamously nicknamed ‘drownload’ after the rain has put a dampener on the event in the past couple of years, Download festival is an important date in the diary for heavy metal and rock music fans, so it’ll take more than some wet weather to put this event on hold!

When? – 8th – 10th June 2018

Where? – Donnington Park, located close to East Midlands Airport

Who’s It For? – Rock and Heavy Metal Music Lovers

What’s On? – Live music from acts such as Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Veil Brides, You Me at Six, Thunder and more

How Much? – £210 for a 5-night adult ticket, £200 for a 3-night adult ticket

Camping Available? – standard camping, quiet camping and eco-camping options all available

Leeds and Reading Festivals 2018

The biggest weekend of the year for many late teens and young adults, this rock music festival hosts some of the biggest names in the business on its stages and is renowned for being an unforgettable weekend of music, socialising and having fun.

When? – 24th – 26th August 2018

Where? – Bramham Park, Leeds / Richfield Avenue, Reading

Who’s It For? All ages allowed but not recommended for under 13’s, children aged 15 and under must be with an over-18

What’s On? – Live music from Fall Out Boy, The Kooks, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar and more

How Much? – £205 for a weekend ticket, £69.50 for a day ticket, under 13’s enter for free

Camping Available? – camping included with weekend ticket, campervan passes available for purchase separately

Wireless Festival 2018

A big date for the diary for music lovers, Wireless is described as ‘the ultimate summer festival’, so isn’t one to be missed if you’re a big festival fan.

When? – 6th – 8th July 2018

Where? – Finsbury Park, London

Who’s It For? – Aimed towards people 16 and over, however 5-15 year olds can enter accompanied by an over 18

What’s On? – Live music from J. Cole, Post Malone, Mabel, DJ Khaled and more

How Much? – £160 for 3 day weekend ticket, £110 – £117.50 for a two day ticket, £55 – £62 for a one day ticket

Camping Available? – no camping facilities are available at Wireless festival

The Big Feastival 2018

The perfect combination of good music and great food, The Big Feastival is located at the home of Blur bass player Alex James and is always a popular destination for some of the biggest names in music and TV cooking!

When? – 24th – 26th August 2018

Where? – Alex James’ Farm, The Cotswolds

Who’s It For? – All the Family

What’s On? – Music from Craig David, Paloma Faith, Clean Bandit, James Arthur and more. Family activities such as meet Peppa Pig, petting farm and lots of creative workshops. Food and drink available from famous chefs and various stalls and stands.

How Much? – £189.50 for adult camping ticket, £114.50 for teen camping ticket, £47.25 for 12 and under camping ticket

Camping Available? – all weekend tickets include camping, campervan pitching available to purchase separately

The UK is home to hundreds of different festivals every year and 2018 is no different. Whether you’re looking for the perfect family adventure or a weekend away with friends, we’re sure we’ve covered a festival that will suit you!

Don’t forget that when it comes to wading through the mud at festival campsites, the HandiMoova is a must for transporting all your belongings through that wet and boggy terrain!

Have you got your tickets booked for a festival this year? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook which festivals you’re attending!

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The HandiWorld Father’s Day Gift Guide

Father’s Day is just a few weeks away now which means it’s time to start thinking about what the perfect present for the special man in your life is going to be this year.

If you’re fed up with gifting socks, chocolates or a bottle of wine, mix it up this year and get your dad a gift he can use time and time again and will really appreciate!

We’re going to be sharing with you the HandiWorld gift guide – a selection of gifts that are perfect for the dad who loves his car, the father who can’t resist a festival and the grandad who is happiest in the garden!

The HandiRack

Whether your dad is a keen camper or water sports enthusiast, if he has a need for a roof rack then he deserves to own a HandiRack.

Our inflatable roof rack is one of the best sets of roof bars in the business and a unique product only available from us here at HandiWorld. The easiest type of roof rack to assemble and attach to your car, you’ll be giving the gift of ease and convenience when you gift the HandiRack!

HandiRack – £65.00

The HandiHoldall

If your dad owns a car with pre-fitted roof bars or has already settled with a roof rack he likes, why not introduce him to the innovative new version of the original roof box?

The HandiHoldall is a soft roof box or roof bag, so unlike your classic hard roof box, it can be easily compacted down for storage but is also lighter and easier to fit to the car, without compromising on capacity.

For the dad who travels a lot, the 320-litre capacity version offers an abundance of external car storage space but if your dad is a keen cyclist, the 175-litre HandiHoldall is better for him, sitting perfectly next to any bike on a pre-fitted sports rack.

320 Litre HandiHoldall – £130.00

175-Litre HandiHoldall – £120.00

The HandiMoova

Does your father love a festival? Or do you have a grandad who can always be found working in the garden? The HandiMoova is the perfect gift to give them this Father’s Day!

The HandiMoova is a multi-use all-terrain trolley which has been designed with Camba Wheel technology which allows for smooth rolling and easy manoeuvring on all surfaces. Perfect for loading up all your festival gear to wheel through the mud or stacking with bags of garden waste to head to the bin, the options are endless when it comes to the HandiMoova.

HandiMoova – £50.00

The HandiKart

The ultimate gift for the dad who loves water sports, the HandiKart is our very own canoe/kayak trolley and is designed from the strongest materials to offer the best performance.

An ultra strong frame with Camba Wheel Technology for easy manoeuvring, the HandiKart remains lightweight and compact for transport, making it the perfect gift for the father who loves to hit the open waters in his kayak or canoe.

HandiKart – £50.00

The options for gifts are endless here at HandiWorld, so as well as the above, be sure to check out the other products we have available to make sure you find the perfect one for your dad.

What are you planning on gifting to the special man in your life this year? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook!

 

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