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How to pack your car for trips to university

Congratulations on getting to university! Or maybe it’s your son or daughter that has made it. Either way, well done you. Seriously, this has been a strange couple of years for those in education and even getting through A-Levels and BTECs has proven a battle. Choosing to go on to university and broaden horizons during a pandemic is a move not to be understated. So, congratulations to all new students and to their families who helped get them there. Now the fun really begins!

But first, you need to physically get there. 2020 saw a lot of online learning with the majority of young people learning via mainly virtual classes. 2021 will see a return to campus for many students, while some universities are looking to blend online and in-person teaching we hope that 2021 is a better year for students and the teaching profession alike.

Campus life can be a lot of fun and for many this may be the first time living away from family. University is a learning experience in many ways and one of the first lessons is planning and organisation.

We at HandiWorld are often asked about good ways of transporting pretty much anything. So here are our top tips for getting your, or your young person’s kit to university (and back again).

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Top tips for packing for university

Rationalise

Do you really need everything you want to take? Make a list of all the things you will actually need, and be sure to consult any lists that have been provided by the university. If you’re in halls of residence, you will be provided with certain items such as a microwave or kettle and you may not have to take your own. If you’re in a shared house, worry about buying items like a toaster later. Someone else may already have brought one, or you can club together for one and save space in the car. Remember to dispose of any unwanted items responsibly.

Don’t take every outfit you might ever need, just in case. The wardrobe space in the accommodation may not be anywhere near what is available at home. More clothing can always be brought if needed at Christmas or half-term.

You will likely be able to buy your stationery supplies from a campus shop or somewhere nearby and probably at better prices than your normal high street, so don’t worry about overstocking on these too early.

Extra capacity

If you need extra space for everything you want to take, then look at a roof-top box or bag for the car. You will do the trip to university, and back home again at least once for every year of study, and maybe also at Christmas and Easter. It’s worth investing in decent kit that you can use for other purposes throughout the year. If you’re tight on space back home, a roof bag is easier to store than a solid roof box – have a look at our HandiRack, HandiHoldall, and matching HandiDuffel bags.

The sort of items that we find people use soft roof boxes for are lighter items such as bedding and shoes. The HandiDuffel bags provide extra weather protection and are especially good for keeping at university and using as storage under the bed or on top of the wardrobe.

You can find more information on our soft roof boxes, inflatable roof bars, and storage bags at https://www.handiworld.com/soft-roof-boxes-roof-bars/

Bags are for life

Forget hard-shell storage tubs and make friends with bags. When packing for university, always have a roll of black bin bags to hand, and a few smaller carrier bags. Storage tubs are great for transporting fragile items but most things you will take can be wrapped in bags and pushed into cubby holes, under seats, and put on top of each other in the gaps. Pretend you are playing Tetris and make the most of every available inch of space. Just make sure everything is secure so it’s not moving around while you’re driving.

Coming home

Once you’re at university and you’ve survived the first year, then you need to come home again. Try not to accumulate too much extra stuff during the year and you should have no problems getting it all back in again.

Put any dirty laundry in bags on the bottom, and then any heavy items like books. Don’t bring anything back home that you’re going to end up throwing away or replacing anyway – dispose or recycle it at university in the accommodation bins. Some universities do end of term disposal days and provide skips. If your university is one of them, plan ahead and take advantage of this.

You could also sell any items in good condition or donate to the local charity shop rather than lug them back home. Get familiar with eBay, Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace and Freecycle!

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Most of all – practice, practice, practice. Once you’ve done this a couple of times, you will be an expert and surprise yourself how much you can get into one reasonable sized car. And all the very best for the next few years – may your lectures be enlightening, your essays be compelling, and your roommates be fragrant!

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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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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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