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Travel News March 2017


Spring is in the air and the thermals are being packed away again in anticipation of sunny days and milder evenings – a girl can dream… Holidays are booked, day trips are planned and camping weekends are just around the corner. With that in mind, ALLY THOMPSON and her team of pint-sized testers have been checking out some Family Travel gear that might come in handy in the months ahead…

Lifesystems Camping First Aid Kit

Easy Camp AIR COMFY Hurricane 300

CAMPING kit always pops up in our Spring and Summer issues but we usually tend to focus on tents and awnings aimed at larger families, i.e. 5 persons plus.

Knowing full well that families can come in all shapes and sizes, we decided to track down an affordable option for smaller families for our first tent review of 2017.

The Hurricane 300 ticks all the boxes and then some… Air technology for ease of pitching is always a hit with us! T

he Hurricane 300 sleeps three comfortably and the grey design with orange trim looks great. A sewn in groundsheet eliminates drafts and both the sleeping areas and living area provide generous space with ample headroom.

With three separate air tubes and a pump supplied, we found it fast to pitch at under 10 minutes on our first attempt and that should become faster with practice. In short, it proved to be a huge hit with the funky eyebrow canopy and price tag making it even more appealing!

RRP 449.99GBP (Tempest 500 version available at 549.99GBP). Visit for full tent spec and nearest stockist info.

Let’s Explore… from Lonely Planet Kids

(Recommended by DofE Award)

WITH three children in tow and an accident-prone husband, we tend to have an array of first aid kits scattered between home, car and campervan. Unfortunately they’ve all been used and replenished at some point! What I love about the Lifesystems range is that each kit is tailored to a specific environment. The latest addition to our first aid collection is their Camping version. It comes in a bright red Ripstop case making it easy to find, even by torchlight. Inside you will find forty essential items for the campsite, catering for burns, cuts, grazes and blisters… The Quick Find layout is great when you need to find something in a hurry and it’s both lightweight and compact for transport and storage (17cm x 13cm x 6cm). I’m hoping it doesn’t get used too much this season but it provides great peace of mind knowing that it’s there, just in case… RRP 28.99GBP. Visit for a full list of contents and stockist info.

AS wonderful as family travel can be, travel delays are inevitable and made all the more painful when you’re travelling with kids.

Electronic devices can be a godsend but batteries don’t last forever and sometimes you’re simply in need of some good old fashioned ‘boredom busters’! As a result, books from Lonely Planet Kids have become part of our ‘travel essentials’ in recent years… these three new titles (Let’s Explore Mountains, City and Desert) have already been thumbed through by six little hands and were all met with nods of approval.

These latest additions bring the Lets Explore series to six titles so far. In each one, pint-sized readers are invited to join Marco and Amelia on an adventure to somewhere new with beautiful illustrations, fascinating facts and plenty of activities, stickers and puzzles to do along the way.

At only 5.99GBP each, a few of these would make for a savvy investment ahead of any family trip this year! RRP 5.99GBP. Available to order at

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