Tickle your taste­buds

Practical Caravan - - Caravan Chat Letters -

Price £36 Web www.work­man.com

ISBN 9781579658762

So this isn’t re­ally a book you’ll want to take with you in your caravan – it weighs in at more than

3kg. But it is a fab­u­lous tome to browse when you’re at home, plan­ning those fan­tas­tique French tours. It cov­ers ev­ery­thing you could pos­si­bly want to know about the joys of Gal­lic cui­sine. Its 432 beau­ti­ful pages fea­ture 375 de­li­cious recipes, de­tails of 1250 spe­cialty foods, maps, tips, anec­dotes, charts and more, all giv­ing you a tremen­dous in­sight into the food you’ll find while trav­el­ling any­where in France.

There’s ev­ery­thing from a time­line about crois­sants to a fas­ci­nat­ing page on the use of in­sects in French cook­ing – who knew? Wine high­lights and de­tails of some fas­ci­nat­ing gas­tro­nomic mu­se­ums are just a few of the many high­lights to be found in this fab­u­lous, in­spi­ra­tional book – and those il­lus­tra­tions re­ally are amaz­ing. SW

Scrub up!

Price £12.99

Web boot­buddy.com/pages/paw-buddy You might have seen our men­tion of the Boot Buddy a cou­ple of months ago. Now, the clever peo­ple be­hind that handy de­vice have some­thing new to of­fer.

The Paw Buddy has been de­signed with dogs in mind, to help scrub up after they’ve had a good roll in the mud.

Spruce up muddy paws us­ing 300ml of wa­ter with Paw Buddy’s neat sys­tem: there’s a fur-friendly rub­ber comb to re­move de­bris, and soft bris­tles at the other end, where you un­lock the wa­ter flow. What bet­ter gift to get your ca­nine friend ready for the in­evitably muddy Christ­mas day walk? BS Win a Britean­gle warn­ing tri­an­gle Price £37.95

Web www.britean­gle.com

Keep your tour­ing road-safety kit in tip-top con­di­tion with the ad­di­tion of this high-qual­ity LED warn­ing tri­an­gle – it was highly com­mended by our judges in the Best Ac­ces­sory cat­e­gory of our re­cent Tourer of the Year awards.

It com­bines a bright red, highly re­flec­tive sur­face with flash­ing red LEDS that turn on au­to­mat­i­cally as you un­fold the tri­an­gle, to make sure that, should you have the mis­for­tune of break­ing down on the road, you will be vis­i­ble up to 300m away.

Although it’s not com­pul­sory to carry warn­ing tri­an­gles in the UK, it is manda­tory to do so in 30 EU and Euro­pean Free

Trade As­so­ci­a­tion coun­tries, so any­one tour­ing abroad will need to pack one.

The Britean­gle is a great choice, with the sturdy box form­ing the base of the tri­an­gle, which can be as­sem­bled in sec­onds. It can also with­stand winds of up to 45mph.

If you have to make an un­ex­pected stop on the road, just place the tri­an­gle be­hind your out­fit.

You could even win one of the two Brigh­tan­gle warn­ing tri­an­gles that we have to give away this month! Sim­ply en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion at www.prac­ti­cal­car­a­van.com/win by 26 De­cem­ber 2018 to be in with a chance of win­ning. BS

Now it’s time to sup up

Price £45.95 Web www.knivesand­tools.co.uk

This is a bril­liant present for that per­son in your life who en­joys walk­ing, cy­cling or any other out­door ac­tiv­ity – and it could po­ten­tially save their life. The Lifes­traw Go 2-stage wa­ter bot­tle fea­tures two-stage fil­tra­tion to elim­i­nate al­most 100% of bac­te­ria and pro­to­zoa; it also re­duces chlo­rine, or­ganic chem­i­cal mat­ter and bad taste. This means the user can be sure that the wa­ter they’re drink­ing when out and about is safe, even if it comes from a nat­u­ral source; what’s more, the bot­tle weighs just 227g, holds 0.65 litres of fil­tered wa­ter, and looks great – it’s avail­able in a range of five dif­fer­ent colours. SW

Bird’s eye view

Price £10.25-£16.99

Web www.rspb­shop.co.uk

En­joy watch­ing the birdlife around the camp­site while you’re pitched up? Give your­self the best seats in the house: sim­ply at­tach a bird feeder from the RSPB to your win­dow with the suc­tion cups, fill with tasty treats, and sit back to en­joy the show. Just don’t for­get to re­move it be­fore leav­ing! BS

A light touch

Price £19.99 Web www.jmldirect.com

Add an ex­tra touch of lux­ury with the easy to in­stall, even eas­ier to use Tri Bright. This trio of stick-on lights can be placed any­where you like in your caravan: in cup­boards, above your favourite read­ing spot, or in your gas locker. You sim­ply peel off the plas­tic back­ing and place them where you want to boost your van’s light.

They come with a com­pact re­mote con­trol that al­lows you to turn the lights on and off, and even dim them, ei­ther in­di­vid­u­ally or all at the same time. You can also turn them on and off just by touch­ing the in­di­vid­ual lights, or use the re­mote con­trol to set a timer to make sure the lights turn off after 30 min­utes.

Each light is made up of five LEDS, which are en­ergy-ef­fi­cient, and runs on a trio of AAA bat­ter­ies

(which are not in­cluded). BS

Ship-shape awnings

Price £28 Web www.etsy.com/uk/the­hap­py­car­a­van­ner

Keep your awning smart and tidy with these fan­tas­tic hand­made or­gan­is­ers that stick onto the side of your caravan via suc­tion hooks (not in­cluded). With four pock­ets to store your shoes or other bits and pieces, this is a great way to keep your awning clear of clut­ter, and store your footwear away from the ground.

The or­gan­is­ers are made of oil­cloth, mak­ing it easy to clean off any mud and grass trans­ferred from your shoes, and they have an at­trac­tive print of caravan il­lus­tra­tions, backed by pale-blue and white spot­ted oil­cloth.

If the stan­dard size with four pock­ets isn’t quite big (or small) enough for your needs, you can even or­der the or­gan­is­ers in be­spoke mea­sure­ments. BS


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