The Scottish Mail on Sunday
Top tips for stress-free trips
THE success of your holiday depends on you getting there with the least amount of stress, then having the most fun. Here are the top five tips from experts at Halfords on how to get your camping trip off to a great start…
CHECK you’ve got enough car space for all your gear. If not, consider buying a roof box or rack. Remember that added weight can take a toll on the tyres – check the pressure to ensure they’re safe.
PLANNING makes for the perfect journey. Check the route on your satnav before you set off so that you know where to refuel and take those muchneeded breaks.
MAKE sure your car is in tip-top condition at the beginning of the summer for all your long journeys. Give it a once-over before you set off, checking everything from brake lights to screenwash – or let Halfords staff give you a free car check.
KEEP the kids happy. Get ready for your road trip by creating a playlist in Spotify, packing some games or investing in an in-car DVD or MP3 players. And make sure to keep them occupied once you’ve pulled up and are pitching the tent. Anyone for cricket?
DON’T forget your bikes. Camping trips are all about enjoying fresh air and beauty spots, and exploring is so much more fun on two wheels. Check your bike brakes and tyres and get a rack fitted – again Halfords can do this for you. And don’t forget your helmets!