The Scottish Mail on Sunday

Top tips for stress-free trips

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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…

1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

4

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?

5

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!

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PLEA­SURE DOME: Cool ac­com­mo­da­tion at Rutland’s In The Stix

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