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Best Lighters For Camping

best camping lightersThe Best Lighters For Camping. Camping stove Lighters are an essential item on any camping trip. Proper Camping stove lighters are inexpensive and can last for years. Stop struggling with a cigarette lighter as it’s so easy to buy a decent camping lighter for a few pounds.

Cigarette lighters are a waste of time trying to light your camping stove and all you do is end up burning the hairs off the back of your hand. These handy Camping stove lighters pictured on the right (Available To Buy on Amazon) are not only useful on outdoor camping trips but are also great for lighting your candles at home or even your gas cooker or BBQ at home. They also come with a handy safety button which helps to stop children pulling the ignition trigger. amazon button

Most Camping Lighters are powered by butane gas so are refillable just like your normal cigarette lighters. Small tins of butane gas are cheap to buy and are readily available in most supermarkets or available online.

You can actually get the gasless USB rechargeable, windproof, flameless lighters these days. Personally I have only used the cheaper type ones like in the picture above for camping and I have one at home for lighting candles in the evening. They work great even if it is a bit windy sometimes. Saying that it may be worth trying the USB windproof lighters (Take a look on Amazon) as they look better constructed with their modern design. They would certainly look better in a home use environment.

There are other types of camping lighters that I thought I should quickly cover in this post such as fire lighters.

Fire Lighters: Are the ones used to help start a barbeque, camp fire or outdoor wood burner. They are placed in with the wood or charcoal to help get the fire going. There are some great ones about that can get any fire going pretty quickly. One such product is the Original BURNER FIRELIGHTERS (Available on Amazon) that are brilliant at starting fires. Even if they have been left in a damp environment or exposed to water they still start fires very well. Burner Firelighters come in small sachets and are sold in a 100 sachet container. The sachets are odour free and are designed to burn slowly enabling a better all round fire starter. amazon button

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Best Mosquito Repellent Wristbands

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Looking for the best mosquito repellent wristbands for your family holiday trips? You may need to read this important information on which mosquito repellent wristbands are best to use such as DEET or DEET FREE.

DEET: The problems that can occur when using DEET can be anything from skin irritation, eye irritation, feeling sick or nauseous. severe cases have caused a coma but are extremely rare. It should never be ingested, always wash your hands after applying or touching products containing DEET.

Although DEET is a great insect and mosquito repellent there are great natural alternatives that are readily available and are scientifically proven to work extremely well.


The answer is yes, even the medical experts are in agreement that in scientific trials they are very effective against mosquitos and other nasty insects including ticks.

“Why I personally tried the alternative to DEET”

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Due to my heart condition and on warfarin, my recent stroke and not forgetting my picture of mosquitoeczema I felt I needed a good alternative. I was more worried about applying DEET due to the effects it may have with my warfarin INR levels.

After some initial researching I eventually found a natural alternative that did not require me to spray the product on the skin. This would now not effect warfarin INR levels or my eczema. It was a simple case of using natural mosquito repellent wristbands when I go camping or fishing (which I love to do).

I eventually ordered the TravPack® Premium Silicon Mosquito Repellent available on Amazon


Due to some great reviews and the large amount of sales they make on these mosquito bands it was a no brainer for me. My partner and I found they work extremely well and WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM TO A DEET ALTERNATIVE.

The Travpack premium silicon bands last for 250 hours per bracelet which is great for travelling in the UK and for taking abroad on your holidays. They are infused with natural citronella oils that are harmless to us but mosquitos Hate It!! That’s great news for you and me…

The one thing I didn’t like was their look when wearing them, now don’t get me wrong they did work great and my partner Katrina had no problem with the look at all. I would have thought children wouldn’t have my issues on the look either.

Personally for me though being a bloke, I’ll probably try the THEYE mosquito repellent band (available on Amazon) this year and see how that works. They look a lot better to me (vanity eh..).

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Canvas Rucksack UK

Canvas Rucksack UK

The Andes Ramada 120L is One of the most popular XL Canvas Rucksacks in theThe Andes Ramada 120L UK Selling for under £20 (at the time of writing June 2017). Made from a tough canvas polyester it is made to be hardy and durable. This well thought out rucksack/backpack is ideal for camping, hiking, fishing and many other outdoor activities, even festivals.

If it’s space you need this fantastic rucksack certainly has lots of it with its 120 Litre capacity. It’s stats are “>H: 75 (29.5″) x W: 44 (17″) x D: 32cm (12.5”) approx.

The Andes Ramada 120L has 3 front pockets 1 large bottom space and a small pocket on top. It also has 1 large main pocket space 2 side zip pockets and 2 really handy mesh pockets. It has really good compression straps with fully adjustable shoulder and waist straps for ease of use.

I really like the range of colours available with this rucksack and they even have different camouflage colours. This rucksack has colours such as red, blue, orange, green, even pink. Why not Pick a colour to suit your personal style at



Before you order please be aware that these are very large rucksacks / backpacks. They are even large enough to carry an average size sleeping bag. These canvas polyester rucksacks also come in 12 different stylish colours. These are really worth checking out if you are looking for a tough rucksack and value for money.



Best Camping Lantern 2017

Amazingly The HEROBEAM LED Lantern is probably the Best Camping Lantern 2017? With massive sales in 2016 it is surely one of the best waterproof LED Lanterns around and is continuing it’s domination in 2017. The Herobeam Camping Lantern

The Herobeam Camping Lantern impresses us with it’s no quibble 5 year warranty. Built specifically for the outdoor UK British weather conditions, it’s designed to be super tough and durable. It’s waterproof to very high standards and even shockproof.

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Super Bright LEDS give off plenty of bright light all around you. New technologies in LED bulb efficiency have been developed recently resulting in the new COB LED. These new COB LEDS in the HEROBEAM camping Lanterns give you 360 degree light and produce 300 Lumens making them Super bright when you most need it.

There are numerous uses for an effective bright lantern such as the Herobeam range. They can be used by campers, hikers, in your garage, caravan, fishing bivvy, ideal in the boot of your car if you happen to breakdown at night. These are even ideal at home in a power cut situation.

The HEROBEAM CAMPING LANTERN (Available on Amazon)is also collapsible down to 124mm x 86mm making it super compact and easy to shove in your rucksack. Made from lightweight ABS so it isn’t heavy or cumbersome.

Here’s a quick bullet list recap of why THE HEROBEAM is the top selling camping lantern. 

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  • 5 year warranty
  • Super Bright COB LEDS
  • Super Tough ABS Casing
  • Waterproof
  • Light & Compact
  • Takes AA Batteries
  • Handy in a Variety Situations
  • British Company with Excellent Customer Service

Conclusion: Get one Today…  9.9/10

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Polar M400 GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Black

This all in one GPS fitness watch has amazingly advanced features for an affordable price.
Top Features Included in the Polar M400 GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor Black:

Polar M400 GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor BlackBuilt in GPS with distance and altitude tracking

  • Pace tracking
  • Heart rate monitor with Bluetooth via the H7 heart rate sensor (H7 sold separately)
  • 24/7 Activity recorder
  • Calorie counter
  • Sync & share your training activity with Polar flow App
  • Beat your personal best with target setter

The Polar M400 GPS Sports Watch(Available on Amazon) with Heart Rate Monitor has great activity and sports training features. It is versatile and has a lightweight and fashionable design with Hi contrast and resolution. The hi resolution gives you an excellent visual display in outdoor conditions.

Choose your look from either the stylish Black or smooth White designs that are available.

Keep Track of your PB’s

I really like the function where you can track your speed and distance enabling you to keep track on your personal best times. The Polar m400 lets you know when you have just achieved a new PB (Personal Best). Use the power of the finishing time estimator and you will always be one step ahead of the competition.

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Take a look at the top features of the Polar M400 by watching the informative video above. If you want to buy one


Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor.

You can expand the use of the M400 by pairing it up with the Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor. This works by connecting to your sports watch or fitness device via Bluetooth. When connected to the paired device your heart rate and pulse are monitored in real time. You can then review all your heart rate data in real time or analyse the effects of your training on your heart after your fitness training session.
Polar H7 Bluetooth 4.0 Heart Rate Sensor

The Polar H7Bluetooth Heart Rate Sensor Available on Amazon  are compatible with most modern mobiles such as the Android 4.3 and iphone 4s and above.



Coleman Event Shelter Deluxe

The Coleman Event Shelter Deluxe

The Coleman Event Shelter Deluxe edition is by far the more expensive edition in the Coleman event shelter deluxeColeman range of event shelters. The main difference with the Coleman event shelter deluxe, is the 3000 hydrostatic head. The Coleman event shelters have a varying amount of waterproofing. The Water Column of the Hydrostatic Head of a product is a measurement of the waterproof coating. This applies to the main outer fabric of the Coleman event shelter deluxe tent.

The higher the rating simply means it is more waterproof, a 3000 rating would be quite a good rating compared to a 600D rating.

To be honest with you the normal or standard Coleman event shelter with the 600 HH (hydrostatic head) is probably quite adequate in normal conditions. You would normally only buy the Deluxe Coleman event shelter if you were expecting torrential rain for long periods. The best deluxe shelter prices below.

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This is the standard XL shelter below

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The XL version is the most popular in the Coleman range and has a great size of 4.5M X 4.5M (15FTX15FT). The Deluxe version (Available on Amazon) is also the same size. Other sizes are available.event shelter accessories

The best features about these award winning shelters are the accessories. In addition you can literally buy individual sides and doors how awesome is that. This is ideal if you have a side wind blowing at you or even a side wind and rain.

Simply attach 3 sides and 1 door on the event shelter and you have a massive tent. These provide great headroom at 7FT 6″ tall.

Below are some images of some great ways to use the event shelterevent canopies


Check out the best selling XL shelter version prices below.

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One very important thing to note: The tent pegs that come as standard are not adequate if it gets quite windy. Many buyers have commented on this in their reviews. The best thing to do if you purchase an events tent is to buy some decent high quality tent pegs. Therefore if you are touring or camping with an events tent upgrade to some quality tent or bivvy pegs. Another alternative are Airwave leg weights specifically designed for gazebos. Available to purchase on Amazon)Airwave leg weights for gazebos

These weights are a really clever idea at an affordable cost. Furthermore they certainly will stop your events tent blowing away in really windy conditions.

Colemans do have a variety of different style of event shelters such as these [amazon_link asins=’B019X3GPJY,B00TIHSX64,B01DT647FA,B001P80GOQ’ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’httpwwwbourne-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’5f670e8f-05ad-11e7-8a00-0db43bee9115′]

Conclusion: The Deluxe and the Coleman XL event shelters are of high quality build. They have sturdy and strong steel legs. They are made from the highest quality waterproof canvas. They also have a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50 .

They have sturdy foot and pole shoes and have plenty of accessories such as sun and wind blocking walls. Colman have done an excellent job as usual in creating this award winning shelter. Why not treat you and your family, get yours today!

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Intex Air Bed Review


Comfortable sleep is a necessity in our lives. If we do not get good sleep at night, our entire day is ruined.intex air bed We are unable to concentrate on our work, lack energy and enthusiasm for life. For a good night’s sleep, a good and comfortable bed is absolutely crucial. Once you have a good bed, sleep will come only in a matter of minutes, and you will wake up the next day feeling refreshed and ready to take on any challenges that life may throw at you.

The Intex Air Bed seems like an answer to our needs. It is easy to use—it can be deflated and inflated very handily and can be good for people of all ages, even senior citizens with back problems or any other issues.  It can easily be operated with the main plug and its batteries, the Intex Air Bed has a built in air pump which saves time and the stress of using an old fashioned foot pump. The technology is simple and straight forward. It has been designed in a way so that the beds can be used by anybody.intex air bed

The Intex air bed is supremely comfortable and can be kept anywhere. It is also  considerably cheaper than other big name air bed brands present in the market as of now.  If you have guests or large families coming over to stay in your house and you don’amazon buttont have enough beds or other options for them to sleep on, these air beds can provide an instant solution. The products are value for money and do not require a lot of maintenance, which is an added advantage. These beds are easy to clean as well.

The Intex Air bed can be inflated and deflated in minutes, saving you a lot of time and energy. This product is a dream come true for those who are looking for easy solutions to their daily problems. The beds have slightly raised sides so you are not at a risk of falling off. You can sleep in peace and comfort.

Unlike a lot of other air beds, the Intex air bed (Available on Amazon) does not sink in the middle after using it for a number of times. It is sturdy and durable. It is not damaged by water either.

This air bed is suitable for children also. Often, children like to jump on beds for fun or might create a mess, but this airbed has been built to withstand all of that. The airbeds have been crafted using top quality materials, as is evident from their effectiveness. You need not worry about your kids injuring themselves or damaging the bed. They can have their fun and you can be at peace.

Many households and families are starting to switch to airbeds as a permanent replacement for regular beds. This does wonders for the family’s overall health and well being. The Intex Air bed is also very easy to store. Once you let the air out, you can store them for as long as you want. Then you can use them when you need to.

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campingaz stove review

Campingaz Stove Review

Campingaz Camping Chef Folding StoveIf your looking for a Campingaz stove you’ve come to the right place. Campingaz stoves are superbly reliable and are used by thousands of seasoned campers worldwide every year. Feeding yourself and your family is obviously an essential part of your camping trip and choosing the right stove should not be taken lightly. I’m serious here, as not having the right stove is a right pain in the butt. Now you might think what’s he on about now. Simple it is all about the gas and the stove.

Have you ever bought a gas cooker that only runs on butane? Only to find out in colder weather there is hardly any heat or flame? See you chose the wrong cooker.

I know because I have and many others have. The Campingaz stove (Available on Amazon) especially the Campingaz chef version does not only run on butane but the higher burning gas propane.

You see propane burns hotter, so in the colder weather it does not burn slow like butane. With the Campingaz stove running on propane your water boils quicker for your tea or coffee, the crispy bacon cooks quicker and your toast is done quicker.

Try cooking with butane and see what happens on a colder morning or evening, cooks slow as heck that’s what.

The Campingaz stove is a little gem when propane is connected to it (warning don’t connect propane to a cooker that cant take the heat, it’s dangerous)

This is why I’m recommending the Campingaz stove and one of the most popular in the campingaz range is the Campingaz Chef. It comes with two burners that knock out a heat of approximately two kilowatts of heat per burner, which is pretty impressive.

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The Campingaz Chef also comes with a great toaster too. Ideal for your toast or bacon or whatever you fancy.

The Campingaz stove is not only a cooker!

You thought a stove is just a stove? Above I talked about the importance of propane when cooking in cold weather. If you’ve bought a little stove and you end up with hardly any flame it’s because your running butane, remember.

Here’s the thing with a propane based stove like the campingaz Chef, it does a fantastic job of doubling up as a heater (use with caution though), remember those 4 kilowatts I mentioned. 4 kilowatts of heat will heat your tent in a few minutes (big time). Hence your Campingaz stove is far more versatile than you think.

You should always have ventilation though if using it as a heater of course. Carbon monoxide is dangerous.

Here’s some important info for you!

A blue flame does not give out carbon monoxide. The blue flame shows it is burning the gas properly, so you are at less risk with a blue flame of breathing in carbon monoxide. Propane burns hotter and provides a bluer flame than butane.

This is why I recommend the campingaz stove amazon buttonas an excellent choice of cooker for all your camping trips. It also offers exceptional value for money. The Campingaz stoves are designed to be extremely strong and robust, not only that they will last for years and years. The lid is designed to act as a wind break when opened to help maintain a high flame.

Campingaz Chef Stove with grillA negative note

They are slightly heavy, that’s the only downsize, due to its rugged construction. That is why they last for years though. Can’t have it all ways now can we!

I hope this Campingaz stove review helps you in your decision in choosing a new camping stove of quality and please don’t forget about the propane and butane issue when purchasing a camping stove. Take my word for it choose a Campingaz Camping Chef Stove and Grill with Clips and Tubing (Available on Amazon)