The summer holidays are now in full swing, with families up and down the country eager to make the most of their freedom after what can only be described as a very challenging year and a half with multiple lockdowns and uncertainty.
With international travel still a bit up in the air, many families are reluctant to book an overseas trip and are looking to make the most of the UK this Summer. There is no doubt that the UK is a knockout destination and has some incredible places to visit for day trips and longer stays
We’ve rounded up our top 4 favorite items to pack this Summer.
Kanula Sustainable & Ethical Hoodie
We really love this company’s ethos and branding. Founded by Richard and Caroline Joyce, taking inspiration from their travels across Greece, coupling the beautiful landscapes and nature with the intricate ceramic designs on the island of Skiathos.
The founders were so concerned about the plight of the sea turtles that nest on the beaches in Greece that they wanted to give something back from every sale to help with conservation. Sea turtles face many threats from human activity, from beach recreation to commercial fishing to plastic pollution.
Each garment sold raises vital funds to help save the turtles and the clothing range are made using no plastic waste materials to help keep the oceans pollutant free. All items arrive in plastic free packaging.
We tried out the hoodie and it’s such fabulous quality, really thick fabric with a soft and luxurious feel, we absolutely loved the little lizard motif on the cuff and hood. The hood is larger than average so was extremely easy for my son to put on without any hassle and tantrums.
It has a double pocket at the front and we really liked the fact that it didn’t have a drawstring at the front, just a simple and hassle free design. All of the designs and garments are
At £23.00 this hoodie is really good value for money and will offer a snuggly option for the cooler summer days and nights. Perfect for any season. The hoodies for children come in a range of 14 colours. Kanula has a whole range of clothing for men, women and children plus accessories.
When we opened up our box we were wonderfully surprised to find a thank you card, signed by the owners and also a pretty turtle necklace with a voucher for a discount on our next purchase.
You can also purchase a small range of accessories such as a couple of necklace designs, teddy bears, keychain and cotton shopping bag.
A gorgeous brand, vibrant brand that screams Summertime and quality.
Greens Steel’s high-quality stainless steel Beast Tumbler
Well, it’s been quite the heatwave hasn’t it and now we move into a bit of rainy territory and what better way to stay hydrated or warm than with this huge tumbler which by the way can be used for hot and cold drinks.
Double insulated wall and a copper lining keeps drinks hot and cold for 12 hours. Which if you get stuck in a traffic jam on the motorway you’ll be super pleased you filled it up before leaving.
The Greens Steel Beast Tumbler comes in three different sizes, 20oz, 30oz and 40oz. We tried out the 40oz and absolutely love it. So much liquid! We’ve been filling ours with iced water with lemon slices, cucumber, mint and apple pieces to stay super cool on these intense Summer days and are now sipping our vanilla coffee whilst the rain beats against the window.
Perfect for travel and at home in the garden or by the bedside to keep you hydrated through the night. The 40oz tumbler comes with an eco-friendly stainless steel straw and a splash proof lid. The straw is easy to clean as it comes with it’s own cleaning brush.
I’ve got through a lot of travel mugs in my time but I have to say this one is my favourite at the moment, purely due to the size and robustness of the product. Also loving the metal straw.
Priced at around £27.00 and available from Amazon.
JBL Clip4 Bluetooth Travel Speaker
Love, love, love this design and powerful little speaker. It packs a good punch sound wise and has a handy clip handle making it really easy to hang off your luggage or bag. As it’s waterproof there’s no reason not to clip it to the shower and have a boogie under the water.
JBL are a well-known brand for quality sound and this little speaker is a credit to their range. With 10 hours of battery life and JBL Pro Sound for rich audio and a nice clean sound, you’ll not want to leave your speaker behind.
Coming in at £40.00 this is reasonable enough on price for the amazing quality you get and the speaker is pretty hardy making it a perfect gift for children who want a little independence with their music on-the-go.
If you’re heading off to the beach, for a hike or for a day out, this speaker is compact enough not to take up too much space but powerful enough to deliver brilliant sound and keep those heads bopping.
Available in a range of colours direct from Amazon.
VonShef 4-Person Green Adventure Backpack
Fantastic picnic hamper backpack that even holds two bottles of wine in the side pockets (just thought we’d highlight the important bit first).
It has lots of compartments for all the picnic essentials such as cutlery, glasses, shakers and bottle opener and a netted bag to keep the melamine plates and chopping board secure and in place during transit.
Made from high quality canvas with a faux leather flap and brass buckles. It’s even waterproof so none of your food will spoil in bad weather.
Hidden pockets for keys, mobile phones and money, this picnic hamper really is the bees knees. It even has a funky picnic rug that clips to the front. A brilliant alternative to the classic picnic hamper.
The set includes:
- 4 X stainless steel knives/forks/spoons with PP handle
- 4 X dinner plates
- 4 X PS wine glasses
- 4 X cotton napkins
- Salt & pepper shakers
- Serrated butter knife with PP handle
- PE cutting board
- Bottle opener
- Polyester picnic blanket with PEVA waterproof backing
With three children and a dog, there are always cries for snacks whenever we go out for the day and carrying a traditional hamper by the handle can be tiring when it’s full of food.
We really enjoy the ease of carrying this hamper on our backs and it can double up for a normal rucksack without all the picnic bits if you need a bag for something else.
Costs £69.00 from Von Haus and we anticipate you’ll get lots of use out of it over the years. Very good value for money for all that is included.