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OLPRO Products You Can Use In Your Garden

OLPRO Products You Can Use In Your Garden

When it comes to this point in the year the weather just isn't as inviting to pack up bags and go on a camping holiday. However, we've put this blog post together to show you that you can still use your OLPRO products, even in the comfort of your own home. 

 

The first thing we use all year round, home or away, is our Melamine Sets

We especially love our Witley Melamine Set as we think it almost has the ability to look like a Fair Isle Christmas pattern.

We really enjoy doing a cooked breakfast and then heading out into the garden with our Melamine. If you close your eyes you could almost imagine yourself on your favourite campsite. 

8 Piece Witley Melamine Set Melamine Camping Tableware Sets

The Witley 8 Piece Melamine Set is just $26.00. 

 

The second OLPRO product that we use all year round are our Pop Tents.

They're super speedy and really easy to put up and take down, so you can pick and choose when you want them up or not. They work so well as a kids play tent, or as a fun sleep over option. The size means they also fit into most gardens!

 

The Blue OLPRO Pop Tent is just $75.00.

 

Along the same sleepover lines, the next product we use all year round is our OLPRO Dark Moon Sleeping Bag. This comes in both a single and adouble size.

 

We love the Dark Moon pattern in particular, as the colourway is so autumnal. The size options are also an added bonus as they're great if kids want to share or for a couple.

OLPRO Dark Moon Pattern Double 300gsm fill Sleeping Bag OLPRO

We love using these sleeping bags whilst camping in our pop tent, as they make it so cosy and fun. 

The Double Dark Moon sleeping bag is $67.00 and theSingle Dark Moon sleeping bag is $37.00

 

The next three products that we use all year round are our: Windbreaks, Picnic Rugs and our Fold Out Tables.

 

One of our favourite windbreakers that we do is our Beach Compact 4 Pole.

We especially love this design as it makes us feel like we're at the beach, even if we're really hundreds of miles away. There are endless uses for our windbreakers during the colder months. For kids, they're great as a den making support, and for adults we love using them as a wind protector for when we're having late night campfires. 

 The Beach 4 Pole Compact Windbreak (Steel Poles) Windbreaks Camping & Beach Windbreak

The Beach Compact 4 Pole windbreak is just $53.00.

 

Whilst we're out in our gardens, a Picnic Rug is definitely an essential. It keeps the damp away whilst sitting out and it adds a bit of cosiness to our pop tents, as a makeshift carpet.

We especially love it in this pink colour as it's so bright and fun. 

Matio Picnic Rug Strawberry Print Regatta

The Matio Picnic Rug in the Strawberry Print is just $23.00.

 

The final product we are going to mention today is our Folding Map Table. Even though we are stopping here, we really believe that you can find a use for any OLPRO product in your garden or house, all year round. 

 

The Map Table is great as it folds up, so it's perfect for storage when you're not using it. The table has extendable legs with two height settings. It's both lightweight and convenient.

World Map Folding Games Table Black Silver Furniture OLPRO

We love using our map table for games nights out in the garden, and for eating our campfire treats on. 

The World Map Folding Games Table in Black is just $61.00.

 

We hope that you've learnt something from this blog and that it's given you some home-spiration ideas for ways that you can use your OLPRO products even in the colder months!

 

 

Reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn

Reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn

There are so many reasons to enjoy the outdoors this Autumn, from the golden glow of your surroundings to the starry nights and frosty mornings. Here’s just some of our favourite reasons:

Spectacular sunsets

The days get shorter a lot more quickly during the Autumn and the sun starts to hover a lot more lower in the sky. It’s during this season that evenings become a lot more crisp which helps to create some spectacular sunsets. A roadtrip in a campervan is made all the more exciting when travelling to the sight of a glowing sunset.

Bustling wildlife...

Autumn is a hive of wildlife activity, from squirrels running freely to birds migrating in impressive numbers. If you’re a keen lover of wildlife activity then you really can’t beat camping during the Autumn. If you really want to get in amongst the wildlife then it might be worth preparing your wellie boots, your binoculars and setting a route that’s off the beaten track.

But fewer insect bites!

Eurgh, we all hate that moment when we know we’ve been bitten by an insect. Fortunately, as the weather gets colder, you can expect to see less of the annoying flying insects.

Smaller crowds

Obviously, as a result of the COVID pandemic, we’re living in times where it’s best to avoid crowds of people you haven’t met before. So camping during the Autumn is an ideal time to avoid those bustling summer crowds and instead enjoy the tranquillity of a quieter campsite. It’s during the Autumn months that you’ll be more likely to hear the birds chirping, the leaves rustling or maybe just beautiful sound of silence.

 

Enjoy the midday warmth in beautiful surroundings

During Autumn, you can still enjoy those warmer days but without the unbearably hot and uncomfortable nights that you sometimes get during Summer. While the Autumn nights can become chilly, it does give you the perfect excuse to get the campfire going and to search the cupboards for those marshmallows you’ve been saving.

Opportunity to use pretty lighting on your set up

The darker evenings means more opportunity to get settled in for the evening with a lovely lighting set up. For many, this is also an opportunity to get out the Christmas fairy lights and check that they’re all still working before they go on the Christmas tree later in the year… exciting times!

 

 

 

 

Safest English campsites for post-lockdown

Safest English campsites for post-lockdown

Gearing up for the road-trip season, Scottish car leasing comparison site, LeaseFetcher, have published a list of the top 10 ‘safest’ locations in England and their​ best-rated campsites and campervan parks​.

With data from the UK Government (COVID-19 infections), the ONS (population data) and Google Locations (Campgrounds), LeaseFetcher has built a nifty table where keen road trippers can sort destinations and campgrounds by things such as opening date; Google rating; COVID-19 infection rates; if toilet facilities are open, and distance to nearest shop or petrol station.

The table can be found on the LeaseFetcher website here. ​

Top 10 ‘safest’ English destinations are as follows:
1. Rutland
2. Cornwall
3. Dorset
4. Devon
5. North East Lincolnshire
6. Wiltshire
7. Bath & North Somerset
8. Somerset
9. East Sussex
10. Knowsley

Will Craig, Founder of LeaseFetcher, said: “Nothing beats a good road trip, and especially not now when we’re trying to slowly phase back normal life whilst trying to keep Coronavirus at bay. When you travel in your own vehicle, adhere to regional guidelines and sleep under the stars you’re about as safe as if you were to stay on your couch at home”​.

“There are only so many home improvements one can do and only so many loaves of banana bread one can bake, so it’s great news that the country is once again opening up for tourism!”​

At a time when the tourism industry is just beginning to open up again, and with the strict health and safety guidelines, drivers should expect this year’s road trip to be a little different. Pitches will need to be booked in advance and campgrounds will likely have rules and regulations on how many campers can use facilities, check-in at once and whether you’re allowed to stay as a group of friends or only with your household.

The "safe" locations on the list are deemed so since they have a low number of cases - and they certainly want to keep it that way! Opening up the tourism industry again comes with risks, so it’s important that all holidaymakers
take measures to keep themselves and others safe.

Reasons to camp in the garden this Spring

Reasons to camp in the garden this Spring

Now more than ever, it’s incredibly important to look after yourself. Camping in the garden can be the perfect way for you to enjoy the outdoors while also maintaining your self-isolation and social distancing. As we’re supporting this Spring’s ‘Great Garden Inside or Outside Camp’, we’ve put together some reasons why your next holiday location is in fact in your own back garden.
 
Clean air
Right now, there’s nothing people are craving more than the clean air of the outdoors. Just one night out in the garden can help to fill up your lungs with oxygen, which can do a world of good for your physical and mental well-being at a time when self-isolation is so prominent.

A peaceful break from the TV screen
Let’s be honest, there’s only so much Netflix you can watch right? Camping in your garden can be the perfect opportunity to switch yourself off from the stressful situation that we’ve found ourselves in. Whether it’s giving yourself a break from the TV, social media or all electronics for one night only, camping in the garden can be a peaceful way of getting away from it all.

See the starry sky
You’ve always had access to one of the greatest views possible, but might not have always had the time to take a look in our busy day-to-day lives. If you can pick a night to go camping in the garden make sure it’s one where there are no clouds in the sky, we promise it’ll be worth it.

It’s cheaper than ever to camp in the garden (especially with Loan & Go)
You might be used to many aspects of your life becoming more and more expensive, but camping is the opposite! With our recently launched rental service, you can now loan products from OLPRO’s award winning range for as little as $53.00 over the course of 3 days, which is so much cheaper than buying one and having to store it in the garage all year round. Not only that, imagine the amount of money you’ll be saving on hotel rooms, booked flights and even petrol money… hmmm, we’re starting to think that camping in the garden is the future!

So, why not be a part of a HUGE community event...
The OLPRO team are helping to promote ‘The Great Garden Inside or Outside Camp’, taking place on 10th, 11th and 12th April 2020. The group was started to help give people a positive activity to look forward to, just like a normal holiday amidst all the chaos and uncertainty that we find ourselves in today.

W
e’re sure that the event will help people to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment and will help to lift people’s spirits. To view the event on facebook, visit the group page here.
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