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.
The Witley 8 Piece Melamine Set is just €19.00.
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 €55.00.
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.
We love using these sleeping bags whilst camping in our pop tent, as they make it so cosy and fun.
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 Compact 4 Pole windbreak is just €39.00.
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.
The Matio Picnic Rug in the Strawberry Print is just €17.00.
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.
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 €45.00.
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!
- Florence Love
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Simple Camping Recipes
Cooking whilst camping can be challenging, so it's best to have a few recipes that you can count on being easy and trustworthy. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert and Drinks.
The Key Rules to Wild Camping
Wild camping is sleeping outdoors pretty much anywhere other than a campsite. This can be done in a tent and is ideally done quite far away from any roads or buildings.
It's the perfect way to escape from the stresses of everyday life whilst also exploring the wonderful scenery of this world.
However, there are some rules that you have to follow if you are to have a successful and safe trip. Here are the ones that we feel you should be aware of:
- Firstly, you have to follow the Outdoor Access Code. You have to make sure that you leave no traceof where you have camped and also make sure that you don’t disturb other people or wildlifewhilst you’re there. Also make sure that you don’t dig ditches, trample on plants or move rocks.
- Secondly, know where you’re going. It’s not as simple to just pick up your tent and head off- wild camping is allowed in most of Scotland (some restrictions apply near Loch Lomond) and on Dartmoor in Devon, but currently it is technicallyillegal elsewhere in England and Wales without the landowner’s consent.Consequently, if you want to travel to areas like the Lake District, responsible wild camping in certain places on higher ground istolerated.
- Another tip to know about is that you should pitch your tent up as late at night as possible and then pack up again as early as you can the next day.
- You shouldn’t stay in the same place for any longer than a night or two.
- You should also pay attention to ‘no camping’ signs, you should keep it to a small group and also look for a site that is flat andsheltered from the wind.
- You should always stay well clear of pitching up in fieldsthat have crops or grazing livestockinside.
- When people pack to go camping they often pack a lot of luxury items, however, you really only need atent, a sleeping bag, a sleeping mat, some kind of cooking gear, food, a water bottle, a torch, your smartphone and a rucksack. Anything else is just a luxury.
- It’s always a bonus if you can choose a tent with a colour that blends well with the scenery. If you check out our shop you will be able to find lots of different tents that do this perfectly- maybe try having a look at our Pioneer tent in particular.
- You should also try to avoid lighting a fire, even if you can tell that other people have done so. The landowner may find this extremely disrespectful so it’s best to just stick to your camping stove and put more layers on if you're cold.
- It is important to leave the site as you found it. As well as packing up your own litter, try taking away any you came across whilst you were there too.
- Finally, before heading off, you should always let someone know roughly where you will be and when you’re expected to be back.
Happy camping everyone!
Your guide to camping throughout the year
Weather Conditions – Preparation really is key to overcoming any of the challenges posed by the trickier weather conditions. A tent and awning that is pitched properly should be able to stand up to most weather conditions, although this does not mean that they will withstand a storm, so make sure you keep an eye on weather forecasts when necessary.
What gear to take – Big woolly clothing and hot water bottles will definitely help to keep you safe from the chilly weather. A tent carpet will also help to protect you from the harsh cold ground. Taking waterproof clothing and footwear will save you from the trouble of having to sit in cold, wet clothing throughout the day.
Take plenty of lighting with you – Taking a strong torch and lantern with you will help to keep everything visible during the longer nights of winter. Some campsites will also provide you with an electrical power supply, so it’s worth considering your options before your travels. Don’t forget to take plenty of spare batteries with you just in case.
Pitch smartly – Make sure to pitch in the shelter of a building if possible, as this will help to protect you from the chilly winds. A well-placed windbreak will also help you to combat the wind and leave less of it crashing against the canvas of your tent bedroom. You should avoid pitching next to any open water as this may lead to condensation problems and avoid pitching at the bottom of any slopes to avoid the possibility of small flooding.
Factor in the nearby entertainment – The nights get darker a lot earlier during those Winter months, so it’s worth investigating whether your campsite has any nearby entertainment that you can rely upon during the long evenings. A nearby restaurant or pub can really help to warm you up for example, and gives you a perfect excuse to let someone else cook for you for a change. The nearer by these points of interest are, the better.
Take the right bedding with you - Make sure you purchase and pack your four-season sleeping bags and take any duvets and blankets from home. A sleeping bag with liner will help to improve the bag’s warmth significantly. Sleeping on a thick self-inflating mat will also help, as the air inside of an airbed is more likely to get cold more quickly. Also, don’t be tempted to have a hot drink before going to sleep, as you might have to wake up during the cold dead of night to go to the loo!
Build yourself a campfire – You can’t beat the feeling of sitting around a campfire with friends and family during a dark night, but of course this is only possible if it’s allowed within the rules of your campsite, so make sure you check first! The best way to build a strong campfire is to build it up gradually, adding larger logs in stages - but be careful not to build it too high, and be careful of wind direction as you may get smoke in your tent which will cause damage.