Scrubba Wash Bag

In practice, I was pleasantly surprised – after drying, my towel had lost its toothpaste stains, and no longer smelt like a recently deceased rodent. The water that rinsed away was suitably post-wash colour, as if to prove it had worked, and the bag itself didn’t leak. Portable washboard win! I started off thinking the Scrubba was a bit gimmicky, but I’m a convert – it’s now going into the permanent camping accoutrements collection.

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Aquapac – TrailProof Duffel

At £45 for the duffel bag this presents great value for money, particularly when compared with some of the pricier similar bags available. And on reflection, as I write this, the lack of zip on the duffel means that there is less to go wrong with this bag and so I can imagine it lasting a long time. They do also come with a full 5 year warranty. Overall, we are very pleased with both of these bags and would recommend them – with a check on the capacity first.

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Goal Zero – Rock Out Speaker

At a similar size to a Pot Noodle, the Rock Out Speaker is a bit of a strange looking thing. It’s been styled in a spacer fabric and mesh so that it’s reminiscent of a sporty backpack crossed with a 1980’s HiFi speaker grille. And despite the fact that it looks soft and squishy it isn’t. It’s comprised of a hard box covered in a thin layer of protective foam (to absorb impacts) in order that the 2 x 40mm speakers can conjour up a sound that is remarkably clear, loud and of decent quality.

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Monster Factory – Doghouse Tent

I’d been at home all day and yet the pile of laundry hadn’t been ironed, the floors hadn’t been hoovered and the washing-up fairy hadn’t paid a visit. The Wife was due home in a few minutes, I knew I’d be in the doghouse and that gave me inspiration. There was only one thing for it – a distraction technique was needed and I had just the thing.

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