THE SUMMER holidays saw many Britons head to the great British outdoors and enjoy a camping holiday. With summer now over, camping equipment will be stored away until next year. But how should campers clean, pack and store their camping gears to keep them in top shape for another holiday?
Euro 2020 final pre-party gets underway on Wembley Way
Victory would mark the men’s football team’s first major tournament win since the 1966 World Cup success. And ahead of the nail-biting match, England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display.
Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game.
People were clearly in party mode ahead of kick-off at 8pm.
Rowdy Three Lions supporters even climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds as anticipation mounts in the run-up to the match.
With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd.
England fans are going wild ahead of tonight’s bid for Euro 2020 glory (Image: PA)
England fans across the country have been putting on an excited display (Image: PA)
Huge crowds donning England football shirts and flags gathered outside Wembley Stadium hours before the game (Image: PA)
The British Beer & Pub Association predicts football fans will buy an incredible 7.1 million pints on Sunday.
People started lining up outside the 229 music venue in central London just before 12pm to attend an impromptu gig by The Lightning Seeds which will include a performance of the Three Lions football anthem.
Comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner will reunite with the band to perform their 1996 hit in front of a crowd of 200.
Kate Genery, 35, from Tunbridge Wells, Kent, said: “I’m feeling very pumped for the whole tournament. I’m riding on that wave.
One England supporter climbs on top of a car (Image: PA)
A Twitter user shared a video showing a red flare set off at Victoria Station as chanting could be heard in the background (Image: TWITTER/@jess_caterson)
Resident Jordan Branfield told Coventry Live: “It’s been 55 years since they got this far and after the last 18 months we’ve had we wanted to show some community spirit.
“We’ve already put bunting and banners up on around 15 houses, the whole way down the road, and around the corner too.”
And a football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg.
Lewis Holden, 26, from Oldham, had the declaration permanently inked on his skin on Thursday.
In Coventry, a street has been plastered in England flag bunting ahead of the big game. (Image: COVENTRY LIVE)
A football-mad dad has had “Euro 2020 England winners” tattooed on his right leg (Image: SWNS)
The tattoo also says “It’s Coming Home” in huge letters, along with a picture of a trophy.
The final – which is expected to attract a record television audience – is due to kick off at 8pm and will finish by 10pm if it ends in normal time, but could end closer to 11pm if there is extra time or a penalty shootout.
The Metropolitan Police has urged fans not to come to London unless they have match tickets or somewhere booked to watch the game.
The force said it will be deploying “a great many officers and specialist units to prevent crime and disorder and respond to any incidents right across London”.
With the game at home, fans of England are expected to outnumber those cheering for Italy among the 60,000-strong crowd (Image: PA)
Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate thanked fans for their “incredible support” throughout the tournament, which has seen England reach their first major final in more than half a century.
Captain Harry Kane said the team hope to do the nation proud when they take to the pitch.
Good luck messages have been sent by the Queen, Prince William, Boris Johnson and even Hollywood star Tom Cruise.
The woman shared her thoughts on the Aldi UK Shoppers Facebook group, which has almost 170,000 members. She wrote: “Why do people that use Aldi not understand you don’t pack a trolley full of food into your bags at the till! That is the whole point! Annoying…very annoying.”
The post provoked hundreds of fellow shoppers to share their opinion, with more than 800 responding before admin turned commenting off, NorthWalesLive reports.
One user said: “I agree. I used to do this pre-pandemic but my store stopped us doing it last year. I now pack straight into my car.”
Another echoed: “Aldi is all about speed …. That is why there is a packing bench … yes very annoying.”
UK holidays have been back on since April 12, with even more opportunities for travels with those outside of your household from May 17. With international travel restrictions ongoing, many Britons may be considering switching their typical overseas holiday for something closer to home.
As TV host Shane Richie points out in Channel 5’s Caravanning with Shane Richie, the traditional caravan holiday has changed massively in recent years.
Many holiday parks now offer luxury options, such as the “Rockstar” caravan he stays in on this week’s episode at an Isle of Wight caravan park.
However, even with the new modern options, there are still some essentials holidaymakers should be sure to pack.
He revealed there are some simple items Britons should never forget, as well as some new suitcase additions one might not typically pack for a British summer holiday.
Making sure you are prepared for late-night outdoor journeys is also important.
“Sometimes the amenities can be a bit of a walk,” he continued.
“If you’re going to the ballroom or you’re going swimming and it gets dark very quickly there’s not a lot of light around where the caravans are situated, so you might need a headlamp.
“Now, I know you think you don’t need that torch well I have one anyway.”
For those who don’t have a headlamp to hand, there is another option which the majority of people will have in their back pocket.
“Make make sure your phone’s charged,” advised Shane.
“Because you can always use the torch on your phone.”
Thanks to the boost many holiday providers have given their UK parks, there are some new essentials you might normally only pack when heading to warmer climates.
He pointed out: “I’ve got a hot tub and what do I need for the hot tub?
“I got my shorts for the hot tub.”
Even holidaymakers who don’t have an onsite hot tub might still want to consider popping swimwear into their suitcase.
“It’s always worth bringing your swimming costume anyway because there’s often a swimming pool on-site, but most holiday parks have also started offering hot tub holiday options,” added Shane.
Other new amenities caravan stays are increasingly offering include multiple televisions in the holiday homes, as well as an array of kitchen amenities such as dishwashers and fridges stocked with complimentary beverages.