What better way to celebrate the sunshine making an appearance than to spend an odd evening in the garden, walking in the countryside, or visiting rural pubs with friends and family.

This year it’s predicted that more Brits than ever will stay here in the UK and have a staycation rather than a vacation, which means there will be plenty of camping, back garden BBQ’s, drive-in movies in the park, and much more to enjoy throughout the summer of 2019.

If you are planning a staycation, here are a few gadgets for you to play with.

Decathlon Quechua Air Seconds 4.1 XI Fresh & Black Family Tent

This tent for 4 people makes pitching easy due to its inflatable assembly so more time can be spent enjoying the activities on offer with the family. Simply use the pump to inflate the all in one structure complete with pre-assembled bedroom and living space.

The tent comes with Fresh & Black technology drawing heat away and blocking light from entering, which keeps the tent cool particularly on a warmer night.

This tent is also able to withstand winds up to 60mph and comes with a bathtub ground sheet (ground sheet that can be raised at the edges to block water) to make sure campers are sheltered no matter what the weather throws at them.

Priced at £249.99, available from www.decathlon.co.uk


A Welsh designer is leading the BBQ revolution this summer with his latest product created to cook everything from prawns to pizza. 

Dubbed ‘the Dyson of the barbecue’ by media, feted inventor John Tomalin-Reeves has spent the past three years creating and designing his latest product, the ZIGZAG, which is set to revolutionise outdoor eating. 

The ZIGZAG is a portable outdoor oven, which cooks everything from sea bass to margherita whether you’re in the garden or on the beach!

Priced from £395 – £845, available from www.zig-zag.co  

Mini Projector
BenQ Wireless GV1 Mini Projector

The BenQ GV1 Portable LED Projector is a handy wireless projection gadget for binge-watching enthusiasts, allowing users to cut the cord and enjoy big-picture entertainment in any setting.

Compact and lightweight, the battery-operated GV1 streams movies, social media, videos and music via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or USB-C ™ without hassle. The GV1 also supports wireless projections like Airplay and Google Cast, meaning you can switch from a 6.5” mobile screen to a 60” big screen in an instant.

Priced at £329 + VAT, available from www.amazon.com

Dash Cam
Aldi Next Base 212 Dashboard Camera

Whether you’re cruising along the Cornish coast or exploring the vast lakes in the Lake District, you can look back on precious memories while feeling confident in the family’s safety with the Nextbase 212 Dashboard Camera that allows you to record and download videos that you can watch back with the whole family. 

You can also use it to record real-time speed, routes and action, capture incredible events or record evidence to support you following a road incident.

Priced at £49.99, available from www.aldi.co.uk

Garden Lighting
ThumbsUp Solar Powered Fairy Jars

Create the perfect soft mood with these twinkling, solar powered, Fairy Jars! These mystical lights are contained in a cute and colourful glass jar that comes complete with its own carry handle. Perfect for indoor or outdoor use and no are batteries needed. The automatic light sensor turns lights on & off and a self-charging battery lasts up to 6 hours.

Priced at £14.99, available from www.thumbsup.com

Language Translator

Pocketalk™, the portable, AI-powered instant voice translation device, is coming to the UK to empower travellers to converse quickly and easily with people in a multitude of languages.

With the ability to translate 74 different languages bidirectionally, Pocketalk™ makes it easy for users to understand others and be understood by others. The Global SIM embedded, “Built-in Data” model is available with two years of all-you-can-use mobile data coverage in 128 countries and regions.

Priced at £259, available from www.amazon.co.uk