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  • Get The Camping Gear You Need This Summer

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    The heat of the summer and the long days mean this is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderful world of camping.

    Camping holidays are the ideal way to get in touch with nature, try something new and live a little differently this summer.

    To help you enjoy a camping holiday to the fullest, Poundstretcher offers a wide range of camping accessories that can help you have the best time while in the great outdoors this year.

     

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    There are a few bits and pieces that no camping holiday is complete without. We have Jilong airbeds for you to choose from. With a light design and being really easy to inflate, we have single and double versions at incredibly low prices. This will help you get a good night’s sleep wherever you are!

    And if you have a camping holiday in the offing, you’re naturally hoping for some pleasant weather. If the heat gets up, be sure to get hold of a few of our retro bottles and straws, as well as our 2 packs of ice blocks.

     

    Tasty Camping Treats

    You can also enjoy some tasty treats while out in nature this summer thanks to Poundstretcher.You can find all manner of delicious food and drinks in our stores. Whether you’re looking for snacks and crisps, tasty drinks, or cereals for those beautiful mornings you get while camping, there’s plenty to choose from.

    We also have cans and tins that are particularly easy to enjoy while camping, while our pasta, rice and noodles range is also excellent, so you can have all the provisions you need for your trip.

     

    Camping Essentials

    One reason people may avoid camping is that feeling of being without all your normal home essentials. That’s the thrill for many people, but others just don’t like that thought!

    If you have a camping holiday coming up and are feeling a little trepidation on this front, Poundstretcher has a strong range of camping essentials and must-haves that will help you feel comfortable.

    You can pick up toilet roll, kitchen roll and tissue at excellent prices, helping to put your mind at ease and fully enjoy your holiday in true comfort.

    Be sure to take a look through our summer fun range too, while we also have a great selection of clothing and footwear for you to refresh your wardrobe before your holiday.

    To find yours, simply use our Store Finder tool and start planning your visit. A trip to your nearest Poundstretcher before your camping holiday should definitely be on your to-do list, so don’t miss out this summer.

    Also, be sure to check out our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for competitions, amazing deals, and all kinds of fun!

  • HOW TO stock up on Summer Holiday Essentials FOR LESS!

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    School's out, the heat is all anybody can talk about and an ever-growing sea of angry-looking sunburn has infiltrated the general public.

    Yes, this can only mean one thing –  Summer is FINALLY HERE!

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    Whether you're jetting off to a luxurious holiday resort full of exotic beaches, luscious outdoor swimming pools and food that is near-impossible to pronounce OR you’re touring the Great British countryside, we at Poundstretcher have come up with some AMAZING deals on holiday essentials at our very own Holiday Shop!

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    So, camping or cruising, sunbathing or site-seeing, skiing or ‘spa’ing- get on down to Poundstretcher and start saving your money for the really important stuff! Like a family trip to the local water park. Or an extra treatment at that relaxing beach-side spa!

    Snacks For the Journey!

    Wherever you’re travelling to- especially with children- it’s always good to have a supply of nibbles and snacks.

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    If you get stuck in traffic or your flight gets delayed, we have a massive selection of confectionary, biscuits, crisps and sweets on offer for the whole family to get their teeth into, as well as branded juices and fizzy drinks!

    Get your kids 'Sunshine Ready' for less than £10!

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    We all know how challenging it can be keeping your children protected from the summer sun- especially when the last thing on their minds when they're running around on the beach is getting sunburnt! But we have the solution!

    Fun in the Sun!

    With our extensive range of licensed flip flops, caps and sunglasses with a variety of their favourite Disney Princesses…

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    ... or cool comic book superheroes…

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    ...you’ll have no problem keeping their heads, eyes and feet safe from the heat! With many more characters to choose from, your child will be able to pick their favourite!

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    And with our Malibu Kids sun-cream SPF50 at only £1.49 a bottle, you can fully protect your kids so they can enjoy the sun all day long!

    Cause a SPLASH at Swimming Sessions!

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    Get your little ones paddling around the pool with our inflatable range! With cheeky sea animal swim rings, summery-coloured armbands and cute octopus mini-mats, they can get used to the water in a fun and interactive way. And at less than £3 each, they can ‘just keep swimming’ all holiday!

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    With all these amazing deals on kids' wear, you can give your child everything they need to enjoy the sun safely, all for less than £10!

    And for the adults, it's time to relax...

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    You can end up spending an infinite amount of money on expensive summer sandals and branded sunglasses.

    But it's time to RELAX!

    If you’re looking for holiday fashion without the huge price tag, look no further than Poundstretcher!

    Fashion for less!

    We have a gorgeous selection of stylish yet comfortable Ladies' sandals in four luscious colours at a jaw-dropping £1.99 each!

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    As well as these, we have a brand new range of Foster Grants sunglasses for both men and women at only £1.49 each. With a hugely varied number of styles, you can find the ones to suit you!

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    And this year we’ve got an even bigger range of stylish, yet practical luggage in various sizes and at 'zipping' good prices!

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    Essential holiday toiletries can end up costing a small fortune so, why not check out Poundstretcher’s BIG BRANDS with even BIGGER DISCOUNTS on Malibu sun-care, skincare, haircare, deodorants and wash products perfect for packing in your suitcase!

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    With our huge selection of holiday products, you’ll be able to get ready for your summer away without 'tanning' your holiday budget!

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    For more great deals and offers, get down to your local Poundstretcher to check out our Holiday Shop and get SAVING!

    BIG SUMMER BLOW OUT

    Whatever you're getting up to this summer, from all of us at Poundstretcher, we hope you enjoy your Big Summer Blowout!

  • Top Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

    Top Tips For Travelling With Your Dog

    Summer holiday season is officially round the corner!

    You’re all set for travelling: the case is packed, the kids are covered in sunscreen, and your better half is trying to update the sat nav for the journey.

    Then you spot that face and those big eyes full of love.

    It’s never easy leaving your pet at home but it’s even worse when you know you have a week of sun, sea, and sand while they’re in kennels waiting for their human to come home.

    So why not take your critter with you? 
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    Hundreds of Brits every year take their pets on holiday, with dogs being the most popular holiday companion of choice.

    If Fido doesn’t find the car scary, hasn’t been unwell recently, and is (relatively) well behaved then there are plenty of dog-friendly hotels and self-catering holiday cottages in the UK and abroad.

    It’s important to be sensible about your pet when you’re on holiday.
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    After all, if you’re going to somewhere like Disneyland, it’s probably not a good idea that your pooch comes with you just to be cooped up in a hotel room.

    If you’re going to be off on dog-free adventures all day, it’s much better to leave your dog with a friend or family member they trust.

    Pack all their essentials like their favourite toys and treats so they don’t get homesick.

    And if you’re worried about them missing you, sleep with a throw or blanket for a few days to give your dog so your scent can comfort them while you’re away.

    So you’ve got your dog friendly holiday destination sorted, what else do you need?
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    Planning your journey is essential when travelling with your pet. It’s far easier to go exploring if you’ve got the kids and your dog too if you stay in the UK rather than go abroad.

    Which means chances are you’re likely to be driving.

    Remember to check the weather before you book and plan your journey. Cars become incredibly hot quickly which can cause heat stroke that could turn deadly for your dog, so pick a day with a fairly cool temperature to set off. Plan the quickest and safest journey where you can take regular breaks to stretch your beloved pup’s paws and give them the chance to respond to nature’s call.

    It’s so important to keep your dog safe while travelling in the car.
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    Yours, your family’s and your dog’s safety can be at stake if your beloved woofer isn’t properly seated in the car. If you need to stop quickly to avoid an accident or if your dog decides to move in to the driver’s seat, your journey could prove to be fatal.

    A dog crate is a fantastic way to travel with your canine companion. If you’ve used a crate during puppy training then you’re off to a good start because your dog already feels safe inside it and knows that it is their space.

    Don’t worry if your pet is new to crates and do not feel bad about using one either!

    It’s natural to feel a bit guilty about crating your dog, however if you start off using it indoors as a safe space where your dog can relax then they actually enjoy being in their little den.

    In the months leading up to your holiday, put their favourite treats, cushion, and dog bed  inside to make your dog feel positive about the crate if it’s all new. They'll eventually view travelling in the car as relaxing and fun!

    If there’s too much hate for the crate, another alternative is a doggy safety harness. It acts as a seat belt to keep your pet from flinging forward in an accident and to stop them from escaping to the driver’s area.

    You’ve finally reached your destination after multiple toilet stops, u-turns, and arguments with the sat nav. So what else do you need to keep in mind?
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    Pay attention to signs in case they say any beaches or parks are dog-free zones and if there’s any dogs without a lead that are behaving badly.

    When you’re travelling and in a new place that you don’t know very well, you have to remember that this is not the same as walking your dog back home in their familiar territory.

    There may be people around who are frightened of dogs who might think that your dog’s happy barking and jumping about is actually a sign of aggression. Unless you’re in a dog park, keep your dog on the lead. Even the best behaved dogs struggle to contain their excitement sometimes and can get a bit hyper!

    Your dog will be massively overwhelmed by all the new sights and smells to experience when you're travelling, so it’s vital that you brush up on teaching them the basics of training like sit, stay, and recall to keep them from becoming uncontrollable while excited.

    But finally the most important tip we can give you is: Keep the water flowing to make sure your dog is hydrated throughout your trip.
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    A travel bowl and a water bottle will let you keep the liquids up but also remember to keep an eye on temperatures if you’re out and about. Dogs should always have access to a shaded area where they can have a break from playing Frisbee and exploring.

    Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your amazing holiday adventures!

    For more pet tips, visit our friends at the PDSA for more here.

    Want to have natter with us? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to have a chinwag!

    Find your nearest Poundstretcher and Pet Hut here to get incredible offers on all your pet essentials.

  • The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

    The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

    It’s almost a month until it’s officially Summer time and you know what that means.

    Yes, it’s music festival season!

    Like any good festival goer you’re likely to be thinking ahead about what to stuff in to your rucksack, which musical guitar gods you simply must see, and who will be the designated driver on this 4 hour pilgrimage to mud, music, and mayhem.

    Or maybe you’re a first timer dipping your wellies in to the world of face-melting guitar riffs, mosh pits, glow sticks, and porta potties hosting their own tiny civilisations.

    It’s not all sunshine and rainbows when  you’re camped out in the middle of nowhere with thousands of hardcore music fans all trying to elbow their way to the main stage front row.

    So we figured we’d give you some hints and tips on how to survive a music festival for both seasoned pros and newbies!

    1. Travel light

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    People come from far and wide to festivals across the UK. So chances are you’re one of those people who will have quite a trek to make. You need enough room in the car for your friends and you don’t want to be lugging everything else including the kitchen sink across a field! Make your outfit versatile. For the ladies a pair of leggings or denim shorts and interchangeable tops is a fab lightweight option that’s comfy and easy to carry. Lads, a pair of shorts and a graphic printed tee will keep you cool in the heat while a button up shirt can go over this combo if you need an extra layer. The perfect accessory for both men and women for a festival? The humble hoody! Save space and ditch your pillow in favour of putting your clothes inside its case!

    1. Bring snacks 

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    Festival food is expensive and we’re on a budget here! So stock up on snacks for being on the go like cereal bars and crisps to keep your strength up when you’re playing air guitar in the mud pit! Keep drinks like Capri-Sun handy for a juice fix and Coca-Cola for when you need a sugar boost mid way through the festival excitement.

    1. Set your soundtrack

    Create a playlist for the journey of the bands that are playing throughout the weekend. There’s bound to be some you’re not familiar with and you might just find a new festival favourite from your mix tape!

    1. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

    The worst thing you can do at a festival is not drink water. Alcohol dehydrates you quickly and you can’t spend the entire weekend living on sugary drinks. Hydrating is a must and a good bottle of water will keep you energised for longer so you can elbow your way to the main stage!

    1. Everybody’s free to wear sunscreen

    Trust me on the sunscreen. Even if it looks a bit cloudy, you’re going to be exposed to UV rays for roughly 72 hours or more. Pack a strong SPF sun lotion and after sun to avoid looking like a boiled lobster with dodgy tan lines!

    1. Baby wipes

    Say hello to your festival BFF! You’re going to have no access to a proper shower for the weekend which means wet wipes are like currency at a festival. Say goodbye to panda eyes, makeup and mud!

    1. Make a plan 

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    Festivals are HUGE. Getting lost is incredibly easy so always plan a checkpoint for you all to head to if you get separated. The phone charging tent will be too rammed and you might not have a signal or a travel phone charger so chances are your phone will run out of power. It’s time to go back to the era before mobile phones ladies and gentlemen, let’s get through this as smoothly as possible.

    1. Most importantly, bring a sense of humour!

    You’re going to be in a field with your mates and thousands of strangers so you’re going to see some amazing fancy dress (there’s always a Where’s Wally group), epic mud slides, hilarious dancing and some incredible bands rocking out! Festivals are fun, tiring and kind of tough but your group will make it through together!

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    Want to scrub up well after your festival fun? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages to enter our luxury hamper giveaway! It’s filled with al your favourite smellies like body wash, shower gel, shampoos and more!

    Want to top up your festival kit? You can find your nearest Poundstretcher here!

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