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Show Season

Where to find Outhaus products in the coming show calendar. As usual, Outhaus will be travelling the country to exhibit our great products at various events throughout the year. Read on to find out where and visit often to check for updates.   16th – 19th February 2017 The Outdoor Adventure & Camping Show – Excel London…

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Four Down to Earth Survival Skills to Learn This Year

Flicking through the channels on the TV, there appears to be an abundance of wilderness survival programmes on the schedule these days. Whilst the skills the experts teach us are spot-on, in reality you have to think, how many times will I actually be in a position where I need to lick a frog? Extreme survival is one thing, but what would you do if you got lost whilst out on a hike, or your car broke down on the edge of a forest in the middle of nowhere? Your phone isn’t giving you a signal or the battery has died. What you need in these circumstances are basic, down to earth survival skills, which are precisely what we’re going to look at here.

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A Route to Camping in the Wild (Well, Nearly!)

Are you into camping and spending quality time outdoors, but feel a bit frustrated with the way it has become over-commercialised? Maybe the outdoor life has become a bit too fashionable, what do you think? Perhaps there’s been so much hype around spending time in nature that the great outdoors has become just a bit too much of a convenience? If you, like us, appreciate the true beauty of spending time outdoors, but you prefer it with just a handful of creature comforts and basic services, you are probably wondering where you can pitch your tent without getting into trouble. Well, here’s the solution!

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Events, Experiences and Skills Training: It’s a Wonderful 4×4 Life!

The stunning scenery, the wildlife, the thrill of the obstacles, and the mud. It can only be 4x4ing, and whether you’re a shiny new beginner, or a hard core stalwart, you should consider yourself blessed living in the UK, because there is so much to feed your pleasure. From tours and events to training courses, here we take a look at some of the must-adds for your 4×4 bucket list in 2017.

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Five Good Reasons Why You Should be Spending More Time Outdoors in 2017

Ah Christmas, the indoor season. Sitting by the fireside, indulging in all that divine food and family time. It’s the most wonderful time of the year for sure. But should we really be spending so much time indoors? OK maybe during the festive season, but what about the rest of the year – is there or isn’t there good reason to be getting ourselves into the great outdoors? Oh yes indeedy there is… check out these five reasons why you should be making 2017 the year you get yourself and the family out and enjoying what nature has gifted us.

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Sky Lights: Nature’s Gifts of Beauty and Prophecy

What’s the one thing we are sure to comment upon and focus our gaze on without fail on a daily basis? Of course, it’s the sky. That marvellous expanse of ever-changing colour, shape and patterned display that greets us every morning and bids us goodnight every bedtime. The sky can tell us lots of things, including what the weather is going to be like, and when’s the best time to go fishing.

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Cold Weather Camping: A Cool Winter Adventure

As much as we love the summer, it has to come to an end, like all good things. But just because the sun’s gone in doesn’t mean you have to throw camping over to the side line. In fact, cold weather camping has much to offer! Camping in the winter can be exhilarating, but you do need to know what you are doing. After all, you don’t want the frost to bite, and you’ll want to get the most enjoyment possible out of your cold weather escapade. So here we go with a few winter camping hacks to help you do just that.

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep – in a Tent

Camping and backpacking are superb experiences, and when we’re out and about we need a great deal of energy to fuel the pursuits that fill our waking hours. So a good night’s sleep is imperative: you want to feel fresh and ready for the day that lies ahead after all. But sleeping soundly is not always as straightforward as it may seem when you’re out in nature. So if you’re preparing for a few nights under canvas, check out these pointers aimed at enhancing the quality of your slumber time.

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Once Bitten, Twice… The Wiser: How to Achieve an Itch-Free Summer

Those pesky mosquitoes and biting flies are at it again. It’s not nice having to itch your way through the summer, especially when you’re out and about and should be enjoying those balmy nights under the stars, and long hot days by the waterside. Whilst there are actually genetic powers in force that can influence our susceptibility to insect bites, there are certainly things we can do, eat and wear in an attempt to ward off those gnashing, blood sucking winged beasts.

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The Great British Summer Outdoor Survival Guide

For those of you who love the outdoors so much you can’t resist getting out there despite what the weather is doing – or even to spite it – we’ve put together a couple of mini survival guides. So if you’re looking to avoid getting wet when caught out camping in the rain, or you want to know how to get through festival season and come out the other side with no regrets about what you should have packed in your kit bag, read on…

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What Nature Gave Us: First Aid Remedies from ‘the Wild’!

It’s time to go forth into the great outdoors! Gather your canvasses and kit bags everyone, load up the van and let’s get out into the fresh air. Oh, and don’t forget the first aid kit just in case. But tell you what: let’s think outside the kit for a change. How about stocking it with some of the wonderful things that Mother Nature gifted us instead of the usual chemical based treatments?

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Time to Accessorise your Outdoor Life!

OK outdoor enthusiasts, kit bags at the ready – the bank holiday season is upon us and soon the great British summertime will be calling us to action – it’s time to start stocking up on all those essential odds and ends and finishing touches that make all the difference! Here’s our pick of some of what we think you really can’t do without this summer.

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Help Us Spread The Word

I am proud to say that the products we sell under our own distinctive brand have been incredibly well received. It is a wonderful feeling when a customer makes a point of letting us know how happy they are with a product and that they are going to recommend Outhaus to their friends. The last…

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Essential Awning Maintenance Tips

If you’ve wisely invested in an awning for your vehicle, you’ll appreciate that relaxing late evening or early morning unwind time even more thanks to the way it instantly doubles your living space. As with everything though, awnings do require a bit of TLC to keep them at their best. By following a few simple steps, you’ll be able to enjoy your shady little retreat at all times. Here goes…

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VW Campervans: An Investment that Could Pay Dividends in so Many Ways

We recently shared a story on Facebook about a VW Camper being set to sell for a whopping price tag of £100,000 and in doing so, cementing its place in the record books as the most expensive in Britain. There is clearly scope to hit it big with VW camper restoration. But what is it that pushes the value of a camper to these heady heights? And just what sort of commitment is involved in achieving these record breaking price tags?

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Imagine a situation where you were stranded in a wilderness environment without a mobile or GPS signal, not even a match. What would you do?

Make This Year the Year you Learn Something New

So January is done, and thankfully we can stop talking about resolutions, or failure of such! Let’s turn our attention instead to something positive and useful we can achieve in 2016: to learn something new. We’ve been taking a look at skills it might be good to add to your repertoire if you’re an outdoor loving type, and courses you can go on to help you learn them. And here they are …

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3 Things to Add to your Adventurer’s Bucket List in 2016

So here we are in a new year. We’re not going to talk about resolutions – everyone’s on that bandwagon! Instead we thought we’d bring you some inspiration for 2016 in the shape of a few bucket list ingredients. Whether you’re a bushcrafter or an outdoor adventurer, a camper-vanner or a Land Rover lover, there may just be something here to rouse your interest …

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The Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for Bushcrafters and Outdoor Adventurers

What do you buy an avid bushcrafter or outdoor adventurer for Christmas? Good question! We’ve had our thinking caps on for a little while now and here’s our round-up of what we believe your nearest and dearest buccaneers would really appreciate in their stockings this year.

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Useful Land Rover Resources

Right so we all love our Land Rovers, although let’s face it, sometimes that love can be tested. The truth is, from time to time, the patience attached to our unconditional adoration is pushed that little bit too far. So we turn to our fellow comrades for support and inspiration. And, when all is not looking tickety-boo, for those basic how-to-sort-its. In this post, we thought we’d bring you a rundown of all the helpful and useful Land Rover resources we’ve come across. We hope they help you like they have us.

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The Benefits of Learning Bushcraft

Thanks to the likes of Ray Mears and Bear Grylls, the whole theme of wilderness survival has been thrust into the limelight. The thing is, the art of learning bushcraft actually has massive benefits and lots of people are seeking out courses and ‘survival weekenders’ to allow them to take a step back from the frantic and complicated pace of life that we’re all too familiar with these days. Getting in tune with nature, the way life was ‘supposed’ to be, even just for a little while, can be pretty therapeutic. And there are a fair few other benefits too, as we discuss in this post.

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Let’s Take this Summer Undercover!

There’s nothing better than packing up your camper, caravan, Land Rover or Bongo and setting off on your much-awaited road trip or camping expedition. You love your van: it makes for fantastic accommodation. The thing is though, whatever its size, don’t you always find yourself wishing you had just that little bit more floor space? More room to enjoy your time outdoors? If this is the case then the simplest way to boost your vacation living space is to use an awning.

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