This month’s sudden spell of sunshine has put many of us in the mood for our summer holidays
As well as the suncream and sunglasses, when driving to our dream destination there are must-have accessories that can turn a simple vacation into something really special.
And we’ve five of the best to share with you.
1. Dog-friendly drives
For those planning a driving holiday with Fido, and even his special friend Fifi, Nissan has created the ultimate dog-friendly crossover concept. The X-Trail 4Dogs features a 445-litre boot bristling with features designed for furry friends.
Highlights include a two-way dog cam to make sure Fido and Fifi are behaving, a 360° pull-out shower, warm air blow dryer and access ramp.
There’s even a luxurious bed, no-spill water bowl and treat dispenser.
It may be a concept but you can get your very own dog-friendly X-Trail right here.
2. Branded luggage
Do you really want to turn up at a five-star hotel with that fragrant gym hold-all?
Then why not go for the best? No one’s going to know the branded luggage at your feet in the foyer doesn’t match the family runaround in the car park.
And we can’t do better than the Metropolitan, a lightweight, two-wheel XL travel bag from Porsche.
Much like their cars, from the Cayman to the Cayenne, the luggage created by Porsche is not only elegant but includes high levels of functionality – such as a main compartment with front pocket, divided into three sections. All yours for £330.
3. Room on the roof
What with the branded luggage, furry friends and human passengers, often there’s no room left for the snorkels, mask and mankini. That’s where the Exodus 470L Roof Box in gloss black offers an open and shut case.
With its aerodynamic design reducing wind resistance and noise, it’s built to be robust and scratch resistant. Its 470-litre lockable storage space also has a load capacity of 60kg. It’s available for £249.
4. Bike rack
More of us than ever are taking our trusty two-wheelers on holiday, which means fixing a cycle rack to the car. The MaxxRaxx rack’s ratchet strap design means up to four bikes can be held differing widths apart, making the rack completely customisable. Loading and unloading is easy and the rack tilts for easy boot access. Prices start at around £270.
5. Car top tent
Eager for a MINI adventure but stuck for accommodation? Don’t worry. This AirTop tent has been designed to mount perfectly onto the roof rails of a MINI Countryman. Closed it looks like a roof box. But raised, using four gas pressure springs, it becomes a holiday home with high-density mattress, two doors, two windows with zips, mosquito nets and battery-operated LED interior light. Access is via an aluminium ladder. It costs around £2,400. Don’t have a Countryman yet? Take a look at the ones available for sale here.
Feel inspired by our accessories? Travel first class with your ideal holiday transport from s1cars / Exchange and Mart