People often ask me what it’s like to have four children and I tell them, completely honestly, it is hard work. Obviously physically, mentally, and financially it takes its toll, but on a practical level, everything feels like hard work. We can’t simply book a hotel room for the 6 of us, or even get just one apartment for a family holiday; we can’t save money on a discounted family ticket on days out, or even pop into a restaurant in the hope of being seated. And whilst we have worked around those issues, there is still one issue which remains – car trips!
As a family we love to travel in and around the UK, either short breaks or camping trips, and yet getting two adults, four children, and all that luggage into a car is practically impossible. Even with a 7 seater car, once Lewis is in, that leaves just half the boot space and a couple of cases or a tent and the sleeping bags more than fills that space! Our only option seemed to be a roof box, yet with our car not coming with roof bars, and the added issue of where to store the roof box when it’s not in use, we had to look at alternative options.
That’s where I was introduced to HandiWorld. HandiWorld is focused on bringing innovative ideas to help individuals across a number of different sectors including the car, leisure and garden markets. With various products in their range we realised that their HandiRack with the HandiHoldall was the answer to all of our problems!
Believe it or not, the HandiRack is an inflatable roof rack, uniquely designed to fit with the majority of 2, 3, 4 and 5 door vehicles across the world. Priced at £65 the HandiRack is a more affordable alternative to your classic metal roof bars, especially as all the extras and accessories you need for fitting come as part of the price and if you get a new car, you can simply fit your HandiRack to the new vehicle!
You may be thinking there’s no way an inflatable roof rack can take the same load as metal roof bars, but that’s where you’re wrong! The HandiRack is capable of carrying up to 80kg of weight when inflated properly, making it ideal for carrying sports equipment such as kayaks and canoes or all the camping gear required for a family trip! Bonus!!
The HandiRack comes with a special HandiPump to inflate the bars, 2 x HandiRack twin tubes, 2 HandiStraps, a HandRack wet weather kit, a drawstring travel bag, and a detailed instruction booklet.
We couldn’t wait to get the HandiRack on the car to try it out and, with it stating it takes just 5 minutes to fix to the car, I was keen to see whether that was the case for us!
The straps are super easy to put in place, simply threading through the car and connecting with the D ring anchor point system. Once they are in place you simply inflate them and they are good to go! It literally took less than 5 minutes from start to finish which, on a rainy day, really isn’t bad at all!
Made with unbeatably strong fabrics such as 400 denier nylon and reinforced PVC, the HandiRack is a state of the art design you won’t find anywhere else. The HandiRack can carry up to 80kg of cargo and feels completely sturdy and secure. The next step was simply fitting the HandiHoldall!
The HandiHoldall is basically an easy to store foldable roof box with a whopping 330 litre capacity. Stored in a drawstring bag that can be stashed away out of sight, unlike a huge roof box, it’s such a practical, and innovative way of adding external car storage.
Suitable for use with either a metal roof rack, orthe HandiRack, the 330 litre HandiHoldall can carry a weight of up to 50kg making it a fantastic option for larger families like ourselves. The HandiHoldall comes with glass fibre poles to create a solid base, a lockable zipper for extra security, a storm flap, grab handles, and is made from heavy duty material with tapped seams.
Fitting it could not have been easier as it simply connects via a secure, and innovative, D-ring system and, when the bag is filled, there are extra security straps to go round to really keep it in place.
The amazing thing for us is that now Lewis isn’t moaning about being wedged into the boot, surrounded by bags, and the children can stretch our their legs without trampling all over more bags in the footwell. At £129.50 for the HandiHoldall, it really is worth every single penny for that!
** We were sent this item for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are our own. **