5 best windbreaks for your caravan, motorhome or camping holiday
I’m not exactly sure when windbreaks starting appearing but growing up back in the 80s, they were a regular fixture on UK beaches and most of them looked identical – primary-coloured stripes and made of the same sort of fabric that may or may not have inspired the now iconic blue IKEA bags.
On the beaches of Bognor and the sands of Skegness, the windbreak was hammered down and camp was set up for the day. There would always be a flask of tea, some sea-seasoned sandwiches and the promise of ice cream.
Windbreaks are used to create privacy (something us Brits are very keen on) and they are used to keep the riff raff out. Maybe.
When you’re on a campsite, a windbreak can be erected to effectively cordon off your own pitch. You commandeer it like putting a flag on the moon. “This”, you say boldly, “this is our own slice of heaven.”
Privacy is one reason you might buy a windbreak but they are also useful if you like to barbecue when you’re camping. In blustery Blighty where lighting a barbecue can be tricky, a windbreak can be the difference between a cooked and an uncooked sausage.
Fans of retro living will love a traditional bucket-and-spade windbreak while back-to-earth campers will be seeking something a little more subtle. Whatever it is you’re looking for, we’ve got a windbreak to suit.
1. Eurohike Wind Stop
If you’ve got a good view but don’t want the wind to get in, this Eurohike Wind Stop with clear panels is perfect. Not so good if you’re trying to wriggle out of your swimming costume on a packed beach, though.Find the Eurohike Wind Stop
- Best for compact campers who like to keep it lightweight
- Available from Millets
- Current price £20
2. Vinsani Windbreak
With a choice of six sizes in two heights, this windbreak is great for those on a budget and it’s definitely got a Carry on Camping feel about it.Find the Vinsani Windbreak
- Best for retro-loving campers and caravanners.
- From Amazon
- Price from £11.88
3. Vango 4 Pole Adventure Windbreak
This is a sturdy windbreak and one you’ll want to have in your kit if you camp or caravan whatever-the-weather. It’s not in any way jazzy so if you like to keep it simple, this one’s for you.Find the Vango 4 Pole Adventure Windbreak
- Best for all weather campers
- From Go Outdoors
- Current price £39.99
4. Sailcloth Windbreak
Handmade in Devon from upcycled sails, this super chic windbreak is a real investment piece and the company can even upcycle your old sails for you. Ideal if you’ve got a yacht you haven’t told us about.Find the Sailcloth Windbreak
- Best for stylish, eco-conscious campers
- From sailsandcanvas.co.uk
- Current price £148
5. Stone Wall Windbreak
Ol Pro make fun products for hip campers and caravanners and this windbreak makes a witty statement on the pitch. Just don’t walk into it by accident. Find the Stone Wall Windbreak
- Best for those who like to blend in
- From olproshop.com
- Current price £25