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The Life Carver (brand name) Life Saver Foldable Pull Wagon (Red)

Updated: Mar 21, 2019

Last night, as the icy mid-January cold bitch-slapped my face, and the post Christmas financial horror-fest dealt similar violence to my bank statement, I found myself drifting back to last summer and the four awesome festivals Graeme and I attended with our two year old son. The wave of euphoria from penning those memories has carried me on today's surfboard of continued blogging and I'm consequently inspired to do some festival gear reviews: the sliding scale of mildly useful to utterly indispensable products that have made my festival experience with a toddler easy and pleasurable.

From the title, you can probably guess how indispensible this Lil' Red Beeatch is. Here he is in his pristine unused glory:

LIFE CARVER Garden Cart Foldable Pull Wagon Hand Cart Garden Transport Cart Collapsible Portable Folding Cart (Red) £54.99 Amazon

I bought him with festivals in mind but he has been used for a multitude of other Great Escapes such as kayaking jaunts and camping trips. Graeme has also used him to shift plants, tools, furniture and soil around my wee back garden plot and the rabbit hutch that I call home. Most ingeniously of all, when I realised before my 2016 holiday that my otherwise perfectly serviceable suitcase had what I will describe as "vehicular issues", aka completely f^$&£%-up wheels, I even took the little beast to Greece instead of both the airline allowance of a buggy AND a travel cot. What I did was make Xani's dad use Raymond (Carver), as he has come to be known, as a means of carrying both of our suitcases when necessary, and for the rest of the time Graeme deployed him in exactly the same way that he sometimes uses him for city park trips in the summer: for a toddler who wants to jump in, and out, and in, and out....

But I initially purchased this wagon to use at festivals, and for this purpose alone it's been worth it. The festivals we've attended have encompassed a considerable distance from the car parking to the camping area. Combine this with the fact that when festie-ing with a baby or young child, you really don't want to go minimal; suddenly this wagon-turned-tardis becomes such a wonderful piece of kit to get all your other wonderful pieces of kit from A-to-B, so you can chill in style. Maybe it's an age thing, but I won't go minimal at any festival, whether I'm in my role as a baby-momma or not. My festival set-up, I'm not shy or ashamed to admit, involves a personal portable toilet (I haven't used a festival portaloo since 1998), a baby bath, a kitchen larder, a tent carpet, 2 fabric chests of drawers, fairy lights, cushions, throws, and even some Banksy decal art for the tent walls. I also have a hammock and a stand, as does Graeme.* Call me soft, but they're not saying that when it's raining on a Saturday night and everyone is round at Fibie's tent 😜. Plus if I had a pound for every time someone (usually a stranger) has asked to use our wagon to pick up or drop off their stuff to and from their tent....

I asked Graeme what criticisms, if any, he had of Raymond Carver, as he is the one lugging it: he said that the wheels could have been better. However those wheels have been up and down multiple muddy festival fields, and still stayed swivel-tastic, so all in all I couldn't recommend it more highly.

*All these will be reviewed in due course on Babble Rock

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