The sun is finally summoning the tinkling ice cream van out of hibernation, sweet strawberries are chilling inside the picnic basket and the hazy countryside is blooming with vibrancy. This can only mean one thing; the infamous British Summertime is upon us once again.
In the midst of this short-lived period of sun-soaked joy, there's never been a better time to get outdoors and enjoy your MINI Countryman. We've put together our top five MINI accessories to add a little bit of extra pizazz to your miniature motor, perfect for a balmy summer's evening drive.
1. AUTOHOME Roof Tent
Waiting for the day a MINI motorhome comes on the market? We're one step closer with the new Roof Tent, created for the Countryman in conjunction with AUTOHOME, specialists in automotive roof tents. Sleeping two people, the tent fits to the roof of the car, folding open from a roof box into a tent, accessed by an aluminium ladder. Inside lies a high-density mattress, two doors and two windows with zips, mosquito nets at all openings, battery operated LED light, luggage nets and pockets. Load up the car, pack some marshmallows for toasting and venture out for a night under the stars.
2. The Travel Pack
Discover where your inner free spirit could take you with the Travel Pack, arming you with all the equipment to tackle a good old exploration into the unknown corners of the country. Packed with the MINI Roof Box in Black with White Sport Stripes, LED Rechargeable Torch, USB Charger and Adapter and the Luggage Compartment Mat, you'll be prepared for anything the elements can throw at you, whilst looking hot to trot down those country lanes!
3. The Family Pack
Load up the little ones and take a trip somewhere exciting - all whilst keeping the children entertained. The Family Pack offers a variety of equipment to help you along your way, including the Back Seat Storage Bag, which provides a plethora of pockets and compartments to hide a variety of toys and treats for back seat passengers. The pack also includes the Travel and Comfort System Base Carrier and Holder for an iPad Mini and the MINI USB Charger and Adapter - ideal for keeping little minds enthralled in Peppa Pig.
4. The JCW Pro Sport Pack
Treat yourself to a bit of sportiness this season, pimping up your MINI with the JCW Pro Sport Pack. Adding a bit of extra spice to your Countryman, the pack includes the JCW Pro Side Scuttles, Mirror Cover Set and Key Cover and Lanyard. Featuring the iconic John Cooper Works red accents with grey and black chequers, daydreams of breaking records around Brands Hatch will feel all the more closer as you zip through the country lanes.
5. The Adventure Pack
What would summer be without a road trip adventure into the unknown? Be prepared for all eventualities with the MINI Countryman Adventure Pack, which includes Front and Rear Mud Flaps, All-Weather Floor Mats in Black, Rear Luggage Compartment Mat, Rear Mounted Bike Carrier Compact with Boot Storage Unit and Additional Headlights in Chrome. Plenty of excuses to get mud-splatted and soggy, with or without a hairy hound.