Tips and deals: 28/12/2008

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The kit

New on the slopes this winter, Portaski is a clever little energy-saving gadget. Adjustable straps secure your skis while the lightweight wheel-sled bears up to 70 per cent of the weight. Price £29.95, for further information go to

The childcare

Eurocamp has teamed up with Tumble Tots to offer free childcare at a selection of its campsites. The play provider will offer complementary sessions at Eurocamp's "Toddler Friendly" sites in the Vendee and Brittany. For details go to

The hotel

Premier Inn has unveiled plans for Britain's first floating budget hotel. The 54-bedroom "Floatel" will be built in Hartlepool Marina this year, offering waterfront views at the company's customary budget prices. Go to

The bargain

Two-for-one spa experiences and savings on flights of up to 75 per cent are among the bargains being offered by in its biggest ever sale. Theatre tickets, hotel accommodation and restaurant deals also feature in the clearance, which ends on 5 January.