Toyota has teamed up with Steve Backshall to provide essential tips on how to prepare for and enjoy the ideal family camping adventure.
The TV adventurer, author and wildlife expert uses his passion for nature to add a sense of adventure to holidays with his family – wife Helen, their three-year-old son, Logan, and 15-month-old twins, Kit and Willow.
He says: “It’s all about P’s – prior planning and preparation prevents poor parenting performance.”
Steve admits his first attempt at camping with three small children was a disorganised disaster: “It was all over the shop with kit, nappies and general carnage, but the sensation of waking up with my young son snoring next to me, the twins clambering all over my wife and the sound of breaking waves in our ears was unforgettable.
“The most important things you can pack are a sense of humour and a sense of perspective. The certainty is that discomfort is short-lived, but memories last forever.”
Steve’s trusted camping companion is the new seven-seat Highlander, the largest hybrid electric SUV model in the Toyota range. After two years with a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, the new vehicle is ideal for his growing family with its space for extra seats, luggage and kit.
Steve Backshall’s top tips for what to take on your family camping adventure