The tasks involved in getting ready for and cleaning up after your camping and RVing trip doesn’t have to fall to only one or two people in the group. If you’re bringing kids along you can extend their enjoyment of the whole trip by allowing them to be part of the pre and post work that is required.
Beginning from the age of three or four, the kids are old enough to help with the simpler tasks of packing and unpacking. They can be helpful with carrying small items from the house to the camper or helping to set the table for meals. They love to be part of the family activities and get a real kick out of helping at this age.
Elementary school aged kids can help pack, particularly if you have a printed list they can check off. They can be tasked with packing their own things, too. Give each child a backpack for their belongings and let them add the necessary items. While you’re at the campsite they can help keep an eye on the younger kids and are a big help in preparing meals.
Older kids can handle heavier work such as gathering the firewood, setting the GPS, and helping to plan the route. They can help keeping the campsite clean and they are very capable of doing the laundry for you now. Flipping burgers and doing dishes can be part of their job while you’re all together in the great outdoors.
These activities help kids to feel they are more a part of the experience and it teaches them skills they’ll need when they become adults and start camping with their own families. Getting the group to work together expands the enjoyment of the whole group. You’ll have many more stories to share once you’ve returned and in later years when you remember back to some of your favorite trips.