The school year is ending. (Yay!) But wait, now the kids are off to camp. Typically, camp is not as controlled an environment as school, so the more prepared your child is, the better the experience will be. Before they climb the steps to the bus, think about stocking up on these summer camp must-haves items:
First, the backpack. Water-resistant is best because it will protect the contents in rain or a dash through a sprinkler. Carabiners or hooks on the outside are handy for hanging dirty shoes or flip flops. Designate an interior pocket where you can put your contact info and a couple dollars, just in case. This is also a fun place to hide secret “I love you” and “I miss you” notes to give them a sweet taste of home.
If you’re packing a lunch, make sure it’s insulated and contains ice packs to prevent spoilage in the summer heat. I like the Packit Freezable Lunch containers because the built-in ice packs surround the food. But no matter how well-insulated the food is, avoid lunches with ingredients that spoil easily, like tuna or anything with mayonnaise. And include their favorite flavor of Tickle Water so they’ll stay hydrated!
JUST IN CASE
You never know what the day will bring, so make sure your child is prepared for anything. Pack sun protection, bug repellant (or a combo, like Avon Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus SPF 30), a sun hat, sunglasses, a light sweater, and a rain jacket or compact umbrella. Also pack a mini first-aid kit, which you can get at your local drugstore. The camp will have first aid, but if your child scratches a bug bite and needs a band aid, they won’t have to visit the nurse. Pack all of this into a gallon ziplock baggie, and they can easily find everything inside.
If there is swimming or water play at camp, pack a bathing suit & rash guard, swim goggles, flip flops/swim shoes, a towel, and a wet bag for their bathing suit. (A gallon ziplock is good for this purpose).