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It’s that time of year when kids start going to Summer Camp! But packing for time away from home can feel choatic, especially when kids are very young and not yet pros at living out of a suitcase or camp trunk! Having packed for summer camp for many years now, I thought I’d share a few of the tips for packing for summer camp our family has learned over the years!
I hope they make getting ready for summer camp – a little easier for your family this year!
1) Have Kids break in any new shoes or clothes before sending them to camp-
Those new hiking shoes may need time to soften up and become comfortable. And that new swimsuit may have a tag that is rubbing your kiddo the wrong way. Try wearing any new clothes or shoes before camp starts to trouble shoot, and make sure it’s comfortable and not creating any unexpected sore spots.
2) Buy Name Labels that stick inside of clothes, and even swimwear so they don’t get lost!
No one wants to ruin clothes with names written in marker that bleeds and ruins clothing. Save yourself time by buying a pack of name labels that are ready to go. You will have a much better chance of having everything you send to camp returned if you do this!
And you can use special discount coupon code NBCAMP, valid for 20% site wide at Name Bubbles Clothing Labels!
3) Pack each days COMPLETED outfit in its own bag, labeled!
Rather than having a spot for socks, one for underwear, pants etc… pack a whole outfit with every part included in its own ziplock bag. Kids can grab a bag and have everything they need at once. You can label by day of camp, like “Monday” or “Tuesday” – or you can label by activity. Activity labels might read like “hiking clothes” or “water park day.”
4) Write Camp Mail ahead of time!
Mail from home is one of the highlights of camp life, especially for homesick kiddos! You can be sure your camper receives mail everyday by writing your camper happy upbeat notes for each day they are at camp. Most camps allow you to drop off a stack of mail at drop off as long as you label each letter with the day of the week you want it delivered.
5) Pack a garbage bag for your camper to store used and dirty clothes in during camp!
This will avoid dirty clothes being re-worn or cluttering a suitcase. At the end of camp kids can throw the garbage bag into their camp suitcase or footlocker and bring it home to wash!
6) Involve Kids in picking out fun sunscreen or bug spray, to encourage them to actually use it!
Many camps require kids to apply or re-apply their own sunscreen or bug spray. And kids that dread doing it, may skip it or not do a very good job. But if they helped pick out some sparkly sunscreen or bug spray they helped decorate with stickers – they may be more inclined to apply it! Some sunscreens even offer fun colors that kids can use!
I hope these tips for packing for summer camp have been helpful to you!