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5 Summer-Camp Packing Tips for Kids

Summer is here. The days are getting longer, the weather is beautiful, and the kids are officially out of school. Finding fun, interesting, and educational activities for children to participate in is important. Luckily, there are tons of summer camp programs from which to choose. Science camps, sports camps, or music camps are just a few of the available options.

Packing up the kids' stuff for summer camp takes organization and planning. Following are some helpful tricks and products that can make packing for summer camp a breeze.

No Valuables

Summer camp brings focus to outdoor activities and exploration. There is really no reason to pack valuables like electronics, games, jewelry, etc. Summer camp is an educational, social, and entertaining place; there is no need to have digital distractions around to pull kids away from that focus. There is also the possibility of items being lost, stolen, or damaged.

Some camps may require campers to have cash. Check with the camp director to see if they can hold the child's money, or if small amounts can be sent. If valuables do become part of your child's luggage, be sure to label everything with your child's name.

Pack for a Week

Kids don't do their own laundry. There are few exceptions, but for the majority, the chore is lost. Summer camp is a great time for your kids to learn that fresh, clean clothes don't just magically appear. One packing trick that ensures space-saving and reduces lost items is to pack for seven days, regardless of how long your child will be at camp. Many camps offer laundry facilities (not laundry services). If your child wants clean clothes, he will be the one in charge of cleaning them. Talk about a great opportunity to learn responsibility!

Roll Clothes/Keep Organized

There's that word again: organized. It's important to know what your child is taking to camp. A great tip is to roll clothing like shirts, PJs, and pants to save space in your child's bag. Roll paired socks and store them with undergarments in a labeled wash bag. Keep swimsuits in a separate wash bag, labeled as well so your child is reminded of which bag is for what.

While packing, keep an inventory for each bag as it is packed. An inventory check can be done when your child returns home, so you can ensure that nothing was forgotten or left behind.

Toiletries and Other Necessities

Depending on the camp, some kids can be gone for three days up to several weeks. It is crucial to pack the necessities and ensure they'll last the entire time your child is away. Bathroom toiletries can be made in a kit with two to three spares for each item. Label the contents of the backup kit so children can grab what they need, when they need it.

Outdoor activities are a huge part of summer camp, so plenty of sun protection, bug repellent, and after-sun lotion (in case of a sunburn) are necessary. If medications are needed, a pre-camp conversation with the camp nurse is essential. Also, be sure to read all information that is sent beforehand, as it will provide details of what you need to be sure to pack for your child, what can be purchased while there, and what can be sent.

Comforts of Home

Many kids can become homesick and frightened while away at camp. Pack a few comforts of home to overcome their fear of being away. Some children have difficulty sleeping in a strange place; packing their favorite stuffed animal or blanket can help them feel more comfortable. If children feel connected to home, they will adjust to separation much more easily. Personalized stationary as well as pre-stamped and addressed envelopes will let them know they can write home to Mom and Dad anytime. Lastly, family photos, a poster, or a small trinket can help them personalize their space just like they do at home.

Summertime is full of new adventures, and many children look forward to spending time at summer camp. It is a great chance to make new friends, learn new skills, and gain some independence. Parents also learn a lot from summer camps. Learning to prepare for camp, pack their children's things, and handle life with the kids being gone can be tough. With the above tricks, at least packing for kids summer camp will be a breeze. Get prepared, get ready to make some labels, get packed, and get going this summer!

Lorena Brockman is a young and upcoming blogger who writes how-tos, product reviews, original recipes, fitness tips, and more. Head to JennsBlahBlahBlog.com to read Lorena's items and learn more about her.

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