Whether it’s a long summer stay by the lake or a weekend trip to that expensive horse camp in autumn, your kids are probably looking forward to their getaway camp trip and all the activities, crafts, learning and fun that is coming their way shortly. Yet as a parent, one of the best ways to ensure your child has a terrific time is to make sure that their bag is packed, iron on clothing labels have been affixed and you have had the foresight to include any number of items which could prove useful to your camper.
What you pack in terms of clothing will depend on the season and the time of year. Obviously summer weather requires shorts and tee-shirts and cooler weather will need to see hoodies and jeans going into the suitcase. What is helpful across the board, however, is that you leave the nicer clothes at home. Camp is a good place to get a pretty top covered in a mud or those brand new sneakers worn in one afternoon’s time. Opt for articles you wouldn’t mind seeing stained.
Over-packing should be avoided, but a sturdy pair of sneakers is always advisable. If it’s a low-impact camp, consider other types of footwear, but make note: the showers in camp will not be the best place for bare toes, so a pair of flip-flops especially for showering are a must!
It may seem like miscellany but these items are just as important as clothes and shoes. For instance, any woodsy campers will need an effective insect repellant, and sun block is a good idea for anyone that will be outside, no matter the temperature, as well as a hat and/or sunglasses. Campers that will be gone a long while might appreciate some envelopes and stamps for writing letters home; and no matter how big your kid, a note tucked into their suitcase from their mom or dad is always a sweet gesture.