Regardless of how far the commute is, they have to pack. Since they aren't allowed to cross the boundary to come home (my rule), we have to make sure they have everything they need for the week. As I looked at the Goose's room today, I realized that we have a lot to get done in a short amount of time. Good thing I'm a champion at this.
I've been packing my kids for camp for many years. Well, more accurately, my kids have been packing themselves for camp for many years. (We'll call it a homeschool lesson in problem management and life skills.) Through the years, I've gathered packing tips from other smart moms. I can't take credit for these ideas. I've just compiled the ideas and learned from my mistakes.
The first year I sent my kids to camp, their clothes were packed in rolling suitcases. Boy, was I a newbie! Rolling suitcases don't work in dirt, so they are not the best idea. Also, if your child's cabin is anything like ours, there won't be room for a suitcase. Instead, I've found that plastic drawers are the better way to go. The Goose is willing to pack in these. The Beetle said, "No way!" He packs in a backpack.
Here are some handy tips I've learned. I hope these will make your summer camp packing easier and more efficient. I would say that most of these tips are for girls. They're more fun to pack for anyway, right?
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I will say that, while the Goose thinks this is a brilliant way to pack, the Beetle is having no part of it. He says that the other guys in his cabin will think he has potty accidents.
Who am I kidding? M&M's, watermelon gum and 3 Amigos (AKA 3 Musketeers - The Goose calls them 3 Amigos) bars are going in there!
All items should be labeled with your child's initials or name.
______ Two outfits per day x _____ days
______ Underwear (2 per day x _____ days)
______ Socks (2 per day x _____ days)
______ Closed toed shoes that can get muddy
______ Water shoes
______ Flip flops for shower
______ Pajamas x ______ nights
______ Swimsuits (At least 2)
______ Cover-up for swimsuits (for girls)
______ T-shirt to swim in (Boys and girls - In case of sunburn)
______ Sweatshirt or jacket for cool nights
______ Rain jacket or umbrella
______ Laundry bag
______ 2 beach towels
______ 2 bath towels
______ 2 wash cloths
______ Fitted sheet for mattress
______ Sleeping bag
______ Nightlight (Another cute idea I've seen if the child is afraid of the dark but embarrassed about it is to wrap the bunk bed with Christmas lights. They can claim it is just for decoration, but the lights will provided enough light to make them feel safe.)
______ Bug spray or an Off Clip-On
______ Sunscreen (Preferably spray-on, so kids can put it on easier)
______ Medication (bagged and labeled to give to the camp nurse)
______ Soap or body wash (my son uses a body wash that is shampoo too, for ease)
______ Deodorant (if needed)
______ Razor and shaving cream (if needed)
______ Bands to pull hair up in ponytail (for girls)
______ Old rug (to put by bed for wiping feet at bedtime)
______ Playing cards (for rainy days)
______ Notebook or journal and pen or markers (for writing down their thoughts and feelings)
______ Bible (for Bible camp)
______ Snacks and/or money for the canteen
______ A few surprises (toys from the dollar store, etc.) to hide in your child's belongings
I hope these tips are helpful for you and your family, so you will have happy campers this summer! -Al