Must Know Tips For Summer Camp

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Is  your child  headed off to summer overnight camp for the very first time? or maybe your child is a camp-aholic like I was and they just can’t get enough of Summer camp.

Last summer I sent my two youngest boys off to their very first overnight camp. Which was not only  an exciting opportunity for my boys but another mommy letting go experience for me. We all survived and they to became hooked on overnight Summer camp.

I did learn a few tips and tricks along the way that might help you as you send your kids off to Summer camp this year.


Get prepared for packing by reading over the camp’s clothing and equipment needed list. Be sure to talk with your kids about what they will need to pack as well as be sure you both know what is on the list.


Look through your kids closet and dresser to see what items you can check off the list as item you already have and then make a list of items you will need to purchase. I suggest only sending clothing and shoes that you are not concerned about getting damaged, stained or lost.


Order personalized sticker labels or get out the sharpie and begin labeling every item your child is taking to camp with their full name and phone number ( your cell phone is best).

Care Package

Kids love mail especially when they are at camp. Take time the week prior to your kids leaving for camp to prepare a care package as well as letters or cards to mail to your camper while they are away from home. Depending on the location be sure to ship these items off in time that your kids will receive them at about the half way point of camp.

Be sure to know the camp rules as to what your kids are allowed to have such as candy and edible items. Try to include extras for their cabin mates

The MUST Packs

  • Sunscreen/bug spray
  • Water Bottle
  • Camera
  • Garbage bags (for dirty and wet clothing)
  • Identification onside suitcase
  • Zip loc bags in various sizes – to store keepsakes, small items etc.
  • Bathroom kit: toothbrush, paste, floss, comb, soap, shampoo, deodorant (place in bags)
  • Flip flops or other shoes for the shower
  • Flashlight extra batteries
  • Small first aide kit
  • Book to read
    Game to play with cabin mates.
  • Pre-stamped and addressed letters so your child can write home
  • Family photo
  • A favorite toy or blanket (comfort toy)
  • Weather appropriate gear
  • Spending money
  • Medications – Call camp nurse ahead of time and go over your child’s medications and health concerns

The MUST Leave at Home:

  • Electronic games and personal listening devices
  • Cellphone
  • Expensive items that your child does not want lost, broken or stolen
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