Now is the time we have all been waiting for – SUMMER! It is time to start the packing process. Although it may seem daunting, following a few easy steps can make the job easier.
Most camps will provide you with a packing list. I suggest sticking to it. Bringing too much extra stuff may not be helpful. It may not fit in cubbies, will not be worn, and probably will not return home.
Here are some ideas for things that may not be on the list or in the camp brochure.
- Always check the policy about electronics. Most camps have strict rules regarding devices. Some will allow music in the cabin but others will not. These are also expensive items and may not return home.
- Check the policy regarding food. Bringing some food on the bus could be a good idea. It is a nice way to break the ice with a new friend. However, once at camp, you do not want “uninvited guests” in the cabin.
- Do not bring anything that will make you upset if it is lost. It is bound to happen. I often suggest the “must bring home” items such as tennis racket, camera, sleeping bag, etc. This list is short and easier for a camper to remember
- Extra labels….. sometimes a marker can work.
- Pre-addressed and stamped envelopes (make writing to friends and family as easy as possible – everyone loves to receive mail).
- Medication – most camps will have a med service or will take the medication from the camper and will dispense at appropriate times. Your child should expect this to occur.
- Feel comfortable packing a photo of the family or dog. A cuddly stuffed animal is fine. Most campers find these things to be comforting.
- Games that will engage cabin mates…. cards, jacks, MadLibs, etc
- Extra personal supplies that may be needed (brace bands, hair elastics, etc)
- Start early and make lists – take time to shop and label – do not stress – most camps will provide anything a camper really needs.
Your child will soon be on his or her way to the best summer ever!