Whether this is your child’s first summer or third summer of sleepaway camp, a packing list is always important so you are ensured your child has all essential items for their week away. This summer will be my son’s first sleep-away camp venture and I am nervous I will forget important items. After research and talking with other moms, I made a list and gathered tips to help make sleep-away camp less stressful (for the parents!).
~Check the camp’s website to see if medical/health forms are due before or upon arrival. If your child will be taking medication at camp, make sure to have all the medication and all paperwork filled by the doctor ahead of time. Insurance information, driver’s license and all contact information is pertinent so the camp can reach you in case of an emergency.
~Label your child’s belongings with his/her name or initials. It will be much easier to identify a lost item if your child has their name/initials on it. A recommendation from the Summer Camp Handbook is to pack enough clothing to last one and a half times the number of days he/she will be at camp.
~Engage your child in the list making and packing of items. This will also help your child to remember what they are bringing to camp. If laundry will not be done while they are at camp, pack a garbage bag for them to put their dirty clothes in.
~Encourage them to hang their wet swimsuit and towel over their luggage or trunk so it doesn’t soak their other items. A small trunk was recommended to purchase so they can keep their belongings neatly organized. Wal-Mart sells these at a reasonable price and can be purchased online.
~Consider the weather and amount of rain expected. If the weather is expected to be in the 80’s /90’s every day, plan on packing more t-shirts and shorts than sweatshirts and pants. 😉
~Be respectful of the camp’s rules and suggestions of what not to bring.
~Recommended items for sleep-away camp: Bedding (sheets set, pillow, light blanket), bath and beach towels ( 2-3 of each), sleeping bag, socks, underwear, t-shirts, shorts, short sleeve and long sleeve shirts, sweat shirt/pants, shorts, rain jacket, warm jacket, umbrella, journal with pen/pencil, writing paper, envelopes (stamped/addressed), sandals, water shoes, tennis shoes, pajamas, bathing suit, laundry bag, flashlight, sunscreen, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, comb or brush, insect repellent, chap stick, bathrobe, hat, sunglasses, swim goggles, soap, shampoo, spending money, plastic garbage bag for wet/soiled clothing.
The above list and tips should help ensure you are organized and ready for you child to go to sleep-away camp!! Best of luck packnig!!
AMO is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life Publications ~ this article can be found in their April issue.