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The ultimate kids' summer camp care package

Kelly Dixon is the blogger at SmartSchoolHouse.com and author of Crafts for Kids- Year Round Activities for Holidays, Parties, & More. Smart School House is a place for DIY crafts, activities for kids and families, easy recipe ideas, tra...

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

Are your kids headed to a sleepaway camp this summer?

Camps are a time for kids to learn, explore, play and gain a little independence away from home. This year, why not send your kids away to camp with the best camp care package? A lot has changed since we were kids, so a modern day camp care package is pretty cool and your kids will be so happy with their treats!

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

First things first, I grabbed a crate from the craft store and painted it with my daughter's favorite colors. Along the bottom of the crate I folded up a fluffy blanket from home (not everything needs to be brand new so use what you've got!). To see how I repurposed this crate from their toy storage, click here.

Inside this kids' camp crate I packed:

1. Plain canvas shoes with fabric markers.

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

They can color their own creations or have their new friends autograph them!

2. Soothing gel pack

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

These don't need to be frozen to help relieve a bruise! Whether they get sore muscles or bonk their knee, all moms know that accidents happen. They'll love when they remember that you packed this for them!

3. A fun camera

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

Remember the cameras that we had to take to camp? Things have really changed! This particular camera will print out a photo in just seconds! They can hang them in their camp room, give them away or keep them for a scrapbook later on.

4. A flameless bunk candle

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

Whether they are reading a book in their bed, telling ghost stories or hanging out with friends at night, flameless candles aren't only useful and fun, they are safe!

5. An emergency charger

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

OK, I know, going away to camp isn't about sitting around with your laptop or cell phone all day. Chances are, the camp will only have designated times for kids to play with their phones. However, I always think that it is a good idea to keep an emergency charger on hand. Seeing your phone's battery in the red when you need it most is stressful!

6. Snacks

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

While indulgent snacks packed by parents might not be completely encouraged, a little gumball never hurt anyone! Pack enough for your child to share with their bunk mates and allow them to spend their free time enjoying life and blowing bubbles in the summer!

7. Water

7 Fun (and practical) things to send your kid to summer camp with

Hydration is essential during the hot summer months. Pack a single-serve pack of their favorite juice or tea flavor with a large bottle of water. While the camp will provide the rest of the food, 1 bottle of flavored water from home will put a smile on their face!

Summer camps oftentimes have a huge impact on our children's lives. Take your individual child's needs, emotions and personalities in consideration when packing your kids' camp crate. If they are hesitant to go and might become homesick, pack a couple of small framed pictures of the family and family pets. Include a few written notes for them to open on specific dates. Maybe even pack a new hat or something you know they'll love.

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