If you're all about making lists, then you already know how magical they can be — but if making lists isn't your thing, you need to hop on board, ASAP. These things are serious game-changers, especially when it comes time to pack your kids up for summer camp.
When you're preparing to ship off your children for extended periods of time, organization is essential. Leaving a woobie, a toothbrush or some SPF behind can mean the difference between a horrible experience and a summer they'll cherish forever.
Before you get started, be sure to peruse any packing lists that might have already been supplied by your child's camp. There may be things like bedding and towels that you don't want to overlook.
Wash all new clothing before packing, and remember to mark everything your child will be taking — from socks to soap cases — with his or her name or initials.
Now, armed with an empty truck and your camping checklist, calculate how much clothing your child will need. The Summer Camp Handbook recommends you pack your kid enough clothes to last one-and-a-half times the number of days they'll be at camp for camps that run a week or less (they probably don't provide laundry service), or the number of days between laundry service for camps longer than one week.
Here are the things you and your child will need to pack for a typical summer camp:
According to The Summer Camp Handbook author and psychologist Dr. Christopher Thurber, the most important thing to remember about packing for camp should be to give yourself plenty of time to help your child pack. This can help ease nerves about heading off away from home.
Also, remember to make it a team effort.
"When you pack together and take your time, your excitement about summer camp can rub off on your child while also ensuring that nothing is forgotten when it comes to checking off your summer camp packing list," says Dr. Thurber.
That way, you can relax knowing they have everything they need while away and can focus on having fun!
Originally published May 2011. Updated May 2017.
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