Is it your child’s first time to go on a summer camp? In the camp, children are discouraged from using gadgets as they are expected to spend most of their days doing physical activities such as running, swimming, hiking—anything that would make them exert energy. They will be given challenges that will help them develop life-long skills, feel confident, and grow up independent.
This is an adventure of a lifetime for your kid. As a parent, you have to be very supportive of your youngsters. It is important that you make your preparation right because your child’s summer camp experience will partly depend on your preparation.
There’s no need to fuss, you just need enough time to carry out your plans.
Here are the keys in preparing for your child’s summer camp easily:
1. Pack early
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Most summer camps usually hand out camp requirements in advance to give parents enough time to prepare. It’s never too early to make preparations. Search early for the items in your packing list and as soon as you completed it, toss them immediately into the trunk. If you do last-minute preparation, you are likely going to forget many items and that would affect your child’s experience at the camp.
2. Be calm
Don’t be overwhelmed with all the things you need to do at once. You can only relax if you have the luxury of time to pack all the needed items. Your child can sense if you’re under stress and it can rub off on him. Don’t worry too much if you forget some things, it’s probably available in the camp store.
Tips for first time summer campers
3. Consider packing old clothes and gear
Some summer camps can go on for many weeks, so it’s financially tough if you insist on bringing new supplies only. Plus when they get home, it won’t be new anymore, many of his clothing will just probably be thrown away, which may not be a good thing, but at least it means they had a good time there.
Consider packing used jeans, shirts, and socks, old sheets, pillowcases, and towels. But make an exception for sleeping bag. It’s important that they stay warm and comfortable at night.
4. Include your child in the preparation
Take your child’s preference into account when preparing his items. They are the ones who are going to use it, so they need to know what’s in their bag and where it is placed. That will also give them an idea on how to arrange their stuff in their bags when it’s time to go home.
5. Label all items
Kids tend to lose their belongings in the camp after an activity. To help the camp identify the personal items lying on the camp grounds, put label on his every clothing and gear. Invest in Dymo label maker and plastic labeling tape. You can also make your own marking using Sharpies as it won’t come off even after a few washes. Or go to Mabel’s Labels for a customized camp label pack.
6. Pack extra clothes
Do not forget to pack extra set of clothing. Kids tend to get dirty and change clothes any time of the day. In case they are not able to wash their laundry immediately, they still have something fresh to wear.
7. Pack extra hats and sunglasses
Kids will spend most of their days in the ground, that means they will need protection against the hot weather. Although sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats are available in the camp store, it may be expensive so it would be better if you pack some for your kids.
8. Choose bag carefully
When choosing a bag for your child to bring at the camp, make sure that he can carry it himself. Select a bag that has a roller and is easy to clean like plastic foot locker. Or if it’s just an overnight, a lightweight duffel bag is spacious enough for the items and small enough to fit under a bunk.