2015 Camp Packing Guide

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School is coming to an end Summer is just around the corner.  If you are a camp parent you are now in frantic mood to gather the right things to ship off to camp.  We are here to help and want to share some helpful hints to make the packing less stressful.

How is your camper’s bunk set up?

This is super helpful in planning out what and how much your camper can bring to camp.  Some camps will have cubbies, some have storage drawers under their beds and some have nothing! Once you have a mental map of how their bed area is set up, it will be a lot easier to plan what and what not to pack.  A perfect example is the shoe bag.  Do you need an over the bed bag or wall bag?

Packing Shortcuts

Whether it’s a counselor or your camper doing the unpacking, an organized pack job is the best pack job!  We have found using gallon sized zip lock bags to pack makes the unpacking a lot easier.  Packing all of the tops in one bag (labeled) and all of your pjs in another bag (labeled) tells the counselor or reminds your camper where the items need to go.

Pack breakable items with in rolled up towels or blankets, it’s also a great space saver. These items can be a tennis racket, toiletries, or their favorite junk trunk box.

Check your camp list 3x!  When you think their is no way you forgot something, check it again.

Label Everything

If your packing it, label it!  You will find some items are best labeled with a good old fashion sharpie and some items need a label.  The labels that you purchase online from the labeldaddy.com are really strong and stick to anything!  They are Camp Lady approved and are super cute!

Get Your Camper Involved

Go over how and where you are packing their things, this way if a counselor is unpacking for them they will know if something is missing (we hope).  They will know to look for the extra batteries in the ziplock bag that was with their toiletries or that their indoor bunk game was packed inside their bunk junk box.

Don’t Forget…

As much planning and packing you do, they still might wear their PJ top with their Friday night shorts together on a Monday! Take a deep breath and remember that your camper is going to have an amazing time at Summer Camp.

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Packing for Camp: Our favorite tips

Summer 2014 is around the corner, just over 2 months.  It will be here before you know it, to keep you organized we have a few packing tips that we couldn’t live without.  Packing smart is just as important as packing the right things.trunk plus embroid design_2.jpg.ashx

If your sending it, label it!

The sew on labels are great or the name stickers do stick to most items. Keep with the basics, the good old reliable “sharpie”.  Try gold or silver for your darker colored items.

Pack with your kids 

Let them see what you are packing so when they get to camp they had an idea of what was in their bag.  Show them you packed specific shoes for certain sports or where the extra batteries are tucked away.  Most camps will unpack the younger campers for them, so when they arrive their area is all set up.  It’s still a good idea for them to know what was packed.

Organize your duffel

Of course you will pack smart but try to make it easy on your camper.  For example, send them with a 2-1 shampoo/body wash or a travel tooth brush that folds into its cover.  The little things will keep you and your camper organized.  Pack all little items in ziplocks with labels, which also helps the counselors when they unpack for your child.  Try getting those X-LARGE zip lock bags, they are great for keeping the duffel organized and the clothes protected.

Pack Smart

Protect breakable items such as a tennis racket, make sure its protected.  Pack it between bed sheets or towels for extra cushion.  Find out what  bunk cubbies or under the bed storage your camper is allowed to bring.  Make sure they are collapsible and durable, it’s best to utilize them when packing. For example, pack items inside of the bins such as smaller or personal items.   You could also add a packing list inside the duffle, this helps the counselors and your camper to know what was packed.

Don’t Forget

Take a deep breath and take a picture of your camper sitting on their duffel.  It’s officially the first photo of the camp season!1071295_184418061729265_2081693645_o