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Pack like a Pro for Sleepaway Camp with these 12 Tips for Parents

Getting your kids ready for sleepaway camp can be overwhelming, so let’s get organized and smooth out the process. 

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you pack your child’s bags like a pro.

1. Make a Checklist

Start by making a comprehensive checklist of everything your child will need. Most camps provide a packing list, so use that as your base and add any personal items your child may want.

2. Sort Clothes by Category

Organize clothes by type (e.g., swimwear, sleepwear, casual outfits). Pack specific outfits by day in resealable plastic bags or packing cubes. This not only keeps things organized but also makes it easier for your child to find what they need. Don’t forget to include extra clothes for unexpected weather changes or activities. 

3. Label Label Label!

Label each piece with your child’s name using permanent markers, labels or a stamper to ensure nothing gets lost. 

4.Toiletries in a Waterproof Bag

Get a waterproof toiletry bag or use resealable bags and pack all the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, sunscreen, deodorant and any medications. Make sure to include a few extra items like a small first aid kit.

5. Laundry Bag

Include a laundry bag for dirty clothes… remind the camper not to put anything wet in the laundry bag!

6. Bedding and Towels

Pack a sleeping bag or bedding as required by the camp. Don’t forget to include a pillow and differentiate between shower towels and swim towels.

7. Snacks and a Reusable Water Bottle

Check with the camp's policy on snacks. If allowed, pack some of your child’s favorite non-perishable snacks and a plastic bin that seals and fits under the bed for open packages. Include a reusable water bottle to keep them hydrated.

8.Entertainment and Comfort Items

Pack a few books, a journal, and a favorite stuffed animal or blanket to help them feel at home. These comfort items can make a big difference, especially if it's their first time away.

9. Electronics and Cords

Camps can, and should, have some tight rules about electronics so be sure to check those but don’t forget flashlights, headlamps, extra batteries and the necessary cords and chargers. Often a clip-on fan and extension cord are a fantastic addition.  

10. Double-Check Everything

Go through your checklist one last time to ensure you haven't missed anything. Involve your child in this final check to make sure they know where everything is packed.

11. Secure Important Documents

If the camp requires any documents like medical forms or permission slips, pack them in a resealable plastic bag or waterproof pouch and put it in an easily accessible spot in their bag.

12. Personalize the Bags

Add a personal touch to your child's bags, like colorful tags or ribbons, to make them easily identifiable. 

By following these steps, you'll have peace of mind knowing your child is well-prepared for their adventure. A little preparation goes a long way in making sure your child has a stress-free and fun summer camp experience. If you need more detailed tips or want to check out more of our blogs, click the link below to visit our website.

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Happy Packing!


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