Summer Excitement Begins With Packing

Tips for making sure your camp is ready this summer. (Courtesy photo)

The good news is you probably have many things your child needs for camp in your house. Take the packing list (usually found on the camp website or in the welcome packet) and check around the house before heading off to the store.

Find out how often the camp offers laundry service. Most likely, you will only need to pack enough clothes for one to two weeks.

For items you do need to buy, check out these helpful websites for ordering camp gear: campstuff4less.com, everythingsummercamp.com, and beebeedesigns.com.

Also, labeling everything is a must. Check out Label Daddy for super cute labels and use our 20 percent discount code: Tipsontrips.

Of course a black sharpie always works too.

To help keep your child organized, use large baggies to pack small items, underwear, socks, etc.

Remember, you want your child to have fun and not worry about ruining their clothes. It’s not about the clothes, it’s the enriching, fun time your child will experience at camp.

After your child comes home from camp, pack away things in the duffle or trunk for the next summer (flashlight, fans, laundry bags, water bottles, old towels). When next summer rolls around you will be that much more ahead of the game.

Camp is one of the best times of your child’s life, make packing easy, fun, and part of the experience.

Helene Abrams, an advisor with Tips on Trips and Camps, a free summer camp and trip advisory service, helps parents of children ages 7-18 find enriching summer overnight experiences. Reach her at 214-484-8141 or [email protected].