Whether you’re sending your kids off to day camp or sleepaway camp, they’re bound to make memories that’ll last a lifetime. And let’s be honest: Even though you’ll miss them, you’re kind of looking forward to enjoying a little “me time.” But before you send your kids packing, make sure you’ve packed them these summer camp essentials.
- Luggage tag
If they’ll be gone for weeks at a time, chances are they’re taking a larger bag or suitcase with them. Make sure they bring home the right one with a quirky luggage tag.
Whether they’re leaving for the summer or just attending a day camp, they’ll need a tote bag to store towels, a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and extra clothes. They’re fellow campers will be totes jealous.
- Cosmetic bag
Help your daughter keep her cosmetics and toiletries organized. She’ll be the most stylish camper in the cabin.
They’ll want to remember every detail and inside joke, and even though smartphones are a great way to do that, there’s no substitute for writing down exactly how those moments made you feel.
- Travel Water Bottle
Packing them a travel water bottle is a good way to remind them to stay hydrated during outdoor summer activities like canoeing, playing sports or hiking. And their camp counselors will appreciate the environmentally friendly touch too.
- Postcard and Stamps
Help them keep in touch by packing them a few pre-stamped postcards.
- T-Shirts & Hoodies
They’ll need plenty of casual T-shirts for everyday activities and one or two hoodies for those cooler nights spent telling ghost stories and roasting marshmallows around the campfire.
- Summer Hat
They’ll be spending a ton of time outside. Protect their sensitive skin with a hat. Girls will be extra appreciative for this bad-hair-day savior.
- Tank Tops
Send her off in style with cute, but casual tank tops. Trust us—you can never have too many.