As summer approaches and camp is less than a month away, it’s now time to start packing for your child’s stay at Camp Friendship. Packing for summer sleep away camp can be stressful and starting now is your best bet. The earlier, the better. Don’t forget the sneakers, toothpaste…the toothebrush! Sunscreen? Enough clothes? Appropriate clothes? Relax. Take a deep breath.
At Camp Friendship in Virginia we’re ready to transform you out of your panic mode and unlock your packing abilities! Here are some tips to help.
1 – What do you need? First, dig out the Camp Friendship Parent Handbook which has a detailed description of all the items necessary for summer camp in Virginia. Consider all possible weather conditions. Good weather clothes such as shorts and tank tops, and bad weather garb such as sweatpants and long sleeve shirts. You can type out your own specific list with checkboxes (that you can re-use next year too, even noting where items are located during the year so it’s easier to retrieve).
2 – Gather personal hygiene needs. (shampoos, hairsprays, face washes, sunscreen, bug repellents, deodorant, hats, shower flip flops, etc.).
3 – Here’s a big tip: Before shopping go through every item on your list. Locate them. If you “assume” they’re somewhere you might find it’s missing at the last minute.
4 – Labeling your personal belongings is important. Buy sew-in or iron-on labels with your child’s full name and place these inside clothes. Permanent marker to initial socks and underwear, bathing suits, flip flops, toothpaste, etc. Items can easily get lost or confused for someone else’s.
5 – Another biggy: Organize packing beforehand for easy accessability. Pack clothing in the same type piles, and pair shoes
on one side.Keep bathroom items in plastic shoe boxes, pouches or bags, and put small items, money and jewelry in a lockbox for safekeeping.
6 – After washclothes, towels, pillows, stuffed animals, water bottles, hairties, hairbrush, nailclippers, etc. are packed, it’s time to do the check. And re-check. Make sure you have all items.
7 – Another helpful hint: Include an UNchecked copy of your list with packed camp items, so it can be used by your camper when it’s time to re-pack and come home!
Lastly, for any last minute concerns or for more helpful advice, check out our parent resource link on our website, or contact us at 1-800-873-3223. We’re happy to make your experience as seamless as possible and your child’s experience the best possible. Good luck as you and your child prepare for camp. At Camp Friendship we’re just as excited to start the summer activities!
Now, that deep breath…