This summer our kids are back to getting outdoors, helping those in need, continuing their spiritual journey and learning new skills at sleep away camp. All of these kiddo adventures require getting organized, planning ahead, and packing. Here’s your strategy for organizing for sleep away camp.
Check protocols first
The CDC is offering precautions and protocols this summer. Each state may have different requirements. Many of these include testing and vaccinations. Updates happen a lot right now so be sure to stay in touch with the leadership of your camp, school or youth group to know what to do and when to do it.
Get THE list
No matter what the event, there’s a list for you! Start early because the list may require some purchasing and definitely requires organizing. The list is available usually from the camp, from the group leader, by email or online. Your list is usually customized for the activities your kiddo will be participating in. Be sure each item is labelled with your kiddo’s name.
- It may be tempting to add more to the list than what is required. Less is more when it comes to packing.
- Check on whether there is a theme for certain days in order to include these items.
- Have your child help you pack. That way they know what they are bringing and what they have to wear.
- Check on what is permissible for electronics. If permitted, remember to send charging for the devices.
- Learn the sleeping arrangements ahead of time. This way you know whether to pack sheets or a sleeping bag.
- Purchase extra medicines for the duration of your kiddo’s time away.
- Bring a little bit of home. Having a little reminder, a note from you, helps remind your kiddo how loved they are and how special too.
- If no list for your specific camp, use this.
Easy packing tips
Make it easy to stay packed or get unpacked while your kiddo is at camp.
- Keep sets together in ziploks or packing cubes. Label ziploks by day or theme.
- There are many options for travel toiletries. There are pre-packed kits and toiletry organizers. Create a travel go kit of toiletries including soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste and other hygiene products. Purchase sample size toiletries to keep luggage light. Whichever you choose, make it easy to travel to and from the bathroom.
- Send disposal items that can be left behind when repacking at the end of camp.
- Make sure medicines are well labelled in original containers with specific instructions.
- Make sure the backpack and luggage can be toted by your kiddo. They will be responsible for getting this to their sleeping spot. Camp trunks can be heavy and hard to wrangle so be prepared.
- Send a small backpack that can be used for day excursions.
- Packing to be just prepared enough is the goal for sleep away camping.
If you are the chaperone or attending sleep away camp too, spend just as much time on your preparations too! The more organized and prepared you are, the more fun you will have.