LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Whether your little camper is planning to enjoy the simplicity of a rustic camping experience or is attending a camp that offers activities such as sports, performing arts or computer training, it's important to send them packed with camptime essentials that will ensure they're ready for all the adventures.
Gail Richard from The Container Store has tips on how to pack your child's suitcase so they enjoy every minute of this special time.
She recommends getting your camper involved in the planning process from the very beginning. If your child feels part of the decision-making process, it can help ease the pre-camp jitters.
Most camps will provide a specific checklist. If a camp doesn't provide a list The Container Store has free checklists for parents to go off of. Also, be sure to know specific camp policies. For example, many don't allow food, electronics or anything of value.
Richard says that labeling is one of the most important steps of packing for camp. Every article of clothing and even personal items must have your camper's name on it.
The first item on EVERY camper's list is something to contain all their stuff. Trunks are a summer camp staple and of course, we offer a variety of durable, high-quality trunks that will withstand many years of summer camp!
To personalize the trunk, include a Luggage Tag. And, let your child decorate the trunk with stickers, paint pens, etc.
-Storage Locker with Wheels
-Frog Luggage Tag
-Footlocker with Tray
Make sure that you don't over-pack! Your child will almost certainly not pack for the return trip as neatly as you did. Also, some camps have laundry services on-site which can help narrow down the number of garments to bring.
To save your camper time, pack all clothing (including undergarments and accessories) by day in Reclosable Plastic Bags. This is a great idea with younger children. If your child will require bulkier items like a light sweater, jacket, bedding, towels - even a favorite pillow - you can't beat the Travel Space Bags. They eliminate the air from these fluffy items to save space inside the trunk.
-Reclosable Plastic Bags
-Travel Space Bag
Toiletries and personal care items are a must for your camper. Oftentimes campers have to leave their cabins to shower, so you want to find a solution that allows them to carry everything with them.
-Orange Grid Tote
It's always a good idea to include a little fun on the inside of a trunk. Adding photos, stickers - even hiding a little note or two is a thoughtful way to make this experience even more special.
Be sure to include a Journal and stamped and addressed envelopes, Stationery or postcards that your camper can use to write home with. Store these items with pens or pencils in a Zippered Pouch so they stay protected. Of course, you can send letters and care packages to your camper - just check with the camp about their guidelines.
(Source: The Container Store)