You’ve registered your kids for day camp — and everyone is counting down the days. Here are eight pro tips from the staff at PDX Parent for how to expertly prep and pack a backpack for all sorts of camp adventures.
- Get the right bag. Pack them up in a backpack with lots of pockets — especially one with a side pocket that holds a water bottle.
- Label everything. Help your kids — and camp staff — keep track of their belongings by labeling their stuff. Our publisher likes Name Bubbles, colorful fabric labels that are dishwasher and laundry safe.
- Plan for the commute. Some camps involve taking a bus to different locations. Pack them a book, Sudoku or crossword puzzles, or a drawing pad and pencil for the commute.
- Avoid growling stomachs. Load them up with filling, on-the-go snacks they can easily open and chow down on.
- Bring on the hydration. Make sure they stay hydrated with a large, insulated water bottle. Is your kid prone to losing stuff? Buy them a cheaper water bottle.
- Stay protected. For kiddos doing outdoor activities, make sure you send them off with sweat-proof sunscreen. (And apply before you drop them off.) Aerosol sunscreen is an easy option for them to reapply throughout the day.
- Used is best. Use what your kid already owns: Old clothes that can get dirty, worn-in sneakers that can get wet and last year’s lunch boxes for snack breaks.
- Bring a spare. For little campers, be sure to pack a change of clothes for them.
To find awesome kids camps near you, check out our handy camps cheat sheet!
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