When school lets out, children have several months to enjoy themselves in the warm weather. Many children leave home for a few weeks to spend time at summer camp. Planning and preparation are required to make this adventure a pleasant one. Here are some tips regarding packing and how to deal with homesickness that sometimes occurs while at summer camp.
Tip 1: Begin packing a couple of weeks before leaving. This prevents a stressful last-minute shopping trip. Pack t-shirts, sleeveless tops, shorts, flip flops, sneakers, a hat, and the basics like socks, pajamas, and underwear. Do not forget at least two bathing suits and towels. This way, one can dry while you are wearing/using the other. Pack some warm clothing like sweatshirts and jeans because not every day will be sunny and warm.
Tip 2: Pack toiletries, sunscreen, bug spray, a small first aid kit, and medications. Camping gear including a pillow, sleeping bag, and flashlight with some extra batteries will make your stay more comfortable. Bring durable sunglasses that can withstand being dropped and worn into the water. Pack a camera or video recorder to capture fun times with other campers.
Tip 3: There will be some downtime, so pack magazines, comic books, cards, or a portable gaming device. If you are artistic, take paper and colored pencils to make some drawings of the scenery. Take snacks to share with other campers but keep these in secure containers to prevent insect or rodent attacks.
Tip 4: Even the most adventurous children can become homesick while at camp. Packing a family photo may provide comfort. Take your cell phone or a prepaid calling card and use it to call friends and family when lonely. Send emails and texts from your phone or take some stamps and write some good, old-fashioned letters and postcards to the folks at home.