Whether it’s your daughter’s first or fifth summer heading off to sleepaway camp, you might be racking your brain wondering if there’s something you’ve forgotten to pack for her. As a parent, it’s natural for you to want to make sure your daughter is prepared for anything! Here’s a short list of some things your daughter might need this summer that may have slipped your mind. 

1. Ziploc Bags

Your daughter is going to a summer camp with children of her age. There is nothing more frustrating than realizing her favourite polka dot socks (or blue sweater) has been ruined by water or a bunkmate!

Make sure to pack everything in Ziploc bags, especially items that are not waterproof. Separate her belongings into main categories and pack accordingly. Ziploc bags will not only protect your daughter’s favourite items but will also make them much easier to find in what can be a somewhat disorganized trunk.

While you’re at it, leave some extra bags at the base of the trunk so that she can help her friends stay organized or if any need to be replaced throughout the summer. 

2. Water Shoes

Our summer camp is located near the beautiful Lake Ahmic, and we make the most of it. While water shoes are not mandatory, they will definitely be beneficial. The shoes will help to protect her from getting injuries and minor scratches when walking in the water. 

3. Write Her a Letter (And Tuck it Into Her Trunk)

Settling in at camp can be a bit overwhelming, and nothing will make your daughter feel better than finding a note from home! Write your daughter a supportive and warm letter to remind her that you are proud that she is pushing her comfort zone. Make sure that she will find the letter once she gets to camp to give her some extra encouragement as she makes new friends and learns the camp routine.

4. Bright and Durable Headlamp

Your daughter’s summer camp program will go on for the entire day. This means that she might be out in the wilderness after sunset. Although she will explore everything with her group and within a safe environment, a bright and shockproof headlamp will help her and her tired legs find their way back to her bunk at the end of a long, fun-filled camp day.  

5. Sunscreen and Aloe Vera

Fortunately, your daughter will spend her days outside. The sun may be beautiful, but it can also be damaging to her skin. Remind her to always use sunscreen and wear a hat to prevent sunburn. In case she forgets or the sun is too strong, pack a sun coolant solution like Aloe Vera to help her skin heal and cool down.

Of course there might be other items that you might want to prepare for your daughter’s upcoming summer camp, but these 5 items are crucial and are some of the easiest to forget. If you are interested in enrolling your daughter in one of our many programs or wondering about what other items you should pack for your daughter this summer, feel free to contact us by phone at 416-427-3171 or by email at dianne@campakomak.com.