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8 Summer Camp Essentials + Win a Giveaway Package Worth Over $430!

8 Summer Camp Essentials + Win a Giveaway Package Worth Over $430!


With summer, we get barbeques, parties, the beach and fun. But, as parents we also get to wonder, “how will we occupy the kids this summer?” There are plenty of great summer camp options – but it isn’t the same as school or daycare. Kids are on the go, and their bags need to be packed full of essentials to make it through the days.

Here’s a list of essential items to consider for your summer camp needs!

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  • Rainbow Light’s Gummy Bear Essentials® – These gummies prepare kids for a full day of activities! Developed especially to nourish the growing minds and bodies of today’s active kids. Single-serve packets preserve freshness and purity and are perfect for handing off on a busy morning or stuffing in their suitcase and keeping for the whole summer long. Delicious strawberry, lemon and orange flavors; 100% natural, gluten-free, lactose-free, dairy-free, yeast-free, and nut-free; contain no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or additives.

cheap camera

  • An inexpensive camera– Kids love to take photos, and if your camp is doing field trips, consider an inexpensive camera for your children. Many camps do not allow cell phones for the kids, so this is a great option.

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  • The Moodsters: Feelings Flashlight – Leaving home for the first time is not an easy fete, and it can cause kids a great amount of stress and worry. The Moodsters Feelings Flashlight helps kids cope with these fears in a fun and education way.  The Moodsters Feelings Flashlight™ and Storybook- is an electronic flashlight that features the Moodsters character images with voice affirmations and fun play activities so kids can explore their feelings, helping them to process and understand their emotions.

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  • Diono Radian RXT  – When sending kids off for a day of fun you’re putting their lives in the hands of someone else – make sure your child stays to and from camp. The Radian®RXT Car Seats are designed with your child’s security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection.

Safe sunscreen

  • Safe Sunblock – Kids often have sensitive skin and spend a lot of time outdoors during the summer. Finding the right sunblock can be difficult. Finding a barrier sunblock means that you don’t need to wait the 15-20 minutes for a chemical sunblock to be “ready.” With worries of chemical residue, consider one that is simple. This one by Badger has broad spectrum protection from UVA and UVB rays using the safe mineral Zinc Oxide. It has no oxybenzone, octinoxate, or other chemical active sun screening agents. Some of those chemicals actually are bleaching the coral reef! We also like this one because it is water resistent up to 80 minutes. Just enough time to splash and play, and then come in to rehydrate and reapply sunblock.

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  • Thermal Laminator When it comes to camp (and school and home), kids do a lot of crafts. While we cannot expect to keep them all, we can take photos of some, and also store some for safe keeping. A great option is to laminate those items which you worry may not “keep” very well. This also comes in handy for important documents – especially if you live where moisture seeps into everything!

monogrammed thermal bag

  • Monogrammed thermal bag – Yes! If your child is out for the day, monogram their items so that they’re personalized for cuteness AND to recover the items more easily from the lost-and-found. This thermal picnic basket works nicely for a weekend camp as well. Just find yourself a 48 hour cold pack and it’ll keep small juice packs and single-serve milk at a good temperature for overnight camp. By adding your last name to the monogram, it works for family outings as well!

Reusable ice packs

  • Reusable Ice Packs– These packs work up to 48 hours, and are reusable and fit for a 10×14 cooler. Additional sizes are available as well, so having a variety will be useful and can be used year-round.

Now that you know some of the essentials for summer camp, have you decided what camp your kids will be attending?


Lucky you, my loyal Hip Mama’s Place readers!  One of you will win a Summer Camp Essentials Package worth over $430.00! 

Summer Camp Essentials

Giveaway Prize includes one (1) of each item listed below – value worth over $430! 

  • A Diono Radian®RXT Car Seat
  • Moodster Feelings Flashlight with Storybook  
  • (1) package with 3 packs of 30-ct box of Gummy Bear Essentials® Multivitamin & Minerals for Kids

To enter this giveaway contest, just follow the Rafflecopter entry link below.  This giveaway contest is open to U.S. 18+ only. One entry per household, per IP address. Void where prohibited. I will pick and notify the winner by email after 04/20/16 at 11:59 PM, EST.

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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Stacey Roberson
    04/21/2016 / 2:51 am

    The Camera and Safe Sunblock would be 2 items on my list. The camera would be good for taking pictures for memories and the sunblock would be great if spending the day outdoors.

  2. Hayley S
    04/20/2016 / 2:56 pm

    The convertible car seat and sunscreen are both items we need to get for the summer for sure! Both of my kids are growing out of their car seats and need new ones, and we plan on spending lots of time outside this summer and need some good sun screen!

  3. heather walborn
    04/20/2016 / 2:40 am

    Great list of summer camp supplies! We really swear by keeping reusable ice packs on hand at our outings during the summer. But this prize pack is awesome! We could really use a “big boy” car seat for my youngest this summer as he is set to grow out of his infant seat by the end of summer. And my oldest would go nuts over the feelings flashlight & book!

    Entering on the host’s page <3

  4. gloria patterson
    04/19/2016 / 5:56 pm

    I missed add where I commented and enter this great contest

    hip mama’s place comment / everything mommyhood entered

  5. gloria patterson
    04/19/2016 / 5:52 pm

    It was hard to just pick out the 3 items
    Diono Radian RXT , Because everyone needs or wants a new seat for their kid

    Monogrammed thermal bag, our family loves to take road trips park/family/trail and spend time outside

    Thermal Laminator any family would want this. .. so many important and not important papers you can protect

  6. Amber Deuel
    04/19/2016 / 7:58 am

    I. Love this giveaway, we are in need of a carseat so this would be perfect and knowing that they have put the time in to making a quality product with all these safety features is wonderful! The story book and flashlight is always a hit, here anyways books are a big part of our life since my children were infants and anything that makes it extra interesting and fun is a plus! The vitamin gummies are the best without all the additives, gluten

  7. Colleen Maurina
    04/18/2016 / 3:53 am

    I would love to have the Diono Radian RXT to keep our little guy safe wherever we go in the car! I like all the amazing safety features that it comes with. Our family is big on daily multiple vitamins and Rainbow Light is our favorite brand. We like that it comes in women’s, men’s and children’s formulas.

  8. Jillian Too
    04/17/2016 / 7:50 pm

    The Safe Sunblock and Diono Radian RXT are summer essentials for us. We love to spend a lot of time outdoors so sun protection is a must-have. We tend to do more driving in the summer, especially on road trips, so our little guys’ safety in the car a top priority.

  9. June S.
    04/17/2016 / 12:03 pm

    The healthy green smoothie sounds like a good smoothie recipe that I would like to make for myself.

  10. June S.
    04/17/2016 / 11:48 am

    I am going to try the facial mask recipe out for myself.

  11. June S.
    04/17/2016 / 11:44 am

    I would be able to find many uses for the Monogrammed thermal bag – # 1 I would keep it in my car for when I need a cold place to keep things after going grocery shopping.

  12. 04/16/2016 / 3:09 pm

    I can see the camera and the thermal bag being very useful! My kids always want to use my camera to take pictures, so it would be great if they had their own. I love the idea of the thermal bag…we have one, but more would definitely come in handy.

  13. Katy
    04/15/2016 / 2:05 am

    What a fun group of giveaway items! They do look like awesome camp things, but should also be fun all spring and summer! I love the Moodsters Feelings Flashlight! Anything that makes identifying and exploring feelings for kids makes me very happy. I can also see us gettin a lot of use out of the Thermal Laminator. We love doing crafts- and that’s such a great way to preserve them. I think it would also be great for my household items like old handwritten recipes.

  14. Jill Rivera
    04/14/2016 / 4:29 pm

    A Diono Radian®RXT Car Seat has Infant body support cushions and memory foam for added comfort. I would want a comfortable seat for my grandchild.

  15. 04/14/2016 / 4:22 am

    I like all of the safety features.I think my kids would most enjoy
    The Moodsters. I’m sure they would absolutely enjoy and love it!

  16. Gabrielle Tietz
    04/14/2016 / 12:07 am

    I would be most excited about the carseat!! I just had my daughter less then two weeks ago and the carseat has amazing safety features that I love!!

  17. Rebecca
    04/13/2016 / 1:49 am

    We are planning a road trip vacation this summer, so we’d love the new car seat for our daughter. My kids also love flashlights. You can never have too many for camping.

  18. Colleenmarie
    04/12/2016 / 4:36 pm

    The Diono Radian RXT car seat would be a great addition to our family van. We would get plenty of use out of the Safe Sunblock at Six Flags.

  19. Jeanna
    04/12/2016 / 1:15 pm

    I love the Monogrammed thermal bag! This would be perfect to take drinks and snacks with us as we hike down to go fishing while we are camping! The Safe Sunblock is also a necessity as we live in Florida and need sunblock applied multiple times a day.

  20. Mami2jcn
    04/12/2016 / 12:53 pm

    The car seat would be great because our baby is outgrowing her seat and would need something bigger. I love the kids’ flashlight, too.

  21. April
    04/12/2016 / 6:58 am

    Sunblock is definitely essential for my pale family. Carseat safety is as well. We would love to win a Diono Radian!

  22. Terri Irvin
    04/11/2016 / 4:48 pm

    We have a new baby in our family as well as a toddler so we could really use a safe car seat like the Diono Radian RT. I like that it has adjustable head support. I also like the thermal picnic basket and that fact that it is personalized makes it extra special.

  23. Lenka
    04/10/2016 / 10:28 pm

    I like your whole list, there are a lot of practical items.

  24. Cheryl Everitt
    04/10/2016 / 2:00 am

    I have a young friend that just delivered a baby girl. She could really use the car seat. I also like the monogramed thermal bag that we could use on our day tripping! Over the years I have kept wonderful drawings that my granddaughters gave me. A lamintor would be great to protect them. Thanks for this awesome giveaway.

  25. 04/10/2016 / 1:54 am

    You have to have a good book and some scary tales to tell at the campfire and a flashlight.

  26. Lyndsey R.
    04/08/2016 / 8:22 pm

    I’m most excited about the car seat and the laminator. One of my best-friends is in dire need of a new car seat. I love photography so I would be ecstatic to get the laminator. I will also say I have been turning my household into a non-chemical more green household so I would be happy to try the sunblock as well.

    I am entering from the hosts page.

  27. Kelly Harrison
    04/08/2016 / 1:38 pm

    The Camera and laminater sound incredible! I cannot tell you how many special creations my daughter has stored away, at least four or five boxes, and she is only four! She is also a budding photographer and I would love for her to have her own special big-girl camera!

  28. Stephanie Phelps
    04/07/2016 / 10:33 pm

    I love the Diono Radian RXT because I know it would keep my little one safe while we travel! I also love the Monogrammed thermal bag so that I can take drinks with us and keep them cool and because it is so cute! I also love the Thermal Laminator so that I can keep their art work they make this summer all protected and the games that I make up for us to play while we are waiting and on our trips! I am leaving this comment on https://www.hipmamasplace.com/8-summer-camp-essentials/

  29. Amber Ludwig
    04/07/2016 / 1:48 am

    I adore your whole list!! The Diono is by far the BEST car seat on the market in every way possible!! Love it!! The feeling flashlight is just so special in teaching kiddos how to express feelings and plus, what kid doesn’t love a flashlight lol!! We have skin cancer in my family so I love to see an amazing organic sunscreen on your list!! UV protection is SO important from a young age into adulthood!! Great list!! I love how much thought you put into it!! <3 Love the idea of laminating all the great works of art too!! <3

  30. Laura
    04/06/2016 / 10:49 pm

    I would be most excited about the Diono Radian RXT. I love all of the safety features it has! I think my nieces would most enjoy the The Moodsters: Feelings Flashlight. It looks like a lot of fun. I’m sure they would absolutely love it! 🙂

  31. Dotty J Boucher
    04/06/2016 / 12:27 am

    I can right off the bat that bear essential is and would be a huge help in the camp essentials, with all the grandchildren, they definitely need them. And I love the car seat, I could use that for sure with anyone of my younger grandbabies, You always need a safe way to transport your love one.. Also I would definitely pick out the flash light for the littles one, having a good flashlight means a lot when your out in the woods,,

  32. Erin Ellis
    04/05/2016 / 11:06 pm

    I am super excited about the feelings flashlight – My kids sometimes get scared in the dark. I also love the Diono Radian RXT because it is a fabulous seat, and would keep my daughter safe. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. (I’m typing this comment on Hip Mamas Place)

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