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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 – 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 – 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?
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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
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