I feel like everyone I know, including me, went to summer camp as a kid. One of the best and most unexpected things? Care Packages!!! Inexpensive and sold in bulk, these drawstring backpacks can be a treat for your little one and his or her whole cabin. Include fabric markers for campers to autograph one another’s bags, and it’s a sweet and memorable item to keep for years to come.
Where to find the Items for your Care Package?
- Design Your Own Drawstring Backpacks, $20.50 for 12, Oriental Trading
- Crayola Fabric Markers, $5.79, Crayola
Flashlight and Batteries
Perfect for ghost stories, shadow puppets, or finding their way in the dark during late-night pranks.
Favorite Blanket/Pillowcase from Home
If your child is feeling homesick, help her drift off to sleep with the familiar comfort of a blanket or pillow from home.
You’d be amazed how quickly supplies of bug spray vanish. Send an unscented brand with aloe vera to soothe skin and keep the skeeters away.
Summer weather can be unpredictable. If the camp gets chilly in the evenings, send a sweatshirt, light jacket, or even a warm hat.
These never get old! They’re fun for rainy days or while lounging around on a lazy afternoon. Check out the Mad Libs Website for a special “Letters from Camp” edition.
Send homemade treats or favorite candies, but stay away from chocolate — it’ll be a melted mess by the time it gets to camp.
Nondisposable Water Bottle
Keep kids hydrated while helping out the environment by sending a reusable water bottle to quench thirst and cut down on plastic waste.
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