July 12, 2012
Packing a kid for camp is a large undertaking. The oldest child usually gets the most attention and as the years progress the beauty of a clean sleeping bag is learned so much that it doesn't have to be disinfected three times with a campers name embroidered in it. The what to bring to camp checklist is very helpful; lots of changes of clothes, swim suits, rain gear, and toiletries are covered, the rest is dependent on what type of camp you're packing for. Flashlights with extra batteries are replaced with iPhones and chargers, now with a bug spray app probably in development. Overpacking is common as moms think up every scenario possible that always requires another item; really mom, one pair if rain boots should suffice. Many unnecessary purchases are made in order for her to feel like her child has everything. Take it from me, when a camp recommends bringing old clothes, listen to them. Cameras are the questionable item this year as some outlets don't want their campers to have use of the cell phones, except now the phone is connect to a whole new set of rules. Technology is helpful in that camps are able to blog and post pictures of their child's experience daily. It's another fine example of three steps forward and two steps back. And in this case you might want to use a hash tag to mark your trail.
Right Buzz Words
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Dorm supply shopping
She Could be a
Home Depot Employee
Car Wash Attendant
"Dirty diapers should be thrown away in a Ziploc bag"
If she's preparing lunches at home, make sure perishable foods such as deli meats, pre-made tuna, chicken and egg salads are kept refrigerated or cold. All of these foods have the potential for bacteria to grow and multiply if not kept cold, which increases the risk of food poisoning. Soft, insulated lunch bags or boxes are the best choice for keeping lunches cold. Metal or plastic lunch boxes without insulation don't do as good a job but they're better than paper lunch bags. No matter what sort of lunch bag or box used, she should always place some kind of ice pack in it to keep the food inside cold. Small, frozen gel packs are perfect for this.
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