How to Properly Pack & Label for Summer Camp
Camping season is coming!
Whether it’s a family camping trip, the kids are heading off for a sleepaway camp, or they’ll be spending their time at a day camp – whatever summer camping you’re involved with is going to need some proper packing and labeling!
Hey, that equipment and those supplies aren’t cheap. Even if your child just loses their socks regularly, it adds up - and it doesn’t have to. Proper packing and labeling for camp saves the day!
Labeling Means No More Losing
Before you learn the best way to pack your camping gear, you’re going to want to label it. Even if it’s just you, alone out in the wilderness, if you leave something behind, it might find its way back to you – that is, if it’s labeled.
If you’re going to use Camp Labels from Name Bubbles, which we’re pretty sure you’re going to love, then we have some tips for how to use them. They’re not tricky or difficult to use, but you’ll get the most out of them if you remember a few key things.
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Tips on How to Pack for Camp
Now that everything is labeled, it’s time to start packing. These tips can help you stay organized and make the most of your space.
No matter what you use for your main camping bag (knapsack, duffel bag, etc.), having some zip lock bags of different sizes can help you keep your clothing safe from toiletries that might leak. It’s also easier to find stuff when you’ve organized them into bags. Remember to label those bags.
Don’t forget the garbage bag. One of our favorite tips is to line your bag with a garbage bag. This way, everything is protected from unexpected rain, heavy morning dew, or an unexpected splash.
You don’t want to overpack clothing, but you also don’t want to be without key pieces. It never hurts to pack an extra swimsuit and extra socks. We’re big fans of camp clothing with a UPF 50+ rating to block harmful UV rays. If we’re being honest, putting on sunscreen is something we all know we should do regularly, but when we’re camping, it can be a hassle. That’s why the extra protection is good to have. Similarly, you might want to invest in clothing with built-in bug repellent.
Roll the Clothing
Another clothing tip that seasoned travelers swear by is roll your clothing instead of folding. This technique gives you more space in your bag, and it keeps them a little bit more wrinkle-free.
Try creating a clothing burrito for each day. Lay the t-shirt down, put the shorts on top, then lay underwear and socks down. Fold in half and roll. Now each day has a little packet of clean clothes.
But it’s not just about new clothing. A habit of rolling dirty laundry will help keep things nice and neat.
Simple and Less
The temptation is to pack everything, so you or your little one is ready for anything that comes along. Luckily, that’s usually not necessary so you can leave most of it at home. Try to pare down to just the essentials.
Keeping a list of items you need and then checking them off as they’re packed is a great idea. Not only does this help you make sure you have the stuff you need, but you can use it year after year. If you stick to the same list, you can revisit and review it, so it becomes your official camping go-to list.
While it’s tempting to do all of the labeling and packing yourself, if your camping trip involves little ones or it’s for their adventure - let them help! If your child is involved in the packing, they know where stuff is, what they’ve packed, and they have a sense of accomplishment and pride. It also helps them keep track of what they’ve brought, so they might (just maybe) be more inclined to bring their supplies back home.
Thank you again for joining us for another edition of The Weekly Bubble! We hope this blog post was informative for you and your children. If you have any questions about labeling or summer camp in geneal, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We’ll talk to you next week!