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Why You Should Allow Your Kids To Go Camping

Why You Should Allow Your Kids To Go Camping

Camping for kids could be a great experience for every child and their parents. Aside from the sense of adventure they will experience, camping will also teach them responsibilities by participating in things, like tree planting and other team building activities. Once you decide summer camp can be an option for your son(s) or daughter(s), you should start to arrange for whatever camping program you think they should join.

The act of facilitating the kind of summer camp your child will be a part of allows you to pick the best camp that meets your child’s needs. Regardless if you decide to enroll your child in summer camp, day camp, or overnight camp – most camp programs send you a welcome packet that includes a list of things to pack and other important things to note. Just in case you want your child to be fully prepared, below are great tips for determining the camping needs of your kids.

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What To Pack For Sleepaway Camp

For sleepaway camping programs, the same fundamental packing list as the daycamp essentials is required, but with lots of additions. To begin with, you will have to understand how long camping lasts and whether your children might have the opportunity to do laundry. Otherwise, pack two times the number of undergarments and socks while considering the length of time will be spent at camp. For additional clothing items, include more t-shirts and shorts for everyday camping, a couple of sweatshirts to protect your child from the chill or mosquitoes that come with summer nights, athletic shoes, two pairs of pants, two sets of pajamas, and a good amount of swimsuits.

Also keep toiletries in mind, like toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, a comb along with a hairbrush, and soap. Also include a minimum of two towels. Pack the items along with a plastic bag or caddy sot hat it is easy to carry back and forth from the shower. Other things you might want to include are a pillow, mattress linens, a sleeping bag, and a blanket. As a precaution, also pack a flashlight with extra batteries.

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What To Pack For Day Camp

For day camps, you should include items like, swimming gear, a bathing suit, towels, sunblock, and swimming footwear. Include a hat on the list for additional sun protection, bottles filled with drinking water, sandals, an additional change of clothing, and perhaps a lightweight rain slicker and sweatshirt as well. With these packing precautions, you will prepare your child for just about any activity or weather.

Medication

If your child has medication they need to take or if they have allergies, it is important to make sure that camp nurse is aware of it. Take things a step further by making sure that the camp nurse has medication and prescriptions for your child on-hand in the case of emergencies, as well as to make sure that your child takes doses of their medication whenever they are scheduled to.

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Snacks

Several summer camp programs have lunch and snacks offered, but some don’t. When they don’t, you have to pack for lunch and snacks every single day within an insulated lunch bag. For the snacks, avoid having to pack peanut butter, nuts, and chocolates as snacks like these are typical allergy triggers for children and chocolate can melt. You should also have snacks handy so that your child can reach in their bag whenever they need them.

Recreation

Most camps will not allow cellphones or personal electronic games, so check and make sure that recreational items you include in your child’s luggage follow the camping program’s rules and restrictions. To be on the safe side, toss in some books or puzzles for your child during downtime and rainy days. You should also label everything with your child’s names or initials. A waterproof marker or fabric labels work nicely too.

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Instead of letting your kids sit in front of the screen playing video games or binging on cartoons all summer long, why not expose them to a fun-filled and real life experience with nature? With some planning, your child’s camp experience can be a great one!

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Last Updated on August 21, 2018

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

 1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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    Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

    2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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      If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

      3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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        It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

        4. Corn chips for kindling!

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          Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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          5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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            Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

            6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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              These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

              7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                You never know when you might need some.

                8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                  Get all the info you need here.

                  9. Sangria!

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                    We know what’s really important. How to here!

                    10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                      By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                      11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                        Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                        12. DIY shower.

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                          All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                          13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                            Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                            14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                              15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                  Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                  17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                    It’s that easy!

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                                    18. Grits repel ants.

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                                      Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                      19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                        20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                          That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                          21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                            For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                            22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                              You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                              23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                  By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                  25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                    26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                      Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                      27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                        That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                        28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                          Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                          29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                            Get them while you can!

                                                            30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                              With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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