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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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