Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Essential equipment for camp

Joseph Cianciotto has spent quite a number of springs getting his kids ready for summer camp. He still remembers the first time sending them off and getting a call a few days later about how much stuff the kids still needed that weren’t in their bags.

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Because of this, Joseph Cianciotto has decided to share with new parents the essential equipment for camp. Now, take note, this just doesn’t apply to summer camp. If your kids are scouts, they’re most likely going to have to camp a few times within the school year.

First things first—is the camp going to provide lodging? If not, tents and sleeping bags are a must.

Next up—clothing. This can be confusing for parents who are packing for their kids for the first time. The rule of thumb, though, is to always pack light so it doesn’t take a lot of space in the bag and the kids won’t have a problem carrying the bag.

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Then, parents can include basic items with their clothing, such as shorts, flip-flops, underwear (this should be a third more than needed), socks, swim clothes (rash guards and trunks), sleeping clothes (pajamas), and a rain coat or jacket.

Once all the clothing has been included, it’s time to put hats, sunglasses, sunblock, insect repellant spray, disinfectant alcohol, jug with a washable cup, towel (more than one), toothbrush, toothpaste, tissue paper, soap, shampoo, a comb or hairbrush, laundry bag, first-aid kit, and emergency cash. If there’s still space, you can add an umbrella.

Are there things that we missed? Feel free to comment in the comments section below.

Joseph Cianciotto is a digital media native and family man from Long Island, New York. For more articles like this, visit this blog.

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