Today is the first official day of summer and you probably, like many other moms, have kiddos that are off to day camp.
My 7-year old with an entrepreneur’s soul is at a girls’ business camp. She started yesterday and is in heaven. I was, however, a little ashamed because I arrived with her unprepared for what she needed. Yikes! I didn’t have a checklist.
So… I’ve since made a checklist and want to share it with you. Without further ado, here is the PERFECT DAY CAMP CHECKLIST (and by perfect, I mean “probably good enough.”).
This is a checklist for the items to put into your kid’s backpack for day camp.
___ Sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 45
___ Insect repellant wipes, wristband, or lotion (I don’t recommend the aerosol can of insect repellant–the spray can sting if it gets in your child’s eyes.)
___ Water bottle filled with ice-cold water
___ Sun Hat
___ Bathing suit and towel (I recommend a super thin towel to create less bulk in the backpack.)
___ Extra set of clothes (especially a pair of socks and shirt if they get wet from the rain or water play)
___ Comfortable running shoes or closed-toe sports sandals WITH socks
___ Rain poncho (not something we often need in Los Angeles, but if you’re in a rainy place this is good to have. Ponchos are good because they roll up small too)
___ Medication: All camps should have your child’s medical information on file. Having an extra note with details in their backpack and attached to their Prescription medication and/or Epi-Pen is helpful.
___ Food: Many day camps will provide lunch and snacks. If you pack a lunch it should be easy to eat on the ground and not need refrigeration. A sandwich, fruit and a juice box or water makes for a healthy lunch. Granola bars make an excellent snack. Some camps may have vending machines or snack bars — find out the rules and cost of items ahead of time so you can plan if and how much money you want your child to have every day. I recommend putting money in a zippered change purse or zip-up sandwich bag. Notify the camp of any food allergies your child may have. And be careful about sending your child with peanut items (e.g. PB&J sandwiches) for any other children that may have that allergy.
___ Other: If your child is at a specialty camp like my daughter, your child may need to bring other objects or gear. You can note it here.
___ Change purse with $1-$5 for snacks
___ Benadryl cream for itchy mosquito bites.
With these items in your child’s backpack, it should help your child have a happy and healthy day at camp!
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom. She has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and careers. She’s a busy mom and stepmom of 3, certified life and career coach, author, speaker, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Parent Facebook Page and on twitter as @monickpaulhalm.