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Have your kids finished with school yet? Mine have one week to go, but I know that in many parts of the country, school’s already out and camp is about to begin. My own kiddos have a while before camp starts–in July 9-year-old R. will go to sleepaway camp and 6-year-old S. will go to day camp. They both have looooong lists of things they need for camp, especially for R’s sleepaway camp. Even though it’s just 3 weeks long, she seems to need everything but the kitchen sink.
This past week I tackled the camp lists. It turns out that clothing and swimsuits were the easy part (I mostly relied on Children’s Place and Lands End) but there are endless “bath and body” type items that both kids need too. I wanted to buy as much as possible at one store, and get a good value on what I spend. Naturally, I turned to Duane Reade, and, sure enough, the superchain already has lots of camp items on its shelves. Here’s what we bought:
First things first–sun protection. My kids are both fair, so making sure they have enough sunscreen to last them the entire day (plus re-applications) is a top priority. Coppertone Limited Edition Value Packs, $14.99.
Don’t forget that your kids’ eyes need protection from the sun’s rays, too. I was pleased to see that Duane Reade carries kids’ sunglasses in a variety of sizes, since the sunglasses at kids’ stores like Children’s Place seem to have gotten too small for them at this age. Assorted sunglasses, $11.99.
And, there’s staying hydrated. R. and S. will both enjoy their new eco-friendly stainless steel sports bottles. Namestar Sports Bottles, assorted designs, $9.99.
R’s camp is in the woods in New England, so they also recommend bringing insect repellent. And since she’s sensitive to strong smells, I was glad to find this Coleman repellent which is odorless plus DEET-free. Coleman insect repellent, $6.99.
Uh oh. In case the bugs bite your kid anyway, pack this soothing Bite & Sting Relief Spray ($6.99).
Another mom friend had warned me that kids are expected to bring “chairs” to sleepaway camp. Really? At our camp it’s optional, but I was kinda thinking of getting myself this folding chair for the beach.
And, of course, I want to make sure R. brings enough “toys” to keep her happy and occupied during quiet time in the bunk (somehow I doubt she will take a nap). No electronics allowed! So I’m picking up some fun little gifts like this Set of 25 Marbles ($1.99)…
….and a Discovery Kids Binoculars and Compass Set ($8.99).
Last but not least, although we’re sending her trunk to camp ahead of time, she’ll still need some first-day supplies on the bus ride up there. This sporty nylon Eurogear Duffel ($39) has lots of separate compartments for everything from sneakers to snacks.
What’s left on your kids’ camp shopping lists? Have you started (or finished!) shopping yet?