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Summer camp is usually a fun adventure that kids look forward to each year. They love the excitement of trying new things, meeting new people, and learning new skills.

Some kids; however, may feel a bit of anxiety when it comes to camp. Perhaps it is their first time being away from mom and dad or perhaps they feel some nervousness about visiting a new place and/or meeting new people. If your kid is feeling uneasy about going to camp, there are a few items you can send with them to help calm their nerves. 

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8 Items To Help Kids Relax at Camp

Lights 

Pack a flashlight. Being able to see what is around them may help alleviate the fear of the dark and/or getting lost. Battery-powered string lights may also be fun to hang from their bunk. 

Photos

When you pack, toss in a photo of your family and your camper’s close friends. Photos are a nice reminder that someone is waiting for you to return home and share your camp stories. This can especially be helpful with separation anxiety.

Letters

I like to tuck secret notes into my campers’ bags. I usually include one per day they are away. I keep the letter pretty short and sweet. I let them know what I have planned for the day and tell them what I look forward to when they return. Sometimes I include a silly joke or a weird trivia fact. 

Music

If it’s allowed, send a device that can play music. Both of my campers find great comfort in being able to listen to their favorite playlists. If the camp doesn’t allow playing music during the day, perhaps they can listen to it at night with headphones? 

Book

Send a journal, stickers, and fun pens with your camper. Many people find journaling to be relaxing.  It’s also a good way to document new adventures. If your camper isn’t into journaling, then a favorite storybook could also be a fun addition. 

Fidget bracelet

Fidget bracelets may provide a soothing distraction. They come in many different sizes and styles. You and your camper can even make one before they leave on their trip. 

Blanket/pillow

Chances are your camper will need to pack a sleeping bag and pillow for camp. If they have a favorite blanket or pillow make sure to send it with them. If they feel embarrassed about carrying a favorite blanket, you can tuck it down inside their sleeping bag and no one will have to know. I have also heard that some people cut a section of the blanket off so that the kid can just carry a piece of it rather than the entire thing. 

Stuffed animal

Packing a favorite stuffed animal can be of comfort no matter the age. My campers pack Warmies. Warmies can be warmed in a microwave or chilled in a freezer. The adorable plush animals are gently scented with Real French Lavender for relaxing aromatherapy. Warmies are also perfectly weighted for a positive sensory experience. They weigh around 2 pounds each. Warmies are available in a wide assortment of sizes and styles. In addition to the family of plush animals, they have neck wraps, slippers, and more!

I hope these suggestions help your camper relax and have a good time!

 

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This post currently has 5 responses.

  • Peggy Nunn

    The girls always take their favorite blanket and a stuffed animal.

  • Amy D

    Some of my best memories are when I went away to summer camp. My daughters are still a bit young for summer camp right now, but I love your list. I wish I took photos of my family with me.

  • Mia E.

    Good ideas to think ahead about ways to keep kids happy during their camp vacations. I had not thought of favorite music, but I can see how it would be comforting.

  • Lauryn R

    This is a fantastic list of what to send with your kids to Summer camp! I sadly don’t know of any camps to send my kids to, but I really need to find out if there is one close to us! My kids would definitely love to be able to do something like this, how fun! I love the Warmies, what a cute and great way to be comfortable and have the safety. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Leela

    Blankets and animals are the best comfort.

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