Filling a care package to send to your summer camper is an exercise in restraint. You want to send everything your kid could ever possibly need, but you’ve got limited space in your box. Follow these tips to pack the perfect care package and make your kid one happy camper.
If your kiddo is camping somewhere warm, include some heat-resistant snacks that won’t arrive in a sad, sticky puddle. Hint: Save the chocolate chip cookies for your camper’s triumphant homecoming. Goldfish crackers, nuts, peanut butter crackers and fruit snacks can generally take the heat and make a delicious addition to any care package. Pack these items in an airtight container that won’t attract any cabin creatures. Include a blank index card and ask your camper to write down the meal he or she can’t wait to eat on their first night home and mail it back to you.
Coloring books are one of the most popular gifts out there right now, and SampleHouse stocks varieties to suit all interests and ages. With designs ranging from undersea adventures to enchanted fairytale forests, you’ll find the perfect coloring book to help your camper pass the time on a rainy day. Don’t forget to include a pack of markers and even a mini-flashlight for bedtime coloring. Other fun activities that travel well include friendship bracelet kits, Rubik’s cubes, crossword puzzles and even books of scary stories to read aloud around the campfire.
Something they need
Include a few items that tend to disappear, like hair ties, bobby pins, headbands, socks and sunglasses. You can also include back-up toiletries in case your camper runs out of essentials like toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, sunblock, bandages, allergy medication or post-swimming ear or eye drops. A backup pair of goggles or earplugs will also likely come in handy.
Something from home
A handwritten letter from parents or siblings is a great way to give your camper a little sense of home. While you want them to have the time of their lives, you also want to remind them how loved and missed they are. Include a silly note from the family pet to tide over any homesick feelings. For an especially homesick-prone kiddo, include a favorite T-shirt or pillowcase to make the nights a little easier.