School is finally out and what better way to celebrate then to go camping? If your child is going camping with friends or heading to summer camp, having a checklist is a definite must have. Without a checklist getting ready for a camping trip can become a hectic experience. Add in any medicines your child might need and the hectic experience intensifies 10 fold. An online community now takes the stress out of keeping up with medicines and medical records by storing it all online and right at your fingertips making sending your child off to summer camp a mind easing experience.
Kinsights is an online parenting community that allows you to share your parenting experiences with others, ask questions and above all track and save your child's medical history. Kinsights using cloud technology, you can save information regarding your child’s allergies and interactions with medicines, emergency contact information, any surgeries or illnesses they have and a lot more. Both parents and pediatricians can use Kinsights to keep track of the child's health with the most current information available. So if your child is camping this summer, all you do is print out his/her information and everything is there at your fingertips.
Now that you have the medical part taken care of, what else do you need to go camping? Kinsights has come up with a camping essentials list to make sure that your child stays health and has fun this summer.
Clothing - As parents we try to control everything we can to insure our little campers have a memorable camping experience, that includes making sure they have proper clothing and shoes to keep them warm and dry. Pack items like:
Tennis shoes, hiking boots and flip flops for the shower
T-shirts, flannels or light sweatshirts that can be layered or shed to meet the changing weather throughout the day
Pants and shorts (enough for 1.5x the length of camp)
A light jacket or rain poncho
Include some old clothes that kids don't need to worry about getting dirty or possibly damaging at a camp fire or while climbing trees. Be sure to mark your child’s name or initials in all clothing items.
Toiletries – Good hygiene definitely make camp more pleasant; include a wash cloth, two towels (one for bathing, one for swimming), toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, deodorant and other items necessary for good personal hygiene. Pack these items in a large vinyl zippered pouch to protect clothing in case they leak from altitude changes. The pouch will also make it easy to take to the showers when it’s time to clean up.
Bedding - Be sure to check out the camp’s requirements for bedding. If the campers will be sleeping indoors, sheets and a blanket or a sleeping bag should be fine. However, if your little camper will be out in a tent, make sure you have an air mattress, pump and a properly rated sleeping bag for the expected weather conditions at night.
UV Protection - Sunscreen and insect repellant will protect your child’s skin from sunburn and unwanted insect bites. If your child is camping at high altitude, the sun’s UV rays can be much more damaging. Instruct your camper to apply it several times a day to stay protected, especially if they participate in water activities. You should also want to pack a hat to wear on hikes for added protection.
Flashlight - If your camper is roughing it for the week at an outdoor camp site, you won’t want to forget a flashlight with extra batteries for late night outhouse visits. Be sure to include any medications your child is taking with written instructions for the camp nurse as well as some band aids and antibacterial ointment for any small cuts or scrapes.
A Piece of Home - Prevent homesickness by including a favorite item from home, like a stuffed animal, a family photo or a trinket that will help him feel secure while away. Include pre-addressed stamped envelopes or post cards so they can stay in touch and share their camping experience with you while they are away.
Entertainment – Books, playing cards and word games can help pass the time in case of inclement weather.
Money - If there is a camp store, ask the camp director for a recommendation on how much money to send for extra expenses like off-site trips, snacks and souvenirs. Making sure your child is prepared will ensure they have an excellent camping experience.
Most summer camps will give you a list of what and what not to bring to the campsite so reference that list to make sure your child has everything he/she needs.