Your Day Camp Essentials for the Best Summer Yet

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By Andrea Tomkins

I was often the parent who bought our kids’ winter boots on the evening of the first snowfall of the season, but as they got older I realized I can keep my stress levels in check if I’ve taken the time to think things through and make a list.

If your kids are getting ready for day camp this summer, I gently encourage you to learn from my mistakes and start making that to-do list now instead of panicking the night before. Trust me on this!

One thing that is probably on your list is a backpack so they can ferry their stuff back and forth. Of course, the same backpack that junior used for school can be re-used for day camp! I suggest checking it for forgotten lunch containers and mushy fruits sooner than later, because no one likes a furry surprise on the first day of camp. I also like to give backpacks a wash and let them dry outside and get a good airing.

All Good Kids Sunscreen

The other thing you definitely need to double check is the expiry date on your sunscreen. Kids will need to bring their own sunscreen to camp. Here’s a new one to try if you’re looking for a zinc-based brand that provides broad spectrum protection: All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray. It’s SPF 30 and easy to apply, especially if they are topping up during the day.

 

All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($24.99)

All Good Kids Sunscreen

The other thing you definitely need to double check is the expiry date on your sunscreen. Kids will need to bring their own sunscreen to camp. Here’s a new one to try if you’re looking for a zinc-based brand that provides broad spectrum protection: All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray. It’s SPF 30 and easy to apply, especially if they are topping up during the day.

 

All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($24.99)

All Good Kids Sunscreen

The other thing you definitely need to double check is the expiry date on your sunscreen. Kids will need to bring their own sunscreen to camp. Here’s a new one to try if you’re looking for a zinc-based brand that provides broad spectrum protection: All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray. It’s SPF 30 and easy to apply, especially if they are topping up during the day.

 

All Good Kids Sunscreen Spray SPF 30 ($24.99)

Stasher Silicone Bags

Reusable silicone Stasher bags are one of the hottest new products on the shelves right now. These bags are dishwasher and microwave-safe, not to mention a great alternative to plastic wrap.

Made of 100% pure platinum silicone, they are sealed with a pinch! I like the flexibility of them, and the waterproof factor can’t be beat. They come in different sizes, including ones that are sized to fit sandwiches, and larger for freezer storage.

 

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags ($11.99 +)

Stasher Silicone Bags

Reusable silicone Stasher bags are one of the hottest new products on the shelves right now. These bags are dishwasher and microwave-safe, not to mention a great alternative to plastic wrap.

Made of 100% pure platinum silicone, they are sealed with a pinch! I like the flexibility of them, and the waterproof factor can’t be beat. They come in different sizes, including ones that are sized to fit sandwiches, and larger for freezer storage.

 

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags ($11.99 +)

Stasher Silicone Bags

Reusable silicone Stasher bags are one of the hottest new products on the shelves right now. These bags are dishwasher and microwave-safe, not to mention a great alternative to plastic wrap.

Made of 100% pure platinum silicone, they are sealed with a pinch! I like the flexibility of them, and the waterproof factor can’t be beat. They come in different sizes, including ones that are sized to fit sandwiches, and larger for freezer storage.

 

Stasher Reusable Silicone Bags ($11.99 +)

Colibri Wide Snack Bag

I also love this cute reusable snack bag by Colibri. Reusable baggies will drastically reduce, if not eliminate the need to buy single use plastics to pack lunches. The design certainly fits the summer theme! I also like that it’s washable. And a sturdy zipper means it will get years of use. It’s something that all family members can use, even mum and dad.

 

Colibri Forest Wide Snack Bag ($8.99)

Colibri Wide Snack Bag

I also love this cute reusable snack bag by Colibri. Reusable baggies will drastically reduce, if not eliminate the need to buy single use plastics to pack lunches. The design certainly fits the summer theme! I also like that it’s washable. And a sturdy zipper means it will get years of use. It’s something that all family members can use, even mum and dad.

 

Colibri Forest Wide Snack Bag ($8.99)

Colibri Wide Snack Bag

I also love this cute reusable snack bag by Colibri. Reusable baggies will drastically reduce, if not eliminate the need to buy single use plastics to pack lunches. The design certainly fits the summer theme! I also like that it’s washable. And a sturdy zipper means it will get years of use. It’s something that all family members can use, even mum and dad.

 

Colibri Forest Wide Snack Bag ($8.99)

U Konserve Straw & Brush

These reusable baggies can also be used to hold other supplies kids might like to keep on hand, such as reusable drinking straws. When my kids were younger they went through a phase in which they were suddenly very keen to drink everything with a straw. We stocked up and they used the straws for every imaginable beverage, whether it was a cup of water on their bedside table or a glass of milk at breakfast. Of course, I was just happy they were getting extra water and drinking their milk without complaint.

I wish we had U Konserve stainless steel straws when our kids were young! These straws are dishwasher safe but the brush takes care of any extra residue that’s left behind after enjoying that homemade strawberry and banana smoothie.

 

U Konserve Stainless Steel Straw & Brush ($7.99)

U Konserve Straw & Brush

These reusable baggies can also be used to hold other supplies kids might like to keep on hand, such as reusable drinking straws. When my kids were younger they went through a phase in which they were suddenly very keen to drink everything with a straw. We stocked up and they used the straws for every imaginable beverage, whether it was a cup of water on their bedside table or a glass of milk at breakfast. Of course, I was just happy they were getting extra water and drinking their milk without complaint.

I wish we had UKonserve stainless steel straws when our kids were young! These straws are dishwasher safe but the brush takes care of any extra residue that’s left behind after enjoying that homemade strawberry and banana smoothie.

 

U Konserve Stainless Steel Straw & Brush ($7.99)

U Konserve Straw & Brush

These reusable baggies can also be used to hold other supplies kids might like to keep on hand, such as reusable drinking straws. When my kids were younger they went through a phase in which they were suddenly very keen to drink everything with a straw. We stocked up and they used the straws for every imaginable beverage, whether it was a cup of water on their bedside table or a glass of milk at breakfast. Of course, I was just happy they were getting extra water and drinking their milk without complaint.

I wish we had U Konserve stainless steel straws when our kids were young! These straws are dishwasher safe but the brush takes care of any extra residue that’s left behind after enjoying that homemade strawberry and banana smoothie.

 

U Konserve Stainless Steel Straw & Brush ($7.99)

Need more tips and ideas about what to pack for your kids’ summer day camp adventure? This past post that has some additional information you might find helpful.

About the Author

Andrea Tomkins

Andrea Tomkins is an informavore with a passion for social media and multimedia storytelling. She is the editor of a community newspaper in Ottawa as well as a freelance writer. She’s also is a veteran of the Canadian blogging scene.

First conceived in 1999, her blog – a peek inside the fishbowl – has been featured in notable publications such as the Toronto Star, Chatelaine, Canadian Family Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Today, she loves to write about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, and good food.

Follow Andrea on Twitter: @missfish

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