What’s in a trunk?

Hey, Camp Packers!

Today marks our last installment in our four-part May series that shares packing techniques to make for a successful summer. Using the wealth of information from ‘The Summer Camp Handbook,’ I’ve covered the right type of container to use, the proper gear for campers, and different methods of labeling. Now that you have the right packing container and you have your gear all labeled, today’s post focuses on tips for the literal packing part of the process.

It's important to pack extra socks and underwear.Bring Extras
As I mentioned in the second post of this series, it’s always smart to bring extras of the basics. Seven pairs of socks and underwear for seven days at camp might seem like enough, but campers can go through more than just one pair in a day if they go swimming with their underwear on. Or there may be a couple-day lag in laundry service. A good idea is to pack 1.5 times the number of days between your camp’s laundry days.

Roll it All UpRolling clothing is a great method of packing your footlocker trunk.
An excellent method for packing your camp clothing is to roll everything up and then stack them in your container like pencils in a can. This makes it easier for your camper to see everything that’s been packed without having to unfold and go through the contents of their container.

Pack Your Packing ListPack your packing list to be sure everything comes home.
It’s also a smart idea to attach your packing list to the inside lid (if you have a camp trunk) or some visible spot in your container. Keeping your packing list around will make it easier to ensure that everything that went to camp is coming back.

Kids are a Part of It
It’s a big deal for kids to feel as though they have a certain amount of control in the decision-making processes of summer camp. Be sure to involve them with packing so they know how to operate all the camp gear they’re bringing and know where everything is.

Everything Summer Camp has great travel accessories to make the most efficient use of your packing space. Eliminate stress and hassle with our great Packing Cubes, the LidMate Organizer, as well as a Glide n’ Go Tray for absolute convenience at camp. Make the most of your packing space and help send your kid off to get the most out of their summer camp experience. And, as always, thanks for reading.

- John

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