My Top 3 Camp Essentials For Your Kids – Me, Myself and Kids

My Top 3 Camp Essentials For Your Kids

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Time flies when you are having fun. I cannot believe that in just a few short weeks another school year will come to an end. And then, school is out for summer! The warm weather is finally starting to come, the kids are getting more active, and before we know it, it will be time to send them off to camp.

Getting ready for camp can take a lot of time and effort. Whether its day camp or sleepover camp, there are a number of things that are essentials to get the kids ready.

This will be my oldest sons 4th summer at day camp and we are sending our little one for the first time! I can’t wait to see how he likes it.

And since I consider myself such a pro now 😉 I wanted to share with you what I consider to be my top 3 day camp essentials for kids.

1. Bathing Suits


Where my kids go to camp they swim twice a day. Which means two suits a day equalling 10 bathing suits!! Unless you want to be doing laundry and washing every couple of days, you need to stock up on the suits! I recently came across a company that makes kids safety in the sun their top priority. I want to introduce you to‘s sun protection apparel, which provides UV protection that is functional, fun and fashionable for both kids and adults. Cool, colorful and sensible to use. Everyone needs at least one piece to get ready for summer. With styles and unique prints all designed in California, the UPF 50+ rated fabrics provide maximum UV sun protection for all apparel and hats. Prices range from between $15 to $56.

Check out all the groovy, colorful styles they have to offer! And don’t worry mom, there’s styles for you too 😉

2. A Great Pair of Shoes



The shoes the kids wear to camp are so important. Not only are they on their feet all day long, but they need their shoes to be comfortable, waterproof, breathable and yes, washable. You won’t believe the stink that comes home after a week let alone a day at camp!

Camp shoes also need to be easy enough to get on and off. At first we were debating if he should wear a pair of runners. But with the summer heat, wearing closed off running shoes with socks is just way too much. So when Z went to camp for the first time, I did my research. It was then that one of my friends recommended Keen’s. So we went to check them out and loved them. Since that summer, he hasn’t worn anything but Keen’s.  T will be going to camp for the first time this summer so he gets a pair too!

I really can’t say enough about these shoes. They are perfect for those hot summer days! There are tons of styles to choose from, for both boys and girls. Our favorite is the Newport H2. Check them out!


3. Labels, Labels, Labels


If the lost and found at school is any indication, just think of the articles of clothing, lunch items, water bottles etc. coming to and from camp everyday. One of the most important items to have is labels. Our go to has always been Mabel’s Labels. Every article of clothing, the camp bag, the shoes, the hat, the sunscreen, the bathing suits, etc, etc, all need to be labelled. Luckily, Mabel’s Labels has just about every label you can think of. Stick on, iron on, small ones, big ones, ones specifically for shoes, you name it. And of course they have packages designed just for your camp needs. Check out their camp labels and everything else they offer. Another plus? You can design your own which my kids love. Obviously they picked the hockey theme 😉

So there you have it. My top 3. I know there are so many more things we can add to the “what we need for camp” list like sunscreen and hats. What else would you add?



Disclosure: In exchange for this post, I received perks in the form of products and/or compensation. As always, all opinions are my own.

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For the last 7+ years I have immersed myself in the "mom life". My blog, appropriately named Me, Myself and Kids is my life; the challenges, the laughter, and the tears. But I also offer my own version of motherly advice. In doing so, I’ve designating myself as an MD or “Mom Doc”. Not because I know it all. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an open perspective; my learnings shared so you can take the good, bad and ugly and adapt it to your own family life. So please join me as I share all of the crazy and overwhelming thoughts and experiences of the mom life with Me, Myself and Kids.

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