A Guide for Moms and Dads – Summer Campers’ Essentials



Summer camp can be a tough time for parents. There are many options available for the campers and if you select a sleep away option, the following summer campers packing list will guide you:


This is essential. Your kids will not be able to clean up their dirty laundry. This means that you must pack enough sets of clothes to last through the camp’s duration.  Extra underwear, socks, shorts and t-shirts should be packed in boxes or bags.

You will also need to get your child a storage unit for dirty laundry. You can use a labelled plastic bag with handles or draw sticks.

Camping gear storage box

Camping means a lot of gear for camping and sporting. You can contact your local storage company and they will give you suitable solutions for keeping the camping gear. A closet will be suitable for keeping all the gear as well as a part for hanging clothes. This reduces the hassle of mixing clothes and wearing the dirty clothes with the clean ones.

The lower part of the storage closet can be used for storing sneakers and sandals. This will ensure order for your child. There are many closetbox locations around the different states and you can get a self-storage closet from them.

Sun Screening items

Protection from harmful UV radiation is very important for your kid(s). The sun will be all out in summer and this requires extra protection. Packing a cap is also important for the children as they constantly forget to apply sunscreen, especially on their hair and heads.


Even though this will be mentioned in the camping list of requirements, a reminder is worthy. Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo and floss should be included in the list. Swimming costumes and towels should also be included. Packing these in smaller storage boxes will make access easy and they will not have to jumble through everything in the bag.

Ladies sanitary products (if necessary) and also deodorant should be packed.

Bug Protection

Crawling insects are creepy and will scare kids away; therefore, you should pack insect repellants. This will also keep mosquitoes away, preventing inflammations from mites. The non-aerosol bug repellant should be safe for use by kids because they are harmless if mishandled or misused.


Even though children give many excuses not to read, the summer camp will have a few rainy days and reading will be a good exercise for them. A book or two should be in the camping gear list.


Preventive medication is necessary. You should also pack medications for sickly children. For instance, extra inhalers for your asthmatic child will be necessary. Just ensure that you communicate with the teachers and caretakers at the camp.

Finally, you should include a spotlight, extra set of batteries and beddings or sleeping bags if necessary.


In conclusion, your child could enjoy the camp or not. However, ensure these items are packed in good-quality storage boxes that make retrieval of items simple. This could also be a good time for you to remodel the kid’s bathroom or bedrooms. Contact your local storage company for offsite storage units as the work is done before the kids get back. Small room storage resources will be made available for the items.

Design a Health and Safety poster and win!

Health and safety at work is a concern that nobody can escape. Every year people suffer injuries in work-based accidents that, on the whole, could’ve been avoided.  These cause everything from time of work, pain and discomfort, to situations that can actually be life changing, or, in the worst extreme, life threatening.

Every employer has a responsibility to ensure that Health and Safety rules are adhered to, and that the workplace is a place of safety for all employees, visitors and customers. To this end The Accident Advice Helpline has put together a competition that aims to raise awareness of Health and Safety through the work of children. They are inviting children under the age of 16 to design a poster illustrating absolutely any aspect relating to health and safety, and more importantly, how we can prevent accidents.

Joe loves drawing and colouring, so we spent this weekend designing our entry for the competition. Joe did a little research into Health and Safety work posters before choosing the hazards he wanted to highlight in his poster.


Joe doing his research


Joe chose Health and Safety issues that were relevant to him – washing your hands, crossing the road with the Lollipop man, wearing a helmet when you ride a bike, and wiping up if you spill something – something he does, constantly (grrr). Joe is not the world’s best artist, but he does love drawing and colouring in and was very proud when it came to his finished work.

Joe’s finished poster






If you want to enter, the details are below.

How to enter

Enter your poster by posting it on Twitter using the hashtag #aahhealthandsafety or emailing your poster to aahhealthandsafetyposter@gmail.com . All posters must be received by midnight on May 21st 2016 to be in with a chance of winning.

Health and Safety Poster Prizes

The winner will be awarded a £100 Amazon Voucher and one runner up will receive a £25 Amazon voucher.

Click here for more information about the competition.


Win! DC Super Hero Girls Competition

You may remember that last year we had a competition featuring the Marvel DC Super Heroes that featured the male characters. This time around, we have the female of the super hero species. If your kids are looking for action-packed girl power, look no further than DC Super Hero Girls. DC Entertainment’s latest animated series features a dynamic group of Super Heroes on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. What I love is how dynamic the characters are, from strong and fearless to edgy and fun; there is a character for everyone.


Your kids can now enjoy watching your DC Super Hero girls whenever you want to, from a quick watch before school, to a longer viewing at the weekend. The DC Super Hero Girls YouTube channel makes it easy for our kids to watch their favorite characters, on-demand, and from any device. You can find it here. The current hero of the month is Wonder Woman, so there is a current focus on her special powers and talents.


The fun doesn’t end there either. For even more fun, there is an extended online experience on the DC Super Hero Girls website which you can find at here. There your children can play games, download free printable activities, and more.

If you fancy winning a £100 Visa giftcard with DC Super Hero Girls, you can enter the competition below. Entry is easy and there are lots of different ways to enter.


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Good Luck!