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The Secret Must-Have Packing List for Summer Camp

When you register your kids for Jewish summer camp, you’ll usually get a list of items that they must bring with them. It will seem to fully list everything your camper will need for their experience, from proper footwear to toiletries to Shabbat clothing. However, there are some items you may want to include that won’t be listed, but will make your camper’s experience even better. Here are just a few secret must-have items for your kid’s summer camp stay:

  1. A Headlamp

While flashlights are always helpful at camp, a headlamp is even better. It frees up your camper’s hands to build fires, pitch tents and do other activities without the inconvenience of finding somewhere to balance a flashlight while doing so. Plus, headlamps just look cool — experienced campers know the value of a good headlamp!

  1. Binoculars

Binoculars are a great tool for your camper. Though they may not use them every day, they can really come in handy on days when campers go on treks through the woods. Binoculars often aren’t included on packing lists because they can be expensive, but for older campers who are responsible, they can be a great investment.

  1. Eggcrate Foam Mattress Topper

If you’ve ever been to camp, you probably know that the mattresses in the cabin aren’t as comfortable as your mattress back home. An eggcrate foam mattress topper is a great solution. It will help your camper get the sleep they need to fully enjoy their experience. Eggcrate cushioning can also provide that extra level of comfort if your kid will be spending a night camping in the woods.

Before making your packing list, it’s important to find the right Jewish camp. Often, one of the most important factors is the price. If you want to send your kids to camp, but may not be able to afford it, the Atlanta Jewish Federation can help. Contact us today to learn more about financial resources for Jewish camp.