Summer is coming and that means it is also time to prepare for camp! Are you getting ready to send your child with sensory needs to sleep away camp? When packing, follow the camp’s packing list fully, it’s there for a reason! However, consider your child’s sensory needs and diet and plan and pack accordingly.

Whether your child is a sensory seeker or sensory avoider, organization is key. One of the best packing tips is using gallon size zip lock bags to pack items into each category, or in complete outfit sets. This makes it simple for your child to unpack their bag and place related items in cubbies or on shelves.

Clothing.

Keep it simple! Don’t over pack but do include easy-to-wear clothing. Kids who are sensitive to climate change may prefer lightweight long sleeve shirts and those that require a little more input, our hug tees are a good solution. They are made of organic cotton for all-day comfort. Our under huggers are also a good option for sleeveless shirts that provide an all day pressure and hug feeling to boost attention and concentration.

Bedding. Does your child use a weighted blanket or sleeping bag at night? If so, don’t leave it behind! In addition to providing warmth, the weight and compression adds calm and comfort. For warmer climates, the lightweight Hug Sleeping Bag is made of spandex for compression. The Snuggle Sheet is also great for providing a hug sensation for those sleepers who have difficulty falling asleep. Don’t forget to pack a sleeping pal, like Harry the Hedgehog or our weighted bear to encourage sensory processing and a great night’s sleep!

Personal Items. Be sure to pack your child’s favorite fidgets, games and chewies. A small, cheap flashlight is a fun tool for camp. Pack self-addressed postcards and a pen to write home. Include a journal for making memories. Most importantly, label everything!!

Weather Protection. Avoiding sunburn and bugs is always a must but it’s a real lifesaver for kids who are super sensitive to irritating bites or sun exposure. Consider an all-natural bug spray as well as a weighted baseball cap for sun protection. Most camps encourage insect repellent and sunscreen. If your child has extra sensitivities, be sure to let the camp know in advance.

Special Diet/Medications. If your child is on meds or a special diet, plan ahead and work with the camp so it’s set up from day one. It’s important that both your child and the staff know what to expect.

No Returns. Do not send anything valuable to camp nor clothing that you would want to use again. Create an inventory list of everything that is packed for camp. Place one copy in your child’s bag and the same list can be used for packing to come home. It will make the pack home so much easier!

Camp is one of the most beneficial experiences a child can have, providing independence and accomplishment away from mom and dad. There you have it, just a few camp packing tips to help make your camp preparations go smoothly. Do you have other tips from your camp packing experiences? We would love to hear them.