Going to sleepover camp for the first time? Our experts explain what to bring.

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Laura K. Silver & Katie Silver, Special to the Jewish Light

Once you pack the sunscreen and the bug spray, here are the Top 10 things a parent of a new camper should think about including in his or her packing list.

 

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1. A lint roller 

Camp is dirty. In order for a camper to keep his/her bed clean, have them run a lint roller to pick up dirt and debris on their sheets.

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2. Spray odor eliminator such as Febreze

If you have ever done the laundry after a towel has been sitting in a laundry bag for a week, you will know why you should include this item. Have your camper spray their towels. Game changer!

 

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3. Book light or small flashlight

If your camper likes to read, having a book light enables him/her to read once it is dark or if arising early.

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4. Foam mattress topper 

Camp beds are thin and uncomfortable. Having a foam mattress topper allows for a better night sleep.

 

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5. Face paint

Your camper will thank you when it is color war day. Also helpful for camper activities.

 

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6. Battery-powered fan 

If your cabin is not air conditioned, having this item is a must. Be sure to include an extra set of batteries and a small screwdriver to swap them out.

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7. Duct tape

Duct tape will allow your camper to tape his/her fan in place on their bunk, and also help tape things shut when packing up to leave. Can also provide arts and crafts opportunities.

 

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8. Stadium seat 

Perfect for sitting in the grass or around a campfire. These seats fold up so that they are easy to transport.

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9. Deck of cards

Hours of entertainment for quiet time, group activities or rainy days. Be sure to send along with a rubber band in case the box, “goes missing.”

 

 

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10. Instant camera 

Camper doesn’t have a phone? These cameras will capture the memories of a lifetime. Makes for a great birthday or Hanukkah gift!

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Laura K. Silver is president of the Jewish Light Board of Trustees. Katie Silver is a rising senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, a member of the Light’s Ohr Chadash teen page and a longtime camper at United Reform Judaism’s Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI).