Whether she’s going camping in the woods or staying in a cabin, there are some items every girl should bring with her to camp. As an experienced camper myself, I know it is hard not to pack everything you own but, the most important thing to keep in mind is preparing her for safe fun in all kinds of weather. Without packing an entire department store, here are some of the essentials for every camp-bound girl.
While counselors and camp adults are good about making sure all the campers put on sunscreen, it does eventually wear and wash off. One of the best ways to make sure your little girl is protected from the sun is to send her with sunglass and a sun hat. Ultraviolet (UV) rays are damaging to eyes as well as to skin (Mayo clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/uv-protection/AN00832), and high quality sunglasses can protect eyes from these damaging rays. Look for protection details on the product labels and go for glasses that offer protection from 99%-100% of both UVA and UVB rays.
A sun hat is just as cute as it is useful. A good hat helps to keep the body cool and to protect high-exposure areas by blocking some UVA/UVB rays. When selecting a sun hat, choose one with a full brim so that it provides protection to both the face and neck, areas which are exposed to more direct sunlight than most other parts of the body. Even with these protections, as always, remind her to apply sunscreen!
If you’ve ever been camping, and likely if you haven’t, you know that nature has no shortage of bugs and insects. One of the best ways to protect her from bug bites (other than bug repellant) is to send her with pants and long-sleeved shirts. These clothes are too hot for most days, but at night when the cooler temperature draws most insects out, the extra coverage will provide arm and leg protection.
It isn’t a piece of clothing, but a water bottle is an important camping accessory. Nothing makes camping less fun than feeling ill from dehydration. Most camps have food halls where the campers can get water or use a water fountain. Encourage your camper to fill her bottle and drink water often to stay hydrated and healthy!