Packing Tips: Packing, Luggage, and Mail
As the summer quickly approaches it is time to start thinking about the logistics of packing with your child for their summer experience away from home. Below you will find some frequently asked questions and helpful answers. We also provide more details about luggage, mail, electronics, and more.
- Where do campers store their clothes while at camp?
- Each camper will have their own cubby which provides shelf and hanging space for clothing, towels, and accessories.
- Some campers like to bring 3-4 storage cubes (11” maximum height) or large Ziplock bags to put smaller things like socks/underwear into to help them stay organized. Here is an example of a storage cube that fits into our wooden cubbies at camp.
- How often is laundry done at camp?
- Laundry goes out approximately every 10 days so we suggest packing enough clothes for 14 days. Bathing suits and towels can be hung to dry on clotheslines outside of each cabin, but we encourage campers to bring a few of these times so that there are always dry options!
- We recommend laundry bags that can hang from the bedpost as those help campers keep their areas organized and neat.
- What size luggage should my camper bring? How many bags?
- It is common for campers to pack two large soft duffle bags for the summer. Often families pack one with a sleeping bag, linens, towels, pillow, blanket, etc. and the other bag with clothes, shoes, toiletries, etc. Duffle bags do not need to be on wheels, but they must be marked clearly with your camper’s first and last name on the outside of the luggage! For reference, 40x20x18 is considered a very large bag that we often see. Here are examples of duffles but we are not recommending any specific company.
- Please make sure all luggage, items, and clothing are clearly labeled with your camper’s full name on it. We store luggage in a separate facility so it is critical that bags are clearly labeled so that we can return them to the correct owner when the session is over. If you are sending siblings, it is very helpful if you label each camper’s name on their bags, rather than just the family’s last name.
- Campers are encouraged to bring a larger backpack or small overnight bag to use on camping trips.
- How will we know what to pack and how many of each item?
- Here is the suggested packing list for our campers. Individuals are welcome to add to this list but this is a good frame of reference.
- It is helpful for campers to be a part of the packing process so that they see what they are bringing to camp and where it is stored in their duffles.
- When does shower time typically take place at camp?
- Just before dinner every evening, campers have shower time. Counselors supervise and remind campers to use soap/shampoo and then to put on clean clothes. Talking with your child about these things before camp is very helpful too. Often the clean outfit (including clean underwear) worn to dinner and through the evening is still clean enough to wear another day and this is something we teach campers. (Otherwise their laundry bags overflow with items and they run out of things!)
- What is the mail system like at camp? How often should I expect my camper to write home?
We have found that campers are much more inclined to write home when the process is made easy for them because, honestly, they are too busy having fun! We have a postcard meal every week so you should receive a couple from your camper during the session. Our office staff pre-addresses these postcards for each camper.
- Campers receive four email cover sheets that they can write on and our office staff will scan these to the email address that we have on file for you. Parents are also able to send emails to their camper through their CampInTouch Account.
- Snail mail is very important and campers love getting real mail with your handwriting on it. Some parents will print pictures of their campers from our website and include them in their letter from home. Some parents will send a magazine or a newspaper article about something of interest from home. Some will include a flat package of gum. Remember, we do open all packages and only accept flat packages. We must make sure that no prohibited items (candy, food, water balloons, squirt guns etc.) are brought into camp, so please don’t put us in the awkward position of handing your child an empty envelope.
- To increase your odds of hearing from your camper, here are some helpful tips:
- Sit down with your child and ask them who they would like to keep in touch with while they are at camp and make your child a sheet of labels with everyone’s names and addresses so that they can assemble their envelope easily. And/or, give your child a sheet of paper with everyone’s names and addresses typed in a way that they can easily just copy the information onto an envelope themselves.
- Pack your camper with pre-stamped, pre-addressed envelopes to all the people your child is interested in writing to.
- Encourage your child to pick out the stationery and pens that they want to bring with them.
- Try not to stress your camper out about letter writing! While they will love getting mail from you, remember that for them, writing a letter takes time and patience. Your kiddos want to play outside and hang with friends at camp, so often, no news is good news! If you ever want an update on activities that your camper is participating in or anything else, please contact the office and we will put you in touch with the right person.
- What is the policy for electronic devices at camp?
- Please make sure you have signed and are aware of our technology policy. Only screen-less electronic devices and digital cameras are permitted at camp. Here is the link to our website with more information on our screen-free policy and suggested accessible devices.
- Please consider packing additional books, magazines, games, and other non-technology items for your camper to enjoy during rest hour, early mornings, or bedtime.
NEXT STEPS…..By now, you should have filled out the “Camper to Counselor Connection” form that is available through CampMinder. If you have not already done so, please sit down with your camper and help them complete the form. We would like to hear from your child directly and learn more about them before they arrive at camp. These completed letters will be given to your child’s counselors to help them prepare for your camper’s arrival. Please have your child fill out the form and then scan, and upload the completed letter in CampInTouch.
As you begin packing your child up for camp, please remember that while this is a very exciting time, it can also stir up some anxiety and nervousness in both children and parents. Remember to keep things positive and light. Try to not let your nerves transfer onto your child. Remind them that it is ok to be nervous and that camp is going to be a great place for them to make new friends, try new activities, and have an amazing experience! Tell your camper that you are proud of them for taking on this exciting adventure.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at the office (847-677-7130) if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you all this summer and thank you for being a part of the Beber family!
The Beber Camp Team