I’m getting ready for the kids to head off to summer camp and have been thinking about ways I can ensure their health and safety as I get them packed and set to go. I’d like to share a few of the ways I’m doing that:
- Pack plenty of sunscreen. Next week I’ll be posting about safer sunscreens but the gist of it is – choose a sunscreen without toxic or harsh ingredients. Kids are going to be outside a lot at camp!
- Pack a large water bottle that’s easy to carry. Camp staff will definitely make sure there is water available, but make it easy for your kids to remember to hydrate by sending a water bottle they can clip onto their backpack or belt. Drinking plenty of water is so important. Also, pack a hat that provides good cover.
- Send nontoxic, DEET-free bug repellent – Groovy Green Livin’ lists a few good brands as well as some other great nontoxic summer camp supplies!
- Pack unscented shampoo, conditioner & hygiene products to reduce attracting insects.
- Send a natural first aid product like ibody science’s towelettes to treat cuts and scrapes. Accidents are bound to happen, so a nontoxic way to treat them is great to have on hand!
Send Dr. Doormat to stand guard against toxins at the bunk entrance! There’s no doubt about it – kids are definitely going to get dirty at summer camp… keep some of the microbes and toxins out of the cabin by sending a mat along.
- Pack a dust mite cover for the mattress and pillow. Most camps rent the facility out to other groups. You never know what the mattress has been exposed to and this will insure a barrier between the crud and grime and your child.
Are your kids going to camp this summer? What are your plans for self-care during that time?
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!