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Essential Camp Gear for a Mighty Summer!

05.30.13 Essential Camp Gear for a Mighty Summer!

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Summertime is nearing and for many families, that means camp for the kids. Whether your kid is going to day camp, overnight camp or taking trips to the pool, beach or park, this list is meant to send your camper packed with quality essentials for a memorable and safe summer camp experience.

Sleeping Bags: It's summer, so you don't need zero-degree down fill, but you still want your camper to be cozy at night. Our selection of sleeping bags are made with a flannel interior and printed cotton on the outside and never treated with flame-retardant chemicals. And this one comes with handy storage straps (easy for a kid to maneuver) a storage bag and a sweet little flannel pillow that tucks inside.

Bug Spray: You surely don't want your camper's fun dampened with a map of itchy bug bites, but you may cringe at the thought of your child's skin soaked in DEET chemicals. Good thing Badger makes an excellent Anti-Bug Shake and Spray that is effective without harmful chemicals. The spray bottle is easy to use (it's a pump spray, not an aerosol - giving the Earth and other nearby campers a generous break). We also love LuSa Organics Natural Bug Repellent Spray made with lemon eucalyptus essential oil (as effective as DEET, minus the nerve damage).

Sunscreen: Yup, every kid needs it. It's important to consider that your sunscreen is broad spectrum - protecting your skin from both UVA + UVB rays and with an SPF of 30-50. We also recommend mineral sunscreens - those made preferably with zinc oxide, over chemical sunscreens. A quick label check to make sure to avoid oxybenzone (hormone disruptor) and other harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and PEG's is also advisable. Read here for more information on choosing the right sunscreen.

Insulated Filtration Bottle: Water bottles are always on camp checklists but choosing the right water bottle makes all the difference. Campers are often running around all day, sometimes in the hot sun and the need to stay well-hydrated is not only healthy but keeps your child feeling good. We have a fantastic selection of reusable stainless steel water bottles to pack. The Insulated Steel Filtration Bottle from Eco Vessel is unique in that it has a built-in plant-based water filter, ensuring that every sip is clean water; free of toxic chemicals, heavy metals, microscopic pathogens, chlorine, sediment and dirt. And the 25 oz bottle is insulated, keeping water cold for hours, even in the hot sun!

Sport WetBags: Going to camp is beneficial on many fronts and one of them is teaching kids to take care of their stuff (like hanging their swimsuits to dry..). It's inevitable that your camper will be stuck carrying some dry/clean stuff with some wet stuff too. That's where the sport wet bags come in handy - they have 2 compartments and one is LINED to hold wet stuff, while keeping their warm dry shirt (for later) DRY in the other compartment. GENIUS! And there are plenty of patterns to appeal to a variety of kids' style needs.



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