#shareitsaturday / how I packed Kayla’s suitcase for her first overnight summer camp

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This week Kayla went away for her first overnight summer youth camp with our church!

She had a blast! This mama was a bit nervous about how to pack her suitcase – because I KNOW Kayla and her tendency to be just like her mama, a little sloppy and slightly chaotic at times. HAHA! Not even joking.

I’ve seen several people using ziplock bags to pack clothes and I decided to give it a try. This works great for kids clothing because it’s smaller and fits nicely inside a gallon size bag.

I folded an outfit into each bag, complete with underwear and socks. This way my child has a slight chance of looking halfway decent…

Since Brian and I attended the same camp a few weeks earlier with the teenagers from our church I already knew how her schedule would work and what the cabins would be like. This was SUPER helpful.

I was also able to write on the bags clearly so Kayla would know if it was a daytime outfit or a nicer church outfit for the evenings.

She also had bags for her PJs.

We placed the PJs bags in one side of the suitcase, along with her jackets and swimsuit coverups.

Then I packed swimsuits, extra underwear and extra socks into the inside compartments.

These laundry bags are from the Dollar Tree and are perfect to hang on the side of a bunk bed to collect all of the dirty clothes for the week. There are also holes to let any wet clothes air out a bit.

In her bag she had shoes, her bathroom bag and her shower caddy.

We made sure to send old shoes because there were lots of hills and dirt and rocks and mud!

The bathroom bag had essentials only.

Tooth brush
Tooth paste
Sunscreen
Bug spray
Hair brush and ponytail holders
Deodorant (yes yes yes PLEASE)

We got this shower caddy at the Dollar Tree too. I only sent hotel shampoos/body wash and conditioner.

The last item we sent was one big bag full of linens – sleeping bag, pillow, sheet, towels and blanket. I forgot to take a photo of that, but you get the idea.

She did great! Joy and Chloe stayed for the week as volunteer staff and I’m so glad she got to experience her first trip away from home this summer without us.

I was so very proud of my packing organization skills. Of course, when we pulled up to pick them up at the end of camp – my child was wearting PJs.

P J s.

Didn’t I tell my child that PJs were for sleeping and not wearing during the day???

Oh well. I forgot that she’s 9 going on 20.

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