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6 Essentials for Camp-bound Kids

Get your little trooper all packed up and ready for adventure.



Protect little ankles from ticks and sharp twigs with these Happy Camper Kids Crew Socks. The bear print socks keep kiddos cozy while they hike and play with their buddies. Plus, they’re a fun and affordable surprise to get your kid stoked for camp.


Whether it’s a morning of trail walks or an afternoon dip in the lake, kids are active at camp. Keep your cuties hydrated by sending them with the Sprout Ware Straw Bottle. The 10-ounce bottle is made with plant-based materials, free of BPAs, and dishwasher safe.


The Coleman Kids LED Lantern will add a whimsical glow to your kid’s cabin. With a 16-hour runtime on batteries and lifetime LEDs, which never need to be replaced, it’s a no-brainer for kids heading on an overnight trip.


While we certainly hope your tiny camper doesn’t encounter any grizzlies, they can still bring the thrill of wildlife on their summer getaway. The water-resistant Little Bear Backpack has plenty of space for kids to tote their necessities, and it comes with a pouch that holds smaller items.


If your little one is heading to sleepaway camp, send them with this Sherpa Sleeping Bag. The super soft sleeping bag completely unzips on two sides for easy in and out transitions. A zippered pocket in the bottom corner gives kids a place to stash headphones and other knickknacks.

Want to know what your child did at camp? Send them off with the Camping Journal for Kids by Kim Andrews so they can keep track of their adventures. The journal has spots for kids to log their favorite nature trips and crazy insect encounters, and offers journaling prompts to get them writing.

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