My Summer Camp USA Essentials

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Packing for Camp can be an exciting but also slightly stressful time! What if I forget something important?! You’re going to be away from home for a long time, so you need to think ahead and be prepared. Here are a few things that I'm packing for Camp that could make your life easier when it comes to travelling out to have an amazing summer.

1. Important Documents

The best way to avoid any stress when you land in America is to be prepared. Multiple photocopies of all the important documents are the way to go in case you lose the originals, these include:

• DS 2019 form

• SEVIS receipt

• Passport

• Flight and insurance information

• Camp contract and camp contact details

• Travel to Camp information

If you then store these in different locations in your carry-on luggage with the originals easily accessible (in an outside pocket of your rucksack maybe) you can guarantee smooth travelling!

2. Mosquito Repellent and Suncream

Summer Camps are the ideal holiday destination not only for Campers but for mosquitos too! Mosquito repellent is going to be your new best friend at Camp so make sure you have some that you know works! You’re also going to be outside all day so make sure you lather up with enough suncream.

3. Waterproof everything

Despite your best hopes, it is going to rain at some point while you’re at Camp or during your travels. No-one likes having to take time out of their day to put all their stuff out to dry so you can avoid this buy buying a couple of roll top dry bags. These won’t only keep your stuff dry but will also help organise your luggage. I separate different types of clothes into different dry-bags to make them easier to find.  

4. Hammock/Camping Gear

I plan on doing some exploring of the national parks during my 30-days travel after Camp and camping will most likely be a big part of this. So I wanted to take a few things to make that a bit easier. It’s not easy to take a tent in your luggage with all your other things so I packed everything else I might need including pots and pans and a little gas stove; a sleeping bag; a sleeping mat and a hammock because why not! Then if I do go camping I can either buy a cheap tent in the U.S. or just find a nice place to sleep out under the stars.

5. Not too many clothes

It’s very easy to pack your entire wardrobe but in reality, you’ll only end up wearing your favourite four or five t-shirts on repeat. Keeping your clothes packing to a minimum will save space for extra items and will leave a bit of room for any souvenirs you might want to bring home.

Don’t forget there’ll also be places to buy clothes in the U.S. so if you can’t fit in those extra pairs of shorts don’t worry!

Hope this helps when you pack for your summer in the States!

Will

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