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10 Summer Essentials Your Child Will Need for Day Camp!

This post is in partnership with Banner Day Camp located in Lake Forest, IL. As always, all opinions are 100% honest, my own, and never influenced by anyone. Thank you for supporting brands that make I Adore What I Love possible =)10 Summer Essentials Your Child Will Need For Day Camp :: I Adore What I Love Blog :: #iadorewhatiloveAhhhh you guys!! It’s almost Memorial Day Weekend which means May is coming to an end and summer camp is starting in just a few short weeks!!! Can you believe?? Because I really can’t! Like, this school year FLEW by at the speed of lightning!! Am I right or am I right?? With that said, the fact that summer is almost here makes me giddy with excitement! Especially for my older son, Brody, who will be attending full day summer camp for the first time ever!!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you would know that he’s going to my day camp alma mater – Banner Day Camp – and he literally has talked about it every single day since I signed him up last August!!! Not a joke! I know he’s going to have the BEST summer at Banner doing allll the fun things, including swimming, sports, arts, and adventure and for that, I’m really happy and excited for him!! I also have this intuitive feeling that it’s going to be a huge summer of growth for Brods and as cheesy as it sounds {don’t judge this next line, ok?!}, I truly can’t wait to see him spread his wings!!

If you missed my previous blog posts about Banner, you can check them out after reading this one! The first post I wrote was 9 Reasons Why We’re Sending Brody to Banner Day Camp this Summer and the second was more of a podcast episode {so fun, right?!} where I talked to Stacy Schwartz, the Owner/Executive Director of Banner, as well as Co-Executive Director, Howard Thall, on the phone and recorded our conversation. We talked about each of their lives and backgrounds, what Banner means to them, how it’s evolved over the years, what they believe sets Banner apart from other camps in the area and SO MUCH MORE!! Check out that post, A Phone Conversation with Banner Day Camp’s Stacy and Howard, and take a listen in the car, on the treadmill, doing the dishes, etc. I promise you will love it no matter where you’re sending your child to day camp =) 

Okay, so let’s talk summer camp STUFF!!!!! These kids need a lot of stuff and to ensure that you, as their parents, don’t forget about ANYTHING, I am listing the essentials here + am sharing my picks for each category! Yasssssss honeyyy. {lol I’ve never said that before but always wanted to hahaha}

Here are my summer day camp essentials that I will most definitely be getting for Brody before he starts at Banner in a few weeks…

10 Summer Essentials Your Child Will Need For Day Camp :: I Adore What I Love Blog :: #iadorewhatiloveSHOP THE POST:

Sunscreen // Supergoop 100% Mineral Sunscreen, NON-AEROSOL

Hat // Straight Outta Time-Out

Super Light Rain Jacket – comes in a million colors! + is easily packable and won’t take up much space in the backpack for those iffy weather days!

Backpack // Camo – comes in a million patterns and colors!

Water Bottle // Thermos – comes in a bunch of colors and designs 

Boys Swim Trunks – comes in a million fun patterns and colors!
Girls Bathing Suit – comes in other colors + there’s a matching “MAMA” swimsuit too! 

Bug Spray // OFF FamilyCare with Deet {**my family chooses to go the DEET route as the CDC recommends it and says that the benefits outweigh the negatives, though your family may be different!}

Personalized Boys Swim Towel
Personalized Girls Swim Towel

Velcro Adidas Navy/White Sneakers
Velcro Adidas Pink/White Sneakers

Custom Stick on Name Labels // Non-Iron, Machine Washable, Dishwasher Safe – for clothing, toys, water bottles, etc

Wherever you’re sending your child/children to camp this summer, you will NEED to make sure they have all these things with them on the first day! And there’s no better time than to start planning than today… because mid-June is creeping up on us FAST!!!! Also, let me know if this was helpful!!

To shop most of these picks in the same place, head to my Personal Amazon Page “Summer Day Camp Essentials List” HERE

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