What Not to Pack

Sometimes too much is, well, too much

Let’s face it, some things are better left at home.  Same goes for letters to camp.  A few years ago, I wrote the  “Letters to Camp Packing List” post. Now here are a few things NOT to pack in your first (or any) letter:

  • Envy – Don’t give them reasons to wish they were home now
    We bought new iPhones for your brother and sister – too bad you can’t use yours at camp.”
  • Sadness – Resist the urge – even if it’s true
    “Our lives are so empty without you.  We cry ourselves to sleep each night and miss you terribly.” 
  • Excessive joy – Don’t make your kids miss being home – at least for now
    “We always have such a great time when you go to camp… we eat sugary cereals, stay up late, skip our homework…”
  • Negative learning experiences – Focus on the positive
    “Even if you’re lonely, you’ll learn a lot.”  
  • Worry – Keep your kids focused on camp, not on home
    “We’re not sure if the Smith’s pet hamster will make it to September.”
  • Paparazzi – The other parents want you to know that your kid doesn’t need to be in every picture.
    “Honey, you were only in 20 pictures on the camp website this week.  Please try to get in more shots so we know you’re having fun.”

Additional Resources

Letters to Camp Packing List

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