Whether your kids will roughing it at a nature camp or soaking up a foreign culture, make sure to pack along with their clothes and toiletries these essentials.
1. Hand sanitizer. Use an alcohol-based solution for a convenient germicidal rub when there’s no soap and water around.
2. Tissue paper. Instead of hanging on to a dirty handkerchief, just throw away the used tissue paper to prevent bacterial and viral contamination.
3. Moist towellettes. A travel-size pack of wet paper towels ensures that sticky seats and small accidents, like soda spills down the shirt, get a good wipe-down.
4. ID card. Your kids should carry a school- issued or home-made identification card, in case they get lost. It should include their names, the name of the person to be contacted during emergencies, and that person’s contract number.
5. Health-info card. This is most useful for those who have asthma, serious allergies, and other chronic conditions. The card should contain pertinent information – like sensitivit to penicillin if it applies, prescribed treatment regimen for a specific condition or disease, and blood type – that doctors or health professionals need to know, in case you’re not aorund when your kids suffers from an attack or a medical emergency.
6. Sunblock. Protect your kids against skin damage inflicted by powerful ultraviolet rays. Make them apply sunblock on their skin. Remind your kids to reapply between watersports and heavy physical activities. Look for a sunblock that has an SPF (sun-protection factor) of at least 15.
7. Insect repellent. Bugs may do more than just bite your kids, they can also pass on diseases, such as deadly dengue. Keep mosquitoes and other pests away with a handy spray or a lotion that contains lemon eucalyptus, citronella, or picaridin.
8. Mini-first-aid kit. You never know when your kids might need it, so it’s best to be prepared. You don’t need to buy a first-aid kit, just get a small bag, such as a cosmetic bag, and store some strips of adhesive bandage, a bottle or antiseptic, some cotton, and medicindes for fever, motion sickness, and other common ailments, including medicines specific to your children’s health needs.
9. Umbrella. It may not be very “cool” to carry an umbrella around -especially for your boys – but make them realize that sheiering the rain, sunburn, or worse, skin cancer is way less cool. A foldable umbrellat that your kids can keep in their bags when not in use may be the best option.
10. Comb. It is always good foor boys and girsl to appear neat. Combing their hair after a strenuous activity – and of course, after wahsing their faces or wiping away sweat – can make your kids look pleasant, especially now that they’re truning into little men and women.