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Your sassy summer camp survival kit

Summer camp is chock-full of fun stuff, from wacky water balloon fights to LOL-worthy talent shows and a million other memories. Whether you’re heading to the woods for the summer or are kickin’ it at a weeks-long soccer clinic, picking what to pack is always be tricky.
 
Sure, your camp will provide you with the basics, but GL’s got the scoop on adorable additions to your must list.

FORGET-ME-NOT NOTES
Whether you wanna send a sweet note to your BF or an “OMG, you’ll never believe what happened” letter to your BFF, a message in a bottle will def make a statement. Sure, sending mail is old-fashioned…but we love it anyway.
Message in a Bottle, $16, anthropologie.com 
 A SUNNY HAT
Stand out in a crowd by sporting a sweet straw hat. Wanna make it yours? Tuck a few feathers in the brim or attached a flower pin to the band. A signature accessory makes you easy to remember!
 
Spillane Straw Fedora, $28, urbanoutfitters.com
MADE-FOR-YOU MUNCHIES
Tenting it in the woods? Best not to bring critter bait (check your camp’s list of do’s and don’ts). But if you’re gonna crash in a dorm, you may wanna tote along some healthy snacks (plus, it’s an instant convo-starter with your roomie).

Our latest fave? Mixmygranola.com, where you add all sortsa goodies to a granola base. A few days later, you’ll get your crunchy creation. Yummy!
 
A DIY PEDI SET
We know, we know. Cabin life means you have to leave some creature comforts at home. But a tiny pedi kit is small enough to tote, and will made tootsies sandal-ready. Take along a couple of bottles of bright polish to keep nails pretty.
 
Green Pedicure Set, $14, thebodyshop.com
A COUPON HOLDER?
No joke. These little guys will help you keep track of teeny momentos (think: nametags, friendship bracelets, pressed flowers, ticket stubs). We like this stylish organizer, but you could just nab one from the kitchen, too.
Andy Warhol Coupon Organizer, $10, paperposey.com
A TEE THAT REPS YOUR HOME
Heading far, far away? Show your hometown pride with a t-shirt of your fave college or your state. Peeps are bound to comment and it’ll make you smile if you’re missing home.
 
Stay Cali, $26, shopfesta.com
PRETTY (BUT PERMANENT) MARKERS 
Hey, who knows? Maybe you’ll have to whip up posters to show cabin pride or mark your water bottle ‘cause your roomie has the same one. An extra presh keepsake? A plain white pillowcase that’s signed by all of your new camp BFFs.
 
 
Sharpie Mini Fine Point Permanent Markers, $13 (for 12-pack), staples.com
Other Must-Brings:
 
A camera and extra batteries for it
Pics of your friends and fam (if you’re gonna be gone for a while)
Sunglasses
More sunscreen than you can imagine
Shampoo, conditioner, hair ties, toothbrush and toothpaste—you get it
A cozy blanket and your fave pillow (not to mention sheets or a sleeping bag!)
A notebook and pens for a journal/scrapbook/addressbook
Clothes, bras, undies, extra socks—without bringing your whole wardrobe!

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by Katie Abbondanza and Katy John | 2/1/2016
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