What Should My Kid Bring With Them to Surf Camp?
Let's be honest, parents love summer camp as much as the kids do. You get the kids out of the house for a couple days, they get to burn off some energy and come home and crash (fingers crossed). A full day in the sun will wipe the energy out of anyone, even the most energetic of kids! So as you prepare to enjoy your week of freedom, it's important to know what your kids will need to bring to make the week as stress-free for both you and your kid(s) as possible. Below are our recommendations as to what to bring to our surf camp.
Don't forget the obvious! Please have your child come dressed in appropriate (and comfortable) swimwear to enjoy a day in the water and on the beach. We will provide the rash guards to keep them protected from the sun. Boys should wear board shorts, and girls should wear a comfortable one-piece or two-piece swimsuit.
We can't stress the importance of sunscreen enough! Your child will be in the sun all day for a week. The last thing you want is for them to get miserably burnt early in the week and have to miss out on the rest of the camp. Make sure you pack a high SPF, waterproof sunscreen with zinc oxide.
Your child will need to bring lunch with them daily. Sports Dietitians recommend packing a high carb and high protein lunch to ensure your child has energy to get through the day. Fruits, like bananas are great to prevent any kind of cramping due to the heat. We have space in our coolers for camper's lunch bags.
Water is crucial. It is important that your child stays hydrated while out in the sun and water all day. Dehydration can come on fast and leave your child feeling miserable. Plan to bring a reusable water bottle filled from home in the morning and we will have a water cooler to replenish during the day. Please do not bring plastic water bottles to the beach.
5. Towel and Flip flops
Your child will need to bring their own towel to dry off with and relax on. We recommend labeling your child's towel to prevent losing it. Also ensure your child has flip flops or sandals to wear that can easily be slipped on and off. The sand will be hot, so it's important that they have shoes that they can easily put on and take off.
Once the packing for surf camp is done, enjoy your stress free week without the kids. Grab a margarita at Rita's, or your own beach chair and book, and go enjoy your day of peace and quiet. After all, you deserve it!
For gear recommendations, check out our journal post about some of our favorite surf and beach brands that many also make products for kids!