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Summer camp survival kit

By MARY JANE PARK

© St. Petersburg Times, published July 5, 2001


A trip to a camp away from home can be exhilarating, whether for a week, a month or most of the summer. The camps provide lists of necessities -- and contraband. Most have basics such as sunscreen and insect repellent on hand. The mildly homesick will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind a care package sent along for the trip.

A trip to a camp away from home can be exhilarating, whether for a week, a month or most of the summer. The camps provide lists of necessities -- and contraband. Most have basics such as sunscreen and insect repellent on hand. The mildly homesick will appreciate the thoughtfulness behind a care package sent along for the trip.

-- MARY JANE PARK, Times staff writer

PREPAID PHONE CARD

Tuck a prepaid phone card into your camper's knapsack, just in case. You can buy them nearly anywhere, from convenience stores to supermarkets. This one, for 80 minutes of conversation, cost $7.99 at Target.

JOURNAL

Spiral-bound journal is great for pressing flowers, gluing trinkets, sketching, recording the day's events. Journal. $6.99. Michaels stores.

POST CARDS

No need to pack stamps along with these postcards for brief reports home. Postage-paid postcards. 22 cents each. U.S. Postal Service.

POLAROID I-ZONE CAMERA, STICKER FILM

Instant mini-photos with adhesive backings are great for sticking into journals and memory books. Polaroid i-Zone Instant Pocket Camera, about $20; i-Zone Pocket Sticker Film, 12 exposures, about $7. Discount, department, drug, toy stores.

STUFFED BEAR

They may feign embarrassment when Teddy makes an appearance, but after lights out, many campers will sleep better with a soft toy to cuddle. Tender Teddy by Gund. About $15, toy stores.

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