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.
-- MARY JANE PARK, Times staff writer
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.
Spiral-bound journal is great for pressing flowers, gluing trinkets, sketching, recording the day's events. Journal. $6.99. Michaels stores.
No need to pack stamps along with these postcards for brief reports home. Postage-paid postcards. 22 cents each. U.S. Postal Service.
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.
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.