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Summer Sleepaway Must Haves

You head to camp armed with the necessary mad libs, an iPod charger (with speakers), labeled clothes, flashlight and shower flip flops. But now it’s time to get personal. Make your 4 square feet of bunk space as comfy and personalized as possible. Express your personality with this gear and gadgetry  you won’t want to do without.

KIT: Keep it Together

Confetti girls splatter foldable bed organizerBed OrganizerCourtesy of Dennys Childrenswear

Being organized is key when you have a small space. With separate pockets for each of your important items, a bed organizer is a great way to keep your stuff together. Pens and stationary, address book, headphones, charger, glasses, love notes, emergency money, and any other small items you can think of keeping close at hand all fit in the little compartments so you stay organized.

Mini Laundry Separators

Confetti Baseball Sock BagSock BagCourtesy of Dennys Childrenswear

Whether you're doing your own wash or sending it out to be done, keep your socks in one bag and you'll be less likely to go mismatched accidentally. Of course, if mismatched is in your personal style, wash your socks in this bag anyway, and pair them as you wish. Although the bag in this picture says socks, you can also keep undergarments or other similar items together, too.

Box O' Stuff

Innovative Home Design Storage CubeStorage CubeCourtesy of Dennys Childrenswear

Got gear? Keep it stored together under your bed. Whether your thing is sports (mitt, glove, hacky sack, etc.), music, reading, art, drama, kung fu, or anything else, personal passions come with stuff and you can stuff it all right in a box! If a cube like the one pictured here won't fit -- say, if you're on the top bunk of a bunkbed! -- a trunk at the foot of your bed or a bedside locker.

Floor Mat

Northwest Lakers MatCozy Toes Bedside MatCourtesy of Dennys Childrenswear

Even in the heat of summer, mornings out in the woods or up in the mountains can get pretty chilly. Start your day off on the right foot by stepping onto a cozy mat that supports your favorite team! Not into sports? Pick your favorite color, Manga character, A-list celebrity, or TV show - there's probably a soft mat with a theme that showcases what you love.

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Have you discovered an awesome gadget or gizmo to take to sleepaway camp this year? Share your best finds below!

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bookwormlestrange
I don't have ADHD, but I know plenty about it. One of my friends has ADHD and Tourette's, and the teachers were always turds about it. Anyway, i think that a good way to deal with ADHD acting up is either changing medication or trying to eat foods or drinks with caffeine. I'm not sure if it works for you, but a lot of people with ADHD have seen significant improvements after putting caffeine in their systems. If your friends are acting like turds, you need better friends. I hope my advice helps.
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SmartSunnyShadow
I have one so annoying sister, that it feels like I have 200 of them, oh my god. She's pounding on the door right now, HELP! 
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SmartSunnyShadow
Dad, obviously. I can't even explain what he does to me!
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SmartSunnyShadow
Well, if they are your BFFs, they shouldn't be teasing you to make you feel bad. Me, and my BFFs tease each other all the time playfully, but I understand that this is different, and if it's making you feel bad it isn't playful at all.   Maybe your eldest friend is having some trouble with family issues, bad grades, body changes, etc. It's okay to be angry, so maybe you should leave her space for a few days, and see if it turns better. If it isn't, then try to first make her calm down. Then, make her talk to you about why she is so angry and ask if you can try to help. If nothing turns out better, tell her that you feel uncomfortable, and you want her to talk to you.  For your 3rd eldest friend, support her as much as possible, and stand up for her in this terrible situation. If you are all BFFs, then you should all be very close and comfortable around each other, and the fight shouldn't last long. If not, they are not your real friends, and you have to go on without them. I have tons of advice on how to make new friends, so just ask me if you want to know. Your 2nd eldest friend seems to be the main problem.  First of all, tell her to stop, and say how you don't like her bullying you. You must say what she is doing wrong, and how it makes you feel. If she doesn't care, tell her you're serious, and you hate what she is doing to you. If it continues, ignore what trash she is saying, and just simply walk away. Focus on other things that will help make you feel better. Remember, all she is is a person, and it's up to you to act appropriately.  Stay positive, and calm. Focus on other things, and if she continues, tell her that you can all be friends and you miss her. Go get another friend to stand up with you, and tell her that you will report to an adult if she won't stop. She may be your friend, but she deserves it. I told on my BFF when she was mean, so it's all okay now.  If all else fails, get a trusted adult, and hang out with nicer friends. Your other friends will learn from their mistakes. If not, warn them, and give them a sincere kindness note of how you miss being friends. Then, also give one to the bully.
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AnnaOfExquizurd
Yeah, @CyclonicBass the best option really is to find a girl with a quirky personality. Become friends with her. Possibly, over time, she'll grow close to you and accept a request to be with you. Hope it goes well!
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