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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.

Have Your Say

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

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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