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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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My bff and I were best friends but weve grown apart im getting older and she still wants to do kid stuff I have new friends now I feel like im being mean to her but like doesn't she get the memo I feel both guilty and mad:} Gosh.... put the shoe on  the other foot and see how would you feel if your bff done this on you. You has been bffs for the long time [Im guessing] and your maturing faster than her.  I agrees you are being mean to her if you doesnt discuss how your feeling with her and ignoring / avoiding her or whatever your doing.    She has been the good friend to you and she deserves to understand if you is growing up faster than her.  I really feels sad for how she could be feeling right now. She didnt do anything wrong.  You changed. Not her. Please be nice to your friend/ex friend and let her down gently [if you really has to] ^^ Me opinion  
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Desiixx posted in Friends:
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My bff and I were best friends but weve grown apart im getting older and she still wants to do kid stuff I have new friends now I feel like im being mean to her but like doesn't she get the memo I feel both guilty and mad:}
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