Where I live, a recent announcement declared that summer camps would be open this summer. A lot of parents are wondering whether they are comfortable sending their kiddos to camp. When I’ve been asked the question, my response is quite direct – HECK YEAH! I am confident that it can be done safely and I feel strongly that my kids are in desperate need of this experience – summer camp has always been beneficial to them both mentally and physically and this year, more than ever, they need that.

As a long-time camp mama, I’ve mastered how to pack. With the circumstances we’re facing this summer, I’ll be sending along a few extra items to help keep them safe and thought everyone could benefit from the reminder. Read on for the 5 unusual items you’ll need to send this year:


I’ll be sending six masks per child so that they don’t run short on laundry days. Our customers have loved the Mabel’s Labels masks, and so have I – but I’ve discovered some other beauties along the way. One brand I particularly find fun and effective come from Clippo. The company is owned by a woman I respect and her products are always of the highest standard.

Mask Strings

I’d rather not my kids be placing their masks on tables in the mess hall while they are eating. As such, I found some fun and practical mask strings so that my campers will have their masks around their necks at all times, which will keep the masks clean and easily accessible. My mask strings come from one of my fav young entrepreneurial mamas and vegan Influencer, Tory Halpin.

Hand Sanitizer

No one leaves home without this item these days, so don’t forget to also send it to camp! A fan fav in my books and mamas of little kids everywhere is the Hello Bello spray sanitizer. It’s cute, compact and easy for kids to spritz on their paws throughout the day.


This year, I want to be extra sure that my kids are using their own towels and not sharing among their camp friends. I’ll send each of my campers with two personalized Tallii Towels. The products are microfiber and dry super quickly – perfect for the camp environment!

Personalized Labels

Not only do I want all my kids’ belongings to return home after camp, I want to prevent germy mix-ups with their cabin mates and camp friends. Labeling all camper’s water bottles and gear has never been more important. Not sure what to get? Mabel’s Labels has camp label packs that were created with your camper in mind, whether they’re going to sleepaway camp or day camp!

Let’s cross our fingers and toes that kiddos can enjoy a little bit of normalcy this summer. It has certainly been a long time coming. Happy camping!


Julie Cole is a recovered lawyer, mom of six and co-founder of Mabel’s Labels. She has helped her company bring their product to a worldwide market, gain media recognition and win countless awards. Julie is no stranger to the media, having appeared on NBC’s The Today Show, HLN’s Raising America, Breakfast Television, The Marilyn Denis Show, CP24, among many others. As a blogger and writer, her articles have appeared in The Huffington Post, Today’s Parent, The Globe and Mail, Profit Magazine, Working Mother Magazine, Chicken Soup For the Soul - Power Moms and numerous websites. When she’s not juggling her busy family and professional life, Julie is an active volunteer and engaged community leader, who is passionate about women’s issues, mentoring young entrepreneurs, poverty alleviation and social justice.

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