After working in summer ministry for the past few years, I've learned a thing or two about caring for kiddos in the summertime. Whether you're going to be a summer missionary, camp counselor, or summertime nanny, these 18 items are essential supplies for a safe and fun summer!
1. A backpack
To carry everything listed below.
For every scrape, scratch and bug bite, there's Band-aid.
3. Wet Wipes
Trust me; you'll use every last one.
4. A flashlight
What if the power goes out, or you have to walk somewhere in the dark?
Even the youngest of kids get hangry.
Hydrate or die-drate, my people.
7. A portable speaker
There's nothing like a good impromptu dance party!
Life's no fun after too much sun.
Say hello to your new best friends, Neosporin, Hydrocortizone, and Aloe Vera.
10. Bug spray
Mosquitoes are everywhere, and they have the power to ruin your day if you don't put in the effort to keep them away.
11. A ball
There are so many games you can invent with a ball to pass the time.
Splinters are practically inevitable.
Germ-X will fix anything. Dirty hands? Germ-X. Bug bite? Germ-X. Hurt feelings? Yep, Germ-X.
14. A portable charger
You'll need to keep your phone charged in case of emergency situations.
15. Spare flip-flops
You seriously never know when a kid's shoes are going to blow out.
16. A storybook
Sometimes you just need to sit under a tree and relax.
17. Pen and paper
For drawing, journaling, and taking notes on that one kid who has a million allergies.
18. A camera
Capture every moment you can. You won't believe how quickly the time will pass!