Monday, July 1, 2013

Packing for Residential Camp: Cross Body Bag!

Hi everyone, I'm going to attend a week long business conference at a university, and I thought it would be fun and helpful to do a series of blog posts about what I’m packing, so those who have never been to a residential camp can gain some insight! If you don't know, a residential camp (also known as sleep away camp) is a place where you live at for a certain amount of time and aren’t allowed to go home. It's a different experience, so it’s important to make sure that you have all the things you need.
This first post in my “Packing for Residential Camp” will be about the stuff that I’m carrying in my cross body bag, which I will bring everywhere with me during the business conference. Most likely you will be carrying some sort of a backpack, tote bag, or purse to keep all your essentials with you wherever you go. Since I am attending a formal “camp”, I will be wearing business casual attire all day every day, which consists of the colors: black, white, navy blue. To add a pop of color to my outfits, I am bringing a raspberry colored Steve Madden cross body!

Now onto the things that I will keep in it:
      -cell phone: You NEED a phone for safety if you’re leaving home!
      -wallet: Most camps will provide food to their campers, but this is a just-in-case item. You have to bring your own money if you want to buy souvenirs!
      -glasses & sunglasses: I personally need glasses because I can’t see without them. Sunglasses are also a necessity if you’re going to somewhere sunny.
      -camp schedule & campus map: It’s important to be on schedule and a campus map will prevent you from getting lost.
      -laptop: When you’re away from home, things get misplaced/stolen very easily with so many people around, so if you don’t need a laptop, don’t bring it! I, however, am attending a conference, so I need my laptop to create business plans and presentations.
      -notebook & pencils: Don’t forget to take notes!
      -graphing calculator: Again, if you don’t need this, don’t bring it. I will be doing math and financial related stuff, so I’m just going to bring this.
      -camera: Capture memories!
      -hand sanitizer: Trust me, if you have hand sanitizer, everyone is going to want to be your friend!:P This is a just-in-case thing you want to have for sticky situations, see what I did there?:)
      -earphones: Who knows when you’ll want to listen to music, right?
      -lip balm: No one likes having dried lips.
      -hair ties: Either you or one of your friends are going to need one. It’s hot during the summer (depending on where you are) and sometimes you’ll just want to pull your hair out of your face.
      -bandaids: Walking in flats for long periods of time hurts (A LOT)!!

That’s all that I’m bringing with me in my bag! See you all in my next blog post,

-Catherine

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