Sending your child to a friend’s house for a sleepover is a rite of passage that every kid should get to experience. Sending them off with the right things packed will help the experience go smoothly and set your mind at ease about their being away from home somewhat. Here are some tips about packing for sleepovers so that your child has what they need:
This is important for a number of reasons, and most people disregard it. If your child is going to be away from home, you need to make sure they have certain pieces of paperwork. These include a consent to treat for emergency medical situations, a picture and an emergency contact sheet that gives at least two options. This is also where you can put your name and number in case the parents happen to need to contact you.
Allergy and prescription medications
If you child has allergies, you need to inform the other parents up front. Also write these things down and include any medications they might need. These are very important things to share with whomever is watching your kids.
Pajamas and a change of clothes
Of course you want your kids to have a pair of pajamas and something to put on clean when they get up the next day. If you kid has an occasional accident, perhaps you should also include extra underwear or pull ups. Never embarrass your kid by speaking of this in front of them, however.
Video Games or Toys
If your kid wants to bring along his favorite toy or video game, run it by your fellow parent and make sure they are cool with it. Some parents prefer not to take responsibility for expensive electronics or special items. A quick heads up and you will be in the clear as far as knowing what to do here.
It is usually a good idea to bring your own pillow for hygiene sakes. You don’t have to say why…simply that your child is used to a particular pillow. Better safe than sorry with lice concerns and so on.
Make sure you send your kid’s toothbrush, hair brush or comb and deodorant at a minimum. Some folks like to send their own little carry bag that is full of these types of things and that works too. The last thing you want to do is depend on someone else to provide these things. Towels and washcloths are very different from deodorant. Pack what you would not want to share.
Packing for an overnight stay is really about paying attention to details and sending what you would want someone to have if they stayed at your home. Always think safety first and remember the things that might make your child comfortable.
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