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Hello Muddah Hello Faddah: A Summer Camp Duffel Guide

It might still be cool outside, but summer is not far away. For many kids, this means summer camp time and for parents, time to shop for a duffel. There are many choices and below is a handy guide to simplify the process.

Sleeping under the stars

The first step will be to determine what your camp’s guidelines are. For the classic overnight camps, where the kids will be transported by bus, most camps will require a large non-wheeled duffel bag. In this case the recommendation will be a 40’’or larger duffel bag. Being non-wheeled, it will still be easy to store and your child will be able to use the same bag year after year.

Game on

For specialty camps (such as sports camps), or in the situation where you will be driving TNF-CWV7-KZ3_1your child to camp directly you might want to consider purchasing a large (36’’ or larger) wheeled duffel. The advantage of using this type of duffel will be the maneuverability that having a bag with wheels will offer. Imagine having to carry a 50 LB bag hundreds of feet!!! While a wheeled duffel isn’t quite as easy to store they will usually still fit underneath a bed.

Learning is fun

Older kids nowadays often go to academic camps which are hosted on college campuses. These camps tend to be shorter in duration, but might require flying to your destination. A wheeled duffel is still a good idea for these students; however, you will have to keep in mind airline regulations which are typically 62’’ (this is determined by measuring a bag adding together length plus with plus height) and a max weight of 50 LBS. If you go over this size or weight you might be hit with significant fees by the airlines. If your child needs to take more, then it might be cheaper to ship some items ahead.


Those who fail to plan plan to fail

Camps almost always provide a packing guide that lists what your child will need for the summer. Once you purchase your bag do a practice pack to make sure everything fits and do it well in advance. If organization is an issue, packing cubes can help. Last minute packing is no fun and finding out the bag you purchased isn’t correct can lead to unnecessary panic. I would try to have your list complete and the practice pack done at least 3-4 weeks in advance.

Final Thoughts

One final tip is summer camp isn’t the time for your son or daughter to bring out their new fashions. Old clothes will be nice and comfy and if they get ruined or misplaced they won’t be missed. At the end of the summer your kid can just throw them away rather than having to repack their items. Remember, simple packing equals more time for fun.



Best Duffels for Summer Camp

Summer has arrived!  The kids are out and about, thrilled to have escaped the confines of their classrooms.  There is no feeling like it…… “school’s out for summer….no more pencils…..no more books……no more teacher’s dirty looks ” as they head home from school for the last time! (Ok maybe they are not singing that Alice Cooper song anymore.) Regardless, here at Irv’s Luggage, along with that great surge of excitement comes a great surge of High Sierra sales because many of those happy children will soon be heading off to camp to enjoy the dog days of summer accompanied by the perfect duffel:

The High Sierra A.T. Go Carry On Drop Bottom Expandable Duffrite

  • Special built-in, high-density foam structure helps maintain the bag’s shape while minimizing weight.
  • Large main compartment, with front-load access, expands 2.5″ for additional packing capacity.
  • Drop-bottom compartment, with hold-down straps, is perfect for shoes or bulky gear.
  • Hidden padded backpack straps are stored behind the zippered padded bottom panel.
  • Reflective piping for added safety.

The High Sierra A.T. Go Collection Carry On Wheeled Backpack with Removable Daypack

  • Padded backpack straps stow behind the main compartment’s zippered padded back panel.
  • Removable front day pack with padded backpack straps, deluxe organizer, zippered accessory pocket, water bottle pocket, MP3 player headphone port and has a back strap to allow pack to slip over the extended handle of main bag.
  • Tow-strap for attaching an extra bag.
  • Custom ID holder hides-away in a back pocket.
  • Reflective piping for added safety.

The High Sierra Elevate Collection 34” Drop Bottom Wheeled Duffel

  • Main compartment with U-shaped opening.
  • Zippered divider panel, between upper and lower compartments, can be rolled up and secured to create one large compartment.
  • Zippered front accessory pocket and two top-loading end compartments.
  • Adjustable exterior compression straps.
  • Bottom has protective feet to keep the bags off the ground.
  • Durable webbing handles with padded wrap and padded grab handle on the end.

Have a great time kids!!!!!