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What I wish I had known for Camp

What I wish I had known for Camp

Author -  Areta Harlen

What I wish I had known for Camp.

When doing Camp America You get told so much information it's hard to keep track of everything. From What to pack, what to wear, how to act to just are there beaches nearby?

Areta Harlen 7.jpg

My Camp was based out in the Big Apple; New York. Long Island to be exact. This is what I learnt and what I wish I had known.


Jetlag will be brutal and the timezones work out weird. Try find one go to time with the folks back home and don't stress if you only chat them once a month, just send messages so they know you're alive.

(depending on what sort of travel you're doing post camp it's a lot easier to carry a tramping bag than it is to lug a suitcase around the streets)

Areta Harlen 6.jpg
Am I packing or am I over packing?

First thing keep the packing REAL simple! You may not set out to do much shopping but you will soon go on a binge when you hit the shops (trust me) especially the outlets and thrift stores.

Don't pack Toiletries except for necessary items because you'll have a Walmart, Target, King Kullen or preferably a Dollar tree store near you.

Note; Get an Uber app and uber to the dollar tree store. EVERYTHING is a dollar so it is the prime place to get toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and dress ups for theme weeks!
Things to pack A LOT of ; #1 SOCKS -We all know how it is with these guys. #2 Underwear -more is better. 

 Areta Harlen 3.jpg

Than the normal day to day gear but don't fill up your bag halfway is plenty. My camp provides T-shirts so I shouldn't have taken as many Tees as I did.

Most camps provide towels it's good to check that out as it will save a lot of room, Better suggestion is buy one from Target or Walmart for cheap.

You get there at the beginning of summer but the nights (and the first few days) are cold. Here's what I wish I had done and what I'm doing:

Before heading to camp I'm swinging by Target and buying, a small blanket for those especially chilly nights, a proper pillow (a good pillow is magic and the next years person who gets it will thank you in their head).

-That's it, Maybe a bright Towel as well but three items max. 

Areta Harlen 4.jpg
Now here's a fun one, Things from home I wish I had known to bring:

A Speaker just a small one for weekends off at the beach or just at camp. Music brings everyone together.

THE FLAG!! carry that national pride over to USA! you will end up taking a pic wearing it and don't let them forget NZ.

Photos or a few bits from home to make your area more homely.

NZ Souvenirs as gifts (we have secret buddy where you give a random person a gift, unique and can't get it anywhere else)

KIWI SNACKS / TREATS. If you take one bag of pineapple lumps take another just in case

Now, You'll meet the coolest bunch of people at Camp so keep in touch and get ready to wing a lot of travel plans!

Areta Harlen 1.jpg
New York is easy to travel in and travel from! The trains are really clear you just have to get a metro card and you're in action!

If you time it right try go up the Empire or Rockefeller just before sunset, it is UNREAL.
The people you meet are mighty friendly just don't be shy to say thank you or hello.
They love to chat and adore our accent. (but they will guess Australia -what a surprise)

If you are drinking over there they do double shots so the mix (pink lemonade and vodka for example) is strong. You won't need to drink as much as you did at home. You can buy insanely cheap wine bottles $7 USD for a 1 litre wine.

You'll have a diet of carbs with a small salad and the helpings are what you see on T.V. 

Areta Harlen 2.jpg

When you get money always split it in tow and keep in two seperate bags. I learnt that the hard way, I had all mine in my fannypac which I left on the Megabus and never got back. No backups or anything because I had everything in that fannypac.

My saving grace was having my passport in my suitcase, Western Unions are a god send and thankfully everywhere. Be money smart and save a bit each time you get paid because travel post camp adds up! If you put it aside straight away you almost forget you have it and when you get to the end of camp and have your secret dosh, MATE! What a feeling.
Areta Harlen 5.jpg
That's what I've learnt and wish I had known about camp.
PS: US chocolate isn't as nice as ours (takes lots)
PPS: Don't get over excited on your first trip to Target (etc) and blow $400
-I was that girl and it was good in the moment but I can honestly tell you I have no idea what I bought.

If you are interested about finding out more about Camp America check out our website!

What I wish I had known for Camp

What I wish I had known for Camp. When doing Camp America You get told so much information it's hard to keep track of everything. From What to pack, what to wear, how to act to just are there beaches nearby? My Camp was based out in the Big Apple; New York. Long Island to be exact. This is what I learnt and what I wish I had known.

What I wish I had known for Camp.

When doing Camp America You get told so much information it's hard to keep track of everything. From What to pack, what to wear, how to act to just are there beaches nearby?

Areta Harlen 7.jpg

My Camp was based out in the Big Apple; New York. Long Island to be exact. This is what I learnt and what I wish I had known.


Jetlag will be brutal and the timezones work out weird. Try find one go to time with the folks back home and don't stress if you only chat them once a month, just send messages so they know you're alive.

(depending on what sort of travel you're doing post camp it's a lot easier to carry a tramping bag than it is to lug a suitcase around the streets)

Areta Harlen 6.jpg
Am I packing or am I over packing?

First thing keep the packing REAL simple! You may not set out to do much shopping but you will soon go on a binge when you hit the shops (trust me) especially the outlets and thrift stores.

Don't pack Toiletries except for necessary items because you'll have a Walmart, Target, King Kullen or preferably a Dollar tree store near you.

Note; Get an Uber app and uber to the dollar tree store. EVERYTHING is a dollar so it is the prime place to get toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner and dress ups for theme weeks!
Things to pack A LOT of ; #1 SOCKS -We all know how it is with these guys. #2 Underwear -more is better. 

 Areta Harlen 3.jpg

Than the normal day to day gear but don't fill up your bag halfway is plenty. My camp provides T-shirts so I shouldn't have taken as many Tees as I did.

Most camps provide towels it's good to check that out as it will save a lot of room, Better suggestion is buy one from Target or Walmart for cheap.

You get there at the beginning of summer but the nights (and the first few days) are cold. Here's what I wish I had done and what I'm doing:

Before heading to camp I'm swinging by Target and buying, a small blanket for those especially chilly nights, a proper pillow (a good pillow is magic and the next years person who gets it will thank you in their head).

-That's it, Maybe a bright Towel as well but three items max. 

Areta Harlen 4.jpg
Now here's a fun one, Things from home I wish I had known to bring:

A Speaker just a small one for weekends off at the beach or just at camp. Music brings everyone together.

THE FLAG!! carry that national pride over to USA! you will end up taking a pic wearing it and don't let them forget NZ.

Photos or a few bits from home to make your area more homely.

NZ Souvenirs as gifts (we have secret buddy where you give a random person a gift, unique and can't get it anywhere else)

KIWI SNACKS / TREATS. If you take one bag of pineapple lumps take another just in case

Now, You'll meet the coolest bunch of people at Camp so keep in touch and get ready to wing a lot of travel plans!

Areta Harlen 1.jpg
New York is easy to travel in and travel from! The trains are really clear you just have to get a metro card and you're in action!

If you time it right try go up the Empire or Rockefeller just before sunset, it is UNREAL.
The people you meet are mighty friendly just don't be shy to say thank you or hello.
They love to chat and adore our accent. (but they will guess Australia -what a surprise)

If you are drinking over there they do double shots so the mix (pink lemonade and vodka for example) is strong. You won't need to drink as much as you did at home. You can buy insanely cheap wine bottles $7 USD for a 1 litre wine.

You'll have a diet of carbs with a small salad and the helpings are what you see on T.V. 

Areta Harlen 2.jpg

When you get money always split it in tow and keep in two seperate bags. I learnt that the hard way, I had all mine in my fannypac which I left on the Megabus and never got back. No backups or anything because I had everything in that fannypac.

My saving grace was having my passport in my suitcase, Western Unions are a god send and thankfully everywhere. Be money smart and save a bit each time you get paid because travel post camp adds up! If you put it aside straight away you almost forget you have it and when you get to the end of camp and have your secret dosh, MATE! What a feeling.
Areta Harlen 5.jpg
That's what I've learnt and wish I had known about camp.
PS: US chocolate isn't as nice as ours (takes lots)
PPS: Don't get over excited on your first trip to Target (etc) and blow $400
-I was that girl and it was good in the moment but I can honestly tell you I have no idea what I bought.

If you are interested about finding out more about Camp America check out our website!

What I wish I had known for Camp

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