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How to Keep Your Kids Lice-Free at Summer Camp

Updated: Sep 21, 2023

Summer camp is a fun and exciting experience for kids, but it can also be a breeding ground for every parent’s worst nightmare- lice. These pesky insects can quickly spread from one kid to another, causing camp drama, potential embarrassment, and discomfort. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to prevent lice at camp and keep your kids healthy and happy all summer long.



Teach your kids about lice prevention.

One of the best ways to prevent lice at summer camp is to make sure your kids know their prevention basics. They should not share combs, brushes, hats, or other personal items with other campers. Encourage them to keep their hair tied back as much as possible (our Rosemary Mint hair ties are a natural lice repellent). You can also pack a lice prevention spray or shampoo in their camp bag for added protection. By educating your kids about lice prevention before sending them on their way, you can help them stay lice-free (and therefore drama free) and enjoy their summer camp experience to the fullest.


Pack the right supplies.

When it comes to preventing lice at summer camp, packing the right supplies can make all the difference. In addition to lice prevention spray or shampoo, make sure your camper has their own comb, brush, and hair ties. You may also want to consider packing a hat, shower cap or swim cap to protect their hair during water activities. And don't forget to pack a laundry bag for their dirty clothes and bedding, which should be washed in hot water and dried on high heat to kill any potential critters.


Avoid head-to-head contact.

One of the most common ways that lice spread is through head-to-head contact. Encourage your child to avoid activities that involve close contact with other children's heads, such as hugging, leaning in for selfies, or sharing headphones. If your child does come into contact with someone who has lice, make sure they know to tell a counselor or staff member right away so that they can take appropriate measures to prevent the spread.


Good luck and Godspeed- let’s all have a lice-free summer!


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