Summer Camp Essentials
This week I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Ozark Mountain Music Camp. If your child loves to play the banjo, fiddle, or mandolin (etc) the OMMA Camp is a summer experience you won't want to miss! They have incredible instructors from all over Missouri who give hours of private lessons. At the end of the week, students perform a concert at the Shepherd of the Hills to showcase all of the wonderful music they learned at camp. Click here for more information. The Old Time Music and Bluegrass Concert is free and open to the public.
The OMMA Camp is located at the Riverfront Retreat of the Ozarks, this charming little getaway in Galena, MO. The drive is less than an hour from Springfield, MO and incredibly beautiful. I've stayed at the Riverfront Retreat for another work event last year and the owners are very kind and accommodating. This would be a great location for a Family Reunion, Work Retreat, Youth Group Retreat, etc.
While I enjoy visiting Galena, I try to remember to pack a few essentials. Our family is pursuing non-toxic living relentlessly and so I try to plan ahead and bring trusted items that I know are safe from harsh chemicals. Summer time is especially important since being outside all day brings unique challenges (I don't want a sunburn!!).
What to bring to camp:
I threw all of these items in my trusty reusable bag that I take with me to the grocery story, work and small road trips. I actually got the bag from a clothing swap that a friend and I hosted. If you haven't hosted a clothing swap, I totally recommend it! Have each friend bring gently used items they don't need or wear and then swap with your friends. Donate the leftovers, get a new wardrobe and clean out your closet simultaneously. It's a win-win situation.
Anyway, here's why I packed what I did for camp.
Life is busy for me so even though I enjoy a good DIY (shoutout to the DIY Queen, Shelby Nelson! Follow her on IG here) I don't always have the time to make my own products. Insert Young Living's Insect Repellent Wipes. YL's Insect Repellent Wipes are so handy for quick trips and they belong in your purse. Countless times I go to hang out with friends or stay late after a church event and I end up talking outside in the summer time at night. When the beautiful dusk comes all the bugs who want to eat me alive. That's why I like to have the Insect Repellent Wipes in my purse ready to go (so nice for a quick road trip too). For me, it's worth it to "DI-Buy" sometimes instead of DIY. Plus, I'm on Young Living's Essential Rewards shipment so all of my products are sent straight to my door. I don't even have to leave my house to get all of the safe, non-toxic products our family needs. Plus, we get 25% cash back for all of our Essential Rewards orders. Learn more about signing up here.
Last summer I actually DID finish a DIY product, Natural Bug Spray. Of course, I packed it for my trip because it's ready to go. So nice to leave by your back door too so you can apply quickly going in and out the door. Find the recipe here.
I also grabbed Digize Essential Oil. I do not travel without this specific oil blend! It contains a blend that helps with digestion support and my stomach throws a fit anytime I sit in the car or ride in an airplane. I apply 2-3 drips of this oil undiluted on my stomach and rub it in for fast support for an upset stomach. Curious how quickly essential oils work?
I packed Peppermint Essential Oil because it is wonderful support for a tired woman like me. I rub 1-2 drops on my arms in the morning when I need to wake up quickly. I apply Bergamot Essential Oil over the Peppermint EO since it is a happy, mood support oil. What an incredibly uplifting way to start your morning!
Lavender Essential Oil is a must for any travel or just a regular day running errands. I almost always have Lavender EO in my purse because it is so helpful for an enormous amount of issues. We joke that Lavender EO is the "Swiss Army Knife" out of all of the essential oils. One of the main reasons I bring Lavender is because it is so soothing for bug bites. I don't always remember to wear bug spray so those nasty bugs find me. Lavender Essential Oils applied directly on the bite helps so much to make you forget the bug bites are even there. It's a great idea to make your Lavender Essential Oil roller for quick trips on the go. Find a recipe for how to make your own essential oil roller on my IGTV channel.
Of course I cannot forget sunscreen! Non-toxic sunscreen is a forever must in our home. Zinc is the primary ingredient in natural sunscreen and it is worth every penny to make the switch. Do some research about how zinc support your body naturally! Young Living has 50 spf and 10 spf. We use both in our house.
Another camp essential is the Thieves Hand Sanitizer. This product will ruin you forever (in a good way) and you won't be able to touch GermX ever again! Why? The Thieves Hand Sanitizer dries so quickly so you don't walk around with "wet" hands forever and it smells like Christmas instead of nasty chemicals. Trust me, this one is a keeper.
Lastly, I packed the Lavaderm After Sun Spray. The kids at OMMA Camp had a fantastic Slip n Slide that was a highlight of my day. I stood outside taking pictures and videos and laughing as the students (and instructors!) raced down the slippery hill. Needless to say, I'm thankful I packed the Lavaderm After Sun Spray. Even though I applied sunscreen, the back of my neck left a little warm from standing in the June heat. What a refreshing way to cool off after a day of outside fun! I simply sprayed the Lavaderm mist directly on my neck as I was driving home from camp.
What a fun day! I'm so glad I was able to visit Ozark Mountain Music Camp for the day. What would you pack for a day out in the woods or a mini road trip? Anything I missed? Leave a comment below!