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Camp Gear Gets Personal

Kids going to camp? Consider packing this personalized gear.

The Explorer Rolling Suitcase from Company Kids has plenty of room for essentials, and the upright design makes it easy to transport. It comes in colorful patterns that suit all ages, from cute toy cars to sophisticated polka dots. Get a monogram or name embroidered above the top pocket for free. Besides camp, this $99 investment can be used year-round for vacations or sleepovers.

In a sea of backpacks and brown-bagged lunches, stick on Name Bubbles to help your camper keep track of his belongings. These waterproof, dishwasher- and laundry-safe name labels come in different sizes and can be customized by color, image and font.

When it’s time to hit the hay, your child can rest her head on a Bunnies and Bows pillowcase. Don’t let the frilly name fool you — while the girly styles like zebra stripe, angels and ballerina are adorable, there are also plenty of other choices, such as baseball, pirates and rock star. For $19.95 you get the pillowcase and personalization, ranging from an initial or first name, to an illustration with the same skin or hair color as your child.

Stephanie Halinski is calendar editor and toy/product coordinator of MetroKids.

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