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Professional 'Summer Camp Packers' Are Apparently a Thing Now
byKaitlin StanfordMay 26, 2014
Packing can be a total drag. And packing your kids up for sleepaway camp? Well that's even more un-fun. After all, who wants to waste hours labeling underwear and cramming six weeks' worth of summer camp clothes into an itty-bitty suitcase? Le sigh.
Yes, according to Barbara Reich of New York's Resourceful Consultants, this is apparently the latest trend among the upper-upper crust of New York City. As Reich told the New York Post recently, she's been "inundated" with requests from stressed-out parents for a while now. And their predicaments are all pretty much the same: They desperately want to send their kids off to camp with expertly packed suitcases, but just don't have the patience to do that themselves.
(Can you say "first-world problems"?)
“I talked three people off the camp ledge,” Reich told the Post, in the first of many quotes that caused us to chuckle. “For a lot of mothers, particularly when their child is going away for the first time, it’s very stressful. Clients will say, ‘I need to touch and feel the sheets for softness.’ ”
As the Post reports, it can take three to four hours for a suitcase to be packed professionally; especially in cases where the parents demand that all the "comforts of home" be tucked inside. That includes "delicate touches like French-milled soaps and scented candles," writes the Post.
Because really, no 9-year-old should be expected to go six weeks without a cinnamon-apple scented candle on their bedside table. That would be a travesty.