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Professional 'Summer Camp Packers' Are Apparently a Thing Now

Parents in NYC hire professional summer camp packers

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.

Lucky for you, there are now trained professionals out there who can handle all that and more for you. And their masterful packing skills will only set you back a cool $250 per hour. (A total steal!)

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.

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