The Suitcase

This is a guide, and you can modify it depending on your child’s needs and length of stay.

Do not send your child with valuable items that can get lost easily. Ford Castle does not accept responsibility for loss or theft.

Obviously, some children want to bring a camera and it is likely that some will bring a mobile phone for keeping in touch with you. This is fine, but students are asked to leave these items with Ford Castle staff for safe keeping.

Do not put medicine or pocket money into the bag. Keep it separate in an envelope, with any important information (dosage, etc.) and the centre manager will keep it safe.

No drug can be kept by a minor in their room.

Packing the Bag

We provide all linens, blankets and pillows so there is no need to pack them for your child. We have washing machines and dryers for children who are here for two or three weeks.
Here is an example packing list:

  • Pencils and pens
  • 2 shorts or skirts
  • 2 jeans or trousers/dresses
  • 7 t-shirts
  • 2 sweatshirts
  • 1 sweatshirt for sporting activities, which can be very messy!
  • 1 pair of shoes for outdoor activities
  • 1 pair of trainers
  • 1 pair of casual shoes
  • 1 waterproof coat
  • 1 pyjamas and slippers
  • 7 pairs of underwear
  • 7 pairs of socks
  • Toiletries: shower gel, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, comb
  • 1 bath towel
  • Sunscreen
  • 1 laundry bag
  • 1 nice outfit for the party