Travel Light — Tips on Packing and Gear for Summer Camp

  • Plan Ahead — Living Out of a Backpack, Duffel Bag, Suitcase, or Trunk
  • Review Camp Packing Lists
  • Label Everything — Classic Iron-on/Stick on Clothing Labels, Dishwasher Safe Vinyl Labels, and Laundry Pens -  ID Your Camper's Belongings
  • Break in Shoes and Boots Before Camp Begins

Packing From the Top Down

Headgear

  • Scarves
  • Bandannas
  • Baseball Caps
  • Sunhat
  • Eyeglasses
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimming Goggles

Clothing

  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Shorts
  • Long Pants
  • Jeans
  • Jacket
  • Raincoat
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirt/Sweatpants
  • Swim Suit
  • Dress Clothes (check with camp)
  • Pajamas and Robe
  • Polos
  • Fleece Outwear
  • Underwear

Footwear

  • Boots
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Sandals/Flip-flops
  • Dress Shoes (check with camp)
  • Socks

Gear

  • Bags/Duffels/Totes
  • Books and Magazines
  • Compass
  • Fan
  • Flashlight and Batteries
  • Frisbee
  • Reusable Water Bottle or Canteen
  • Seat
  • Sharpie
  • Writing Paper, Envelopes, Stamps

 

 

Bed and Bath

  • Towels — Bath, Hand, and Beach
  • Mattress Pad
  • Blanket
  • Pillow and Pillow Cases
  • Sheets
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Laundry Bag
  • Lint Roller

Bathroom Kit

  • Shower caddy
  • Brush and Comb
  • Shampoo
  • Soap and Soap Container
  • On-the-go hand sanitizer
  • Toothbrush and Holder
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Anti-itch Ointment
  • Insect Repellent
  • Feminine Products
  • Sunblock
  • Shaving Gear

For The Counselor

  • Emergency contact sheet
  • Information about your child’s medications, allergies, asthma, or other medical conditions
  • Disinfecting Wipes

Check with camp on policies for electronics, musical instruments, sports equipment, and special gear.
 

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