Packing for Camp
Unsure what to pack for summer camp? Most camps provide a packing list for families for guidance. Make it fun by packing with your child.
A couple of key first-timers’ tips: Often, camps do not allow electronics, so don’t pack your child’s phone, video game or Kindle – he won’t have a chance to use it! To help prevent against lost items, clearly mark your child’s name on everything with permanent marker or nametapes.
Here is a list to help get you started.
Bedding: Select easily laundered bedding that is appropriate for the climate at your camp. Include sleeping bags, sheets and pillowcases, blankets and pillows.
Towels and Toiletries: Towels should not be the family’s best because they’ll be used for swimming and other waterfront activities as well as for showers. A small bag or plastic bucket will help campers carry and keep track of toiletries. At some camps, campers walk to separate facilities to shower.
Clothes and Laundry: The frequency of laundry day at camp affects how much clothing to pack. Generally, sessions less than two weeks do not include laundry services. Most camps supply lists of recommended clothing and some include required uniforms. Camp gear should be durable clothing suitable for active days at camp. This includes shorts; T-shirts; a sweater/jacket; jeans; long pants for hikes and horseback rides; comfortable shoes and sneakers; a hat; and a raincoat or poncho.
Equipment: Pack a flashlight with extra batteries; camera; water bottle; insect repellent; sunscreen; lip balm; and preaddressed, prestamped postcards or envelopes.
Medication: Send medication in original bottles, along with dosage instructions. Your medical release form should list all medications.
Don’t Pack: Keep at home cell phones, portable video games, food, hunting knives, fireworks of any kind, and expensive clothing or jewelry.