The Ultimate Summer Camp Packing Checklist

Preparing a packing list when you send your child off to a summer camp is an important part of the preparation. For parents who are sending their kids for the first time to a summer camp, packing can get a little overwhelming. Fortunately, you have a packing checklist to keep you on track. Let this list be your guide the next time you’ll be sending your kids to a summer boot camp.

First Things First…

Before a complete list of the things to pack, be sure to include any packing list that your child’s camp might have supplied. Double check to ensure you don’t overlook items like towels and beddings, which in most cases may not be provided by the camp.

Additionally, calculate how much clothing items your child needs. In general, pack your child enough clothing that will last him one and a half times the number of camping days.

The Packing List

Here are the important things you need to pack your child for a typical summer camp:

  • Hat
  • Scarf
  • Prescription medicine
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles for swimming
  • Light jacket
  • Dress clothes with belts
  • Umbrella and rain coat
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Tank Tops
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear
  • Sweatshirt and pants
  • Pajamas
  • Bras (for girls)
  • Athletic support underwear (for boys)
  • Slippers
  • Boots
  • Socks
  • Hand towels
  • Comb
  • Deodorant
  • Bug repellant
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Bathing soap
  • Sunblock
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste placed in a container
  • Flashlight with spare batteries
  • Disposable camera
  • Entertainment (like pocket books and magazines)
  • Wet wipes or tissues
  • Laundry bag
  • Water Tumbler
  • Plate with spoon and fork
  • Small backpack or tote bag for day trips
  • Paper and pen
  • Extra money (check with the camp for policies)

The most important thing to remember when packing for any trip is simple: Give your self ample time. This ensures that you do not rush and forget important things last-minute.

A Team Effort

When packing, involve your child as much as possible. When you pack together, you’ll share the excitement about summer camp with your child, while ensuring that everything important is packed and that nothing your child needs is forgotten. It will give you peace of mind knowing that he has everything he will need and ready to go to camping worry-free and ready to focus on the fun.

Most parents feel a little overwhelmed by the number of items needed to pack for their child when going away on a summer camp, especially knowing that these summer camps usually last an entire week. While your child’s camping organizer will suggest items to bring, it is always better to pack more than discovering later on that they needed something you were not able to pack.

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