Packing for summer camp is a sure sign that the fun is getting closer. It’s so exciting to
work through that list and gather supplies. You may need to buy some items, particularly
for a first camp, so give yourself plenty of time.
Most established overnight summer camps will provide you with a packing list, based on the activities that they offer, so do check this first.
Here are some other things that you will want to pack: (Many camps and experienced parents recommend packing things in smaller zip-close bags to keep them organized.)
• Small pack
for day trips
• Waterproof coat and boots:
there’s likely to be at least some rain
during the camp.
• Sun protection:
a bandanna or scarf, sun hat, sunglasses and some high-SPF sun protection are essentials.
• Warm jacket
and hat for evenings
at least two swimsuits, goggles,
a swim shirt with UV protection and some
(at least two or three sets), flip-flops and bathrobe.
enough for at least two weeks.
• Special-activity clothes or equipment:
Check your overnight summer camp
program to see what other equipment might be needed.
• Wash kit:
Toothpaste and toothbrush,
shower gel, shampoo, soap in a soap
box, lip balm, hair brush and bands and hair clips, and nail clippers. (It’s a good idea to have a caddy to keep your bathroom essentials in.)
Hand towels, and two beach towels, which can be used for swimming and showering.
• Other essentials:
Tissues, insect repellent, camera, flashlight and
spare batteries, a refillable water bottle, a laundry bag, prestamped and addressed envelopes and writing paper, spending money (check
with camp about the spending money policy), books or playing cards for entertainment for short periods. ■