We are approaching panic mode when it comes to creating a camp packing list for the summer. This is something to take your time with and make a list to work off of to ensure nothing is forgotten. These tips are really for sleepaway camp, but a lot of these items can be used for day camps, as well. I’ll fill you in on a list of items I’m packing for my kids, as well as some tips and necessities you might need to know!
Firstly, the most important thing to do is to email the camp director and find out necessities for a specific activity. For example: are sheets and towels provided? Are there any special items of clothing or costumes needed for camp activities? Do we need to pack a tent or outdoor sleeping items? What is the laundry service like? Essentially, these kind of things. Furthermore, it’s best to begin packing essential items and work your way down the list from there to prepare for your children’s summer camp adventures.
Below, I have listed 15 items that I think are necessities for overnight camp. When I say necessities, I mean the items they truly need, such as sunscreen sheets, towels, bug repellent, etc. Everyday items they cannot live without. And near the top of the list is a great reusable water bottle. I don’t want you to forget about that, especially because they are outside all day long! For example, maybe water shoes, a sweatshirt for cool evenings or an extra pair of shoes. It’s the little things we don’t want to forget. Subsequently, a lot of camps have a list of packing necessities on their websites, so look out for that!
Moreover, there are a lot of kids at camp and it wouldn’t be ideal if items got mixed up or lost. A way to prevent that is by labeling literally everything. That’s what I do! I will label clothes, undergarments, a small fan, anything with a surface has a label. Personally, I recommend Mabel’s Labels– they have such cute labels you can create and the prices are great! Camp Early Access prices have actually already begun, so a good amount of the items are 20% off! The labels will last in the washing machine and can get you some more free time because all that is needed is attaching, rather than writing on everything or making your own labels. This is at the top of the list for summer camp essentials!
Finally, we’re at the unnecessary items or as I like to call it: fun things! This is not something like an extra pair of socks, but rather, if your kid wants to pack items to decorate their bunk, that could be a blast! A pack of cards, mad libs or a disposable camera could be a great way to spend time with new friends during rest hour. Another great idea is stationary with pre-written addresses and stamps for your kids to spend time letter writing. Talk to your children and ask them what they would like to pack for a good time at their overnight summer camps.
I hope this helps you pack! And feel free to comment questions you have so we can all help each other out!
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