Get ready for Summer Camp!
You've done your research and now it's time to make sure your child has everything he or she needs for summer camp. Don't wait until the last minute to look over this list, though. You may need time to pick up a few things before you send your child off into the great outdoors. Keep in mind that this is a list for all traditional camps. Depending on the focus of the camp your child is attending, you may need additional equipment. For example, if your child is going to horse camp, he or she may need riding boots, a helmet, and jeans to wear while riding. Contact your summer camp if you need clear instructions about additional items to pack.
The Summer Camp Packing List
Toiletries: soap, shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, comb/brush, feminine sanitary products (if needed), insect repellent, sunscreen
Clothing: undergarments (pack extra), shorts, pants, shirts, sweatshirt or jacket, socks (pack lots), pajamas, rain coat/poncho, two bathing suits
Shoes: 2 pairs sneakers or boots, shower shoes or flip flops, water shoes for wading or boating, rain boots
Bed/Bath Gear: washcloth or loofah, two bath towels, a beach towel for swimming, sleeping bag or heavy blanket, pillow, fitted sheet for bunk/mat
Other: flashlight with extra batteries, mess kit with dunk bag, water bottle, backpack, bag for dirty laundry, camera, notebook/paper, pens, stamps and envelopes to send letters home, stuffed animals or other comfort item
What You Don't Need at Summer Camp
While some camps will give you a clear list, we thought we would give you a lose list of things that are generally not wise to take along. Please do not bring candy or snacks. If your child will be sleeping outside, this could attract animals and those are not usually super welcome guests. Please avoid bringing unnecessary toys. These camps are equipped with everything your child will need to stay busy so no need to send toys or games along unless its required. Unless your child is attending a camp that requires tech, please leave all computers, tablets, phones, and other electronics behind. Most often, camps are places that try to keep outside distractions to a minimum so bringing these devices is not a good idea.
Keep In Mind...
First off, we know that camping gear can get expensive so if you don't have the extra cash to spend, it is perfectly fine to borrow from friends. If you are intent on purchasing equipment for future use, then we recommend checking out REI's Clearance section, they have up to 30% off on many essential items. Another alternative to buying is to rent. Some camps will provide equipment for a small rental fee or even for free if you ask. If you don't want to drop the money, ask around. Second, if you forget something, it is not the end of the world. Most camps always have a stash of extras just in case someone forgets something so don't panic. Lastly, include your child in the packing process. This whole experience from packing to unpacking after your child's return is supposed to be a good thing. Let your children take some responsibility for their things and have a say in what they take. This is also helpful because then it is more likely that they will know what is theirs to bring home.