Your Summer Camp Packing List

Campers trunk

This summer, you may be wondering what he should bring for his stay away from home. He’ll likely want to bring all the comforts from home (Wii, Nintendo DS, cell phone, etc.) So here are some ideas the camp recommends

Clothing that can be layered

Replace a cold-weather jacket with T-shirts, flannels, and light sweatshirts that will allow your child to shed or add layers depending on the weather. Old clothes are often recommended, and all items should be marked with your child’s name.

A variety of shoes

Appropriate footwear is a must. Pack everything from hiking boots to water shoes, depending on the activities your child will participate in.


For those hot summer days when your child will need to jump in the lake or pool to cool off, a swimsuit and any swimming safety equipment (depending on age/skill level) are key.

Flashlight and extra batteries

Make sure your child is never searching for the outhouse in the dark by packing a flashlight and an extra set of batteries.

Small first-aid kit

Band-Aids and Ace bandages are important to have on hand for common cuts, scrapes, and blisters. Also, be sure to pack a full supply of any medication your child may need for the summer — and inform the camp of any special instructions.


Toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, soap, shampoo, and other necessities for proper hygiene should be packed together in a waterproof bag. Camp showers are not always located directly in the cabin or bunk, so packing them in one bag will help your camper stay organized when it’s time to wash up.

Mosquito repellent

This is especially important . Spray or roll on.

Trip bag

This is handy for hiking trips or if your camper acquires craft projects and gifts from camp that may not fit in her initial luggage.


Depending on your camper’s age, you may want to include a cheap $30 digital camera to capture the fun memories. And since it’s inexpensive, there’s no major loss if it gets broken, lost, or stolen. As a general rule, don’t bring anything you cannot afford to lose.

A way to stay in touch

Avoid homesickness by giving your child an easy way to stay connected. Pack self-addressed, stamped envelopes.

Spending money

The camp director recommends that cash monies should be kept in the canteen, and when your child will need money for any extra expenses, including off-site trips, snacks, and souvenirs, it can be withdrawn from his canteen account. It is not recommended for any camper to be walking around with more than $2-$3 at any time.


Include at least two towels, one for bathing and one for swimming, so your child will always have a dry towel to use.

And finally

If you cannot afford to lose it, don’t bring it to camp.