How to Pack Your Child for Summer Camp
The Mission is to Get All This Stuff Ready for Camp!
It's Time for Summer Camp!
I've been packing my kids for camp for many years. Through the years, I've gathered packing tips from other smart moms. I can't take credit for these ideas. I've just compiled the ideas and learned from my mistakes.
The first year I sent my kids to camp, their clothes were packed in rolling suitcases. Boy, was I a newbie! Rolling suitcases don't work in dirt, so they are not the best idea. Also, if your child's cabin is anything like ours, there won't be room for a suitcase. Instead, I've found that plastic drawers are the better way to go. My daughter is willing to pack in these. My teenage son said, "No way!" He packs in a backpack.
Here are some handy tips I've learned. I hope these will make your summer camp packing easier and more efficient.
My daughter packs in drawers instead of a suitcase.
We pack each day's outfit in a separate Ziplock bag.
Plastic zipper bags like this work great too.
We pack her toiletries in a basket like this.
There's plenty of room for everything!
Snacks need a place too!
Basic Packing List for Camp
All items should be labeled with your child's initials or name.
______ Two outfits per day x _____ days
______ Underwear (2 per day x _____ days)
______ Socks (2 per day x _____ days)
______ Closed toed shoes that can get muddy
______ Water shoes
______ Flip flops for shower
______ Pajamas x ______ nights
______ Swimsuits (At least 2)
______ Cover-up for swimsuits (for girls)
______ T-shirt to swim in (Boys and girls - In case of sunburn)
______ Sweatshirt or jacket for cool nights
______ Rain jacket or umbrella
______ Laundry bag
______ 2 beach towels
______ 2 bath towels
______ 2 wash cloths
______ Fitted sheet for mattress
______ Sleeping bag
______ Nightlight (Another cute idea I've seen if the child is afraid of the dark but embarrassed about it is to wrap the bunk bed with Christmas lights. They can claim it is just for decoration, but the lights will provided enough light to make them feel safe.)
______ Bug spray or an Off Clip-On
______ Sunscreen (Preferably spray-on, so kids can put it on easier)
______ Medication (bagged and labeled to give to the camp nurse)
______ Soap or body wash (my son uses a body wash that is shampoo too, for ease)
______ Deodorant (if needed)
______ Razor and shaving cream (if needed)
______ Bands to pull hair up in ponytail (for girls)
______ Old rug (to put by bed for wiping feet at bedtime)
______ Playing cards (for rainy days)
______ Notebook or journal and pen or markers (for writing down their thoughts and feelings)
______ Bible (for Bible camp)
______ Snacks and/or money for the canteen
______ A few surprises (toys from the dollar store, etc.) to hide in your child's belongings