Knowing what to pack for summer camp can be an exhausting task, since the list of necessary items often reads like a novel. Sleepaway camp can be a great adventure for your child, but forgetting the basic necessities can put a damper on the experience. How can you prepare yourself and your child to have an amazing time with the least amount of stress possible? We suggest using these summer camp packing tips and a printable packing list so nothing gets left behind.
1. Plan ahead
Read all of the information the camp sends you well in advance so you know exactly what to expect. Sometimes a camp will have special items they require that aren’t found on a typical packing list. The paperwork will tell you the ins and outs of that specific camp. Fill out all forms ahead of time and be sure to ask if you have any questions.
2. Use a packing list and pack smart
I’ve included a summer camp printable packing list to make it easy. This has most of the items you could possibly need. A few things I did not include were: jeans and dressy clothes (you might need them depending on the camp), books (some camps might have a lending library), a combination lock (if required for a foot locker), and Ziplocs which can be used for wet clothes and dirty laundry if you don’t have a laundry bag.
When packing, roll clothes to save space and put socks and underwear inside shoes. If your child needs all the help they can get, consider packing an outfit a day in a gallon size Ziploc bag. When they are done, they can just put the dirty clothes back in the bag (if they remember). Use packing cubes to sort smaller items and toiletries. Pack thin towels that will dry quickly, and consider sending baby powder for swimsuit chafing. Pack more underwear, socks, and sunscreen than you think they’ll need. I guarantee they’ll use them.