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Summer Camp Packing List

Feb 22, 2016 09:33AM ● By Hood Magazine
By Shaina Herrmann, Shaina's Deals 


I’m a huge fan of light and efficient packing. There is less to carry and less to keep track of! It also helps to prevent you from overpacking. Even with a list, there is always the potential for packing too much. To avoid this, take from this list of essentials and go from there.


Always aim for the smallest amount of toiletries possible. Travel size toiletries will work wonderfully in most cases. For example, you’ll save more room with two small tubes of toothpaste than one regular size. Try to not pack anything that you know your child will not need or use. To keep your child’s things from becoming lost, be sure to label everything with your child’s first name or initials. When packing clothes, roll as many as possible to save space.


Packing List:


  • Pack lightweight clothing that can be layered
  • Toiletries packed in a waterproof bag that can easily be carried to and from                   the camp showers
  • Undergarments can be rolled up to save space and stored in a separate small bag for easy finding
  • UV protective hat
  • Sunglasses and extra prescription glasses in case main pair gets damaged
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Rain coat
  • Lightweight jacket or sweater
  • Sunscreen and bug repellent
  • Swimsuit and UV protective swim shirt
  • Camera or disposable camera
  • Extra duffel bag for hiking trips or extra projects acquired by your child on the trip
  • Variety of shoes for every occasion – sneakers, hiking boots, sandals, and even dress shoes if needed
  • Small first aid kit
  • Towels – at least two
  • Pajamas – fleece for cold nights, lightweight for warm nights
  • Comforts from home – pictures, cards, stuffed animal, or other special items to help avoid homesickness
  • Self-addressed stamped envelopes and lined paper for your child to send letters
  • Books, cards, drawing paper, and a couple small games
  • Spending money for souvenirs and extra expenses