Our Summer Camp Favorites Guide is here! While each camp may have their own unique packing lists, there’s a handful of items that are helpful at any camp. If your son or daughter is going to summer camp this year be sure to browse our tried and true camp favorites as well as some fun products for camp!
When it comes to packing, the key is to make everything accessible to your child once you are gone. If your child is going to camp for a 1-2 weeks and clothes will not be laundered, I have found that using Ziploc bags to sort each day’s clothes is the easiest way to do this, plus it is a major space saver. My daughter really appreciated the ease of this system. I also put an extra basket we had in the trunk to help keep things organized.
A shower caddy might be handy for helping your child identify his or her toiletries in the bathroom and easily keeping them organized in one place. This one is already made for you or you can DIY it with monogram or name decals!
A laundry bag is another essential because not only will they have an easy spot for dirty clothes, but it gives them a place to put clothes that they can’t fit back in their trunk when they are packing to come home.
There are many options for camp trunks. We had this one painted by Camille’s Creations (Dallas only). If you are planning for your child to go to camp for many years, it would definitely be worth investing in a great trunk because it could be passed down to siblings.
The secret when it comes to clothes is to make sure you don’t pack your child’s favorite outfit or pricey items because they can get lost or ruined easily, especially among the other campers’ clothes. We stock up on inexpensive items for camp!
Don’t forget a raincoat! Especially in the earlier Summer months, rain can roll it quickly and you want your child to be prepared!
No need to pack a lot of shoes. I would argue that your child only needs three pairs of shoes: a pair of tennis shoes that are okay to get dirty or wet, water shoes to wear to the lake or pool, and cheap flip flops to wear in the shower. Chacos are definitely the most popular water shoe, but are pricey. If you are looking to spend less money, these Native shoes function well as water shoes for both girls and boys.
Bringing the typical toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and body wash are important, but make sure not to forget sunscreen and bug spray. Pack you children both of these and make sure they know where it is in their trunk or suitcase.
Some packing lists may include these, but others may not. It is absolutely essential to pack your child a water bottle that they can refill at each meal. This personalized wide mouth bottle is a great one as well. Staying hydrated will help keep them healthy and allow them to enjoy their camp experience to the fullest!
One thing you might want to include: a little gift for your child’s camp counselor or think about sending something during camp. They appreciate it so much!
As the school year comes to a close and your child starts to look forward to camp, we hope this post makes the packing process easier. Make sure to check out this post for care package inspiration!