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Packing for Summer Camp Tips

Is your child going away to summer camp this year?  I just signed my middle son up for camp this summer and I printed out the packing list that the camp sent.  He can barely keep things organized at home.  What’s going to happen while he’s away for a week?!  Here are a few packing for summer camp tips that makes things a little easier for you and your child.

Packing for summer camp doesn't have to be hard. It's actually pretty easy. Here are a few tips to remember so you don't stress out.

Packing for Summer Camp Tips

Send old clothes.  Don’t go out and buy a bunch of new clothes for summer camp.  I’ve saved a bunch of old shirts from past summer camps, 5K runs we’ve done, bible school shirts, and those shirts you get after you participate in a sport.  My kids never wear these shirt and they just take up space in the drawer.  I put all of them aside.  I can throw them away if they get ruined and won’t feel bad about it.

Don’t sent something thats irreplaceable. Something will get lost.  More than likely they will lose something, so don’t send anything with them that can’t be replaced.  Don’t send your child’s favorite stuffed animal.  You may never see it again.

Label.  This is pretty simple.  Put your child’s name or initials on EVERYTHING!

Pack extra.  You may want to pack extras.  My child always seems to get wet.  Most of the time it doesn’t bother him, but having an extra set of clothes for him to change into could be helpful.  Think rain!

Get your kids involved. Have your kids help your pack up. They’ll know what’s in there and they’ll know where to find it in their bag.

Place clothes in baggies.  I like to put outfits in a gallon sized bag.  It seems kind of silly for older kids, but you don’t want them to throw a wet towel or bathing suit in their bag.  Everything will start smelling like mildew.

Don’t overpack.  Sometimes it’s easy to keep adding things to the suitcase or even adding a small duffel, but don’t!  Remember, they need to be able to handle all this by themselves. I don’t plan on sending entire bottles of shampoo because he’ll probably only wash his hair once anyway! 🙂

Follow the rules of your camp.  If it says no electronics, then don’t pack video games. If it says no food, it’s probably because they don’t want animals in the cabins.

Just remember- The more you pack, the more they have to keep up with.   I don’t want him to worry about his things while he’s there or loosing important items.  I just want him to go off and have fun for the week!

Packing for summer camp doesn't have to be hard. It's actually pretty easy. Here are a few tips to remember so you don't stress out.

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Startup Wonder

Thursday 24th of January 2019

Good article to help kids on how to pack and get ready for their summer camp.

Penelope Smith

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

My little brother wants to go to a summer camp next year. So, It is good to know that he should take some older clothes that they can get dirty. That is good to know especially if he goes to a camp that does a lot of crafts.

Becca Holton

Thursday 5th of July 2018

My daughter wants to try attending a summer camp this year. I think it would be a good experience for her. That's why I appreciated that tip about writing my child's name on everything. It is simple, but it's also something I would have forgotten to do.


Saturday 12th of May 2018

A child need camp to make the friend, Build a personal relationship with a reliable adult, develop hobbies and interest, refine their skill and spend part of their time playing and relaxing. Thanks for sharing helpful tips.

Erika Brady

Friday 16th of February 2018

I love the theme of these tips: be prepared for anything! Kids will lose stuff, mix things up, or anything else in between. We implemented the baggie tip for a recent summer camp activity, but I liked your addition of putting in whole outfits, rather than just bagging the wet or dirty stuff. Thanks again for sharing your tips!